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  • Blind man, dog removed from US Airways flight

    11/16/2013 4:45:04 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 113 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 15, 2013
    PHILADELPHIA, A US Airways flight in Philadelphia was canceled when passengers became outraged about a blind man and his seeing-eye dog being kicked off the plane. Albert Rizzi said flight attendants removed him and his dog from the Wednesday flight from Philadelphia International Airport to Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip, N.Y., because the dog became agitated during a delay on the tarmac, KYW-TV, Philadelphia, reported Friday. "What I'm concerned about is that there are a tremendous number of individuals in the disabled community who might not have the stamina, the strength, the confidence to stand up for their rights...
  • DOJ Seeks to Block American-US Airways Merger

    08/13/2013 8:09:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/13/2013 | David Benoit
    The government’s antitrust authorities have thrown a large road block in the way of the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, suing to block the deal. The suit, filed by the Department of Justice after months in which the air carriers said they were confident that the deal would sail through anti-trust review, sent shares of US Airways tumbling Tuesday. The stock is down nearly 9% to $17.15 in recent trading.
  • US Airways flight makes belly landing at Newark airport after landing gear failed

    05/18/2013 8:04:52 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | may 18, 2013 | Katie Davies
    A US Airways flight with 34 people aboard was forced to make a dramatic belly landing at Newark International Airport last night. Terrified passengers managed to escape the plane unharmed after the plane's pilot - named by witnesses as Edward Powers - performed a heroic emergency landing. Video footage of the turboprop twin-engine plane coming down on the runway showed a dramatic shower of sparks flying from its underbelly as it scraped across the tarmac, however, miraculously no fire was started.
  • US Airways prevents military dog war hero from flying to DNC

    09/08/2012 1:44:24 PM PDT · by DFG · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 09/08/12 | Dave Boyer
    A bomb-sniffing military dog that has served two tours in Afghanistan was refused passage on a U.S. commercial flight to the Democratic National Convention last week by a pilot who was concerned the K-9 could be aggressive. The 6-year-old German shepherd named Kevin was prevented from boarding a US Airways flight from Phoenix, Ariz., to Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 1. The dog has flown on other commercial flights previously, usually sitting on the floor at the row of seats next to the bulkhead of the passenger cabin with his Navy handler. On the evening of Sept. 1, the dog and...
  • Terror in the Skies: ‘Human bomb’ threat forces U.S.-bound flight to divert

    05/24/2012 8:55:28 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | May 23, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    A US Airways jet traveling from Paris to North Carolina was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after a "French" passenger handed a note to a flight attendant mentioning that she had a surgically implanted device, raising fears of a terror scenario that security officials had warned about. What is disturbing is the lack of coverage and relevant reporting on this act of terror in the skies. The would-be terrorist is described as a "French" woman. What's her name? Read the tea leaves. The Cameroon-born woman was traveling alone with no checked baggage and visiting the United States for 10 days...
  • Paris-US flight diverted for 'security issue'

    05/22/2012 10:44:58 AM PDT · by Doogle · 58 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 05/22/12 | AP via FOX
    BANGOR, Maine – A US Airways jet flying from Paris to Charlotte, North Carolina, has been diverted to Maine because of what an airline spokesman calls a "security issue." A North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman says two F-15 fighters were scrambled to escort the plane. A person briefed on the incident said a passenger announced she had a surgically implanted device. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because it involved sensitive law enforcement information. US Airways spokesman Andrew Christie says the jet with 179 passengers was diverted around noon Tuesday to Bangor International Airport. He says there was...
  • Woman thrown off U.S. Airways flight for taking a picture of rude air steward's name tag

    07/06/2011 6:44:03 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 6 July 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A photographer was thrown off a U.S. Airways flight and branded a security risk after she took a photo of a rude air steward's name tag so she could complain about her. Sandy DeWitt was boarding the flight to Miami at Philadelphia International Airport on Friday when she said an employee was being rude to several passengers in the boarding area. Ms DeWitt decided to take a photo of her name tag - which was Tonialla G. - so she could remember it when she complained. But once she took her seat and turned off her iPhone, Tonialla G. got...
  • Woman Escorted Off US Airways Flight For Snapping Photo

