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    Two Boeing plane crashes that killed 346 people in five months were the 'horrific culmination' of design flaws, poor government oversight and a lack of action by the planemaker, US investigators have said.  Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration were both criticized in a scathing report by the House Transportation Committee after the crashes in Indonesia in October 2018 and Ethiopia in March 2019.  Both the stricken planes were Boeing 737 Max 8 jets - a model which met FAA requirements but was grounded around the world in the wake of the second disaster 18 months ago.  'The fact that a compliant airplane suffered from two deadly crashes in less than five months is clear evidence that the current regulatory...
    A House committee issued a scathing report Wednesday questioning whether Boeing and government regulators have recognized the problems that caused two deadly 737 Max jet crashes and whether either will be willing to make significant changes to fix them. Staff members from the Democrat-controlled Transportation Committee blamed the crashes that killed 346 people on the “horrific culmination” of failed government oversight, design flaws and a lack of action at Boeing despite knowing about problems. The committee identified many deficiencies in the Federal Aviation Administration approval process for new jetliners. But both the agency and Boeing have said certification of the Max complied with FAA regulations, the 246-page report said. “The fact that a compliant airplane suffered from two deadly crashes...
    A House committee issued a scathing report Wednesday questioning whether Boeing and government regulators have recognized the problems that caused two deadly 737 Max jet crashes and whether either will be willing to make significant changes to fix them. Staff members from the Democrat-controlled Transportation Committee blamed the crashes that killed 346 people on the “horrific culmination” of failed government oversight, design flaws and a lack of action at Boeing despite knowing about problems. The committee identified many deficiencies in the Federal Aviation Administration approval process for new jetliners. But both the agency and Boeing have said certification of the Max complied with FAA regulations, the 246-page report said. “The fact that a compliant airplane suffered from two deadly crashes...
    A House committee issued a scathing report Wednesday questioning whether Boeing and government regulators have recognized the problems that caused two deadly 737 Max jet crashes and whether either will be willing to make significant changes to fix them. Staff members from the Democrat-controlled Transportation Committee blamed the crashes that killed 346 people on the “horrific culmination” of failed government oversight, design flaws and a lack of action at Boeing despite knowing about problems. The committee identified many deficiencies in the Federal Aviation Administration approval process for new jetliners. But both the agency and Boeing have said certification of the Max complied with FAA regulations, the 246-page report said. “The fact that a compliant airplane suffered from two deadly crashes...
    Aviation regulators and pilots from several countries will begin next week reviewing Boeing’s proposal for training pilots to fly the revamped 737 Max, a sign that the grounded plane is moving closer to returning to service. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that the review will start Monday at London’s Gatwick Airport and last about nine days. The review will include aviation officials and pilots from the United States, Canada, Brazil and the European Union. The FAA said several other steps remain before the plane can resume flying, including a review to make sure Boeing’s changes comply with safety regulations. Boeing changed computers and flight software on the Max after an automated anti-stall system pushed down the noses of two...
    By The Associated Press Aviation regulators and pilots from several countries will begin next week reviewing Boeing’s proposal for training pilots to fly the revamped 737 Max, a sign that the grounded plane is moving closer to returning to service. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that the review will start Monday at London’s Gatwick Airport and last about nine days. The review will include aviation officials and pilots from the United States, Canada, Brazil and the European Union. The FAA said several other steps remain before the plane can resume flying, including a review to make sure Boeing’s changes comply with safety regulations. Boeing changed computers and flight software on the Max after an automated anti-stall system pushed down...
    WESTMINSTER, Md. (WJZ) — An aspiring pilot from Virginia who has been using his training flights to deliver personal protective equipment to hospitals made a stop in Maryland on Monday. Over the past few months, 16-year-old TJ Kim has been racking up his flight hours in a Cessna Skyhawk while helping his community and others. “(Flying is) just something I’ve been in love with my whole life,” he said. Kim is working toward his pilot’s license, but flying high when the world below is in turmoil simply wasn’t enough. “I wanted a way to get my flight training going and to help out in the community at the same time,” he said. So Operation Supplies Over the Skies was born....
