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Dutch Take Over Flight 17 Crash Investigation

Dutch Take Over Flight 17 Crash Investigation

As more detailed photographs from the crash scene are emerging, Dutch officials said that the country would take the lead in the investigation of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.
The Netherlands, which had the most citizens on the flight, is also assuming responsibility for the forensic identification of victims.
Meanwhile, images of the debris of Flight 17 are starting to appear in the media and on social media sites, providing …

Malaysia to Take Custody of Black Boxes and Bodies from Flight 17

Malaysia to Take Custody of Black Boxes and Bodies from Flight 17

Malaysia’s prime minister said Monday that the two black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines 777 will be turned over to Malaysian officials and that the country will take custody of the victims’ bodies as well.
Prime Minister Najib Razak said that his country has held behind-the-scenes discussions with “those in charge of the MH17 crash site” and those led to the announcement.  He emphasized the importance of “recovering the remains …

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Black Boxes Found, Will be Turned Over to International Authorities

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Black Boxes Found, Will be Turned Over to International Authorities

Rebels in Donetsk in Ukraine say they believe have recovered the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines jet and will turn them over to the international aviation authorities.
Donetsk rebel leader Alexander Borodai said that his people have found “details which look like the black boxes” and confirmed he will hand them over to the International Civil Aviation Organization, but not to the Ukrainians.
“We are not tech experts, none of …

Ukraine: Russia Responsible for Downing of Flight 17, Rebels Removing Evidence

Ukraine: Russia Responsible for Downing of Flight 17, Rebels Removing Evidence

The Ukrainian government said on Saturday that it believes Russia is responsible provided the missile that shot down a Malaysian Airlines 777 on Thursday and that separatist rebels were confiscating evidence at the crash site and limiting access to it.
The news dampened the prospects of having a thorough and transparent investigation of the crash of Flight 17.
Media reports from the site indicate little progress in the investigation, in great part …

American and US Airways’ Machinists Union Reach Accord

American and US Airways’ Machinists Union Reach Accord

American Airlines announced on Saturday that three workgroups at US Airways ratified new collective bargaining agreements.
The agreements cover over 11,000 employees at the American Airlines subsidiary and include mechanics, fleet service clerks, and other ground workers.  All three groups were represented by the International Association of Machinists.  The National Mediation Board participated in the negotiations.
The three-year contracts provide for increased wages and improved job security, according to a statement from …

LaGuardia Central Terminal Replacement Project Delayed

LaGuardia Central Terminal Replacement Project Delayed

The long-overdue makeover of LaGuardia Airport in New York may take a bit more time.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Friday that it is delaying its announcement of a winner in the bidding for the $3.6 billion Central Terminal Building Replacement Project from mid July until September.
Construction on the new terminal was due to start in 2017 and a replacement for the current Central Terminal, also …

Key Facts About Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, also known as MH17, crashed over eastern Ukraine on Thursday carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members.  The flight was operated using a Boeing 777-200 with registration 9M-MRD, and the flight time was expected to be roughly 11 and 30 minutes, covering 6,368 miles (10,248 kilometers, 5,533 nautical miles).
The plane that operated MH17 had been in service for 17 years and had a clean maintenance record.
The …