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The first transatlantic flight 100 years ago

Paris, France | AFP |  When two British pilots steered a biplane across the vast Atlantic 100 years ago, battling frozen sleet and thick fog for more than 16 hours, they were making aviation history. With their harrowing 3,000-kilometre (1,860-mile) crossing, Captain John Alcock and navigator Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown completed …

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Hero French pilot in Entebbe hijack dies aged 95

Nice, France | AFP |  A French pilot hailed for bravery during a hijacking drama targeting Jews on an Air France flight in 1976 has died aged 95, his son told AFP on Wednesday. Michel Bacos was flying from Tel Aviv to Paris when Palestinian and German radicals hijacked the …

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Black boxes: crucial to air crash probes

Jakarta, Indonesia | AFP |  One of the first priorities for air crash investigators is to locate a plane’s two black boxes, which hold vital clues on what caused it to go down. On Monday, Indonesian authorities found the cockpit voice recorder from a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX that …

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UK police get extra powers to control drones

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Drone exclusion zones around British airports will be extended and operators made to register under new rules announced after drone sightings wrought havoc at London’s Gatwick in the run-up to Christmas. Police will also be allowed to fine users up to £100 (112 euros, …

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Air Tanzania takes delivery of Airbus A220

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Tanzania’s national carrier, Air Tanzania, has delivered its first Airbus A220-300 aircraft, making it the first airline in Africa to take on the type. The name The Wings of Kilimanjaro was given to the aircraft – a fitting name to complement their other aircraft. The airlines acting …

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