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  • Smoke billows from jetliner after crash-landing

    08/03/2016 4:54:30 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | Aug 3, 2016
    DUBAI -- An Emirates flight from India with 300 people on board, including 6 Americans, crash landed at Dubai's main airport on Wednesday, sending black smoke billowing into the air and halting all traffic at the Middle East's busiest airport. Authorities said all passengers were evacuated safely. Dubai-based Emirates said the accident happened around 12:45 p.m. local time as Flight EK521 was arriving from the southern Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram.
  • MH370: Captain's home simulator had Indian Ocean course plotted

    07/28/2016 2:07:50 AM PDT · by Enchante · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu July 28, 2016 | Euan McKirdy
    The home flight simulator belonging to the MH370 pilot had a route plotted into it which ended in the Indian Ocean, officials have confirmed.... ...The confirmation corroborates earlier reports that the device had programmed in it a route similar to the one which investigators believe the doomed flight took on its final voyage.
  • Delta plane mistakenly lands at military airbase

    07/09/2016 6:37:51 AM PDT · by r_barton · 115 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 08, 2016 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – A Delta Air Lines jetliner with 130 passengers on board landed at the wrong airport in South Dakota Thursday evening, said a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the incident. The Delta A320 landed at Ellsworth Air Force Base at 8:42 p.m. Central Time Thursday, when its destination was an airport in Rapid City, board spokesman Peter Knudson said Friday.
  • Drone collision with jet highlights growing aviation danger

    04/18/2016 12:33:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | April 18, 2016 | By Jill Lawless
    A collision between a British Airways passenger jet and a drone over London has left the plane undamaged but the aviation industry deeply shaken. British police and air accident authorities were investigating Sunday's incident, in which an Airbus A320 carrying 137 people struck an object believed to be a drone at a height of about 1,700 feet (518 meters) while it was approaching Heathrow Airport. The plane landed safely and was cleared to fly again after an inspection by engineers. But the incident has focused attention on the growing number of unregulated drones in the sky and the potential for...
  • Fierce crosswind forces plane to overshoot runway (video)

    03/01/2016 10:23:31 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 17 replies
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  • The killer ISIS weapon capable of bringing down an airliner that ANYONE can buy online

    02/18/2016 10:18:26 AM PST · by Mr Apple · 15 replies
    Express ^ | Tom Batchelor
    Hundreds of RAF planes have already been attacked with laser pens in the UK and abroad over the last five years, revealed last week. We also revealed how a drone flew within just 20 metres of a passenger plane as it travelled over Westminster...
  • Malaysia hunts owners of Boeing 747s abandoned at airport

    12/08/2015 9:38:28 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | December 8, 2015 | Hilary Whiteman, Holly Yan and Barry Neild
    Don't you hate it when you forget where you left your Boeing 747-200F? Someone abandoned not one, not two, but three of the massive cargo jets at KLIA Airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Airport officials, eager to clear the massive clutter, took out ads in Malaysia's The Star and Sin Chew Daily newspapers asking for the owner to please come get your planes.
  • Japan's first passenger plane in 50 years makes maiden flight

    11/14/2015 1:30:59 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 11, 2015 1:45pm EST | Tim Kelly
    Japan's first commercial passenger plane in half a century made its maiden flight on Wednesday, in a breakthrough for the country's long-held ambition to establish an aircraft industry able to challenge some of the major players in global aviation. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) successfully completed a 1.5-hour return flight from Nagoya Airport to test Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp's ability to bring the 100-seat class plane into service after three years of delays. The unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (7011.T), which built the World War Two-era Zero fighter, is hoping the $47-million regional jet will help it oust Canada's Bombardier Inc...
  • Russian airliner Flight KGL9268 crashes in central Sinai

    10/31/2015 12:30:35 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 188 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10-31-2015 | BBC
  • Indonesian plane carrying 54 loses contact in Papua: Officials

    08/16/2015 3:09:27 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 8 replies
    AFP - Zee News ^ | August 16 | Staff
    Jakarta: An Indonesian passenger plane carrying 54 people lost contact with air traffic control Sunday during a flight in the rugged easternmost province of Papua, officials said. The Trigana Air ATR 42 turboprop plane lost contact just before 3:00 pm (0600 GMT) after taking off from Sentani airport in Papua`s capital Jayapura on a flight to Oksibil, the search and rescue agency said on Twitter.
  • Armed rebels take bodies by force in Flight MH17 crash

    07/20/2014 4:27:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    TOREZ, Ukraine — Rebels in eastern Ukraine took control Sunday of the bodies recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and U.S. and European leaders demanded that Russian President Vladimir Putin make sure rebels give international investigators full access to the crash site. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Ukraine’s separatists were to blame for the downing of the aircraft, adding there was “extraordinary circumstantial evidence” that showed Russia was almost certainly complicit in arming the rebels.....
  • Canadian on downed Malaysian airliner [Also Australian, British, German, Belgian and others.]

