Editorials Aug 1, 2015

Lessons of plane crash in Chofu

The July 26 airplane crash in Chofu, western Tokyo, demonstrates the need for tighter rules governing small airports and the pilots and companies that use them.

SkyWest cabin pressure emergency spurs FAA probe

World Apr 23, 2015

SkyWest cabin pressure emergency spurs FAA probe

U.S. investigators are looking into why a SkyWest Inc. airplane with 75 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing in Buffalo, New York, on Wednesday. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the flight crew reported a pressurization problem and declared an ...

National Apr 7, 2015

Landing gear problem prompts JAL 787 to return to Moscow

A Japan Airlines passenger aircraft, a Boeing 787 service bound for Tokyo, returned to a Moscow airport and made an emergency landing Monday just after taking off because of a landing gear problem, RIA Novosti news agency said. Japan Airlines said no one was hurt ...

Afghan air force ascent slow, imperiling battle with Taliban

World Jan 26, 2015

Afghan air force ascent slow, imperiling battle with Taliban

Afghanistan's armed forces are so short of combat-ready aircraft that, late last year, they began fitting machine guns and rockets to Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopters, dubbed "flying tractors," to bolster their air power. With new planes capable of engaging Taliban insurgents delayed by over two ...

MSDF plays up airborne patrols

National May 16, 2014

MSDF plays up airborne patrols

The Maritime Self-Defense Force for the first time has allowed reporters onboard a P-3C patrol plane during a nighttime surveillance training flight designed to prepare for an invasion or other threat to Japan. Such patrols are held regularly as part of warning and surveillance operations ...

Jetliner buzzes sea after Naha miscue

National Apr 29, 2014

Jetliner buzzes sea after Naha miscue

A jetliner dived to a dangerously low altitude of just 248 feet above the ocean during its landing approach to Naha airport in Okinawa Prefecture on Monday after the pilot mistook instructions from air traffic controllers, the transport ministry said. The Airbus A320-200, owned by ...