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  • Air France plane lands in Iran for first time in 8 years

    04/17/2016 8:56:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2016-04-18 | (AFP News Wires)
    The first Air France flight between Paris and Tehran for eight years landed in the Islamic republic’s capital on Sunday, bearing a government minister and a business delegation. The airline’s route had been suspended since 2008 because of international sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear program. However, sanctions have been lifted under an accord with world powers that has now been in force for three months. […] Frederic Gagey, the airline’s chief executive, spoke of its “great pride in returning to Iran”. However, resumption of the service caused controversy in France after unions said the airline sent an internal...
  • 'Outside the Bedroom, Women Must Wear a Scarf'-Mullahs force France to impose Islamic dress code

    04/15/2016 7:21:13 AM PDT · by SJackson · 48 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | April 15, 2016 | Dr. Majid Rafizadeh
    'Outside the Bedroom, Women Must Wear a Scarf' The Mullahs force France to impose Islamic dress code. April 15, 2016 Dr. Majid Rafizadeh    The Islamist mullahs of Iran are meticulously spreading their Sharia laws to other countries and cultures through various methods.  If they cannot conquer the world with their military and convert everyone to their radical version of Islam, they will do it in other shrewd ways.  The Islamic Republic succeeded in forcing Air France, with the silent compliance of the socialist French government, to force its women flight attendants to comply with Iran’s Sharia law, including wearing...
  • Air France to Stewardesses on Iran Route: ‘Outside the Bedroom, Women Must Wear a Scarf...

    04/04/2016 10:10:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 3, 2016 | Patrick Goodenough
    The French women’s rights minister, already under fire for provocative comments relating to Islamic dress for women, is now caught between Air France management and unions in a row over a requirement that air hostesses wear headscarves when the airline renews flights to Iran this month. Following the easing of sanctions under the nuclear deal, Air France is resuming three weekly flights from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris to Tehran on April 17 after an eight-year suspension. And management of the airline want female flight attendants to comply with Iranian modesty norms. The unions are incensed over a management...
  • Air France stewardesses mutiny over order to wear headscarves

    04/03/2016 5:41:53 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 53 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2 APRIL 2016 | David Chazan
    Air France stewardesses, furious at being ordered to wear headscarves in Tehran, say they will refuse to fly to the Iranian capital when the airline resumes the service later this month. Female members of flight crews have been ordered to cover their hair once they disembark in Tehran and unions are demanding that the flights be made voluntary for women.
  • Air France stewardesses mutiny over order to wear headscarves

    04/02/2016 6:58:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2 APRIL 2016 | David Chazan
    Air France stewardesses, furious at being ordered to wear headscarves in Tehran, say they will refuse to fly to the Iranian capital when the airline resumes the service later this month. Female members of flight crews have been ordered to cover their hair once they disembark in Tehran and unions are demanding that the flights be made voluntary for women. The resumption of a thrice-weekly service between Paris and Tehran, planned for April 17 after an eight-year break, follows a thaw in relations since Iran agreed to dismantle large sections of its nuclear programme. Iranian women have been forced by...
  • Iran: European airlines set to resume flights to Tehran

    01/28/2016 8:48:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2016 2:47 PM EST | Nasser Karimi
    Several European airlines aim to resume their flights to Iran following a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, the state-owned IRAN daily reported on Thursday. The newspaper quoted Mohammad Khodakarami, deputy head of Iran's civil aviation authority, as saying British Airways officials visited Tehran on Tuesday to discuss resumption of flights. He did not elaborate. Khodakarami also said both Air France and Dutch flagship KLM have already expressed their readiness to resume flights to Tehran. ...
  • Air France lets go of the 747: The plane that changed air travel forever

    01/19/2016 5:05:35 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | January 18, 2016 | Jim Bittermann
    Paris (CNN)As round trips go, it was more of an oval: Paris to Paris with no ground stop in between, and it had grown men and women getting all misty-eyed. For Air France and its Boeing 747s, it was time to say goodbye -- but the airline and its personnel were having a hard time doing so. The last scheduled Air France 747 flight had landed days earlier, but here we all were at 8 a.m. for the first of two separate "last 747 flights" around France which, in fact, were just a prelude to a few more "last 747...
  • Device That Prompted Emergency Landing in Kenya Was a Fake Bomb, Air France Reportedly Says