    07/17/2014 7:28:52 PM PDT · by familyop · 38 replies
    Reuters, Toronto Sun ^ | Thursday, July 17, 2014 | Anton Zverev
    One U.S. official said Washington strongly suspected the missile that downed the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow...The Netherlands declared a day of national mourning for its 154 dead. Twenty-eight passengers were Malaysian, 27 Australian, 11 Indonesian, six British, four German, four Belgian, three Filipino and one Canadian. All 15 crew were Malaysian. Nationalities of the others aboard were unclear.
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370:Doubts Raised Over Some Pings Thought to Be From Plane

    05/12/2014 1:25:11 PM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12 May 2014 | Daniel Stacey
    Searchers Focus on April 5 Signals as Confidence Fades Over April 8 Detections Searchers preparing to resume the underwater hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 increasingly suspect that some of the electronic signals detected last month didn't come from the jetliner's black-box flight recorders, a senior Australian naval officer said. The doubts—based on further acoustic analysis of the transmissions by Australian authorities over recent weeks—represent another potential setback in the two-month-old operation. An initial underwater search in the southern Indian Ocean has already failed to find any sign of the missing plane, while a costly air-and-ship search of the ocean's...
  • CNN’s Don Lemon: ‘Is It Preposterous’ to Think a Black Hole Caused Flight 370 to Go Missing?

    03/19/2014 9:12:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 52 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 3/19/2014 | Josh Feldman
    CNN’s Don Lemon has been entertaining all sorts of theories about the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, including the chance something “supernatural” happened, but on Wednesday night, he actually asked panelists about the possibility a black hole was involved. Lemon brought this up along with other “conspiracy theories” people have been floating on Twitter, including people noting the eerie parallels to Lost and The Twilight Zone, and wondered, “is it preposterous” to consider a black hole as a possibility? Mary Schiavo, a former Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation, said, “A small black hole would suck in our...
  • MH370 A different point of view. Pulau Langkawi 13,000 runway.

    03/18/2014 8:14:11 AM PDT · by Leroy S. Mort · 72 replies
    Google+ ^ | March 14, 2014 | Chris Goodfellow
    A lot of speculation about MH370. Terrorism, hijack, meteors. I cannot believe the analysis on CNN - almost disturbing. I tend to look for a more simple explanation of this event. Loaded 777 departs midnight from Kuala to Beijing. Hot night. Heavy aircraft. About an hour out across the gulf towards Vietnam the plane goes dark meaning the transponder goes off and secondary radar tracking goes off. Two days later we hear of reports that Malaysian military radar (which is a primary radar meaning the plane is being tracked by reflection rather than by transponder interrogation response) has tracked the...
  • Bond Set At $1 Million For Passenger Who Disrupted Flight

    07/12/2011 2:11:15 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | Jul 12, 2011
    Bond Set At $1 Million For Passenger Who Disrupted Flight July 12, 2011 2:42 PM Federal agents investigate after a disruption on an international flight from Chicago to Germany that was diverted to Cleveland. (Photo provide by a passenger) Federal agents investigate after a disruption on an international flight from Chicago to Germany that was diverted to Cleveland. Flight 944, Flight Diverted, Saleh Ali Alramakh, United Airlines CHICAGO (CBS) — Bond was set at $1 million on Tuesday for a United passenger who authorities say caused a disturbance on Chicago-to-Germany flight last week. The flight wound up making an emergency...
  • Chicago-To-Germany Flight Diverted Because Of Unruly Passenger

    07/09/2011 7:39:35 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 45 replies
    CBS Chicaago ^ | Jul 8, 2011
    Chicago-To-Germany Flight Diverted Because Of Unruly Passenger July 8, 2011 6:05 PM Federal agents investigate after a disruption on an international flight from Chicago to Germany that was diverted to Cleveland. (Photo provide by a passenger) Federal agents investigate after a disruption on an international flight from Chicago to Germany that was diverted to Cleveland. CHICAGO (WBBM) – Some Chicagoans have quite a story to tell about a flight from O’Hare to Frankfort, Germany that was diverted Friday to Cleveland when a passenger was found hiding in the bathroom and went ballistic when he was confronted. Joe Shulfer of Woodstock...
  • Russia to discard Soviet-era airliners after crash

