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Authorities are looking for vandals who did $1 million in damage to airport lighting at Brookley Field Industrial Complex in downtown Mobile, Ala., last month. Flights have not been disrupted...

Administrative workers at the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) have gone on strike after rejecting a contract offer from union brass. The union says it can't afford the wage and health benefit demands of the workers given the sacrifices pilots have made in recent years...

The FAA is recommending that all oil coolers (fuel and air type) serviced by Southwest Cooler Service be quarantined. It says an investigation revealed that coolers were improperly serviced and since it doesn't know how long it's been going on that all coolers handled by the company are suspect...

A former Comair flight attendant was found guilty of setting a fire in an aircraft lavatory. Turhan Lamons was the only attendant on the flight from Atlanta to Huntsville. The plane made a safe emergency landing. Lamons is also awaiting sentencing for calling Air Tran Airlines in 2005 and threatening a flight...

A pilot and passenger were killed when the Cessna 150 they were in crashed into the yard of a house in Forsyth County in Georgia. The plane's tail came to rest on the side of the house. Occupants of the house weren't injured...

A ten-foot section of vertical stabilizer from a crashed F-14 washed up in Ireland after apparently traveling 4,900 miles from the crash site off Florida. Squadron insignia and serial numbers were still legible and the Navy confirmed the part came from the Tomcat that crashed in 2002...

Excel Jet says it's moving closer to a first flight of its Sport-Jet prototype after installing the Williams FJ-33 engine and beginning taxi tests. The 4+1 single-engine jet will start certification tests soon and the resulting aircraft is expected to sell for about $1 million.