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March 26th, 2014
05:57 AM ET

More Debris Spotted, But From MH370?

Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (MRSA) received new satellite images from France that were taken on March 23.

The images showed 122 potential objects in one area of the ocean. Some of the objects were as much as 23 meters in length.

Some appeared bright, possibly indicating solid material. They were located about 2,500 kilometers from Perth.

"This is another new lead that will help direct the search operation," said Acting Minister of Transportation Hishammuddin Bin Hussein on Wednesday.

Officials say they can tell you how Flight 370 ended. It crashed into the Indian Ocean, they'll say, citing complicated math as proof.

They can tell you when it probably happened - on March 8, sometime between 8:11 and 9:15 a.m. (7:11 to 8:15 p.m. ET March 7), handing you a sheet with extraordinarily technical details about satellite communications technology.

What they still can't tell you is why, or precisely where, or show you a piece of the wreckage.

See story as it updates on CNN.com. 

February 27th, 2014
05:21 AM ET

Smoke Smelled in Plane at Oakland, California

The smell of smoke was reported in a plane that landed at California's Oakland International Airport late Wednesday, officials said.

SkyWest Flight 4454 arrived from Los Angeles International Airport on time, landed and taxied to the gate normally. There were 75 passengers and 4 crew members on board the CRJ 900 aircraft at the time.

The reported smell of smoke was noticed shortly after landing, said Delta Air Lines spokesman Russell Cason. SkyWest is a Delta subsidiary.

There were no injuries or damage reported, and passengers disembarked at the gate, airport spokesman Scott Witner said.

Authorities could not find the source of the smoke, and fire officials have left the scene, he said.

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November 20th, 2013
06:14 AM ET

Search and Rescue Underway For 2 Survivors After Plane Crashes Off Florida Coast

A throng of rescue workers scoured the coastal Florida waters early Wedenesday morning looking for two people missing from an air ambulance crash. CNN's John Zarrella has the latest.

Authorities have already found the bodies of two others in the Atlantic Ocean, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said. The four passengers - two pilots, a doctor and a nurse - had just dropped off a patient at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and was headed back to Mexico, airport spokesman Greg Meyer said.

By early Wednesday, the debris field and search area for survivors had stretched to 20 square miles of the Atlantic, the Coast Guard said.

A distress call from one of the pilots came just moments after takeoff. An air traffic controller asked him to turn left and keep a certain altitude.

"Not possible," the pilot responded.

The pilot asked to turn around. Seconds later, he said: "Mayday, mayday, mayday."

Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said the bodies of a man and woman were located just off the coast of Fort Lauderdale.

The two medical staff members worked for Air Evac International, said Albert Carson, the company's director of operations. The pilots worked for a chartered company. Carson said it was not immediately clear who was killed and who was still missing.

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August 15th, 2013
11:31 AM ET

UPS Plane Goes Down in Alabama Field

Residents in Alabama witnessed a deadly crash early yesterday when a UPS cargo jet flying out of Louisville, Kentucky slammed to the ground near Birmingham's airport. 

Both pilots on board were killed, and many who live near the scene say they are counting their blessings it wasn't much worse.

“The broken and burnt wreckage of the A-300 cargo plane sits in an open field a half mile from a neighborhood,” reports CNN’s David Mattingly.

“Nearby broken trees and power lines show how close the jet came to killing people in their homes.”

Pieces of the plane littered witness Barbara Benson’s yard.

“I'm thankful that it did not kill us,” says Benson, “because that's dangerous.”

The flight was uneventful until its final seconds, approaching the airport in Birmingham, when people awoke to what one woman says sounded like sputtering over their rooftops.

“Seconds later, fire and explosions,” Mattingly reports.

“Federal crash investigators are only beginning to find answers, a mystery compounded by an absence of critical communication."

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July 11th, 2013
06:21 AM ET

911 calls from desperate passengers, witnesses – Miguel Marquez reports

CNN is covering the latest from Asiana Airlines Flight 214's final moments in the air and the chaotic scene on the ground immediately after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport, killing two passengers.

Frightened witnesses and passengers on the plane made desperate calls for help moments after it crashed and burst into flames. This morning, we’re hearing their dramatic 911 calls.

CNN's Miquel Marquez has details.

“A chilling description of the traumatic scene as passengers escape the burning aircraft, and a desperate plea for emergency medical assistance,” Marquez explains.

The words on one call: "We've been down on the ground, I don't know, 20 minutes, a half-hour…There are people waiting on the tarmac with critical injuries, head injuries. We're almost losing a woman here…We're trying to keep her alive."

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