    06/23/2011 6:33:55 AM PDT · by tlb · 29 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 23, 2011 | staff
    MOSCOW—Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev says he wants Soviet-built airliners similar to the one that crashed this week to be retired starting next year. The 31-year-old RusAir Tu-134 from Moscow crashed in heavy fog late Monday just moments before landing at the Petrozavodsk airport in Russia's northwest, killing 45. Seven people survived. The twin-engined Tu-134, along with its larger sibling the Tu-154, has been the workhorse of Soviet and Russian civil aviation since the 1960s with more than 800 planes built.
  • Passenger crawls into airliner's cargo hold through the bathroom and steals $238,000

    03/06/2011 6:07:23 PM PST · by rawhide · 22 replies ^ | 5th March 2011
    A airplane passenger stole $238,000 during a flight in the Caribbean by sneaking into the cargo hold that was loaded with cash through the bathroom. The unnamed man complained of feeling unwell at the start of the flight and spent most of it in the bathroom. He was, in fact, removing panels separating the toilet and the cargo hold, according to reports. A Brink's security employee had placed three sacks of cash containing a total $1.6million in the hold of the Air Antilles plane before it took off from the French island of Guadeloupe, Fox News reported. {snip}
  • Three jailed 20 years in foiled UK airliner bomb plot

    07/12/2010 8:54:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    rueters ^ | 7/12/10 | Peter Griffiths
    (Reuters) - Three Britons recruited as suicide bombers in an al Qaeda-inspired plot to blow up transatlantic airliners in mid-air using liquid explosives were jailed for at least 20 years on Monday. The plot's ringleaders hoped to evade airport security by smuggling homemade bombs onto U.S.-bound flights using liquid explosives disguised as soft drinks. The case triggered a global clampdown on carrying liquids aboard planes which still affects millions of passengers worldwide.
  • Sukhoi superjet engines have flaws

    07/10/2010 10:18:08 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Indo-Asian News Service ^ | 7/6/2010 | Indo-Asian News Service
    Engines for Russia's new Superjet-100 airliner have failed to receive certification as they have several significant flaws, a business daily said on Tuesday. The Superjet-100 project is a family of medium-haul passenger aircraft developed by the Sukhoi aircraft maker in cooperation with the US and European aviation corporations, including Boeing, Snecma, Thales, Messier Dowty, Liebherr Aerospace and Honeywell. Russian deputy industry and trade minister Denis Manturov, who heads the commission to monitor Superjet's production, prepared a report unveiling the current problems and obstacles in the way of certification, the paper said.
  • Domestic Dispute Results in Pilot Threatening to Crash Plane

    05/22/2010 6:36:09 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 12 replies · 505+ views
    Airline Reporter ^ | May 21, 2010 | David Parker Brown
    Domestic Dispute Results in Pilot Threatening to Crash Plane By David Parker Brown, on May 21st, 2010 at 11:00 am Ah, a fight with the significant other. Coming up with a good argument to prove your point is always key. Threatening to crash a plane you will be flying with people aboard is NOT ok. A JetBlue pilot flying out of Logan Airport in Boston was questioned by the FBI after he sent an email to his girlfriend threatening to crash his plane, if she would not reconcile their relationship. A search of his phone showed that he did send...
  • Large airliner taxiway returned to Iraqis

    01/22/2010 4:48:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 253+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Sgt. Francis Horton, 367th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
    BASRAH – The 34th Infantry Division, United States Division - South, returned part of the Basrah International Airport taxiway to Iraqi control, Jan. 18, allowing large commercial airliners to use the airport in the future. The airport was first occupied by the British in 2003. Since then, large portions of the facility have been returned to Iraqi control, such as the airport hotel, which once housed the British headquarters. The Iraqi Air Force's 70th Squadron also calls a part of the airport property home. Contingency Operating Base Basrah, the main U.S. base in the area and headquarters for USD-S, occupies...
  • Questions for Abdulmutallab

