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Russia closes airspace to Ukraine airlines from Oct 25

Moscow - Russia on Monday said it would close its airspace to Ukrainian airlines from October 25 in reprisal for a ban that Ukraine has slapped on two Russian firms.

Venezuelan fighter jet crashes on Colombia border

Caracas - A Venezuelan fighter jet crashed on the border with Colombia during an operation to intercept an "illicit aircraft," killing its two pilots, the government said Friday.

Interview: Jean-Michel Jarre invites us into his Time Machine Special

One of the pioneers of electronic music, known for his far-reaching artistic exploits and spectacular live shows, is readying a new album for release. He made time for Digital Journal, speaking to us from his Paris studio.

Two killed as Tom Cruise movie crew plane crashes in Colombia

Estanzuela - Two people died when a plane carrying crew members from a film starring Tom Cruise crashed in Colombia, aviation authorities and Universal Pictures said.

Two crew from Tom Cruise film killed in Colombia plane crash

Estanzuela - Two people died when a plane carrying crew members from a film starring Tom Cruise crashed in Colombia, aviation authorities and Universal Pictures said.

11 likely killed in British air show crash: Police

London - A total of 11 people are likely to have died after a vintage military plane crashed on to a busy road near an air show on the south coast of England, police said on Sunday.

Pilot fights for life after 7 killed in UK airshow crash

Shoreham-by-sea - A pilot was in a critical condition in hospital on Sunday following a crash at a British airshow that killed seven people when his plane plunged into a busy road.

U.S. F-16 jet crashes in Germany, pilot survives

Berlin - A US F-16 fighter jet crashed Tuesday in southern Germany but the pilot parachuted to safety with only minor injuries, local police and the US military said.

Call for tougher air pollution limits

Brussels - Air pollution is linked to some 400,000 premature deaths throughout Europe each year, according to a new study. This has led to calls for tighter limits on allowable levels of air polluting substances.

Samung's Galaxy Tab S2 is thinner than the iPad Air 2

Samsung has officially unveiled its all-new tablet designed to take on the iPad, the Galaxy Tab S2. It features an octa-core processor and is thinner than the iPad Air 2. It will come in 9.7-inch or 8.0-inch versions, sizes similar to the iPad.

Indonesian plane crash increases pressure for military overhaul

Jakarta - The deadly crash of a 51-year-old Indonesian air force transport plane this week has turned the spotlight on the country's ageing military equipment and given new momentum to the president's plans to increase defence spending.

Indonesia military plane crash toll rises to 142

Medan - The death toll from the crash of an Indonesian air force plane into a city neighbourhood rose to 142 Wednesday, amid claims civilians had paid for flights on the doomed aircraft in violation of military rules.

Indonesian military plane crashes in ball of flames

Medan - An Indonesian military transport plane crashed Tuesday shortly after take-off in a city on Sumatra island, exploding in a ball of flames in a residential area.

Four dead in helicopter crash in quake-hit Nepal

Kathmandu - Nepalese troops recovered four bodies after a helicopter which had been delivering relief supplies crashed Tuesday in a region devastated by twin earthquakes in recent weeks, the army and police said.

Bounce house flies in air and injures three children

Three children playing inside a bounce house were injured when a waterspout came onshore and lifted it in the air in Fort Lauderdale.

Air pollution may shrink brains increasing dementia and strokes

A new scientific study links long term exposure to air pollution with smaller brains and increased risk of cognitive impairment and strokes.

French air traffic controllers strike grounds hundreds of flights

Paris - Hundreds of flights to and from France were cancelled Wednesday as air traffic controllers launched a two-day strike over working conditions and the situation was due to worsen on Thursday.

Russian air controllers charged for Polish presidential jet disaster

Varsovia - Pilot error was to blame for the 2010 crash of a Polish presidential jet in Russia, but two Russian air traffic controllers also triggered the disaster that killed Poland's then head of state, prosecutors in Warsaw said Friday.

Researchers hack computers by firing blasts of hot air

Researchers have found a way to hack into secure computer systems by firing blasts of hot air, tricking the computer's thermal sensor and allowing the researchers access to the computer even when not connected to the internet.

Two Dutch peacekeepers killed in UN helicopter crash in Mali

Bamako - Two Dutch United Nations peacekeepers were killed when their Apache attack helicopter crashed in northern Mali, the Dutch military said, calling it an accident.

Chihuahua smuggles itself into airport in owner's suitcase

A Chihuahua has been found hiding in a suitcase in the baggage area of New York's LaGuardia airport, triggering a security alert that led to it being found inside the suitcase it had nestled itself in.

Toronto driverless 'ghost bus' filmed rolling into van on camera

A Toronto bus operator is investigating a "ghost bus" incident after one of its vehicles was videoed slowly rolling away from Bathurst Station with no driver, eventually hitting a parked delivery van.

Aircraft set to get minute-by-minute tracking

A new initiative aims to equip all commercial flights worldwide with technology that would enable minute-by-minute tracking of the plane in times of distress, aiding rescuers and recovery efforts.

Flying could be bad for your health

Air travel is one of the safest ways to travel. However, what impact does it have on your health? What are you breathing in when you kick back and eat the free peanuts?

Kenyan cargo plane crashes into building, killing 4 on board

Nairobi - At least four people died when a cargo plane crashed into a building shortly after takeoff on Wednesday from the Kenyan capital's main airport, the busiest in east Africa.

Cockpit 'mismanagement' blamed in Asiana crash

Washington - A mismanaged approach for landing in a highly automated cockpit was the probable cause of last July's crash of a South Korean airliner in San Francisco, US investigators said Tuesday.

Defence minister among five Lao officials killed in plane crash

Bangkok - A Lao military plane crashed on Saturday killing five senior officials on board including the defence minister of the secretive communist country, Thai authorities said.

Is there a global air quality crisis?

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 7 million people died in 2012 due to air pollution. This makes air pollution number-one environmental risk on the planet.

Spain airline Iberia says cutbacks dispute settled

Madrid - Spanish flag-carrier Iberia on Friday settled months of bitter dispute over layoffs and cutbacks by striking a final deal with unions to cut ground staff's salaries, managers said.Management and labour unions representing a majority of ground staff agr...

US fines Asiana $500,000 over San Francisco crash

Los Angeles - US aviation authorities have fined South Korea's Asiana Airlines $500,000 over last year's deadly San Francisco air crash for failing to properly help families of victims, officials said Tuesday.Three passengers died when Asiana Airlines Flight 214 cli...
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A Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm 105 of the SAPS Air Wing flies surveillance over the Union Buildings.
A Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm 105 of the SAPS Air Wing flies surveillance over the Union Buildings.
Scottish Air Ambulance on the clifftop
Scottish Air Ambulance on the clifftop
Gordon Hatton
Toronto Highway 401  the busiest highway in North America.
Toronto Highway 401, the busiest highway in North America.
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Air India Express - Boeing courtesy photo
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