    07/05/2011 8:21:27 AM PDT · by camerongood210 · 192 replies · 3+ views
    PIXIQ.com ^ | July 2, 2011 | Carlos Miller
    A Miami photographer was escorted off a US Airways plane and deemed a “security risk” after she snapped a photo of an employee’s nametag at Philadelphia International Airport Friday. Sandy DeWitt said the employee, whose name was Tonialla G., was being rude to several passengers in the boarding area of the flight to Miami. So DeWitt snapped a photo of her nametag with her iPhone because she planned to complain about her in a letter to US Airways. But the photo didn’t come out because it was too dark. However, once DeWitt was settled in her seat, preparing for take-off,...
  • Man flies US Airways in women's underwear (Photo)

    06/21/2011 6:16:25 PM PDT · by CharlyFord · 59 replies
    SFGate ^ | June 21 2011 | Justin Berton
    Six days before a college football player was arrested at San Francisco International Airport in a dispute that began when a US Airways employee asked him to pull up his sagging pants, a man who was wearing little but women's undergarments was allowed to fly the airline, a US Airways spokeswoman conceded Tuesday. A photo of the scantily clad man was provided to The Chronicle by Jill Tarlow, a passenger on the June 9 flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Phoenix. Tarlow said other passengers had complained to airline workers before the plane boarded, but that employees had ignored those...
  • NAACP voluntarily dismisses bias suit against US Airways

    11/10/2010 1:57:06 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 10 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Tue, Nov. 9, 2010 | By Linda Loyd
    What began as a startling NAACP suit accusing US Airways Group Inc. of discriminating against its African American employees at Philadelphia International Airport has ended with a settlement and a pledge by the airport's largest carrier to strengthen workplace diversity. On the matter of the monetary terms and whether the three former US Airways employees named as plaintiffs in January's federal class-action suit would get - or even want - their old jobs back, no one would say.
  • STRANGE BAGGAGE HANDLER AT AIRPORT CAUSES PLANE EVAC

    10/07/2010 11:00:10 AM PDT · by Cindy · 48 replies · 2+ views
    PHILLY.com ^ | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "According to police, three baggage handlers were loading luggage on to a flight bound for Bermuda around 10:56 a.m. when two of the handlers noticed a third was not wearing an identification badge. When questioned about it, the third man took off and has yet to be found by police." SNIPPET: "Investigating agencies include the Philadelphia Police, the F.B.I. and Homeland Security."
  • 38 DEFENDANTS INDICTED IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FRAUD

    07/11/2010 2:43:05 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 3+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.justice.gov/usao/mow/news2010/harrison.ind.htm JULY 9, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BLACK MARKET TRAVEL AGENTS 38 DEFENDANTS INDICTED IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FRAUD LOCAL INVESTIGATION EXPOSES NATIONWIDE NETWORK THAT USED STOLEN IDENTITIES, CREDIT CARDS TO PURCHASE AIRLINE TICKETS KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 38 defendants from across the United States have been charged in a series of indictments that allege an extensive network of black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme...
  • Maggots force plane back to gate in Atlanta

    06/30/2010 2:38:55 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 62 replies
    APhosted ^ | 6-30-10 | KATE BRUMBACK
    Maggots falling from an overhead bin from a spoiled container of meat forced a US Airways flight to return to the gate so the bin could be cleaned. Passenger Donna Adamo said she noticed a couple of flies on the Monday flight when she got to her seat but didn't think much of it. Then, as the plane was taxiing, she heard a passenger behind her causing a commotion and refusing to take her seat. "Then I heard the word 'maggot' and that kind of got everybody creeped out," she said. "All of a sudden, I felt somebody flick the...
  • Shares of US Airways, UAL climb as merger talks reported (Deal will need labor support)

