News File image: A pilot has reported coming within feet of a metallic rugby ball shaped UFO while flying over the English countryside

Investigators have been unable to trace or established what the ‘bright silver rugby ball shaped’ object, which came within feet of the cockpit, was

Black boxes yield Air France Airbus crash data

Investigators have managed to extract data from the black boxes of an Air France jet which crashed in the Atlantic in 2009, raising the prospect of determining what caused the disaster, which killed all 228 people on board.

Second black box may finally unlock secrets of Air France crash

The cockpit voice recorder from an Air France airliner that crashed into the Atlantic two years ago was found yesterday. The jet's flight data recorder was recovered on Sunday.

Brazil: Air France black box found, but data missing

Deep sea search teams have found part of the black box assembly of the Air France plane that crashed off Brazil, but without the memory unit that could provide crucial clues.

A Day That Shook The World: Largest passenger aircraft in history takes off

On 27 April 2005, the Airbus A380, biggest and heaviest passenger aircraft ever built took its maiden flight from Toulouse Airport.

Wreckage found on ocean floor may solve Airbus crash mystery

Wreckage from a Paris-bound Airbus that crashed after setting off from Rio de Janeiro, including bodies still strapped into seats, has been found by robot submarines 22 months after the aircraft crashed into the Atlantic. The discovery has revived hopes that the mystery surrounding the crash of the A330-203 in June 2009, with the loss of 228 lives, will eventually be solved.

WTO rules Boeing had $5.3bn subsidy

In the latest twist in the long-running row between Boeing and Airbus, the World Trade Organisation has ruled that Boeing received at least $5.3bn (£3.3bn) in illegal subsidies from the US government.

Airbus to build £70m business park

European planemaking company Airbus showed its commitment to the UK today by announcing it will build a £70 million office facility at its plant at Filton in Bristol.

Airline faces charges over Atlantic crash

A French judge placed Air France under formal investigation for involuntary manslaughter yesterday over a crash in 2009 that killed all 228 people on a jet that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean. Being placed under formal investigation is one step short of formal charges.

Airbus helps EADS back into the black

The European defence group EADS bounced back into the black in 2010 thanks to a boost from its Airbus aircraft business, according to annual results published by the company yesterday.

Boeing wins US tanker contract after 10-year saga

the aerospace giant Boeing was last night awarded a $30bn (£18bn) deal to replace the US air force's ageing fleet of mid-air refuelling tankers, dashing the hopes of European rival EADS that it could win its first major US defence contract.

Night, By David Harsent

Truly significant poets write like no one else, and David Harsent is both sui generis and unsurpassed. Taking over where his Forward Prize-winning book Legion left off, Night conducts an examination of the human psyche that is unique in both the unflinchingness of its gaze, and the narrative metaphors it uses to explore dream-life, terror and hidden impulse.

Stelios attacks easyJet after profits warning

The easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou launched a fresh broadside against the no-frills airline yesterday after the carrier took a £24m hit from weather disruptions in December and warned that its half-year losses were set to double.

Airbus delivers record number of planes

Plane-maker Airbus delivered a record number of aircraft last year, it was announced today.

Qantas to fly A380s on LA route

Qantas will resume flying Airbus A380 flights between Australia and Los Angeles from 16 January, the airline said yesterday.

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