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

Holiday jet turns back after engine scare

A holiday jet carrying more than 200 passengers was forced to turn back after a problem with an engine shortly after take-off.

Rain hampers plane crash recovery efforts

Emergency teams battled heavy rain and mud today to recover bodies strewn over hills overlooking the Pakistani capital after the country's worst plane crash.

Passenger plane crashes near Islamabad

A passenger jet crashed into the hills overlooking Pakistan's capital amid poor weather today, killing all 152 people on board and blazing a path of devastation strewn with body parts and twisted metal wreckage.

EU appeals WTO Airbus ruling

The European Union is appealing against the World Trade Organisation ruling that aircraft maker Airbus received illegal state subsidies.

Farnborough show ends with $12bn flurry of orders

Airlines from Asia dominated the third day of the Farnborough Airshow yesterday, as orders for new aircraft topped the $12bn mark.

Flybe's $1.3bn order fuels hopes of airline recovery

The aviation industry showed clear signs of recovery from recession with another slew of orders at the biennial Farnborough International Air Show in Hampshire yesterday.

Farnborough: big orders and a vision of the future

The biennial Farnborough Air Show began yesterday with a flurry of orders for the rival aircraft makers Boeing and Airbus.

Tom Enders: Europe must fight against the temptations of protectionism

More integration is the best way to meet the EU's economic challenges, the Airbus chief executive tells Sarah Arnott

James Moore: No result in sight in aircraft grudge match

Outlook The US might have been out of the World Cup for nearly a week, but it scored a consolation goal against its European rivals yesterday. The World Trade Organisation (that's the body American administrators like to ignore when it rules against them) found that the EU paid illegal subsidies to its aircraft maker Airbus and ordered that they should be withdrawn "without delay".

EasyJet founder takes airline to court

EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou does not like the direction the now-public company is heading and took it to the High Court today.

Airline to test 'silver bullet' for detecting clouds of volcanic ash

A "silver bullet" for airlines to avert future disruption from volcanic activity was unveiled yesterday by the UK's leading budget airline, easyJet. The carrier incurred losses of up to £75m when Europe's airspace was closed following the eruption of an Icelandic volcano in April and May. It now aims be the first airline to trial a new device called the "Airborne Volcanic Object Identifier and Detector" (AVOID).

Simon Calder: Shortest route for the world's biggest plane

Imagine: you call a cab, and at the appointed time a stretched limousine draws up outside. You might be intrigued and impressed, but also anxious about the likely fare. Then you discover that the price is actually one-third lower than usual. That is the terrestrial equivalent to the biggest aviation story of the summer: the world's largest plane is to fly on one of the shortest international routes.

Sir Stelios quits EasyJet board

EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou quit the board of the low-cost airline today in a long-running battle over its growth strategy.

The miracle on board flight 771

A boy lives through an air crash that kills all the other passengers. Miraculous? Yes – but not unprecedented

Sketch: Richmond Park

Boeings before midnight, Airbuses at dawn: that is the pattern of departures from Heathrow. In the first hour after the polls closed at 10pm on Thursday night, around 7,000 people fled the country by air from Heathrow – mostly aboard the stream of wide-bodied Boeings heading east and south. Many of them flew directly overhead the Twickenham sports hall where votes for Richmond Park were being counted.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness