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December 15, 2009 | Julie Johnsson
SEATTLE -- The crowd of workers and dignitaries lining Paine Field today held their breath as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner roared down the runway, lifted its nose into the air and then flew north with two chase planes trailing along the horizon and then into a bank of clouds. For the first time, a passenger jetliner with a body and wings made of super-hardened plastics took wing, a milestone that promises to usher in a new era in aviation. The plane was scheduled to circle over the Puget Sound for four or so hours, as Michael Carriker and co-pilot Randall Neville test whether the 787's state-of-the-art wing and electronics systems perform as designed.
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April 23, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Boosted by strong sales, Boeing Co. beat analysts' estimates for its first quarter largely because of faster production of commercial jetliners. The Chicago aerospace giant reported a profit of $965 million, or $1.28 a share. That's down 12.7% from $1.11 billion, or $1.44 a share, a year earlier. Boeing attributed the fall to a $330-million write-off related to changes in its pension plans and a one-time tax credit in 2013. The company's core earnings - excluding retirement costs and the write-off - rose to $1.76 a share, up from $1.73 a share a year earlier.
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NEWS
August 26, 1985 | United Press International
A Delta Air Lines 727 jet arriving from Birmingham, Ala., blew three tires as it landed today at Hartsfield International Airport, but a spokesman said none of the 105 passengers aboard were injured.
WORLD
April 8, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - An Australian ship hunting for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has picked up two more transmissions similar to those of the jet's "black boxes," and the coordinator of the search said Wednesday the "pings" were helping to narrow the search area significantly. The vessel Ocean Shield, towing an acoustic detection device lent by the U.S. Navy, recorded pings of five and seven minutes' duration Tuesday afternoon and evening, said Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is coordinating the search efforts from Perth, Australia.
WORLD
August 28, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two hijackers who commandeered a jetliner from Sudan's Darfur region and diverted it to a remote desert airstrip in Libya surrendered and freed all hostages after a daylong standoff, officials said. Sudan's consul in the Sahara desert oasis of Kufra, where the plane landed, said the two Darfur men were brought into the airport's VIP lounge. Also freed were crew members whom the hijackers had continued to hold even after releasing 87 passengers earlier. The diplomat, Mohammed Balla Othman, who spoke to the Associated Press by telephone from the VIP room, said that in the last stages of negotiations, the hijackers were asking for asylum in Libya.
WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan and Barbara Demick
The U.S. military pulled its warship out of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Monday and will rely instead on sophisticated submarine-hunting aircraft, a sign of just how complex the international search for the missing Boeing 777 has become in its second week. At least 26 nations have deployed ships, aircraft and satellites in one of the largest international coalitions ever mustered in a search and rescue operation. Search teams are concentrating on wide bands in both the northern and southern hemispheres west of Malaysia, crossing the territories of a dozen Asian nations as well as the sparsely traveled waters of the southern Indian Ocean.
NEWS
July 27, 1989 | From Times wire services
Authorities said at least 82 people were killed today when a Korean Air DC-10 jetliner crashed short of a fogbound airport in Tripoli, Libya, and cartwheeled through an olive grove. It was the second crash of a DC-10 in eight days. A United Air Lines DC-10 crashed in Sioux City, Iowa, on July 19, killing 111 people.
NEWS
August 6, 1987 | United Press International
A United Airlines 727 jetliner with 52 passengers descended toward the wrong airport today, but was warned off in time and made a safe landing four miles away at its correct destination. The flight crew returned aboard the same aircraft to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and was promptly removed from service pending an investigation, the airline said.
BUSINESS
April 19, 1989 | BILL SING, Times Staff Writer
An Irish aircraft leasing firm on Tuesday announced a $17-billion order for up to 308 commercial jetliners from three manufacturers, by far the largest such single-day purchase ever and another boost for McDonnell Douglas' commercial aircraft division in Long Beach. GPA Group Ltd., one of the world's largest aircraft leasing companies, said its order includes a $3.1-billion request for up to 72 aircraft from McDonnell Douglas. That deal will fill out gaps in McDonnell Douglas' already busy production lines in Long Beach, although it will not increase employment, company officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1986 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
A United Airlines jetliner descending toward Los Angeles International Airport with 94 people aboard came within 200 feet of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration helicopter in what the United pilot described as a "near-miss," officials said Thursday. The Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and DEA have launched their own investigations of the incident, which occurred at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, about 5 1/2 miles east of the airport.