    04/08/2010 1:38:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 297+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | 04/08/2010 | Christopher Hinton
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Shares of both US Airways Group and UAL Corp., the parent of United Airlines, climbed Thursday on reports the carriers were in early merger talks after a nearly two-year break. Negotiations could still break down, and it could still be several weeks before any transaction is announced, according to media reports that cite anonymous sources. Battered and bruised from the recession but facing an industry-wide recovery in demand and revenue, the two legacy carriers may now believe it's the time to combine operations to lower costs and shake out overlapping capacity. Both airlines have overlapping domestic...
  • Airline Passenger Says Concerns Ignored (Muslim testing airline security?)

    01/28/2010 9:43:15 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 1,794+ views
    myfoxphilly.com ^ | Jan. 27, 2010
    A South Jersey woman got the scare of her life when she tried to report suspicious activity on board a plane Philadelphia International Airport. The woman shared details of her terrifying ordeal only with Fox 29 News on Wednesday. Now, she's wondering if it was some kind of sick joke or a test run for a terrorist. Fox 29's Dave Schratwieser reported that 12 days after her red-eye flight from Los Angeles, the US Airways passenger is still upset over an incident on her flight, the reaction to it by the flight crew, and the lack of reaction from authorities....
  • Jet Diverts To Philly Over Teen Passenger's Prayer

    01/22/2010 9:02:52 AM PST · by Chet 99 · 25 replies · 1,211+ views
    KTLA ^ | 10:00 PM PST, January 21, 2010
    PHILADELPHIA - A Jewish teenager trying to pray on a New York-to- Kentucky flight caused a scare Thursday when he pulled out a set of small boxes containing holy scrolls, leading the captain to divert the flight to Philadelphia, where the commuter plane was greeted by police, bomb-sniffing dogs and federal agents. The 17-year-old on US Airways Express Flight 3079 was using tefillin, a set of small boxes containing biblical passages that are attached to leather straps, Philadelphia police Lt. Frank Vanore said. When used in prayer, one box is strapped to the arm while the other box is placed...
  • (US Airways) Flight diverted to Pa. after confusion over prayer

    01/21/2010 9:04:26 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 89 replies · 1,685+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 21, 2010 | KATHY MATHESON
    <p>PHILADELPHIA -- A misunderstanding about an Orthodox Jewish prayer ritual led a US Airways Express captain to divert his Kentucky-bound plane to Philadelphia on Thursday, authorities said.</p> <p>A 17-year-old boy on Flight 3079 traveling from New York to Louisville was using tefillin, a set of small black boxes attached to leather straps and containing biblical passages, said Philadelphia police Lt. Frank Vanore.</p>
  • FBI: Man Flew Into LaGuardia With Firecracker

    12/28/2009 4:09:00 PM PST · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1,622+ views
    WCBSTV.com ^ | Dec 28, 2009 4:42 pm US/Eastern | n/a
    "FBI: Man Flew Into LaGuardia With Firecracker" "Passenger Taken Into Custody After Device Found Wedged Between Seats On Piedmont Airlines Flight Into LaGuardia" NEW YORK (CBS) SNIPPET: "A passenger who flew into LaGuardia Airport on Sunday night was questioned by FBI agents after allegedly boarding the flight with an explosive device in his possession, CBS 2 has learned. Officials confirmed Monday that a crew member on board Piedmont Airlines flight 4126, originating from Baltimore Washington International Airport, was cleaning the plane after it landed in New York around 7:30 p.m. when he found a large firecracker-like device wedged between two...
  • Phoenix Security Officials Detain Two Men for ‘Acting Suspicious’ on Flight

