Editor's note: We are seeing reports of fire viewable from New York's JFK airport. The airport is conducting a live fire exercise today, according to airport officials, which will produce fire and smoke in a controlled fashion away from public areas. - Jimmy
Editor's note: France's defense ministry says two civilian contractors died in today's crash in Malta, in addition to three defense ministry employees. Initial reports that those on board worked for the French customs office likely stem from the fact that the group had been tracking illicit trafficking of people and drugs as part of a five-month customs operation, according to the French government. - Tricia
Air travel is a form of travel in vehicles such as helicopters, hot air balloons, blimps, gliders, hang gliding, parachuting, airplanes or anything else that can sustain flight. Use of air travel has greatly increased in recent decades - worldwide it doubled between the mid-1980s and the year 2000.