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Two members of Congress from New York called on the National Transportation Safety Board to reverse its decision not to send an investigator to the scene of a small plane crash that killed a prominent attorney and his niece.

Updated at 5:35 p.m. ET

Travelers experienced significant flight delays at New York's LaGuardia Airport and at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday due to a shortage of air traffic control center workers. Philadelphia International Airport also saw slight staffing-related delays.

Airlines including American, Delta and Alaska have announced restrictions on so-called smart luggage because the lithium-ion batteries found in many of these suitcases pose a fire risk.

These kinds of bags have proliferated in recent years, including motorized suitcases you can ride and one pitched as an autonomous "robot companion" that follows you around.

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Drones are more popular than ever before. The small remote-controlled aircraft can take photographs and shoot video and they are getting easier and easier to use.

However, drones are also more and more controversial. Critics say their buzzing propellers are an unwelcome intrusion in wild lands that are meant to feel remote and natural.

New York State is now trying to figure out when and where these tiny aircraft should be allowed on public lands.


Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing back against President Trump's plan to privatize the United States Air Traffic Control system, saying it would give airlines more control and leverage to increase airfare.

Collision between small planes kills three in North Collins

Sep 25, 2016

Two pilots and a passenger were killed Sunday morning in a mid-air crash between two planes in North Collins. The planes took off from the Hamburg Airport headed to St. Mary, Pennsylvania.

Buffalo Niagara International Airport

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is alerting the public that an emergency training drill will be held tonight at 6 PM at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

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Technical failures forced the emergency landing of a commuter flight at the Greater Rochester International Airport on Christmas afternoon.

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Families of Colgan Air Flight 3407 are celebrating the Federal Aviation Administration's announcement of new pilot training rules.  The FAA issued the final rules in Washington earlier Tuesday.

Tower at Falls airport not on FAA closure list

Mar 22, 2013

The air traffic control tower at the Niagara Falls International Airport, which was a potential victim of sequestration budget cuts, will remain open.

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Despite the stunning revelations of safety shortcomings that emerged in the aftermath of the crash of Flight 3407, the airline industry is moving begrudgingly to raise universal standards.

File photo provided by the office of Congressman Higgins

The fourth anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407 is approaching and a number of aviation safety changes still have not gone into effect.