    12/28/2009 3:23:30 AM PST · by Tigen · 24 replies · 1,990+ views
    MYFOXPHEONIX.COM ^ | 27 Dec 2009
    PHOENIX - Tensions are running high after Friday's attempted terror attack aboard an airplane, and those fears sparked a security scare at Sky Harbor Airport Saturday night -- and two men had to be pulled off a plane. The two men were described as Middle Eastern and were reportedly acting suspicious. The flight crew called ahead for law enforcement and security officials to meet them on the tarmac. When the US Airways flight from Orlando landed in Phoenix about 8 p.m., the passengers on board were told to remain in their seats. Police officers boarded and pulled the two men...
  • TSA: 2 passengers detained after flight to Phoenix

    12/27/2009 8:23:27 PM PST · by JustPiper · 76 replies · 2,102+ views
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 12-27-09 | AP
    PHOENIX – Two men thought to have been acting suspicious aboard a flight bound for Phoenix were detained and questioned by federal anti-terrorism authorities before they were released, the FBI said Sunday. Transportation Security Administration officials said passengers aboard U.S. Airways Flight 192 from Orlando, Fla., on Saturday night reported that two men, described as Middle Eastern, were acting strangely and talking loudly to each other in a foreign language.
  • Two Passengers Detained After Flight To Phoenix

    12/27/2009 3:12:08 PM PST · by truthkeeper · 52 replies · 3,951+ views
    The New York Post ^ | December 27, 2009 | Associated Press
    PHOENIX — Authorities say they’ve detained two men thought to have been acting suspicious aboard a flight bound for Phoenix. A Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman says passengers aboard U.S. Airways Flight 192 from Orlando, Fla. Saturday night reported that two men were acting strangely.
  • CAIR Calls Settlement of Six Imams 'Flying While Muslim' Case ‘Victory for Justice’

    10/20/2009 5:50:32 PM PDT · by machogirl · 106 replies · 3,708+ views
    CAIR ^ | October 20, 2009 | CAIR
    CAIR Calls Settlement of Six Imams 'Flying While Muslim' Case ‘Victory for Justice’ Posted 10/20/2009 4:11:00 PM (WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/20/09) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today hailed what it called a “victory for justice and civil rights” in the case of the six imams, or Islamic religious leaders, who said their rights were violated in 2006 when they were removed from a US Airways flight in Minnesota and arrested. CAIR, the Washington-based civil rights organization that has championed the imams’ rights since they were removed from the plane, said the six religious leaders will receive an undisclosed amount...
  • Imams removed from flight agree to settlement (Flyin' Imams!)

    10/20/2009 11:58:05 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies · 763+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 10/20/09 | Paul Walsh and James Walsh
    A settlement has been reached in the "Flying Imams" federal lawsuit that was filed by six Muslim men who claim they were falsely arrested on a US Airways jet in the Twin Cities three years ago because of their religious and ethnic backgrounds. According to federal court records, a settlement was reached Monday and filed with the court today. A clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan would not comment on a settlement and instead referred questions to attorneys. A New York attorney for the imams Omar Mohammedi, said this afternoon that settlement is "satisfactory to the plaintiffs." Mohammedi added...
  • Flight canceled mid-air, heads back to Charlotte

    07/24/2009 6:08:32 AM PDT · by Peter Horry · 24 replies · 2,758+ views
    The Post and Courier ^ | July 24, 2009 | Allyson Bird
    A strange thing happened to a plane en route from Charlotte to Charleston on Wednesday night. Already beginning his final descent into the Lowcountry, the pilot on U.S. Airways Flight 3203 announced that he was turning around and heading back to Charlotte. Charleston International Airport, he told passengers as the clock ticked past midnight, had closed. Passenger Jenny Spain, returning from two weeks in Costa Rica with her husband, put it this way: "I've never heard of a flight being canceled mid-air." The couple never learned why. The airport did close at midnight, as it has every day since June...
  • Yuma Airport welcomes weary travelers [Update: Dust Storm]

