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One killed when engine explodes on Southwest flight

PHILADELPHIA: An engine on a Southwest Airlines flight with 149 people aboard exploded and broke apart in mid-air on Tuesday, killing one passenger and nearly sucking another out of a shattered window, according to airline and federal authorities and witness and media accounts. The plane, a Boeing 737-700 which was bound to Dallas from New York, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. The death of 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan on Flight 1380 was the first in a U.S. commercial aviation accident since 2009, according…

Chinese passenger chucks coins into plane’s engine for luck

SHANGHAI: A superstitious passenger delayed a flight from Shanghai for several hours on Tuesday after throwing coins at the plane's engine for good luck, Chinese officials said. The elderly woman was detained by police at Shanghai Pudong International Airport following the bizarre incident, forcing nearly 150 passengers to be evacuated from the plane bound for Guangzhou in southern China. The 80-year-old threw nine coins at an engine of China Southern Airlines flight CZ380 as she was boarding on the tarmac. Eight of…

PIA grounds all ATR planes for ‘complete inspection’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has grounded all of its 10 ATR aircrafts after the┬áCivil Aviation Authority ordered shakedown tests of the planes, ARY News reported. The directions came after (CAA) an ATR aircraft reportedly caught fire while on runway of Multan Airport before taking off on Sunday. The PIA airplane PK-581 with 48 passengers on board was set to take off from Multan to Karachi when it suffered a blaze incident. However, no major incident occurred. According to PIA: "It has been decided…

PK-661 crash: PIA dispels media reports regarding failure of engine

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airline (PIA) dispels media reports that failure of an engine caused the ATR-42 flight number PK-661 plane crash killing 48 people, ARY News reported. PIA Spokesman Danyal Gilani rebutted the reports that propeller of one of the engines of the ATR-42 aircraft that crashed on December 7, had started to spin in reverse, or had some known defect prior to take off, which led to this accident. Read More: French team to reach Pakistan in 24 hours to investigative crash incident He…