Aircraft

  • Last surviving crew in US nuclear bombing of Hiroshima dies Yesterday

    New York: Theodore Van Kirk, the last surviving crew member of the US B-29 bomber that dropped the world's first atomic bomb on the Japanese city Hiroshima during World War II, has died at the age of 93. Van Kirk was the navigator of the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress aircraft...
  • News 360: Setback for Congress as A-G rejects plea for Leader of Opposition post 5 days ago

    In a huge blow to the Congress, the Attorney General has rejected the party's plea for getting the post of the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha. The A-G has claimed that the party must have 10 per cent of House strength to get the Leader of Opposition post. ...
  • Israel says shoots down Gaza drone as calls for truce mount July 14, 2014

    Gaza: Israel said it shot down a drone from Gaza a week into its offensive on Monday, the first reported deployment of an unmanned aircraft by Palestinian militants whose rocket attacks have been regularly intercepted. Hamas, the Islamist group which runs Gaza, said its armed wing had sent several drones to...
  • Indian Navy Light Combat Aircraft to soon begin test flights July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The naval variant of India's indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA) is due to soon begin ramp trials. Avinash Chander, scientific adviser to the Defence Minister and Director General Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), told India Strategic magazine (www.indiastrategic.in) that the LCA-Navy had already done more than 25 test...
  • Government may allow private charters to convert to scheduled airlines June 30, 2014

    New Delhi: To promote air travel in hitherto unconnected destinations, government is considering allowing non-scheduled air operators (NSOPs) and aircharter firms to convert to scheduled operators to fly on routes not touched by existing airlines. A major relief being considered is that the NSOPs, which are granted scheduled operators' permit, would...
  • Error in piloting led to C-130J Hercules crash: IAF sources June 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Error in piloting is understood to have been found as the reason behind the crash of Air Force's C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in March in which five service personnel, including four officers, were killed near Gwalior. The Court of Inquiry is almost complete and error in piloting is believed...
  • More US troops to Iraq, special forces considered June 17, 2014

    Washington: The US is urgently deploying several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq and considering sending an additional contingent of special forces soldiers as Baghdad struggles to repel a rampant insurgency, even as the White House insists anew that America will not be dragged into another war. President Barack Obama...
  • US considers air strikes on Iraq, holds talks with Iran June 17, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama considered options for military action to support Iraq's besieged government on Monday, and US and Iranian officials held talks to stabilize the region, which has been roiled by the advance of Sunni rebels toward Baghdad. Obama, who was being presented with recommendations from his top national security...
  • Ships move into Gulf as US lays out goals for Iraq June 15, 2014

    Washington: A US aircraft carrier was ordered to move into the Persian Gulf on Saturday as the United State laid out specific ways for Iraq to show it is forging the national unity necessary to gain assistance in its fight against Islamic insurgents. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the USS George...
  • Iran refused to fuel Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's aircraft over PIA dues June 4, 2014

    Lahore: Iranian authorities refused to fuel the aircraft of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his visit to Tehran last month to make the state-run PIA clear its dues amounting to just over $5000. "The Iranian airport authorities had refused to fuel the Pakistan PM's aircraft at the Tehran airport on...
  • First commercial super jumbo A380 flight to land in Delhi today May 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Singapore Airlines will become the first airline to start commercial operations of the world's largest passenger aircraft Airbus 380 in India on Friday. The airline will fly the A380 daily from Mumbai and Delhi. It is scheduled to land in Delhi after 8 pm on Friday evening. The...
  • Emirates to launch A-380 Mumbai-Dubai flight from July 21 May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Gulf carrier Emirates on Wednesday announced the launch of its A-380 operations between Mumbai and Dubai from July 21 adding a capacity of 2,127 seats per week in each direction. It will be the second global carrier after Singapore Airlines (SIA) which was set to start its superjumbo flights...
  • Shape-changing wings for airplanes may soon be a reality May 26, 2014

    Berlin: Researchers are developing next-generation wing flaps for airplanes that can change shape like a bird's wing for greater efficiency. The Europe's Smart Intelligent Aircraft Structures (SARISTU) programme aims to reduce kerosene consumption by six per cent, and integrating flexible landing devices into aircraft wings is one step towards that...
  • SC to hear plea for relocating INS Vikrant May 15, 2014

    The Supreme Court will on Friday hear a plea by the Centre for the relocation of the country's now decommissioned first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant to Darukhana ship breaking yard on grounds of its dilapidated condition. The apex court bench of Justice BS Chauhan and Justice AK Sikri agreed to hear...
  • World's first electric airplane takes maiden flight, could bring down air travel cost by more than a third May 12, 2014

    London: The world's first airplane completely powered by electricity has successfully taken to the skies for its maiden flight, and could bring down air travel cost by more than a third, its developer Airbus said. The small experimental aircraft called 'E-Fan' carried its first flight at an airport near...
  • World's first electric aircraft takes maiden flight May 12, 2014

