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Developing: Air Algerie Flight AH5017 Crashes in Mali

A Swiftair MD-83 similar to the aircraft that crashed in Mali today. Photo - Aero Icarus

A Swiftair MD-83 similar to the aircraft that crashed in Mali today. Photo – Aero Icarus | Flickr CC

According to the French Ministry of Defense Air Algerie flight AH5017, operated by Swiftair has crashed in Mali. Two French Fighter aircraft have confirmed the crash site, which is about 45 miles the city of Gao in the remote desert.

The MD-83  was flying from Ougadougou, Burkina Faso to Algiers carrying 110 passengers and six crew. Air navigation services lost contact with the aircraft at 9:55pm  ET. The last message received from the aircraft was a request to reroute around heavy rain storms at around 9:30pm ET.

The aircraft involved in the crash was one of two MD-83s that were on lease from Spanish charter-carrier Swiftair.

The passengers were comprised of 50 people from France, 24 from Burkina Faso, eight Lebanese, six Algerians, five Canadians, four Germans, two from Luxembourg; one from Mali, one Cameroonian, one Belgian, one Ukrainian, one Romanian, one Swiss, one Nigerian, and one Egyptian.

Per the Telegraph; French DGCA (Directorate General for Civil Aviation) inspected the plane  a few days ago in Marseille and found no faults.

This is a developing story and will be updated with new information.

UPDATED: Malaysian Flight 17 Crashes in Ukraine

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A Malaysian Airlines flight operating from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in Ukraine with 298 on board; 283 passengers and 15 crew.  The tail number is reported to be 9M-MRD. The flight was operating as flight 17.

The plane, a Boeing 777-200ER, was delivered to Malaysia Airlines in 1997. The plane’s first flight was July 17, 1997, which is exactly 17 years before its crash. At this point, we know that the plane was taken down by a surface-to-air missile, but we are unsure who fired it.

9M-MRD, the plane in question - Photo: marcusaffleck | Wikimedia Commons

9M-MRD, the plane in question with a different livery then at the time of the accident – Photo: marcusaffleck | Wikimedia Commons

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Photos + Video: Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Flying at Farnborough

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner -- flight test airplane ZB001 -- completes its validation flight Friday, July 11, ahead of the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow, outside London. Photo: Boeing

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – flight test airplane ZB001 – completes its validation flight July 11th, ahead of the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow outside London – Photo: Boeing

You are probably aware that the Farnborough Airshow is going on this week. It is a time where airline manufacturers compete for orders, but also a chance to show off a little aviation porn with flying during the airshow. Typically you get to see these large aircraft flown agressively, not like you see them in the “real world.”

We just wanted to share some of the photos of the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (ZB001) taking flight over Farnborough – enjoy!

ZB001 takes off from Farnborough - Photo: Boeing

ZB001 takes off from Farnborough – Photo: Boeing

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Special Airline Livery: Nok Air’s 10th Anniversary

Nok Air's brand new 737-800 takes off from Boeing Field in Seattle - Photo: Boeing

Nok Air’s brand new 737-800 takes off from Boeing Field in Seattle – Photo: Boeing

Nok Air already has a pretty sweet and unique looking livery. Now they have another special livery in the fleet to celebrate the airline’s 10th anniversary.

The Boeing 737-800 has the typical bird nose, but special stars, streamers and the 10th anniversary have been added.

“Today is an extremely exciting day for all of us at Nok Air, as the ’10th Anniversary’ aircraft and livery is a symbol of all the hard work and commitment of everyone at Nok Air in the past 10 years to achieve our goal of becoming Thailand’s number one premium low cost carrier,” said Nok Air CEO Patee Sarasin. “We are proud to have worked with Boeing since we started operations and this aircraft also marks a special milestone for our partnership.”

Make sure to notice the small beak on the winglet — now that is classy.

Wine, Wings, & More at the Future of Flight Aviation Center

Just hanging out under a Beechcraft Starship having wine - Photo: Future of Flight

Just hanging out under a Beechcraft Starship drinking wine – Photo: Future of Flight

We like wine. We like wings (the airplane variety). Why wouldn’t we love this awesome event at the Future of Flight?

On Friday, June 20th (next Friday), from 6-9pm, the Future of Flight is hosting a special event that features a night of wine, beer, food, music, and more at their facility (with airplanes there of course): Wing, Wings and More.

The event includes tastings from over 30 boutique wineries and distilleries and a beer garden on the Strato Deck with amazing views. Not to mention there will also be catered food.

Tickets are on sale now and only cost $45 ($35 if you are a member).

Hope to see you there!