    07/21/2009 11:22:54 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 1,434+ views
    YUMA SUN.com ^ | July 21, 2009 - 5:51 PM | BY JOYCE LOBECK, SUN STAFF WRITER
    SNIPPET: "Three U.S Airways planes were diverted from Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix to Yuma between 7 and 8 p.m. Monday, said Craig Williams, airport director. He added that he didn't know why the flights were diverted." SNIPPET: "United connects with Los Angeles while US Airways connects with Phoenix."
  • Flight diverted after passenger undresses in seat

    07/01/2009 2:18:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies · 2,075+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/1/09 | AP
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A cross-country US Airways flight was diverted to Albuquerque after a male passenger removed his clothing mid-flight. Dan Jiron, a spokesman for the Albuquerque airport, said 50-year-old Keith Wright of New York disrobed Tuesday while sitting in his seat in the back of the aircraft. He said Wright was unresponsive when a flight attendant asked him repeatedly to get dressed and refused to be covered with a blanket. Jiron said law enforcement employees who were passengers on the plane helped subdue and handcuff Wright before the flight landed. The FBI said Wright is in federal custody on...
  • Tampa:Muslim Student Tries to Get on Plane With 7" Butcher Knife

    06/17/2009 6:51:52 AM PDT · by Islaminaction · 27 replies · 2,296+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | June 17Th, 2009 | Bill Warner
    Saudi Arabian Muslim Student Raed Al-Saif at Univ. of Tampa Tries To Get On Plane With 7 inch Butcher Knife in His Carry On Bag, the last name "Al-Saif" is linked to Al-Qaeda. Fifteen of the nineteen on 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia they used box cutters and small knives to take over control of the 4 airplanes on 9/11. The United States government determined that al-Qaeda, headed by Osama bin Laden, bore responsibility for the attacks, with the FBI stating "evidence linking al-Qaeda and bin Laden to the attacks of September 11 is clear and irrefutable". The Government...
  • AUTHORITIES ARREST TWO PEOPLE ABOARD U.S. AIRWAYS FLIGHT SMUGGLING HANDGUN ON BOARD.

    06/04/2009 8:26:37 AM PDT · by Dan Nunn · 76 replies · 6,765+ views
    AUTHORITIES ARREST TWO PEOPLE ABOARD U.S. AIRWAYS FLIGHT AT PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AFTER SMUGGLING HANDGUN ON BOARD.
  • Suspicious comments ground flight at Lynchburg Regional Airport

    06/01/2009 3:03:53 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 909+ views
    LYNCHBURG NEWS & ADVANCE/WSLS ^ | Updated Monday, June 1 at 12:15 a.m. | By Chris Dumond, Lynchburg News & Advance
    SNIPPET: "U.S. Airways flight 4423 was supposed to leave Lynchburg for Charlotte around 2:30 p.m., Airport Director Mark Courtney said. Instead, it was delayed for nearly three hours while Transportation Security Administration workers and local law enforcement made sure it was safe to fly. Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Kevin Schmitt said a 23-year-old man was overheard on his mobile phone making the comments while he was standing in the airport lobby. “He was overheard by a TSA official making the comment that the plane wouldn’t make it to Charlotte — that it would fall out of the sky,” Schmitt...
  • Joy Behar is an incoherent plagarist. Whoopi Goldberg says, “Hey, that’s my job.”

    02/12/2009 6:05:11 AM PST · by slomark · 3 replies · 571+ views
    On Thursday, February 5, Time Magazine said Republican critics of the President’s “stimulus” plan are like the geese that caused the crash of US Airways Flight 1549. “It’s hard to take Republican leaders too seriously when they criticize the recovery plans for the economy; it’s sort of like those geese criticizing the evacuation plans for US Airways Flight 1549.” On Tuesday, February 10, Joy Behar, one of the harpies on ABC’s The View, liked the line so much that she decided to “borrow” it. Problem is, Behar delivered her version of the line almost incoherently. “You know, Obama’s like that...
  • HOW 'DIVINE MERCY' PLAYED INTO MIRACLE OF JET IN HUDSON DURING THREE O'CLOCK HOUR