    12/31/2009 11:00:18 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 4 replies · 301+ views
    WallStreet Journal ^ | Dec 31, 2009 | VICTORIA TOENSING
    Questions for Abdulmutallab The would-be airplane bomber needs to be interrogated. By VICTORIA TOENSING On the third day after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner, President Barack Obama finally interrupted his Hawaiian vacation to announce that our government "will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable." But how are we going to do that now that the terrorist is lawyered up and is even challenging what should be a legal gimme: giving the government a DNA sample? It was not wise to try enemy combatants such as Zacarias Moussaoui, the...
  • Revenge of the ‘Shoe Bomber’

    12/28/2009 6:35:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 9 replies · 709+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 29, 2009 | DEBRA BURLINGAME
    Revenge of the ‘Shoe Bomber’ The terrorist sues to resume his jihad from prison. The Obama administration caves in. DEBRA BURLINGAME Last May at National Archives, President Barack Obama warned that “more mistakes would occur” if Congress continued to politicize terrorist detention policy and the closure of Guantanamo Bay. “[I]f we refuse to deal with those issues today,” he predicted, “then I guarantee you, they will be an albatross around our efforts to combat terrorism in the future.” On June 17, at the Administrative Maximum (ADX) penitentiary in Florence, Colo., one of those albatrosses, inmate number 24079-038, began his day...
  • PETN explosive used in terrorist attack Northwest Flight 253: Carried on in condom

    12/27/2009 6:57:14 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 40 replies · 2,080+ views ^ | Dec 26, 2009
    PETN explosive used in terrorist attack Northwest Flight 253: Carried on in condom Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who claimed to be acting on orders from al-Qaida to blow up a NWA plane, apparently carried on PETN explosive onto Northwest flight 253. A high-ranking law enforcement official told CBS News that the suspect apparently used a syringe to inject a chemical into the powder, which was located near his groin. The explosives were carried in a soft plastic container which may have been a condom, although fire destroyed much of the package. What is PETN? According to information on both Wikipedia and...
  • How al-Qaeda airline fiend used leg bomb and syringe

    12/26/2009 6:21:52 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 80 replies · 3,271+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/26/2009
    How al-Qaeda airline fiend used leg bomb and syringe The man who tried to blow up a US airliner as it prepared to land at Detroit on Christmas Day had an explosive powder strapped to his leg which he tried to ignite by injecting chemicals with a syringe, Fox News reports. The 23-year-old - named as al-Qaeda-linked Nigerian engineering student Abdul Mudallad (alters from earlier spelling of Mudallah) - failed in his bid to achieve a major blast, but succeeded in burning himself seriously and inflicting minor injuries on at least two other passengers seated nearby on Northwest Airlines Flight...
  • Passengers Help Foil Attempted Terror Plot (Muslim terrorist lived in Houston on visa in 2008)

    12/26/2009 5:34:15 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 94 replies · 3,145+ views
    CBS News ^ | 12/26/09 | CBS News
    An attempted terrorist attack on a Christmas Day flight began with a pop and a puff of smoke - sending passengers scrambling to subdue a Nigerian man who claimed to be acting on orders from al Qaeda to blow up the airliner, officials and travelers said. -snip- Mutallab has been in the U.S. before, having received a visa in June 2008. His listed residence was in Houston, Texas. Authorities had placed him on a preliminary watch list, meaning they wanted to gather more information about him, but law enforcement subsequently lost track of him.
  • Not buying the abaya: British airline enforces Saudi customs on employees

    05/13/2009 9:23:09 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 12 replies · 741+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 14, 2009 | Editorial
    Should stewardesses flying to Saudi Arabia be required to wear head-to-toe coverings and walk behind men? One airline thinks so.
  • Airliner engine ingests object on ground at LAX

    05/11/2009 6:18:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 3,555+ views
    LOS ANGELES — Aviation authorities say a baggage cart was drawn into an engine of a Boeing 747 as it was leaving a terminal gate at Los Angeles International Airport. .. .. a baggage cart was being towed by at the same time and the engine ingested one of the containers. The object was lodged in the outer left-side engine of the four-engine jet.
  • A piece of American history preserved by Germans

    11/27/2008 3:09:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1,502+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 27, 2008 | Thomas Lifson
    An airworthy example of the ultimate piston-powered airliner will survive, thanks to the efforts of our German friends. The most advanced version of the most beautiful passenger airliner ever built, the Lockheed Constellation L-1649, is being restored to airworthy condition in Maine by a coalition of organizations connected with Lufthansa German Airlines. As an aviation buff, I am grateful for this effort. L-049 (the first Constellation) public domain image (hat tip: Wikimedia) The original Constellation model, the L-049 was commissioned in the late 1930s by Trans World Airlines, then under the control of Howard Hughes, as a pressurized transcontinental airliner....
  • Airliner bomb plot trial begins in UK (Eight "British" men on trial)