    12/20/2015 11:43:17 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    ktla ^ | cnn wire
    The CEO of Air France on Sunday described the device that prompted a diversion of Flight 463 to Kenya was a fake bomb, the AP reports. Original post: Kenyan authorities are questioning several passengers after an Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris was forced to make an emergency landing in Kenya early Sunday after a suspicious device was found in a restroom. Authorities have removed the device from the plane and are working to determine whether it contains explosives. Air France Flight 463, a Boeing 777, departed from Mauritius late Saturday night with 473 people aboard, headed for Charles...
  • Air France bomb scare was false alarm

    12/20/2015 7:34:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 12/20/2015, 4:56 PM | Ari Soffer
    An Air France flight from Port Louis, Mauritius to Paris was forced to make an emergency landing in Kenya Sunday morning, after a suspected bomb was found on board. Pilots reportedly made an urgent request to land the plane after a "suspicious package" was discovered in the bathroom. Kenya's Airports Authority initially "confirmed" the package was in fact an explosive device, but Air France CEO Frederic Gagey contradicted that claim, saying that upon further examination the package was made from paper and a timer - but with no explosives whatsoever. ...
  • Air France flight makes emergency landing in Kenya over bomb scare

    12/20/2015 12:41:26 AM PST · by libtoken · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 Dec 2015
    Air France flight makes emergency landing in Kenya over bomb scare 1 hour ago An Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris has been forced to make an emergency landing in Kenya after a suspect package was found on board. The pilots of the Boeing 777 requested to land at Moi International Airport in Mombasa after the package was discovered in the toilet. The aircraft was safely evacuated and the item is now being examined by bomb experts, police spokesman Charles Owino said. (snip)
  • Flight Diverted, Security Concerns

    11/17/2015 7:15:38 PM PST · by abigkahuna · 84 replies
    CNN | 2015-11-17 | CNN
    The title says exactly what is known. The only addition is that it was being diverted due to a security incident. Flight 65 from LAX to Paris has been diverted to Salt Lake City.
  • Air France, Lufthansa stop Sinai overflights after Russia crash

    10/31/2015 12:22:57 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    yahoo/afp ^ | 10-31-2015 | AFP
    Paris (France) (AFP) - Air France and Lufthansa said Saturday they will stop flying over Egypt's Sinai peninsula after a Russian passenger plane went down in the area with the loss of all 224 people on board. The airlines said they were taking the measure as a precaution while the cause of the Russian crash was investigated. The Islamic State (IS) group affiliate in Egypt has said it downed the plane, without saying how, but Russia's transport minister said the claim "cannot be considered accurate" and an Egyptian security official said the plane did not crash because of an attack....
  • Air France workers rip shirts from executives after airline cuts 2,900 jobs

    10/07/2015 12:02:52 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 05 October 2015 | Kim Willsher
    Striking staff at Air France have taken demonstrating their anger with direct action to a shocking new level. Approximately 100 workers forced their way into a meeting of the airline’s senior management and ripped the shirts from the backs of the executives. The airline filed a criminal complaint after the employees stormed its headquarters, near Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, in what was condemned as a “scandalous” outbreak of violence. Photographs showed one ashen-faced director being led through a baying crowd, his clothes torn to shreds. In another picture, the deputy head of human resources, Xavier Broseta, left bare-chested...
  • Air France Puts Israel Back on its Map

    08/12/2015 2:40:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 8/12/2015, 2:11 PM | Ari Yashar
    Air France on Wednesday responded to popular backlash and put Israel back on its in-flight maps, after shocked passengers documented how the maps wiped Israel out even while listing “West Bank” and “Gaza Strip”—areas that don’t even have flight service. […] The issue was first publicized by the pro-Israel group Stand With Us, which two weeks ago published photos of the map with the text: “Apparently, Air France removed Israel/Tel Aviv from their flight tracker map, despite the fact Tel Aviv is one of their official destinations. Additionally, they now note ‘West Bank’ and ‘Gaza Strip’ despite the fact neither...
  • Air France flight gets military escort to NYC after threat

    05/25/2015 9:43:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2015 12:13 PM EDT
    Authorities say U.S. military jets have escorted an Air France airliner to New York’s Kennedy Airport after a threat was made against the flight. The FBI says the jets scrambled Monday morning after an anonymous caller claimed a chemical weapon was aboard the aircraft. …
  • Fighter Jets Scramble to Escort Air France Plane to JFK Airport Following Threat

