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A flash bulb may have saved three men who crashed a 172 this weekend in hilly wooded terrain some 60 miles east of Vancouver. All were soaked in fuel and sitting in the crumpled plane, according to The Province when at a Comrorant military rescue helicopter passed near the sight at 1:45 a.m., and one of men in the aircraft pointed his camera skyward and set off its flash...

The Boeing 307 Stratoliner that ditched off Seattle last year will be back at EAA AirVenture this year. The 60-year-old restored airliner ran out of fuel about 16 months ago and ended up in Elliot Bay. It's been faithfully restored again and will be on display the full week of AirVenture...

Two Canadian pilots were killed in the crash of an Air Spray Lockheed Electra water bomber last week. The big four-engine turboprop had just dropped a load of retardant on a fire near Cranbrook, B.C., when it crashed in a wilderness area about five miles from the town...

German gun maker Heckler & Koch will supply U.S. airline pilots with their weapons. The winning bid was announced last Thursday. The company will supply 9,600 .40-LEM semiautomatic pistols for the TSA's Federal Flight Deck Officer's program...

Northwest Airlines suffered its worst financial quarter ever last quarter. Without cash infusions from the sale of its WorldSpan ticket processor and reimbursement for security costs from the government, the airline would have lost $160 million. The Iraq war and SARS were largely to blame but CEO Richard Anderson said there hasn't been much improvement since...

The eyes have it for speedy Customs clearance at Vancouver International Airport. The Canada Customs and Revenue Agency will use Iridian Technologies equipment to scan the irises of pre-approved travelers at YVR under CCRA's CANPASS-Air program. Eight other Canadian airports will soon have the equipment...

Atlantic City's famed Boardwalk will be the venue for the city's first major air show in 10 years. The Aug. 27 show will feature the Thunderbirds and various military and warbird demonstrations. It's free to the public and sponsored by Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.