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Malaysia Airlines says flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing lost contact with air traffic control

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Malaysia Airlines says flight MH370 is carrying a total number of 227 passengers, including 2 infants, and 12 crew members. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/MAS370/history/20140307/1635Z/WMKK/ZBAA (www.breakingnews.com) More...

Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 Shot Down Over Ukraine

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The Malaysia Airlines plane, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was travelling at an altitude of 10km (6.2 miles) when it was shot down, Russia's Interfax reported. The Boeing 777 was brought down by a Buk ground-to-air missile, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior ministry quoted by the news agency said. The adviser said 280 passengers and 15 crew members who were on the plane are all believed to have died. (flightaware.com) More...

Boeing 744 Dreamlifter Mistakenly Lands At Wichita Jabara Airport (KAAO)

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Flight was supposed to land at McConnell AFB. As of 0247 Zulu, the plane is still on the runway. (www.kwch.com) More...

Americans and Australians Believe they have found MH370

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After 2 weeks, plus calculations of final location from satecom pings, followed by a satellite search of area has found 2 distinct pieces of potential MH370 debris, and now sorties of a US P-8 and an Aussie P-3. A live abcnews report minutes ago from onboard the P-8, relays that the crew picked up significant radar hits and have taken photos to be analyzed once back. Australian ships are heading out. This is the most promising prospect in finding the missing plane. (www.usatoday.com) More...

SWA Lands at wrong Branson, MO airport

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SWA landed at the much shorter College of the Ozarks runway instead of the intended Branson airport (www.jrn.com) More...

Co-Pilot Killed, two injured in Challenger Crash at Aspen Airport

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A co-pilot was killed and two other people were injured after a private plane crashed as it tried to land at the Aspen airport in Colorado on Sunday afternoon, officials said. (www.thedenverchannel.com) More...

American Airlines To Phase Out Complimentary Cabin Pressurization

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FT. WORTH, TX—Explaining that the costs of the service have grown too high in recent years, American Airlines announced Tuesday that it will no longer offer free cabin pressurization to passengers starting March 15. “Unfortunately, to stay competitive as a legacy carrier in today’s air travel market, it no longer makes economic sense for us to provide breathable air at altitude,” said American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, noting that despite the cutbacks, air pressurization would still be available… (www.theonion.com) More...

NORAD F-15s intercept unresponsive TBM 700

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A TBM-700 from New York to Florida has lost communication with air traffic control and overshot its destination by >250 miles. NORAD F-15s are investigating. (flightaware.com) More...

MH 370 Flew Extra 4 Hours

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U.S. investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for about four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, according to two people familiar with the details and data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the Boeing Co. 777's engines as part of a routine maintenance and monitoring program. (online.wsj.com) More...

Asiana pilots raise 777 auto-throttle malfunction issue in the San Francisco crash

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Pilots of the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777-200ER jet that crashed while trying to land in San Francisco are offering an account that differs from the preliminary findings of U.S. investigators, people familiar with the investigation said. The pilots have told the National Transportation Safety Board that an in-flight malfunction of an automated speed-control system was a major factor in the fatal accident on July 6, these people said. (airguideonline.com) More...

Bieber’s pilots ‘had to wear masks to block the weed’

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The behavior of Justin Bieber and his entourage including his father put the flight crew of this Super Bowl bound flight in danger as well as themselves. Hopefully the FAA will investigate this incident further and take some action. (pagesix.com) More...

Malaysian Prime Minister: Flight 370 Ended in Southern Indian Ocean - Airline Tells Relatives There Were No Survivors

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As the search for the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continued late Monday, the country’s prime minister, Najib Razak, said Monday the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 flew along the southern corridor and that its last known location was in the southern Indian Ocean west of Perth. The airline told relatives of survivors that the plane is “lost” and that there were no survivors. The flight “ended” in the Southern Corridor, the prime minister said, referencing data from Inmarsat… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Los Angeles International Airport shooting of TSA agent

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(CNN) -- Parts of Los Angeles International Airport were being evacuated Friday morning after reports of shots being fired there, police said. Further details weren't immediately available, police said. (www.cnn.com) More...

