WASHINGTON (AFP) - New orders for big-ticket US manufactured goods unexpectedly fell in March, government data showed Friday, in a move the Commerce Department said reflected a drop in sales of civilian aircraft. After rising for three straight months, orders for durable goods items such as planes, cars, refrigerators and computers that were expected to last at least three years fell 1.3 percent over last month, after analysts had expected a 0.1-percent growth. In cumulative data for the first three months of the year, orders for durable goods rose by 11.6 percent, data showed. The US economy is recovering from a brutal recession, posting growth in the second half of last year after contracting for about a year since recession struck in December 2007.