    The world's first airplane completely powered by electricity has successfully taken to the skies for its maiden flight, and could bring down air travel cost by more than a third, its developer Airbus said. The small experimental aircraft called 'E-Fan' carried its first flight at an airport near Bordeaux in southwestern...
  • Real time tracking of all passenger and cargo flights made mandatory May 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The DGCA has issued guidelines to all flight operators making real time tracking of all aircraft that carry passengers and cargo mandatory. The ACARS or Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System/Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) will be used for this purpose. This will significantly help in search...
  • Air India to lease 14 Airbus A-320s to strengthen domestic network April 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Aiming to strengthen its domestic route network, Air India would lease 14 Airbus A-320s for up to six years in a phased manner from the current financial year. The national carrier on Thursday re-issued a tender for leasing these planes which should not be more than six years old....
  • DGCA asks SpiceJet to immediately stop Re 1 ticket offer April 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Terming SpiceJet's offer of rupee one fare across its domestic network as "predatory" and a "malpractice", aviation regulator DGCA on Tuesday came down heavily on the no-frill carrier and asked it to stop such pricing immediately. Hours after SpiceJet offered fares as low as rupee one valid for...
  • India sends blackbox of crashed C-130J to US for decoding data March 30, 2014

    The black box of the C-130J transport aircraft that crashed near Gwalior on Friday has suffered damage and the Air Force has sent it to the US to seek the assistance of its manufacturer Lockheed Martin in decoding the data, IAF officials said on Sunday. The connectors of the Flight Data...
  • UK: Aircraft crashes into a field, 2 persons dead March 30, 2014

    London: Two persons, including the pilot, have been killed when a light aircraft crashed into a field in a rural area in the UK, officials said. Emergency services were alerted to a major incident that a plane had gone down in Essex, a home county north-east of London, last evening. "Two...
  • IAF C-130J crash: 2 Wing Commanders, 2 Squadron Leaders among dead March 28, 2014

    New Delhi: A newly-acquired transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed near Gwalior on Friday, killing all five IAF personnel on board. The casualties included Wing Commander Prashant Joshi, Wing Commander Rajiv Nair, Squadron Leader Kaushik Mishra, Squadron Leader Ashish Yadav and Warrant Officer KP Singh. The C-130J Super Hercules, acquired...
  • IAF's C-130J Hercules aircraft crashes near Gwalior, 5 killed March 28, 2014

    In a major setback to the Air Force, a newly acquired US-made C-130J transport aircraft on Friday crashed near Gwalior after taking off from Agra air base, killing five crew members, including four officers. Two Wing Commanders, two Squadron Leaders and another crew member were killed in the Super Hercules Special...
  • Newly-acquired IAF aircraft C-130J Super Hercules crashes near Gwalior, 5 dead March 28, 2014

    New Delhi: A newly-acquired transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed near Gwalior on Friday, killing all five defence personnel on board. The C-130J Super Hercules, acquired by India in 2010 from the US, had taken off from the Agra airbase on a flying training missing on Friday morning and...
  • Chandigarh: Haryana Governor's aircraft crashlands, no casualties March 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The Haryana Governor, Jagannath Pahadia, had a narrow escape on Thursday when his aircraft allegedly crashlanded at the Chandigarh airport. The mishap happened on the runway as the aircraft carrying Pahadia was about to take off from the Chandigarh technical airport. Pahadia has been taken to a hospital for checkup. The...
  • Indian aircraft join search operations for missing plane March 23, 2014

    India on Sunday deployed two long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft in the Indian Ocean to help trace the Malaysian plane that mysteriously went missing over two weeks ago, carrying 239 people on board. The two surveillance aircraft - P8-I Poseidon of the Indian Navy and C-130J Super Hercules of the Indian Air...
  • Missing Malaysian plane: China releases image of object in search area March 23, 2014

    Kuala Lampur: Search planes headed back out to a desolate patch of the southern Indian Ocean on Sunday in hopes of finding answers to the fate of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, after China released a satellite image showing a large object floating in the search zone. The object, which appeared...
  • IAF, experts debunk theory of Malaysian plane being used for 9/11-type attack March 16, 2014

    The theory that the missing Malaysian aircraft could have been hijacked for a 9/11-type attack on India was on Sunday debunked by the IAF and strategic experts who said it would not have escaped detection had it entered the Indian air space. Senior IAF officers said India has multi-layered and seamless...
  • India scours uninhabited jungle islands for lost Malaysian jetliner March 14, 2014

    Indian aircraft combed Andaman and Nicobar, made up of more than 500 mostly uninhabited islands, for signs of a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner that evidence suggests was last headed towards the heavily forested archipelago. Popular with tourists and anthropologists alike, the islands form India's most isolated state. They are best known...
  • Search for missing Malaysian plane may be expanded: US March 14, 2014

    Seven days after the Malaysian jet disappeared with 239 people on board, confusion still prevails. The White House has said that the search operation may be opened in the Indian Ocean. ...