    05/25/2015 8:21:51 AM PDT · by kristinn · 272 replies
    ABC News ^ | Monday, May 25,2015 | Meghan Keneally and Josh Margolin
    An Air France plane was being escorted to JFK airport in New York City this morning after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, a senior U.S. official told ABC News. The Maryland State Police Fusion Center received an anonymous call of a “chemical weapons threat” aboard Air France Flight 22, which is en route from Paris and is expected to land at the New York City airport later this morning. The threat is not considered to be credible at the moment, but when officials tried to reach Air France representatives they were unsuccessful because it is also a...
  • US arrests man 'with uranium for Iran in shoes'

    08/24/2013 10:14:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/24/13 | AFP
    A man was arrested in New York City's international airport with uranium destined for Iran hidden in the soles of his shoes, the US Justice Department said. Patrick Campbell, 33, who was arrested Wednesday as he arrived at the John F Kennedy airport from Paris, is accused of trying to act as an intermediary to sell Iran 1,000 tons of purified uranium, in violation of US law. The Sierra Leone-based Campbell had been under surveillance since May 2012, when he responded to an ad on the site Alibaba.com by someone looking to buy uranium 308, or yellow cake. The buyer...
  • Ebola Outbreak: Air France Plane Isolated at Madrid Airport after Passenger Reports Symptoms

    10/16/2014 12:53:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.ibtimes.co.uk ^ | October 16, 2014 13:55 BST | By Jack Moore
    Spanish authorities have isolated an Air France aircraft at Madrid's airport and activated emergency health procedures after a passenger reported Ebola-like symptoms of a fever and shivers, officials confirmed. A Spanish health ministry spokeswoman said that they were treating the incident as a suspected case of Ebola. The passenger jet arrived at Madrid's Barajas international airport from Paris before being taken to a special area of the airport compound with the passengers still on board, according to a Spanish Airport Authority spokeswoman. The Europa Press news agency said that there were 183 passengers on board the plane. A health ministry...
  • Plane Isolated In Madrid Over Ebola Fears

    10/16/2014 6:24:10 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 49 replies
    Sky News ^ | Thursday, 16 October 2014 | Sky News
    An Air France plane has been isolated at an airport in Madrid after a patient was reported to have a fever and shivers. The situation is being treated as a suspected case of ebola, a health ministry official was quoted as saying.
  • Air France suspends Sierra Leone flights over Ebola

    08/27/2014 10:00:35 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    Yahoo News/AFP ^ | 8-27-2014 | AFP
    Air France said it was suspending its flights to Sierra Leone from Thursday because of an Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 1,400 people in West Africa. The French flag carrier announced the "temporary suspension" of its flight to Freetown that it runs three times a week but insisted it would continue to serve Guinea and Nigeria, other Ebola-hit countries. Wednesday's announcement followed advice from the French government to stop flights to Sierra Leone's capital Freetown given "the way the epidemic has evolved and the condition of the health systems".
  • Air France Crews Petition to Stop Flights to Ebola-Affected Countries

    08/19/2014 11:42:11 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Mashable ^ | 8-19-2014 | Jessica Plautz
    More than 700 Air France staff have signed a petition asking the airline to stop flights to the West African countries hit hard by Ebola. Air France flies to Conakry in Guinea and Freetown in Sierra Leone. Despite assurances from world-health officials that Ebola's spread by air travel is unlikely, British Airways and Emirates have already canceled routes as a precaution. At least 1,145 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola on record. Some crew have even refused to board flights to the countries, a spokesperson for Air France told Agence France-Presse. Although some scheduled crew have refused...
  • Air France Fined for Discrimination Against 'Flytilla' Activist

    04/06/2013 1:47:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/4/13 | Elad Benari
    A French court on Thursday ordered Air France to pay a 10,000 euro ($12,800) fine for having ordered a pro-Palestinian Authority activist off a flight to Tel Aviv because she was not Jewish, AFP reports. According to the report, the court also ordered the French flagship carrier to pay 3,000 euros in damages to the passenger and her legal fees. Horia Ankour, a nursing student, had attempted to fly to Israel from France last April to take part in the “flytilla”, which saw hundreds of pro-Arab activists seeking access to Israel in a bid to travel to Gaza. Israel took...
  • Air France Flight 447 Crash 'Didn't Have to Happen,' Expert Says

