Aviation

Malaysian transport minister: Plane search ‘above politics’

Malaysian Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Thursday that the search for an airplane from his country that has been missing for nearly two weeks was “above politics.” 

Investigators have uncovered links between the pilot of the missing airplane and the leader of Malaysia’s opposition political party. 

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Malaysia Air: Indian Ocean images ‘still to be confirmed’

Malaysia Airlines said Thursday that images of debris in the Indian Ocean that Australian officials believe to be remnants of its missing Flight 370 are “credible” but “still to be confirmed.”

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Thursday that his country had discovered satellite images that could possibly be related to the disappearance of the Malaysia Air flight, which was last seen by air traffic controllers on March 7.

The announcement represented the first potential break in the search for the missing plane, which was carrying 239 passengers, in nearly two weeks.

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House to hold shooting hearing at LAX

Lawmakers in the House will travel to Los Angeles International Airport next Friday to conduct a hearing about the shooting that occurred there last fall.

The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a field hearing at the airport titled "Lessons from the LAX Shooting: Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies at Airports,” officials with the panel announced. 

The hearing follows the release of a critical report by the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) reviewing the circumstances that surrounded the Nov. 1 shooting, which resulted in the first death of an on-duty Transportation Security Administration (TSA) since the agency’s inception in 2002.

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Rep. King: Plane disappearance likely 'inside job'

The chairman of the House committee that oversees intelligence issues said this week that the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines' flight that has been missing for nearly two weeks was likely an "inside job."

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said during an appearance on Fox News's "Kelly File" show that pilot suicide or terrorism was likely the cause of the disappearance of Malaysia Air's Flight 370, which has been missing since March 7.

"Most people I spoke to in the airline industry, felt the plane odds are, again, not knowing what happened, but overwhelming odds would be that that had to be an inside job," King said. "Someone from the inside either, someone who took over the plane or the pilot and/or the co-pilot. All the other explanations were really too much off the playing field. So, I felt the suicide or its terrorist attack by someone, within the cockpit."

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Malaysia Air: Relatives ‘at the center of every action’

Malaysia Airlines said Wednesday that the relatives of passengers who were on board its flight that disappeared nearly two weeks ago are “at the center of every action” during the search for the missing plane.

The comments follow reports that relatives of Chinese passengers who were onboard the plane are planning to engage in a hungry strike to protest conflicting reports about the potential whereabouts of the flight.

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Rep. Waters: LAX shooting response ‘simply unacceptable’

The response of emergency personnel to the shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport was “simply unacceptable,” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Wednesday.

Waters’ comments followed the release of a critical report by the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) reviewing the circumstances that surrounded the Nov. 1 LAX shooting, which resulted in the first death of an on-duty Transportation Security Administration (TSA) since the agency’s inception in 2002.  

Waters said the report “explains how problems in coordination between various police and fire departments resulted in multiple command posts at different locations that did not unify for 45 minutes. 

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East coast flight service returning to normal

Flight service at airports along the east coast returned to normal Tuesday after airlines cancelled 1,110 flights and delayed 11,962 others after a late winter snow storm on Monday.

Tuesday morning saw only 447 flights delayed and 69 cancelled within the U.S., according to the website FlightAware.com.

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Nats violated FAA regulations with drone use

The Washington Nationals’s use of a small drone to capture publicity photos during spring training in Florida did not gain federal approval, according to The Associated Press. 

The small, four-rotor drone hovered over Nats players over the course of a few days in Viera, Fla., where the team is tuning up for the 2014 season, according to the AP. 

Existing Federal Aviation Administration regulations bar drones for commercial purposes. 

“No, we didn’t get it cleared, but we don’t get our pop flies cleared either and those go higher than this thing did,” a team official told the AP. 

It was not immediately clear if the team faces any potential penalties for the violation. 

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