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The Sudanese government blamed a parts shortage due to U.S. sanctions for contributing to a Sudan Airways 737 that crashed Tuesday killing 115 of 116 aboard. The Boeing had minutes before left Port Sudan for the capital, Khartoum, when it crashed into an uninhabited area just outside a Red Sea coast airport. The only survivor, a three-year-old boy, was found in a thorn bush and burned over 15 percent of his body. He lost his mother and part of his right leg in the crash...

Raytheon plans to show off its new Beechcraft line at EAA's AirVenture Oshkosh. The entire Beechcraft product line will be represented, starting with the Beechcraft Bonanza and Baron, and including the King Air family -- the 350, B200 and C90B -- as well as the Premier I bizjet, which is making its second appearance at Oshkosh...

Data collected by the Rand Corp. indicates U.S. military pilots are flocking less to the airlines but that the Air Force faces a continuing pilot shortage. The current state of the airline industry and increased incentives by the military have slowed attrition to the air carriers. The Air Force has also enacted new policies -- such as advanced notice on deployments and additional stipends -- to help support airmen and their families. According to the study the shortage of Air Force aviators will continue through 2020...

The Kansas Aviation Museum has asked Raytheon to donate a Starship to its aircraft collection. The museum also would like to acquire two other aircraft from Raytheon -- a 1900A and a Beechjet. The interest in the Starship, which Raytheon says will scrap along with others in the fleet, stems from what museum officials claim is a "technology transfer" aircraft used to develop new design concepts.