    07/06/2012 9:19:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 5, 2012 | Matt Hosford, Lauren Effron and Nikki Batiste
    The Air France Flight 447 crash, considered one of the worst aviation disasters in history, could have been avoided, a top-ranking aviation safety expert said. "Absolutely, this accident didn't have to happen," said William Voss, the president and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation. BEA, the French government's official accident investigators, conducted a three-year investigation into the crash, which killed all 228 people on board, including one married couple from Louisiana, when the Airbus A330 slammed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil in 2009. In the agency's final report, which was released today, investigators determined that a...
  • How Panic Doomed an Airliner

    03/07/2012 11:45:08 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    jeffwise.net ^ | December 7, 2011 | Jeff Wise
    On the evening of May 31, 2009, 216 passengers and 12 crew members boarded an Air France Airbus 330 at Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The flight, Air France 447, departed at 7.29pm local time for a scheduled 11-hour flight to Paris. It never arrived. At 7 o’clock the next morning, when the aircraft failed to appear on the radar screens of air traffic controllers in Europe, Air France began to worry, and contacted civil aviation authorities. By 11am, they concluded that their worst fears had been confirmed. AF447 had gone missing somewhere over the...
  • What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447

    12/07/2011 9:55:38 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 66 replies
    For more than two years, the disappearance of Air France Flight 447 over the mid-Atlantic in the early hours of June 1, 2009, remained one of aviation's great mysteries. How could a technologically state-of-the art airliner simply vanish? With the wreckage and flight-data recorders lost beneath 2 miles of ocean, experts were forced to speculate using the only data available: a cryptic set of communications beamed automatically from the aircraft to the airline's maintenance center in France. As PM found in our cover story about the crash, published two years ago this month, the data implied that the plane had...
  • Air France plane grounded after technicians noticed 30 screws were missing from wing...

    11/25/2011 12:33:33 PM PST · by traumer · 41 replies
    Airbus A340 grounded in Boston Large protective panel had to be screwed into place Air France blames mechanics in China An Air France jet flew for five days before ground crews noticed that 30 screws were missing from one of its wings. The Airbus A340 plane had undergone routine maintenance in China, before flying to Paris and then on to the US before the potentially disastrous blunder was finally spotted. The plane, which can carry up to 440 passengers, was grounded in Boston while a 'large protective panel' was screwed back into place. The gaffe was revealed in an internal...
  • Air France 'let only males serve Strauss-Kahn'

    08/04/2011 8:35:41 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | 08/04/11
    Air France 'let only males serve Strauss-Kahn' (AFP) – 15 hours ago PARIS — Air France issued orders for only male staff to serve Dominique Strauss-Kahn when the former IMF boss -- accused of attempted rape in New York -- travelled on its planes, a report said Thursday. Le Parisien newspaper also said that lawyers of Strauss-Kahn's accuser were calling for testimony from Air France female stewards who allegedly suffered inappropriate behaviour by him. A spokesman for the airline however responded to the report by saying that "Air France formally denies having given any instruction about the composition of its...
  • Cockpit Chaos on Doomed 2009 Air France Flight

    08/02/2011 6:18:07 AM PDT · by Still Thinking · 24 replies
    Design News ^ | August 1, 2011 | Elaine Ganley
    LE BOURGET, France (AP) — A confused cockpit crew without proper training to head off high-altitude disaster flew toward it, instead, with wrong-headed maneuvers, no task-sharing and perhaps unaware their flight was about to end in the Atlantic Ocean. Screeching stall alarms and incoherent speed readings from faulty sensors, bad weather in a darkened sky and growing stress make up the chaotic cockpit scenario in the final moments of the Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, 2009. All 228 people aboard the plane were killed. Friday's third report by France's accident investigation agency, or...
  • How Pilots Wrestled In Vain to Save Air France Jet