    04/03/2008 1:45:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 150+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/08 | David Stringer - ap
    LONDON - Eight British men planned to set off homemade bombs aboard at least seven airliners flying over the Atlantic to the United States and Canada, hoping to kill hundreds in a mammoth terror attack, a prosecutor said Thursday as their trial opened. Prosecutor Peter Wright said the men had plotted to strike United Airlines, American Airlines and Air Canada flights at the height of the summer vacation season in 2006. Details of seven specific flights from London's Heathrow airport to Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Washington, Toronto and Montreal were stored on a computer memory stick, he said in...
  • Jet's flaming space junk scare

    03/28/2007 1:55:29 AM PDT · by gungadin · 16 replies · 870+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | March 28, 2007 - 3:22PM | Jano Gibson
    Pieces of space junk from a Russian satellite coming out of orbit narrowly missed hitting a jetliner over the Pacific Ocean overnight. The pilot of a Lan Chile Airbus A340, which was travelling between Santiago, Chile, and Auckland, New Zealand, notified air traffic controllers at Auckland Oceanic Centre after seeing flaming space junk hurtling across the sky just five nautical miles in front of and behind his plane about 10pm. According to a plane spotter, who was tuning into a high frequency radio broadcast at the time, the pilot "reported that the rumbling noise from the space debris could be...
  • Airliner delayed after passengers carry on drinks (purchased at the airport)

    08/18/2006 1:30:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,040+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 8/18/06 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES An airliner bound for New York was delayed nearly an hour Friday after the crew discovered some passengers had carried on drinks purchased at the airport, and the pilot requested the plane be rechecked by security screeners. American Airlines Flight 40 was scheduled to leave for John F. Kennedy International Airport at 11 a.m. and was being boarded when the drinks were discovered. "The passengers were deplaned at the captain's request," said Nancy Castles, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles International Airport. "The liquids were surrendered or tossed or discarded. They conducted a security check of the plane, and...
  • Police Eye Money Trail In Airliner Plot

    08/11/2006 5:36:22 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 605+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-12-2006 | Jennifer Quinn - Paul Haven
    Police Eye Money Trail in Airliner Plot Saturday August 12, 2006 12:46 AM By JENNIFER QUINN and PAUL HAVEN Associated Press Writers LONDON (AP) - Investigators on three continents worked to fill in the full, frightening picture Friday of a plot to blow U.S. jetliners out of the Atlantic skies, tracking the money trail and seizing more alleged conspirators in the teeming towns of eastern Pakistan. One arrested there, a Briton named Rashid Rauf, is believed to have been the operational planner and to have connections with al-Qaida in Afghanistan, Pakistani and U.S. officials said. British and Pakistani authorities have...

    08/10/2006 11:21:31 AM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 8 replies · 910+ views
    Adnkronos International ^ | August 10, 2006 | Adnkronos Staff
    Doha, 10 August (AKI) - A possible attempt to hijack a Qatar Airways aeroplane travelling from the Jordanian capital Amman, to Doha in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday has been foiled. According to a report on the Arab satelitte TV channel Al Jazeera, quoting a passenger on that flight, authorities arrested the alleged hijacker, a young man in his 20s, whose nationality was not clear but appeared to be of African origin. According to the same source, five minutes after take off, shots were heard in the plane and the man rushed to the aircraft's toilet. He was stopped...
  • Switzerland 'Foils Attack On Israeli Airliner'

    06/08/2006 5:57:45 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 653+ views
    Switzerland 'foils attack on Israeli airliner' (Filed: 08/06/2006) Swiss intelligence agents have foiled a planned attack on an Israeli airliner, according to Swiss authorities. Seven people of North African origin are being held on suspicion of plotting to attack a jet belonging to El Al, the national airline of Israel. The Swiss Attorney General's office gave no further details of the alleged plot, but said that Spanish and French police had been involved in a Europe-wide investigation into connected terror groups. "The inquiry has ... made it possible to show that this cell had very seriously envisaged committing an attack...
  • Mammoth Passenger Plane Lands in Britain