    KINGSVILLE, Texas -- The U.S. Navy's first Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot has received her "Wings of Gold," a significant achievement for Naval Aviation.The Navy shared congratulations in a tweet for Lt. j.g. Madeline "Maddy" Swegle, who received the distinction during a ceremony in Kingsville, Texas, on Friday. Congrats to our newest TACAIR jet naval aviators including Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle, the @USNavy’s first Black female TACAIR pilot. HOOYAH! ????????https://t.co/3MfOf3yyQS— Naval Air Training (@CNATRA) August 1, 2020Swegle was designated a naval aviator along with 25 classmates."We are all incredibly proud of Lt. j.g Swegle and the entire class," said Chief of Naval Air Training Rear Adm. Robert Westendorff. "This is a wonderful personal achievement but also a testament to their...
    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A small training plane crashed into a village coffee shop in northern Greece Monday, injuring the teenage pilot and causing minor damage, authorities said. Police said the accident occurred during a morning training flight. The 19-year-old pilot, who was flying solo, apparently lost control of the light aircraft and hit a large tree in the main square of Proti, a village in the Serres area east of Thessaloniki. The tree broke the force of the crash and the plane proceeded to hit a first-floor balcony above the coffee shop before settling with its tail on the ground against the building’s facade, without catching fire. The coffee shop was closed at the time. The pilot was...
    Lieutenant Madeline Swegle, who made history as the U.S. Navy's first Black female tactical fighter pilot, received her Wings of Gold on Friday.  "I'm excited to have this opportunity to work harder and fly high performance jet aircraft in the fleet," Swegle said in a statement released by the Navy. "It would've been nice to see someone who looked like me in this role; I never intended to be the first. I hope it's encouraging to other people." The Virginia native celebrated her historic achievement earlier this month after she completed her training at the U.S. Naval Academy. BZ to Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle on completing the Tactical Air (Strike) aviator syllabus. Swegle is the @USNavy’s first known Black female TACAIR...
    The Navy's first Black female tactical air pilot earned her Wings of Gold Friday in a graduation ceremony at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas. Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle's historic achievement comes even as the Navy faced training challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic. NAVY ANNOUNCES FIRST BLACK FEMALE TACTICAL AIRCRAFT PILOT Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle graduated alongside 25 other classmates (U.S. Navy) “I’m excited to have this opportunity to work harder and fly high performance jet aircraft in the fleet,” Swegle said. “It would’ve been nice to see someone who looked like me in this role; I never intended to be the first. I hope it’s encouraging to other people.” Despite the small ceremony, Swegle and 25 other classmates...
    (CNN)The US Navy's first Black female tactical aircraft pilot, Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle, received her "wings of gold" on Friday, marking a historic milestone for naval aviation.Swegle was named a naval aviator and awarded her gold naval aviator wings with 25 classmates during a small ceremony at Naval Air Station Kingsville in Texas, according to the Navy."I'm excited to have this opportunity to work harder and fly high performance jet aircraft in the fleet," Swegle said. "It would've been nice to see someone who looked like me in this role; I never intended to be the first. I hope it's encouraging to other people."Swegle became the Navy's first Black female strike pilot after completing tactical strike training at NAS Kingsville...
    KINGSVILLE, Texas -- The U.S. Navy's first Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot will receive her wings of a gold during a ceremony in Kingsville, Texas on Friday.Lt. j.g. Madeline "Maddy" Swegle said she has dreamed of becoming a pilot ever since her parents took her to see the Blue Angels as a little girl.Now, she is following in the footsteps of Brenda E. Robinson, the first Black female naval aviator, who earned her Wings of Gold in 1980.Swegle's winging ceremony will take place at Naval Air Station in Kingsville.Swegle became the U.S. Navy's first Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot on July 7 after she completed her final undergraduate training in a T-45C Goshawk jet trainer, ABC News reported."MAKING HISTORY!" the...
    THE US Navy’s first black female fighter pilot who made history will receive her “Wings of Gold” during a ceremony on Friday. Lieutenant jg (junior grade) Madeline Swegle was welcomed as the military branch’s first black female Tactical Aircraft pilot after completing her Tactical Air (Strike) pilot training syllabus earlier this month. 2Lieutenant jg (junior grade) Madeline Swegle is seen here standing by a T-45C Goshawk training aircraft following her final flight to complete the undergraduate Tactical Air (Strike) pilot training syllabus on July 7Credit: AP:Associated Press The Naval Air Training Command tweeted on July 9 that Swegle is the Navy’s “first known black female TACAIR pilot.” “MAKING HISTORY!” the Navy responded of Swegle’s achievement. Now, Swegle is set to...
