Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY

Chris Woodyard


Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Chris:

New York chopper crash: Pilot's rating questioned amid questions over flight rules

The pilot lacked an instrument rating despite fog and rain -- but some wonder if the city needs even tougher flight restrictions → Read More

''Officer hit! Officer hit!:' How the dramatic Virginia Beach shooting unfolded

12 people were killed May 31, 2019, in Virginia Beach when a city employee opened fire in a municipal building. → Read More

On autopilot: 'Pilots are losing their basic flying skills,' some fear after Boeing 737 Max crashes

Two Boeing 737 Max crashes killed 346 people and grounded the jet due to software problems. It also raised bigger questions about flight automation. → Read More

They fought the Nazis, now they're fighting rust: Veterans struggle to save World War II ships

The Navy allowed groups around the country to take World War II ships, but scant attention was given to the multimillion-dollar maintenance costs. → Read More

Amid scrutiny over 737 Max, Boeing to replace 900 inspectors. And union is not happy

Boeing plans to cut about 900 inspection jobs, using technology replacements at its Seattle area factories, despite uproar over the 737 Max. → Read More

Elon Musk vows fully self-driving Teslas this year

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Monday that a new system is being installed in its electric cars that make them fully capable of driving themselves → Read More

National Mustang Day at New York Auto Show marks 55 years of Ford's icon

The Mustang car takes a bow at the New York Auto Show and around the country. April 17 is its big day. → Read More

'Operationally suitable': Federal Aviation Administration backs training on Boeing's 737 Max revisions

The Flight Standardization Board's preliminary report recommends training on the controversial anti-stalling system for all 737 Max pilots → Read More

Notre Dame cathedral, signifying 'Catholic tradition to its highest,' burns during Holy Week

Catholics should be commemorating Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection in its pews at Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday services. Instead, a massive inferno is threatening to destroy the culturally and religiously significant icon for good. → Read More

Notre Dame fire: Catholics shocked as blaze ravages iconic cathedral during Holy Week

Catholics should be commemorating Holy Week in the pews of the Notre Dame, but instead, a massive inferno is threatening to destroy the iconic church. → Read More

Boeing's 'single point failure': Why was there no backup system on 737 Max jet?

Boeing has gone to extremes to add backup systems on previous models. Why not on the 737 Max? → Read More

'Trump-Pence must go': Trump visits California, where he is wildly unpopular, to raise money

After a stop at the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump arrived in Los Angeles to attend a fundraiser in a state where his approval ratings have been dismal. → Read More

Michael Avenatti, facing decades in prison in California, says 'justice will be done'

The Stormy Daniels attorney now is a defendant himself in an unrelated case. He was indicted on fraud and conspiracy charges. → Read More

California's secret wildfire weapon: Goats, sheep chew through flammable grass, brush

Livestock might be one solution to California's wildfire problems. The animals can get into narrow canyons that mowers can't reach. → Read More

Georgia's restrictive 'fetal heartbeat' abortion bill goes to governor

The bill would outlaw an abortion as soon as heartbeat is detected in the womb, but is likely to face court challenges → Read More

Boeing to fix flight-control system on 737 Max aircraft, revise pilot training

Boeing proposed software changes to its embattled 737 Max aircraft on Wednesday and mandated pilot training. → Read More

AR-15 advertising speaks to ‘macho hyper-masculinity,' gun control advocates say. They want it to stop

When it comes to selling AR-15-style semiautomatic rifles, gunmakers have discovered that there's no better endorsement than the American soldier. → Read More

Reports: Boeing will add warning light to aid pilots after Ethiopian 737 Max crash

The warning light will become standard equipment. Previously, it was an option → Read More

West Virginia attorney general sues Catholic diocese, says pedophile priests knowingly hired

The suit also nams the former bishop of Wheeling-Charleston for knowingly hiring pedophile priests → Read More

Ethiopian Airlines crash raises questions about Boeing 737 Max certification process

The Justice Department is reportedly looking into the development of the grounded Boeing 737 Max blamed for two crashes. → Read More