    05/18/2006 8:39:54 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 100 replies · 2,648+ views
    AP ^ | May 18, 2006 | JANE WARDELL
    LONDON May 18, 2006 (AP)— The world's biggest passenger airliner landed at Europe's busiest airport Thursday to test whether London's Heathrow is ready for the Airbus A380. The superjumbo jet will land at a specially designed pier at the airport in west London when it arrives in Britain for the first time. En route from the Berlin Air Show where Airbus was showcasing the double-decker this week the plane flew over the Airbus plant in north Wales, where the carrier's huge wings are made.
  • Air India to receive (35) Boeings from 2006

    12/16/2005 2:06:46 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 14 replies · 691+ views
    Economic Times ^ | DECEMBER 16, 2005
    NEW DELHI: Air India, the country's flag carrier, will begin receiving the first of its 35 mint new Boeing aircraft from 2006, with the last plane being delivered in 2013. Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday announced the cabinet's approval of Air India's fleet expansion plans and said a group of ministers would work out the pricing with the manufacturer "in as quick a period as possible". In addition, subsidiary Air India Charters Limited that operates the no-frills Air India Express, will start taking delivery of the first of its 18 new Boeings from 2006 and the process will be...
  • Feds probe SAM fired at airliner report

    12/02/2005 11:52:19 AM PST · by RogerWilko · 90 replies · 3,229+ views
    United Press International ^ | 12/2/2005 | United Press International
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- FBI agents and Homeland Security officials have been investigating the report of a possible missile fired at an American Airlines plane taking off from Los Angeles International Airport. Sources told ABC News in Los Angeles that the pilot of American Airlines Flight 621, en route to Chicago, radioed air traffic controllers after takeoff from LAX. He told them a missile had been fired at the aircraft and missed. The plane was over water when the pilot said he saw a smoke trail pass by the cockpit. FBI agents believe it was a flare or a...
  • U.S. Plane Now Part of Chinese Air Force - Civilian Camouflage

    09/23/2005 5:18:42 AM PDT · by WmCraven_Wk · 19 replies · 1,349+ views ^ | Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005 | Charles R. Smith
    ***PLA Generals Convert Boeing Jet Into Flying HQ *** The Chinese army has converted a U.S.-made airliner into an advanced military command aircraft. The conversion is a direct violation of U.S.-Sino trade agreements and U.S. export laws. Officials at the U.S. State and Commerce departments refused to comment on the illegal Chinese modification. Photographs of the converted jet surfaced earlier this year and were the subject of an article by investigative reporter Bill Gertz. Now new, close-up photos of the converted jetliner have appeared. The aircraft, identified as a Boeing 737, tail number B-4052, was sold to China United Airlines...
  • NJ Missile Plot Affidavit

    08/13/2003 11:09:06 AM PDT · by freeperfromnj · 17 replies · 591+ views | The Associated Press
    (AP) — Some highlights from an FBI affidavit filed in federal court in New Jersey, outlining the alleged plot to smuggle a shoulder-launched missile into the United States: _Investigation began in December 2001, when a "cooperating witness" or informant under federal law enforcement control began talking with the alleged arms dealer, Hemant Lakhani, about obtaining anti-aircraft guns and missiles. The witness told Lakhani he was representing a Somali group that wanted to buy one missile initially "with a purchase of a greater number of missiles to follow." _Between Dec. 2001 and Aug. 13, 2003, more than 150 conversations between Lakhani...
  • Japan to Resume Supersonic Jet Test

    08/23/2005 6:03:04 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 7 replies · 441+ views ^ | Aug 23 | Hans Greimel
    TOKYO Japan's space agency plans to launch an arrow-shaped airplane at twice the speed of sound high over the Australian outback as early as next month in a crucial test of the country's push to develop a supersonic successor to the retired Concorde. The test follows a three-year hiatus since the first experimental flight of the unmanned aircraft, dubbed the next-generation supersonic transport, prematurely separated from its booster rocket and crashed into the desert. "We've made some improvements so that won't happen again," Takaaki Akuto, a spokesman for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, said Tuesday in Tokyo. "This is a...
  • Cypriot Airliner Crashes in Greece