Southwest Fires Pilot Over LaGuardia Nose First Landing

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Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) said it fired the captain who was at the controls of a plane that landed nose first at New York’s LaGuardia Airport in July, injuring nine people and snarling air traffic for hours. The action came as Dallas-based Southwest completed its probe of the accident, Linda Rutherford, an airline spokeswoman, said today by e-mail, without giving details. Southwest ordered the first officer to undergo more training, Rutherford said. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Pilot in Asiana 214 "very concerned about attempting visual approach"

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Lee Kang Kuk, a 46-year-old pilot who was landing the big jet for his first time at San Francisco, "stated it was very difficult to perform a visual approach with a heavy airplane." (www.wral.com) More...

New Air Force cargo planes fly straight into mothballs

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The Pentagon is sending $50 million cargo planes straight from the assembly line to mothballs because it has no use for them, yet it still hasn’t stopped ordering the aircraft, according to a report. (www.foxnews.com) More...

World Should Be On High Alert Until MH370 Is Found

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My friends and readers have been asking me what happened to MH370 since I am an airline pilot with more than 25 years of seniority. Like most of the world, I have been following this situation, and I have refrained from adding to all the speculation—waiting and watching for facts to reveal the mystery—until now. The more details that become available, the better the possible picture comes into focus—and it scares me. So I share this guess with you all because we (the world) cannot get caught… (airchive.com) More...

Reporter stopped by TSA agent who didn't know District of Columbia is in US

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When Gray handed the man his driver's license the agent demanded to see Gray's passport. Grays told the agent he wasn't carrying his passport and asked why he needed it. The agent said he didn't recognize the license. Gray said he asked the agent if he knew what the District of Columbia is, and after a brief conversation Gray realized the man did not know. Gray was able to get through security and then stopped to complain to a TSA supervisor. Critics of the TSA said that what happened to Gray is… (www.wftv.com) More...

Plane crashes overnight at Nashville International, goes unnoticed until morning.

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The plane that crashed onto one of Nashville International Airport’s runways Tuesday likely sat there for hours before another taxiing plane discovered the wreckage, an official said. The small, single-engine Cessna-172 crashed sometime after 3 a.m., killing the pilot, according to National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson. The crash was reported to Nashville emergency crews shortly after 9 a.m. (www.tennessean.com) More...

Man ejected from Southwest flight for tweeting that a gate agent was rude

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A Minnesota man was ejected from a Southwest Airlines flight for a tweet calling a gate agent rude, reported CBS Minnesota Wednesday. After tweeting, the man was removed from the plane and stated he was "forced" to delete the tweet before he could re-board. (arstechnica.com) More...

A380 Flies 5,000 Miles On Three Engines

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Canada's Transportation Safety Board says Emirates Airlines elected to fly an A380 more than 5,000 miles across the Atlantic, southern Europe and the Mediterranean to Kuwait on three engines after the number four engine flamed out about an hour after takeoff from JFK. The original destination was Dubai for Flight 202 on Oct 26. "The crew consulted with the company and decided to divert to Kuwait International Airport (OKBK) on the remaining three engines where an uneventful landing took… (www.avweb.com) More...

Off-Duty Bomber Pilot Helps Land a United 737 After Captain Passes Out

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At that moment, Gongol thought it was a medical emergency with a first class passenger, his instincts told him to stay seated and stay out of the way. A fourth call went out, "are there any non-revenue pilots on board, please ring your call button." Immediately, Gongol realized the pilot was the patient. He looked to his wife; as she gave him a nod, Gongol pressed his button and headed toward the flight deck. (www.afspc.af.mil) More...

Will firefighter be charged after Asiana crash? Case is in prosecutor's hands

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uthorities have completed an investigation into the death of a 16-year-old girl who survived the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco, only to be run over by a fire truck. The case is now in the hands of the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office, which will decide whether the firefighter involved will face charges, CNN affiliate KPIX reported Wednesday. (www.cnn.com) More...

