FROM Andy Pasztor
Missing Jet Update Six days ago, Malaysia Airlines flight 370, flying with 239 passengers from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared. The mystery surrounding what happened to the flight continues to deepen. Each day seems to bring a different theory.
Turbulent Week and Grounded Flights for American Airlines American Airlines is in bankruptcy , and a contract dispute with pilots has disrupted its operations. Now safety issues involving passenger seats in 48 of its more than 100 airplanes have led to flight cancelations. Andy Pasztor covers aviation and the airline industry for the Wall Street Journal .
Nonresponsive Air Traffic Controller May Have Been Asleep on the Job Reagan National Airport, just four miles from the White House, is supposedly under high security at all times. But around midnight yesterday two passenger jets requested permission to land and got no word from the tower. It turns out there was only one, lone controller and he reportedly was asleep. The Federal Aviation Administration usually makes public statements after controller mistakes, but today, it was Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood . Andy Pasztor covers aviation for the Wall Street Journal .
How Did the Pilots Miss Their Landing in Minneapolis? A Northwest Airlines flight from San Diego to Minneapolis-St. Paul overshot its destination by more than 100 miles. It landed safely, with 149 passengers aboard, but it's still not clear what happened. Out of contact with air controllers for 78 minutes, the pilots insist they were distracted by a heated conversation, but the FBI and others aren't so sure. Andy Pasztor reports for the Wall Street Journal .
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."