    A Virginia native has made history becoming the US Navy’s first black female fighter pilot. Lt. Madeline Swegle will celebrate her historic achievement on Friday when she is scheduled to receive her wings of gold, CBS News reported. Swegle in a promotional video released by the Navy said she was inspired to become a fighter pilot after her parents took her to see displays from the Blue Angels as a kid. “My parents raised me and they told me that I can be whatever I wanted to be. We would go see the Blue Angels when they were in town,” she said. “They were just so cool I loved them. I love fast planes.” Swegle said she hadn’t known she...
    Sipson Island: For the first time in 300 years, this island in Cape Cod is open to the public UFC tightens COVID-19 safety protocols ahead of 9 Las Vegas events US Navys First Black Female Fighter Pilot Will Receive Her Wings © US Navy Lieutenant Madeline Swegle, who made history as the U.S. Navy's first Black female tactical fighter pilot, will receive her Wings of Gold on Friday. "I am really honored that I get to wear the wings and get to fly planes and call myself a pilot," said Swegle in a video released by the Navy ahead of her July 31 ceremony.  The Virginia native celebrated her historic achievement earlier this month after she completed her training...
    Lieutenant Madeline Swegle, who made history as the U.S. Navy's first Black female tactical fighter pilot, will receive her Wings of Gold on Friday. "I am really honored that I get to wear the wings and get to fly planes and call myself a pilot," said Swegle in a video released by the Navy ahead of her July 31 ceremony.  The Virginia native celebrated her historic achievement earlier this month after she completed her training at the U.S. Naval Academy. "I don't think the goal in my life is to necessarily be the first at anything. That was never something that I set out to do, it was just something I was interested in and I found out later," she...
    HOUSTON -- The person behind the controls of a small plane that crashed in a west Harris County neighborhood overnight Tuesday was on the last leg of a training flight as part of a commercial pilot course, according to the company that owns the aircraft.In an email to ABC13, Dana C. Atkinson, the president of Anson Aviation in Sugar Land, said the unidentified pilot-in-training was supposed to land at three airports at night, with one leg of at least 250 miles, as part of a cross-country flight scenario.Atkinson added none of his instructors was on board since the flight is required to be done solo. The aircraft crashed with the trainee and a passenger who wasn't immediately identified."We do not...
    By The Associated Press Loss of control and a lack of training is to blame for a fatal helicopter crash during protests of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville nearly three years ago, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a final report. The 13-page report issued Wednesday noted the pilot’s loss of control after the Virginia State Police helicopter had lost lift as well as his lack of training in how to recognize such a problem and how to help the aircraft recover from it. The crash near Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017, killed 48-year-old state police Lt. H. Jay Cullen and 40-year-old trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates. They were conducting surveillance of a Unite the Right rally. The loss...
    KINGSVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — The United States Navy is welcoming its first Black female fighter pilot and she’s stationed in South Texas. Officials with the Navy confirm Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle made a final flight on a T-45C Goshawk to complete her undergraduate Tactical Air training. “Swegle is the @USNavy’s first known Black female TACAIR pilot and will receive her Wings of Gold later this month. HOOYAH!” the Chief of Naval Air Training tweeted, wishing the pilot “BZ,” short for “Bravo Zulu,” the naval signal for “well done.” BZ to Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle on completing the Tactical Air (Strike) aviator syllabus. Swegle is the @USNavy’s first known Black female TACAIR pilot and will receive her Wings of Gold later this...
    DALLAS – A cargo plane crashed into a Texas bay last year after the co-pilot became disoriented and pushed the nose down because he mistakenly thought that the jet was about to stall, investigators said on Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the co-pilot’s poor training and inability to handle pressure contributed to the crash of Atlas Air Flight 3591. The co-pilot withheld parts of his work history from the air carrier to conceal his troubles at other airlines and was a “train wreck” in training, board members and investigators said during a Tuesday hearing on the crash. The Boeing 767 was carrying cargo from Miami for Amazon.com and the U.S. Postal Service when it went from a...
    By JAKE BLEIBERG and DAVID KOENIG, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — A cargo plane crashed into a Texas bay last year after the co-pilot became disoriented and pushed the nose down because he mistakenly thought that the jet was about to stall, investigators said on Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the co-pilot’s poor training and inability to handle pressure contributed to the crash of Atlas Air Flight 3591. The co-pilot withheld parts of his work history from the air carrier to conceal his troubles at other airlines and was a “train wreck” in training, board members and investigators said during a Tuesday hearing on the crash. The Boeing 767 was carrying cargo from Miami for Amazon.com and...
