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Malaysia Airlines says jet makes safe emergency landing

A Malaysia Airlines plane with 166 people aboard landed safely early Monday after turning back to Kuala Lumpur due to a landing gear problem, the carrier said. "The aircraft's right-hand landing gear malfunctioned upon takeoff and was forced to turn back to Kuala Lumpur," said the airline, which is still reeling from the loss and presumed crash of flight MH370. dma/jom

Four confirmed dead as Spain finds missing helicopter

A military helicopter that crashed into the sea near the Canary Islands was found Sunday with the bodies of its four missing crew members inside, the Spanish government said. The Super Puma helicopter, which crashed while practising a routine rescue operation, was found by a deep-diving robot in the early hours of the morning at a depth of more than 2,300 metres (7,500 feet), Spain's defence ministry said in a statement. "According to images sent by the robot from the boat 'Ares', the four missing crew members are still inside," the ministry said.

Security threat reported on Detroit-Denver Delta flight

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Delta Airlines flight that landed at a Denver airport was directed to a remote airport taxiway after an unspecified "potential security threat" onboard and passengers were ushered off the plane and were being interviewed by authorities, officials said.

AMR loses bid to terminate retiree benefits

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. bankruptcy judge largely declined on Friday to rule that former American Airlines parent company AMR Corp had a unilateral right to terminate benefits for nearly 47,000 retirees. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane in New York rejected a motion AMR made in 2012 for a ruling holding that the health and welfare benefits it provided retirees had not vested and could be unilaterally modified.

Japan scrambles fighters against Russian bombers for 6 days in row

The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighter jets after three pairs of Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers were detected flying around the Japanese archipelago Friday, the Defense Ministry's Joint Staff office announced. While they did not violate Japanese airspace, this was the sixth day in a row in which Russian military planes were spotted flying close to Japan. It is rare for the ASDF to scramble against as many as six foreign aircraft in a day. The ministry is analyzing motives behind Russia's heightened activities.

Cost to buy F-35 up 2 percent; to operate down 9 percent: Pentagon

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Thursday forecast the cost of developing and buying Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet at $398.6 billion, up 2 percent from last year, but said the projected cost to operate and maintain the jets was down about 9 percent. The total cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon's costliest weapons program, is now seen at $1.42 trillion, down about 6 percent from $1.50 trillion, including research, development, procurement and operations through 2065.

Two U.S. arms programs face live-or-die reviews after costs jump

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An unmanned U.S. Navy helicopter built by Northrop Grumman Corp and a precision ship-landing system built by Raytheon Co face mandatory reviews that could lead to their cancellation after quantity reductions drove unit costs sharply higher in 2013, the Pentagon announced on Thursday. Senior defense officials said the cost increases were largely due to cuts in the numbers of items to be purchased, but federal law required a careful look at program performance and other factors.

Finnish man in HK court after midair 'chocolate sword threat'

A Finnish passenger accused of making a hoax bomb threat on a Cathay Pacific flight wielded a chocolate bar like a sword and demanded that the plane be diverted so he could attend the Winter Olympics, a report said Friday. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, appeared in a Hong Kong court on Thursday charged with disorderly behaviour on an aircraft and for "communicating false information as to the existence of a bomb" during the Amsterdam-Hong Kong flight on February 14.

MH370 search to be most costly ever at $100 mln

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is set to be the most expensive in aviation history, analysts say, as efforts to find the aircraft deep under the Indian Ocean show no signs of slowing. The Boeing 777 vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, after veering dramatically off course en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and is believed to have crashed in the sea off Australia.

Fly me to Sochi, demands Cathay passenger armed with chocolate bar, court hears

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday.
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