    07/31/2011 9:31:55 AM PDT · by lbryce · 122 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tim Hepher
    "What do you think? What do you think? What should we do?" The 37-year-old Air France co-pilot with over 6,000 flying hours was running out of ideas as a stall alarm bellowed through the Airbus cockpit for the sixth time in exactly two minutes. His junior colleague with two years on the job was already in despair as he battled to control the jet's speed and prevent it rocking left to right in pitch darkness over the Atlantic, on only his second Rio de Janeiro-Paris trip as an A330 pilot. "I don't have control of the plane. I don't have...
  • Pilot errors outlined in 2009 Air France crash

    07/29/2011 10:38:19 AM PDT · by magellan · 84 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 29 July 2011 | ANGELA CHARLTON, ELAINE GANLEY
    The crew piloting a doomed Air France jet over the Atlantic did not realize the plane was in a stall, were insufficiently trained in flying manually, and never informed the passengers that anything was wrong before they plunged into the sea, according to new findings released Friday. Based on newly discovered cockpit recordings from the 2009 crash, the French air accident investigation agency is recommending mandatory training for all pilots to help them fly planes manually and handle a high-altitude stall.
  • [Air France] Crash Report Shows Confused Cockpit

    05/28/2011 6:34:47 PM PDT · by lbryce · 51 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 28, 2011 | ANDY PASZTOR And DANIEL MICHAELS
    Cruising at 35,000 feet and nearly four hours into what seemed a routine overnight flight to Paris from Rio de Janeiro, an Air France cockpit crew got a stall warning and responded by doing what even weekend pilots know to avoid: They yanked the nose of the plane up instead of pointing it down to gain essential speed. Apparently confused by repeated stall warnings and reacting to wildly fluctuating airspeed indications, pilots of Flight 447 continued to pull back sharply on the controls—contrary to standard procedure—even as the Airbus A330 plummeted toward the Atlantic Ocean, according to information released Friday...
  • Flight 447 'Black Box' Decoded

    05/27/2011 6:34:47 PM PDT · by Greysard · 132 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 05/27/2011 | Sarah Anne Hughes
    "Black box recordings from Air France Flight 447, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean two years ago, revealed new details about the plane’s final moments. But the report did not assign blame or give an explanation for the crash, which killed all 228 people aboard."
  • Air France jet crashed nose-up after 4 minute ordeal

    05/27/2011 6:23:31 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 70 replies
    PARIS (Reuters) – Pilots wrestled with the controls of an Air France airliner for more than four minutes before it plunged into the Atlantic with its nose up, killing all 228 people on board, French investigators said Friday. The 2009 emergency began with a stall warning two and a half hours into the Rio-Paris flight and nine minutes after the captain had left the cockpit for a routine rest period. The Airbus A330 jet climbed to 38,000 feet and then began a dramatic three and a half minute descent, rolling from left to right, with the youngest of three pilots...
  • (AF 447) Recording Indicates Pilot Wasn't In Cockpit During Critical Phase

    05/23/2011 6:36:43 AM PDT · by libh8er · 111 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 5.23.2011 | Guibbaud Christophe
    What happened on board the Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic en route from Rio to Paris? According to information obtained by SPIEGEL from the analysis of flight recorder data, pilot Marc Dubois appears not to have been in the cockpit at the time the deadly accident started to unfold. The fate of Air France Flight 447 was sealed in just four minutes. That short time span began with the first warning message on one of the Airbus A330 aircraft's monitors and ended with the plane crashing into the Atlantic between Brazil and Africa, killing all 228 people...
  • Flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009 - 16 May 2011 briefing

    05/16/2011 8:27:11 AM PDT · by NCjim · 39 replies
    BEA ^ | May 16, 2011
    Following operations to open, extract, clean and dry the memory cards from the flight recorders, BEA Safety Investigators were able to download the data over the weekend. These operations were filmed and recorded in their entirety. This was done in the presence of two German investigators from BFU, an American investigator from NTSB, two British investigators from AAIB and two Brazilian investigators from CENIPA, as well as an officer from the French judicial police and a court expert. These downloads gathered all of the data from the Flight Data recorder (FDR), as well as the whole recording of the last...
  • IMF Head Dragged Off Plane in NYC, Arrested, Accused of Sodomizing Hotel Maid...

