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August 19, 2005

Baggage Handlers Find Suspicious White Powder On Flight To Cleveland

Turns Out To Be Cooking Spice

The plane arrived on time. But the passengers had to wait awhile before they could claim their bags. The reason? Something fishy in the cargo hold.

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Three Hurt As NWA 747 Gear Collapses

Incident Forces Closure Of Guam's International Airport

Three people aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 74, a Boeing 747-200, were injured Friday when the nosegear of the aircraft collapsed shortly after landing.

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Another Helios Problem

Flight To Luton Diverted Because Of Technical Glitch

Already under the microscope after one of its 737s crashed mysteriously in Greece Sunday, Cyprus's Helios Airways moved a little closer to the flame of public opinion Friday when one of its planes had to be diverted to a different airport because of a suspected technical problem.

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Greek Investigators: It Wasn't Carbon Monoxide

But So Far, They Don't Rule Out Some Other Toxic Gas

Coroners in Greece say the passengers who were killed or incapacitated aboard a doomed Helios Airways 737 didn't suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning -- but refused to rule out some other substance in the air aboard the plane.

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A Chilly Precursor To Disaster?

PAX Aboard Penultimate Helios Flight Say Cabin Was Unusually Cold

On its second-to-last flight before crashing near Athens, Greece, passengers aboard a Helios Airways 737-300 complained of bitter cold and the fact that flight attendants ran out of blankets. It's the latest information to surface that belies statements from Helios, saying there were no problems with the aircraft prior to its crash last Sunday.

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EU Pushes For Airline 'Blacklist'

Would Focus On Aircraft Grounded For Maintenance

The European Union Commission will soon introduce a list of airlines that aren't safe to fly -- a blacklist of carriers whose aircraft are grounded for safety reasons.

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Fuel System Focus Of Venezuela Probe

Questions Remain: Why Would Both Engines Fail Simultaneously?

French authorities in Martinique Thursday opened a criminal investigation into the crash of a West Caribbean MD-82 in Venezuela earlier this week -- one that killed 160 people.

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No Joy In Talks Between NWA, Mechanics

Strike Could Come Friday

A new contract offer to Northwest Airlines from its mechanics didn't contain the concessions needed for the carrier to stay afloat, according to a company statement. A strike deadline of midnight Friday looked more and more likely, even as Northwest said it was prepared to conduct business as usual if the mechanics walk.

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US Finance Firm Orders $2.2 Billion Worth Of Airbus Jets

That's 24 A320s And Five A350s

Financial giant CIT Group Thursday announced it has signed a purchase agreement with aircraft manufacturer Airbus for new aircraft.

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