    08/14/2005 2:57:41 AM PDT · by beyond the sea · 277 replies · 10,699+ views ^ | 8/14/05 | unknown
    ATHENS - A Cypriot airliner carrying 115 passengers and six crewmembers, crashed north of Athens on Sunday, the defense ministry and fire department said. The Helios Airways flight crashed at about 12:20 p.m. near the coastal town of Kalamos, just north of the Greek capital. Witnesses told Athens radio station they saw the plane, which was being followed by fighter jets, go down. Helios Airways in a privately owned Cypriot airline.
  • 309 People Escape a Burning Plane in Two Minutes (A Textbook Evacuation)

    08/03/2005 6:16:28 PM PDT · by jdm · 49 replies · 1,524+ views
    AP ^ | August 3, 2005 | Beth Duff-Brown
    TORONTO (AP) - The flight from Paris had been a breeze for the students, businessmen and vacationers, until Air France Flight 358 started its final descent - and it suddenly became clear a furious thunderstorm was enveloping the packed Airbus A340. As crewmembers made landing announcements, passengers like Caroline Diezyn, Olivier Dubois and Ahmed Alawata made sure their seat belts were tight against the turbulence. They stared out the windows but saw only blackness in the afternoon sky. For the 297 passengers and 12 crew, a harrowing landing in Toronto on Tuesday would end in a textbook evacuation. Most were...
  • Russia: Soviets Ordered Korean Airliner Shot Down in 1978

    06/29/2005 5:41:10 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies · 3,047+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 06/29/05 | Chung Byung-sun
    Soviets Ordered Korean Airliner Shot Down in 1978 A KAL 707 airliner heading to Seoul from Paris was forced down on a frozen lake 200 miles south of Murmansk after it strayed off course into Soviet airspace on April 21, 1978. During the forced landing, fire from a Soviet jetfighter killed two and wounded 13./Chosun Ilbo DB MOSCOW -- A Korean Airlines (KAL) Boeing 707 carrying 110 passengers and crew from Paris to Seoul that was forced to land in Murmansk after it went off course in 1978 came under missile fire from a Soviet jetfighter, it was revealed Tuesday....
  • Reid Morden spy agency boss when Air India Flight 182 tapes destroyed

    05/12/2005 9:01:53 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 2 replies · 658+ views
    CFP ^ | May 12, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    Reid Morden, the Canadian spy working with Paul Volcker on the independent UN inquiry into the oil-for-food scandal, is the CEO who was at the helm of the Canadian Security Investigation Services (CSIS) when most of the 300 tapes and wiretaps, collected both before and after the 1985 crash of Air India Flight 182, were destroyed. Some feel that the destroyed tapes and wiretaps were crucial evidence that could have led to a guilty charge in the trial of the accused on the crash of Flight 182. CSIS, Canada’s top spy agency, has always maintained that the destroyed tapes had...
  • Moussaoui pleads guilty to 9/11 crimes [was chosen by bin Laden for attack]

    04/22/2005 3:18:35 PM PDT · by The Raven · 64 replies · 2,275+ views
    msnbc ^ | Apr 22, 2005 | AP
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Zacarias Moussaoui pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring with the Sept. 11 hijackers to kill Americans and declared he was personally chosen by Osama bin Laden to fly a plane into the White House during a later attack. Moussaoui admitted guilt in front of a packed courtroom only a few miles from where one of the four hijacked planes crashed into the Pentagon in 2001. He pleaded to six conspiracy counts, four of which could bring the death penalty. -snip In the statement of facts, Moussaoui said bin Laden had personally selected him to take part in an...
  • Boeing Launches Long-Haul Passenger Jet

    02/15/2005 6:59:32 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies · 704+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 15, 2005 | Reed Stevenson
    Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA - news) unveiled a long-range version of its 777 commercial airliner on Tuesday, which the company said can fly from London to Sydney, making it the world's longest-range commercial aircraft. The new, 301-passenger, long-range 777 is expected to make its first flight in March and will be delivered first to Pakistan International airlines, its launch customer for the new version of the 777, in January of 2006.
  • Sighted over MD today: Airliner with fighter in close trail (Vanity)

    11/15/2004 9:19:55 PM PST · by cooldog · 13 replies · 586+ views
    11/15/2004 | Self
    While on the way to Florida this morning, at approximately 1:05PM, we were driving west on US50/301, approaching the Severn River Bridge, just past Annapolis. My wife said, "What's up with that?", and pointed out a very unusual sight; a medium-sized passenger jet being closely trailed by a fighter. They were at perhaps 3 to 5 thousand feet, and the fighter seemed to be only a few hundred yards from the larger jet. We watched them head north along the river as we crossed the bridge. Does anyone know anything about this?