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A three-day public hearing will start June 13 into the crash of a Pinnacle Airlines Regional Jet in Missouri last Oct. 14. The NTSB's preliminary investigation indicated one or both of the plane's engines ceased producing thrust while it cruised at its maximum altitude of 41,000 feet while on a repositioning flight...

The show must go on for organizers of a festival honoring James Dean in his home town of Marion, Ind., regardless of whether the FAA curbs operations at the local airport during Dean Fest. FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said no decision has been made on curtailing activity at the airport during the festival...

A symbol of Boeing's ill-fated attempt to win a military tanker contract could be scrapped. Boeing officials are considering what to do with a $54 million custom-built 767 (minus engines) that was to be the prototype for the project. It may end up in Italy or Japan as part of Boeing's tanker contracts with those countries...

An air traffic controller and his wife died in the crash of a Cessna 182 in Connecticut. Alfred Zadow, a controller at Republic Airport on Long Island, and his wife Donna were killed when the plane crashed in a wooded area after the pilot reported engine problems...

An emergency refueling stop at an Air Force base could land an illegal alien in jail. Charles Bueno, a Brazilian who lives in Framingham, Mass., was forced to land his Cessna 210 at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico on May 16 for fuel. Military authorities suspected all on board, including the pilot, were in the country illegally and turned them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Bueno's visitor's visa expired in 1998 and none of his passengers had entry visas.