    An F-16 fighter jet has crashed during landing at Holloman Air Force base in New Mexico on Monday evening, the U.S. Airforce has confirmed. The incident marks the fifth crash of a U.S. Air Force fighter jet in a troubling string of accidents since May. The pilot on-board the F-16C Viper fighter jet was able to eject before the crash and is being treated for minor injuries. 'A U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper assigned to the 49th Wing crashed during landing at Holloman AFB at approximately 1800 MDT today,' officials posted on the base's Facebook page. An F-16C Viper fighter (pictured above, file photo) crashed during landing at Holloman Air Force base in New Mexico. The pilot was able to eject...
    An F-16C Viper crashed during a landing Monday evening at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico and emergency crews are at the scene. The pilot of the fighter jet managed to eject and suffered minor injuries, a statement said. An investigation is underway. The incident is the fifth fighter jet crash since May and the second F-16 crash in the past two weeks. The jet, which crashed at about 6 p.m. local time, was assigned to the 49th Wing. On July 1, an Air Force pilot was killed in an F-16 crash during a “routine training mission” in South Carolina. In mid-June, a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle crashed into the North Sea off the coast of northern...
    NBA player Josh Hart: Golf is the worst sport imaginable Jessica Mulroney Might Write a Tell-All Book About Her Friendship with Meghan Markle, Apparently Madeline Swegle makes history as U.S. Navys first Black female tactical jet pilot Navy Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle is making history by becoming the first known Black female tactical air pilot in the U.S. Navy's history.  © Provided by CNBC In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, student Naval aviator Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle, assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron (VT) 21 at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, stands by a T-45C Goshawk training aircraft following her final flight to complete the undergraduate Tactical Air (Strike) pilot training syllabus, July 7, 2020, in...
    (CNN)Soaring through the glass ceilings of both her gender and race, Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle has made history as the US Navy's first Black female tactical aircraft pilot. "BZ to Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle on completing the Tactical Air (Strike) aviator syllabus," the Chief of Naval Air Training wrote Thursday on Facebook, using the abbreviation BZ for Bravo Zulu, which means "well done." "Swegle is the U.S. Navy's first known Black female TACAIR pilot and will receive her Wings of Gold later this month," the post continued. Her completion of the tactical air training program paves the way for her to fly fighter jets such as the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter or the EA-18G Growler, according...
    Madeline Swegle is the first known African American woman to become a fighter jet pilot in the US Navy, the CNATRA tweeted Thursday. Chief of Naval Air Training/Twitter Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle will become the first Black female tactical fighter pilot in US Navy history, the chief of Naval Air Training announced in a tweet on Thursday. Swegle, a native of Virginia, has been stationed at Redhawks of Training Squadron 21 in Kingsville, Texas, according to Stars and Stripes. According to January 2019 data, the US Navy is approximately 80% male and 62% white. Black women make up about 5% of the US Navy, according to the data. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The US Navy...
    KINGSVILLE, Texas -- The U.S. Navy has welcomed its first Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot."MAKING HISTORY!" the U.S. Navy tweeted Thursday in response to a post that Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle had completed naval flight school and would later this month receive the flight officer insignia known as the "Wings of Gold." Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle, assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron (VT) 21 at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, stands next to a T-45C Goshawk training aircraft on July 7. Lt.j.g. Luke Redito/U.S. Navy via AP The Naval Air Training Command tweeted that Swegle is the Navy's "first known Black female TACAIR pilot."According to Stars and Stripes, Swegle is from Burke, Virginia, and graduated from the U.S. Naval...
    The U.S. Navy says it has its first Black female fighter pilot. The Naval Air Training Command tweeted that Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle is the Navy's “first known Black female [tactical aircraft] pilot.” The 2017 Naval Academy graduate recently completed her Tactical Aircraft training and will receive her “Wings of Gold” insignia later this month. Military.com says that a 2018 investigation it conducted with Navy-provided data revealed that only 1.9 percent of the service’s pilots assigned to fighter jets were Black.     Swegle is assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron 21 in Kingsville, Texas.         
    KINGSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Navy has welcomed its first Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot. “MAKING HISTORY!” the U.S. Navy tweeted Thursday in response to a post that Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle had completed naval flight school and would later this month receive the flight officer insignia known as the “Wings of Gold." The Naval Air Training Command tweeted that Swegle is the Navy's “first known Black female TACAIR pilot.” According to Stars and Stripes, Swegle is from Burke, Virginia, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017. Officials said she is assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron 21 in Kingsville, Texas. Swegle's milestone comes more than 45 years after Rosemary Mariner in 1974 became the first...
    The U.S. Navy announced its first Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot Thursday. “BZ to Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle on completing the Tactical Air (Strike) aviator syllabus,” the Naval Air Training Command tweeted, using an abbreviation for the “Bravo Zulu,” meaning “well done.” Student Naval Aviator Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle, assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron (VT) 21 at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, exits a T-45C Goshawk training aircraft following her final flight to complete the undergraduate Tactical Air (Strike) pilot training syllabus, July 7, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Anne Owens/Released) (U.S. Navy) The Navy’s tweet also included a pair of images of the history-making pilot standing alongside a T-45C Goshawk training jet on Tuesday. “Swegle is...
    BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) — A Utah community buried a U.S. military pilot who died when his jet crashed off the coast of England last month. Air Force 1st Lt. Kenneth Allen was laid to rest Saturday following a public ceremony attended by hundreds of people at a high school in Brigham City, KSTU-TV reported Saturday. Family members offered remembrances of the 27-year-old pilot who died in a June 15 training accident. The F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft flown by Allen crashed in the North Sea. The cause of the accident was under investigation. Allen was stationed with the 48th Fighter Wing at the Royal Air Force Lakenheath base beginning in February. He was the assistant chief of weapons and tactics...
    SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Officials have identified a military pilot killed when his fighter jet crashed during a training routine at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. 20th Fighter Wing Commander Larry Sullivan said the pilot was 1st Lt. David Schmitz from the 77th Fighter Squadron, news outlets reported. The crash happened on the military base around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Sullivan said Schmitz was performing a routine training mission in a F-16CM Fighting Falcon when the jet crashed. Schmitz was the only person on board. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Sullivan said Schmitz loved many things, including his family, his country and flying. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not...
    An Air Force pilot has been killed after his F-16 crashed during a “routine training mission” in South Carolina. The accident at Shaw Air Force Base late Tuesday night is the fourth involving a U.S. fighter jet since May. “The pilot of the F-16CM that crashed at approximately 2330 on June 30, 2020, during a routine training mission here at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., was pronounced dead,” the 20th Fighter Wing said in a statement. WRECKAGE FOUND AFTER US AIR FORCE F-15C JET CRASHES NEAR ENGLAND  An F-16CM Fighting Falcon assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron flies over Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, Wedgefield, S.C., in 2016. The 20th Fighter Wing says one if its F-16CM Fighting Falcons crashed at Shaw Air Force base late Tuesday night, killing its pilot....
    An Air Force fighter jet pilot assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing in South Carolina was killed during a training mission late Tuesday, officials said. The pilot from the Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter was the sole occupant of the F-16CM Fighting Falcon when it crashed about 11:30 p.m., according to Military.com. The pilot’s name has not yet been released. “We ask that you respect the family, and the squadron’s privacy as we complete this process,” 20th Fighter Wing Commander Larry Sullivan said. The accident remains under investigation. The 20th Fighter Wing, the largest F-16 unit in the Air Force, has fought in every major American conflict since World War II — and has often been the “tip of...
    SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — A military pilot has died in the crash of a fighter jet during a training mission at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. 20th Fighter Wing Commander Larry Sullivan confirmed the pilot's death early Wednesday morning. The crash happened on the military base around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, news outlets reported. Base officials said the pilot was performing a routine training mission in a F-16CM Fighting Falcon when the jet crashed. The pilot was the only person on board. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The name of the pilot wasn't immediately released. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: South Carolina
    SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — A military pilot has died in the crash of a fighter jet during a training mission at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. 20th Fighter Wing Commander Larry Sullivan confirmed the pilot’s death early Wednesday morning. The crash happened on the military base around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, news outlets reported. Base officials said the pilot was performing a routine training mission in a F-16CM Fighting Falcon when the jet crashed. The pilot was the only person on board. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The name of the pilot wasn’t immediately released. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.