    02/05/2009 6:10:07 AM PST · by NYer · 67 replies · 2,822+ views
    Divine Mercy ^ | February 4, 2009 | Felix Carroll
    A banker on a business trip in New York City, Fred Berretta had just checked into his hotel room. He had about 20 minutes down time before he had to meet his colleagues. For some reason he decided to clean out his briefcase, something he hadn't done in a long time. As he emptied it out, he came across a booklet he had stuffed into a pocket years ago on praying the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. He recalls having prayed it a few times years ago. But by Jan. 15, 2009, it was a good intention mislaid —...
  • Ungrateful Flyers

    01/30/2009 11:53:44 AM PST · by TruthHound · 31 replies · 1,113+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 1/30/09 | Mike Gallagher
    The headline in USA Today gave me a sinking feeling: “US Airways Gives Passengers On Flight $5000.00 Each -- Passengers Wonder, Is it Enough?” Is it enough? Is anything ever enough anymore? It is absolutely, positively inconceivable that anyone aboard the miraculous US Airways Airbus whose pilot made a safe water landing after birds were sucked into the engines would expect US Airways to fork over a ton of money to them. This was one great story: a pilot makes a split-second decision to ditch into the frigid waters of the Hudson River, a decision that saved everyone on board...
  • "Miracle on the Hudson" Pilot Speaks for the First Time - Video 1/24/09

    01/24/2009 5:53:25 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 1 replies · 195+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 24, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of the first public comments from U.S. Airways Pilot Chesley Sullenberger ("Sully") as he and his wife appeared at a hero's welcome homecoming in Danville, California. Sullenberger and his wife gave brief remarks. He displayed deep humility, just what you would expect from this genuine American hero . . . . . . (watch video)
  • Tape shows NC-bound plane's Hudson River landing

    01/23/2009 4:18:13 AM PST · by NCjim · 17 replies · 2,062+ views
    News and Observer ^ | January 23, 2009
    NEW YORK -- A newly released security camera tape shows the emergency ditching of North Carolina-bound US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in all its stunning drama - from seconds after the jetliner splashed into the frigid water until well after the last of the 155 passengers and crew members were rescued. The tape, made available to news media on Thursday by the Consolidated Edison utility, runs 47 minutes and 5 seconds - by far the longest video account of what Gov. David Paterson termed "a miracle on the Hudson." It also provides the most precise continuous record...
  • Plane from Hudson Crash Comes Under Microscope

    01/20/2009 1:17:35 PM PST · by handsomefurs · 40 replies · 1,270+ views
    There is news that the plane had some problems a few days before it landed safely on the Hudson River in NYC. This article looks at the background events and some of the breaking news on this development.
  • Passengers report scare on earlier US Airways Flight 1549

    01/20/2009 4:40:14 AM PST · by DFG · 29 replies · 1,304+ views
    CNN ^ | 01/19/09 | Abbie Boudreau and Scott Zamost
    Two days before US Airways Flight 1549 crashed into the Hudson River, passengers on the same route and same aircraft say they heard a series of loud bangs and the flight crew told them they could have to make an emergency landing, CNN has learned. Steve Jeffrey of Charlotte, North Carolina, told CNN he was flying in first class Tuesday when, about 20 minutes into the flight, "it sounded like the wing was just snapping off." "The red lights started going on. A little pandemonium was going on," Jeffrey recalled. He said the incident occurred over Newark, New Jersey, soon...
  • Records show plane suffered previous malfunction

    01/20/2009 1:56:27 AM PST · by malkee · 40 replies · 2,001+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 20, 2009 | JOAN LOWY
    The US Airways jet that made a dramatic emergency landing on New York's Hudson River last week experienced an engine compressor failure two days earlier, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said Monday that the board's examination of the Airbus 320's maintenance records show "there was an entry in the aircraft's maintenance log that indicates a compressor stall occurred on Jan. 13." The compressor, or fan, draws air into the engine. He said the flight had a different pilot that day, and the board planned to interview that pilot to learn more about the incident....
  • Chesley B. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger Invited To Obama Inauguration

