"It felt like the plane was going down, and below us were mountains. And then it got worse." - Joe Rexrode
"FAA air traffic controllers have led one of the safest aviation programs in the world," reports ABC News. President Trump now wants the FAA to step aside.
Safety official says the charter company was "infested with sloppiness"
After a full investigation of the 2015 business jet crash in Akron, Ohio, that killed nine on board, federal investigators say there was a "litany of failures" that led to the fatal accident. The plane crashed two miles short of the Akron airport's runway while returning from a flight to Dayton.
- The Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act
As the pro-aviation industry's Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association ("AOPA") puts it, this is a "long-awaited" bill that tackles medical certificate reform and privatizes our air traffic control system.
USA Today's Mara Montalbano calls it "death by selfie," but there's nothing cute about what happened to 29-year-old Amritpal Singh and his passenger, who lost their lives when their Cessna 150 - the fifth most produced civilian plane ever, according to Wikipedia - went down in a field. The National Transportation Safety Board believes the evidence suggests the pilot was taking selfies on his smart phone shortly before the plane crashed.
William Langewiesche, former commercial pilot and long-time (and award-winning) journalist, has covered the art of flight and the aviation industry for many years. In early October, Langewiesche published an in-depth piece in Vanity Fair about the crash of Air France Flight 447.