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against them) found that the EU paid illegal subsidies to its aircraft maker Airbus and ordered that they should be withdrawn "without delay".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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