    05/14/2011 6:21:30 PM PDT · by Sprite518 · 167 replies
    New York Post via Drudge Report ^ | 5/14/2011 | PHILIP MESSING, JAMIE SCHRAM, LARRY CELONA and BILL SANDERSON Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/ne
    The French political bigshot who heads the International Monetary Fund was arrested for allegedly sodomizing a Manhattan hotel maid today — hauled off an Air France flight just moments before takeoff from Kennedy Airport, police said.
  • Debris Is Found From ’09 Crash of Air France Jet

    04/03/2011 9:47:59 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies
    PARIS (AP) — Underwater search teams have found pieces of an Air France plane that crashed in the Atlantic in 2009, killing all 228 people on board, French investigators said Sunday. (snip) The French air accident investigation agency B.E.A. said in a statement on Sunday night that a team aboard the expedition ship Alucia had found pieces of the plane in the previous 24 hours. The agency did not identify what parts of the plane were found, or where.
  • Wreckage from Air France jet found in Atlantic

    04/03/2011 2:06:30 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies
    Wreckage from Air France jet found in Atlantic Wreckage from an Air France jet lost over the Atlantic nearly two years ago with 288 people on board has been found, French investigators say. With the cause of the crash still unknown, a fourth attempt to locate the plane's voice and data recorders got under way last month. Searchers located wreckage during the past 24 hours, investigators in Paris said, without giving details. Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris came down in a storm on 1 June 2009. A French judge recently filed preliminary manslaughter charges against Air France...
  • Continental guilty over 2000 Concorde crash

    12/06/2010 1:14:49 PM PST · by ColdOne · 12 replies
    News.Yahoo.com ^ | Dec 7th 2010 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) - – A French court fined Continental Airlines Monday over the 2000 Concorde crash in which 113 died, but did not jail anyone for the disaster that effectively ended commercial supersonic air travel. The court found the US airline criminally responsible for the Paris crash, caused by a piece of metal that fell from a Continental DC-10 and later shredded the supersonic jet's tyre, which led to a fire in the fuel tank.
  • France to hunt again for vanished Rio-Paris flight (Air France Flt. 447)

    11/25/2010 9:50:44 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 5 replies
    Flightaware ^ | 11/25/2010 | AP News
    PARIS (AP) — The French government said Thursday it will conduct a fourth search for the flight recorders of an Air France jetliner that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris 18 months ago. All 228 people aboard Flight 447 died, and families of some victims have demanded that France not give up the hunt for the flight recorders — and answers about what caused the plane to plunge into the ocean during a large thunderstorm on June 1, 2009. Transport Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet and Junior Transport Minister Thierry Mariani said a fourth search...
  • Families of victims of Concorde supersonic jet crash mark 10 years since disaster

    07/25/2010 9:17:07 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 14 replies
    Daily Press ^ | 07/25/2010 | Daily Press
    GONESSE, France (AP) — Families whose loved ones died in the fiery crash of a supersonic Concorde jet 10 years ago joined together near Paris on Sunday, laying flowers at a monument to the dead and wandering the breezy field where the plane went down. A French court is awaiting a verdict on who was to blame for the accident, which killed 109 aboard the plane and four on the ground, and devastated the reputation of the jet. The Concorde, which ferried the rich and famous across the Atlantic for three decades and could fly twice as fast as the...
  • Brazil: Air France jet lands after bomb threat

    07/10/2010 7:57:00 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 6 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 7/10/10 | AP
    Brazilian officials say an Air France jet has made an emergency landing due to a bomb threat. An airport authority spokesman reports that everyone on board has been safely evacuated. ....SNIP.... It was flying the same route as an Air France jet that crashed last June off Brazil's northeastern coast, killing all 228 on board. While no definite cause has been determined in that crash, authorities have repeatedly ruled out foul play.
  • Breakthrough in Air France crash black box search

    05/06/2010 2:17:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 721+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/06/2010 | Reuters
    France has found what could be the first concrete clues to the location of black boxes missing from last year's Atlantic jet disaster, but warned on Thursday there was no guarantee the breakthrough would lead to their recovery.The defense ministry said the boost had come through detailed follow-up analysis of sonar readings taken in the first few weeks after an Air France jet crashed into the Atlantic killing 228 people on June 1 last year. Finding the black boxes is seen as essential to help crash experts and relatives understand exactly what caused flight 447 to plunge into a remote...
  • Latest AF447 wreckage hunt set to start in days

    03/15/2010 11:41:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 506+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 3/15/2010 | David Kaminski-Morrow
    Resumption of the search for the flight recorders from crashed Air France flight AF447 has been delayed, but French investigators expect a US detection vessel to arrive in Brazil next week. The Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses states that the vessel, the Anne Candies, is predicted to reach Recife around 24 March. Its departure for the scene had been held up by "administrative and technical difficulties", says the BEA, as well as poor weather conditions. Recovery teams are planning to use deep-water search equipment in a bid to find the wreckage of the Airbus A330 which came down in the South...
  • The Last Four Minutes of Air France Flight 447

    03/03/2010 7:58:07 AM PST · by SloopJohnB · 105 replies · 3,968+ views
    Der Spiegel (Germany) ^ | February 25, 2010 | Gerald Traufetter
    The crash of Air France flight 447 from Rio to Paris last year is one of the most mysterious accidents in the history of aviation. After months of investigation, a clear picture has emerged of what went wrong. The reconstruction of the horrific final four minutes reveal continuing safety problems in civil aviation.
  • The Last Four Minutes of Air France Flight 447

    02/27/2010 6:50:15 AM PST · by lowbuck · 25 replies · 1,918+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 27 Feb 2010 | Gerald Traufetter
    The crash of Air France flight 447 from Rio to Paris last year is one of the most mysterious accidents in the history of aviation. After months of investigation, a clear picture has emerged of what went wrong. The reconstruction of the horrific final four minutes reveal continuing safety problems in civil aviation. One tiny technical failure heralded the impending disaster. But the measurement error was so inconspicuous that the pilots in the cockpit of the Airbus A330 probably hardly noticed it. snip . . .
  • Israeli legal group sues North Korea over 1972 terror attack

    02/14/2010 12:27:25 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 435+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 02/14/11 | Zohar Blumenkrantz
    Israeli legal group sues North Korea over 1972 terror attack By Zohar Blumenkrantz An Israeli human rights organization is filing a lawsuit against North Korea over a 1972 terrorist attack at Ben-Gurion International Airport that left more than 20 people dead and over 50 wounded, Haaretz has learned. The attack, known as the Lod Airport massacre, was carried out by three members of the Japanese Red Army on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The victims included 16 Christian pilgrims from Puerto Rico, and Israeli professor and biophysicist Aharon Katzir. While two of the terrorists were...
  • Concorde Crash Trial Begins

    02/03/2010 7:12:10 AM PST · by Ratman83 · 8 replies · 855+ views
    AVWeb ^ | February 3, 2010 | The AVweb Editorial Staff
    Five people, including two Continental Airlines employees, face up to five years in prison if a French court finds them responsible for the crash of an Air France Concorde supersonic airliner near Paris almost 10 years ago. A four-month trial has begun into the July 25, 2000, crash that killed all 109 people on the airplane and four employees of the hotel the airliner, trailing a tongue of flame, hit when it crashed. The five, along with Continental itself, are charged with involuntary manslaughter. The case centers around investigators' findings that a piece of metal fell from a Continental DC-10...
  • Court to hear alternative cause of [SST] Concorde crash

    01/23/2010 5:47:00 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies · 1,152+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/22/2010
    US airline Continental will present an alternative cause of the 2000 Concorde crash when the carrier faces manslaughter charges in a French court next month. The airline, two of its staff and three other individuals are due to stand trial on February 2 accused of manslaughter over the July 2000 crash of the supersonic aircraft which claimed 113 lives. Air France Concorde flight 4590 takes off with fire trailing from its engine on the left wing Investigators have concluded that the cause of the accident was a metal strip left on the runway from a Continental plane. This strip -...
  • Air France Flight 447:BEA Interim Report No. 2

    12/17/2009 12:27:19 PM PST · by luckybogey · 18 replies · 1,531+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | December 17, 2009 | LuckyBogey
    Since the publication of the first Interim Report on 2 July 2009, the investigation has continued, still in close association with foreign investigation organisations and the companies involved and in coordination with those responsible for the judicial investigation. The working groups have continued their work of gathering and analyzing information useful to the investigation. Their activity has focused on * the elements of wreckage recovered, * the meteorological situation, * the maintenance messages transmitted by ACARS, * the certification and the continuing airworthiness of the Pitot probes, * events where speed inconsistencies were encountered in cruise. This second interim report...