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A helicopter owned by Indian oil company crashed with 29 people aboard on Monday. The aircraft, which had been chartered by one of India's largest oil companies, crashed into the Arabian Sea near Bombay. The helicopter took off at 12:15 p.m. from an offshore rig about 22 miles from the coast, and plunged into the sea three minutes later...

A recent study indicates the growth in UK aviation could speed up global warming. The reports also states this growth could destroy the governmentís recent commitment to a 60-percent cut in carbon dioxide by 2050. The inquiry was prompted by the Treasury and Department for Transportís discussion document, Aviation and the Environment, which demonstrates environmental costs would wipe out the economic case for an expansion in runways...

The FAA plans to publish a new Advisory Circular on Certification and Operation of Amateur-Built Aircraft. The proposed AC 20 27F provides information and guidance on the fabrication and assembly, airworthiness certification, and operation of amateur-built aircraft of all types. More information is available here (pdf file)...

Today, American Eurocopter will celebrate the groundbreaking of a new manufacturing facility in Columbus, Miss. The event, commemorating this latest addition to the company's U.S. bases., will feature a flying display at 11 a.m....

Two unidentified occupants of a Cessna 175 survived the crash of their aircraft onto the roof a local policeman's house in Princeton, British Columbia. The male pilot suffered facial injuries and his female passenger a broken arm in the crash, which occurred while the aircraft was on final to Princeton Airport. No one was home at Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Michael McVicar's home when the plane plowed into the roof.