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There were some tense moments in Miami after an experimental plane crashed into the Federal Reserve Bank, Thursday. Both occupants of the Four Winds 192 died but none of the 100 people attending a Christmas party inside was hurt. Authorities quickly determined the mishap was an accident and not deliberate...

Steve Fossett's balloon flight around the southern hemisphere last summer has been officially recognized by the Federation Aeronautique International. As a result, Fossett holds five world records, including three for "shortest time around the world" and one each for endurance and distance...

The final report on Alaska Airlines Flight 261 will be on the table when the NTSB meets in Washington December 10. The MD-83 crashed into the Pacific off California January 31, 2000, after the crew experienced elevator control problems, bringing scrutiny to the aircraft's jackscrew trim assembly. All 83 aboard died...

Flight delays were down 21 percent this year but better weather gets most of the credit. Weather causes about two-thirds of flight delays. The FAA says its new technology and other efficiencies are helping, too. Another factor was the 7.9 percent drop in traffic thanks to the economy and 9/11...

Inventor and museum founder Stanley Hiller Jr. received the Smithsonian's lifetime achievement award. Hiller designed and built the UH-12 helicopter as well as miniature choppers like the Rotorcycle and a flying circular table that was steered by the pilot's shifting weight...

Mike Adamson has been named director of training and education for the Aircraft Electronics Association. Adamson was the executive director of the AEA Educational Foundation and was formerly in sales positions with Honeywell and B/E Aerospace...

The FAA's program to modernize tracking of aircraft over the ocean will be audited by the Department of Transportation's Inspector General's Office. Much of the work is now done by hand and the idea is to modernize the system to improve monitoring and tighten up aircraft spacing, thus boosting capacity.