WORLD
April 5, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - A Chinese ship has detected a pulse signal that could be related to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, Chinese state-run media reported Saturday, boosting hopes for finding the vanished jet but raising new questions about how tightly the search effort is being coordinated. China's state-run Xinhua news agency said a Chinese vessel in the Indian Ocean, the Haixun 01, picked up a "pulse signal with a frequency of 37.5 kHz” - the same frequency as emitted by a plane's flight data recorder.
WORLD
March 28, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - From beach vacations to entertainers, all things Malaysian are being boycotted in China in protest of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 and what many consider the bungled investigation that has followed. Major Chinese ticketing agencies this week banned sales of airplane tickets to Malaysia, with one of them, eLong, saying it will maintain the stricture “indefinitely until the Malaysian government and Malaysia Airlines release every piece of information they have in order to find out the truth of the missing flight as soon as possible.
WORLD
March 27, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
The Navy is adding another advanced submarine-hunting aircraft to its effort to find debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. A second P-8 Poseidon will replace an older P-3 Orion in the 30,000-square-mile search area in the rough waters of the Indian Ocean southwest of Perth, the Navy said. Planes searching for signs of the missing Boeing 777 were grounded Thursday because of stormy conditions.  The delay frustrated search teams because satellite photos were released Wednesday showing 122 objects in the ocean that could be wreckage.
WORLD
March 22, 2014 | By Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - China said Saturday that its satellite spotted a large object floating in the south Indian Ocean area that has become a focal point in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. A Chinese defense agency said on its website that satellite pictures taken around noon Tuesday showed an object measuring 74 feet by 43 feet, about 75 miles southwest of where Australia two days earlier captured images of two indistinct objects, one of them estimated at 79 feet long.
OPINION
March 19, 2014 | Meghan Daum
Rush Limbaugh is right on this one. The reporting on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared March 8, has turned into a spectacle - not the good kind. It's all "such a show," Limbaugh told his listeners Monday. "We've got anchors and anchorettes who don't know beans about even why an airplane flies. They couldn't explain the concept of air pressure differential or lift to you if their jobs depended on it. " Actually it's even worse than "such a show": The lack of any real information has pushed television news to new levels of unintentional self-parody.
WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan and Barbara Demick
The U.S. military pulled its warship out of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Monday and will rely instead on sophisticated submarine-hunting aircraft, a sign of just how complex the international search for the missing Boeing 777 has become in its second week. At least 26 nations have deployed ships, aircraft and satellites in one of the largest international coalitions ever mustered in a search and rescue operation. Search teams are concentrating on wide bands in both the northern and southern hemispheres west of Malaysia, crossing the territories of a dozen Asian nations as well as the sparsely traveled waters of the southern Indian Ocean.
NEWS
December 15, 1987 | Associated Press
A TWA jetliner carrying 233 passengers on a flight from Los Angeles to New York made an emergency landing at O'Hare International Airport after a cockpit warning light went on, officials said. There were no injuries. Crews investigating the incident Sunday found a crack in an engine duct on the Boeing 747, which allowed heat to reach a sensor that warns if one of the plane's engines is overheating.
WORLD
March 14, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano and W.J. Hennigan
WASHINGTON - A week after one of the most advanced commercial aircraft ever built vanished with 239 people aboard, an international effort involving fleets of ships, planes and satellites appears to be chasing fragmentary data and theories centered on a potentially longer flight far west of the jet's intended destination. As Saturday dawned in Asia, that search had veered more decisively into new areas: U.S. ships are concentrating on waters west of Malaysia, where the Boeing 777 flight originated, while investigators sought to determine why onboard transponders had apparently been turned off manually.
WORLD
March 11, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 grew more puzzling Tuesday as reports suggested the plane may have veered more than 300 miles west of its intended flight path and flew lower and longer than previously thought. Although the flight from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, to Beijing disappeared from civilian air traffic control screens at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, military sources told the Malaysian press that it was detected by the military at 2:40 a.m. over the Strait of Malacca - a narrow stretch of water off the west coast of the Malay peninsula.
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