    01/19/2009 11:45:24 AM PST · by malkee · 40 replies · 2,484+ views
    nbcbayarea.com ^ | Jan. 19 2009 | nbcbayarea.com
    They are already talking about building a statue of Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger. Lucrative book and movie deals could follow. But even though the death-defying pilot of Flight 1549 is being celebrated as a hero, he still faces an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board that will critique his every action. As details of his account to investigators emerged Saturday, however, it seemed his prospects for further accolades and celebrity could only increase. He recounted making a split-second decision that not only saved everyone onboard but also spared people on the ground from what he called “catastrophic consequences.” His...
  • 5 white-knuckled minutes aboard Flight 1549

    01/18/2009 3:45:12 PM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 64 replies · 2,961+ views
    ap ^ | 54 minutes ago | DAVID B. CARUSO
    NEW YORK (AP) — The birds flew majestically, in perfect formation, and the co-pilot saw them coming. For a moment, it looked like they would pass beneath US Airways Flight 1549, but when Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger looked up, they were there in his windscreen. Big. Dark brown. Lots of them.
  • The five-minute trip of US Airways Flight 1549

    01/17/2009 3:43:13 PM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 28 replies · 1,441+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | January 17, 2009 at 6:06 PM EST | The Associated Press
    National Transportation Safety official Kitty Higgins on Saturday released a timeline, gleaned from air traffic controllers, of the five-minute flight of US Airways Flight 1549:
  • Device helped ensure US Airways plane would float

    01/17/2009 12:22:13 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 2,111+ views
    Newsday ^ | 1/15/09 | James Bernstein
    Planes can float, but the US Airways Airbus A-320 that crashed into the Hudson River Thursday had a better chance than most. That's because it was equipped with a special device unique to Airbus planes that increased the likelihood it would stay on top of the water. The device, called a "ditching switch," effectively seals the plane by closing valves and ventilation ports, a spokesman for the airline said.
  • US Airways Flight 1549 Crash Lands in Hudson River - Raw Video

    01/17/2009 9:14:41 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 35 replies · 2,036+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 17, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is amazing raw video from various surveillance cameras of the US Airways Flight 1549 crash landing into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. All 155 passengers aboard the plane survived in what is being called "Miracle on the Hudson." . . . . . (watch video)
  • Co-pilot Braved Frigid Waters to Retrieve Vests for Passengers (Our Hometown Boy Did Good!)

    01/16/2009 4:51:37 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 63 replies · 1,706+ views
    JSOnline ^ | January 16, 2009 | Stacy Forster
    Oregon, WI - The water in the Hudson River was so cold Thursday afternoon that US Airways co-pilot Jeffrey Skiles' legs were immediately numb, his wife said today. Barbara Skiles said her husband, 49, was walking through the plane to find more life vests for people who had exited without them. The quick response from New York City's police and fire departments, as well as ferries and other boats that helped bring passengers to safety, was a key reason no one was injured or killed, she said. All 155 passengers on the US Airways flight were rescued and brought to...
  • Co-pilot in Hudson plane crash from Wisconsin

    01/16/2009 8:38:35 AM PST · by traumer · 21 replies · 1,703+ views
    Oregon - Barbara Skiles had no idea the plane her husband was co-piloting had crashed until her phone rang. It was her husband, Jeffrey Skiles, telling her he was OK and not to worry. "He just said they had to put the plane down in the Hudson and everybody was OK," she said Thursday night from her house in this town south of Madison. "Usually, you don't get such good endings." Jeffrey Skiles, 49, was among those at the controls of the US Airways plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River alongside New York City on Thursday afternoon. All 155...
  • Now let's honor pilot who saved Flight 1549: Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger

    01/16/2009 12:21:31 AM PST · by malkee · 89 replies · 3,705+ views
    New York Daily Newis ^ | Jan 16 2009 | Michael Daly
    Just when we really needed a miracle, we got one. "Miracle on the Hudson," Gov. Paterson rightly called it. Paterson was standing with the mayor and the police commissioner and the fire commissioner and other faces that have become too familiar to us in moments of tragedy. They must have all been stricken with the same dread when word came that a passenger plane had gone down in the icy Hudson River on a day of killing cold. The dread was shared by all the cops and firefighters and paramedics who raced to the scene, emergency lights garish in the...
  • BBC: Airbus crashes in New York river ( Video )

    01/15/2009 3:55:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies · 2,547+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 15 January 2009 23:19 GMT, | BBC Staff
    See link for Video:Passengers are rescued from the plane's wingsA US airliner on a domestic flight with at least 152 people aboard has crashed into the Hudson River in New York City but with no loss of life.All 148 passengers and the crew of at least four were rescued from the sinking plane, with some suffering injuries on impact. The US Airways Airbus A320 crashed just after taking off from LaGuardia Airport heading for Charlotte, North Carolina. Officials believe the plane may have collided with a flock of geese. "There is no indication that the incident is security-related," a homeland...
  • US AIRWAYS PRESS RELEASE - hoping for name of pilot to be released soon

    01/15/2009 1:51:25 PM PST · by doug from upland · 35 replies · 2,612+ views
    us airways ^ | 1-15-08 | us airways
    Contact: Media Relations 480-693-5729 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: US AIRWAYS FLIGHT 1549 UPDATE # 2 TEMPE, Ariz. Jan. 15, 2009— US Airways (NYSE: LCC) has confirmed that flight 1549 has been involved in an accident. The 1549 was en route to Charlotte from LaGuardia. The flight was operated with a crew of two pilots and three flight attendants. US Airways’ primary concern at this time is for those on board the airplane and their families. Flight 1549 was originally scheduled for departure at 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time. The flight’s actual time of departure was 3:03 p.m. Eastern Time. Airline officials are...
  • Phoenix Imam Tells Muslims To Disregard U.S. Laws

    11/19/2008 6:11:16 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 35 replies · 1,356+ views
    HumanEvents/JihadWatch ^ | 11/19/08 | Robert Spencer
    “A Muslim must try his best to abide by the rulings of Sharia [Islamic law] whenever possible as much as he can. He should not allow himself to be liable to those western laws that contradict the clear-cut Islamic rulings.” The rulings of Sharia, mind you, include stoning for adultery, amputation of the hand for theft, and institutionalized discrimination against women and non-Muslims. But the speaker was not some fanatic Wahhabi in Saudi Arabia; it was the Phoenix-based imam Omar Shahin, president of the North American Imams Foundation. This is probably one reason why, as The Arizona Republic reported Monday,...
  • Starting Today, No More Free Water on US Air

    08/01/2008 9:30:57 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 48 replies · 136+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 1, 2008 | Nikki Waller
    Charging for checked luggage and legroom isn’t enough for some carriers — starting today, coach passengers flying aboard US Airways Inc. must pay for a drink of water. This morning, US Airways began charging fliers $2 for bottled water and sodas and $1 for teas and coffees. First class members, trans-Atlantic passengers and a select group of others are exempt from the extra fees. “This is another clever way to masquerade airfare increases without increasing airfares,” says Randy Petersen, editor of Inside Flyer Magazine. “Everything has been passed along to the consumer.” (snip) Continental Airlines Inc. — one of the...
  • Pilots claim pressure to reduce fuel

    07/16/2008 6:19:50 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 77 replies · 110+ views
    WABC ^ | 7/18/08 | Jim Hoffer
    The full-page ad inside Wednesday's edition of USA Today is as scary as it is unprecedented. The union representing more than five-thousand US Airways pilots accuses the airlines of threatening "termination of their careers" if pilots fail to "reduce fuel levels" "to save money." "Fuel is very critical to any mission. When you start varying the amount of fuel and getting it below a captain's comfort zone, that's why we have an issue here," said Capt. James Ray of the US Airline Pilots Association.