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Australia: Four tourists from U.S., pilot killed in plane crash

huffingtonpost.com/By Mary Papenfuss reported a small plane carrying American tourists to a golf outing crashed in a ball of flames into an Australian shopping mall just seconds after takeoff from Essendon Airport in suburban Melbourne.

All five on board were killed. The mall, next to a freeway, was closed when the plane went down about 9 a.m. Tuesday local time.

The four passengers were all from the U.S., the State Department confirmed to ABC News. The pilot of the chartered plan was Australian. Read Article

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INDIA: 22 Airports warned of possible terror attack

ndtv.com reported intelligence agencies have warned of a possible terror attack at airports in four states as well as Delhi. 22 airports in the four states have been sent detailed warnings and authorities have confirmed high security measures are being implemented. Read Article

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Coup Attempt Turkey appears to have failed

reuters.com reported an attempted Turkish military coup appeared to crumble in the early hours of Saturday after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan’s call to take to the streets to support him. Erdogan, who had been holidaying on the coast when the coup was launched, flew into Istanbul before dawn on Saturday and was shown on […]

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Safest Airlines in the World

csm.com reported with the safety of air travel in mind, the top 20 safest airlines in alphabetical order are: American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Air New Zealand; Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, […]

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Mexico City International Airport: 737 landing gear collapses, crash landing

theguardian.com reported the landing gear collapsed on a Boeing 737 as it landed at Mexico City’s international airport, authorities have said. Emergency crews rushed to the runway after the plane’s left-side wheel strut apparently buckled as it touched down. The plane, operated by the Mexican airline Magnicharter. Read Article

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American Airlines delays flights to Paris, United still departing to France

Reuters.com reported…American Airlines Group, the world’s biggest carrier by passenger traffic, said on Friday it was delaying flights to Paris in response to the explosions and shooting attacks there, even though French airports remained open. “Currently Charles de Gaulle International Airport is open, however, we are holding our remaining departures this evening to Paris until […]

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Manila Phillipines: Alleged corruption of airport officials planting bullets in luggage to extort bribes from passengers

breitbart.com reported…The Department of Transportation of the Philippines is under fire after more than 20 people have come forward claiming airport officials planted bullets in their luggage to prevent them from boarding flights unless they paid a bribe. Quartz reports that the cases have occurred in the capital city’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Foreign passengers […]

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Turkish Airlines flight diverted en route to Brazil, bomb threat

A Turkish Airlines flight en route to Brazil was forced to change course and land in Casablanca on Monday after a note with the word “bomb” was found in the toilet, the airline said. Officials searched the plane once it landed and found no explosives, spokesman Ali Genç said in a statement to NBC News. […]

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Cat Missing on Flight from United Arab Emirates to New York

CNN) Reported, lost luggage after a long flight is a common, frustrating occurrence of modern air travel. And sometimes, airlines lose things that are irreplaceable. American Jennifer Stewart says she was devastated to learn that Etihad Airways lost her most important baggage following a recent trip from Abu Dhabi to New York City: her 2-year-old […]

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China: Passengers upset over delayed flight open emergency exits, takeoff aborted

news.yahoo.com/AP reported…Upset by a delayed flight, at least two Chinese passengers decided to open emergency exit doors in protest as the plane was taxiing, forcing it to abort takeoff and landing them in jail instead, police said Sunday. The latest in a growing number of air rage cases involving Chinese travelers happened in the early […]

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