Doomed TBM 900 Pilot Twice Asked for Lower Altitude

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The pilot of the TBM 900 that crashed in the sea near Jamaica after straying hundreds of miles off course on Friday twice asked Atlanta Center for clearance to a lower altitude because of an unspecified problem, but the controller handling the flight apparently didn’t comprehend the seriousness of the emergency that was unfolding. Minutes later, without receiving the requested clearance, the pilot stopped responding to ATC queries as the airplane flew on over the Atlantic on its last assigned… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Delta Airlines Pilot Gets Angry at ATC Controller

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Someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning! Enjoy this video of pilot of Delta Airline Pilot gets angry at Air Traffic Control Ground in Atlanta. (www.liveleak.com) More...

Military Tracked Malaysia Airlines Jet to Strait of Malacca

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Malaysia Airlines said Tuesday that the Western coast of the country near the Strait of Malacca was “now the focus” of the investigation after the Malaysian military said it had tracked the plane by radar over the Strait of Malacca, one of the world's busiest shipping channels.... (www.reuters.com) More...

16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight

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A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. (news.yahoo.com) More...

New study proves just how worthless TSA airport body scanners really are

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‟In laboratory tests with a real machine, we were able to conceal guns, knives, and explosive simulants in such a way that they were not visible to the scanner operator,” the report reads. ‟We also studied the cyberphysical security of the machine and were able to show how an attacker could subvert the operator console software so that it would be possible to conceal all types of contraband.” (www.dailydot.com) More...

ATC Shouldn't Sit in the Left Seat

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FAR 91.3 defines the responsibility and authority of the pilot in command as: "The pilot in command of an aircraft is directly responsible for, and is the final authority as to, the operation of that aircraft." That is quite clear to me. Yet, every year many planes break up after flying into thunderstorms, or run out of fuel a few miles from the runway because the pilot made several poor decisions in a row. In this article, I want to primarily focus on the pilot-controller…

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Female WestJet pilot posts passenger's sexist note on Facebook

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The female pilot of a WestJet flight from Calgary to Victoria is venting steam on Facebook over a sexist note one of her male passengers left her on an airline napkin. (news.ca.msn.com) More...

Quadrocopter pilot attacked by drone-hating woman

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A Connecticut man was assaulted for flying a video-enabled quadrocopter on a public beach. Calling him a “pervert” after calling police to report him for “taking pictures of people with a helicopter plane” and "trying to upload them," the woman, 23-year old Andrea Mears, lashed out at the pilot as he was putting his quadrocopter away, knocking him to the ground and tearing his shirt. (arstechnica.com) More...

No charges against firefighters in Asiana 214 crash

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A firefighter responding to a San Francisco plane crash who ran over and killed a survivor covered in flame-retardant foam will not be charged. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

Another Passenger Fight Over Reclining Seats Has Caused A Flight To Be Diverted

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For the third time in a little over a week, a flight has been diverted because of a passenger fight over reclining seats. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

United Actually Enforcing Carry-on Size Limits

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A major airline finally seems to be cracking down on passengers who board planes with carry-ons the size of dumpsters, or who try to game the system at the gate. United has begun enforcing its rules on the size of carry-on luggage, even turning back some passengers at security checkpoints and requiring them to return to the counter to do what they should have done in the first place. (www.usatoday.com) More...

NTSB Animation of Asiana Flight 214 accident sequence

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NTSB animation with voiceover showing the Asiana 214 approach and accident sequence. (www.youtube.com) More...

Biden Lambasts Conditions at LaGuardia Airport

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“If I blindfolded someone… and took you to LaGuardia Airport in New York, you’d think, ‘I must be in some third-world country.’” That pronouncement was made by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who was the latest frequent traveler to comment on conditions at America’s busiest airport. During a speech in Philadelphia on Thursday, ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

(HD Video) UTair Aviation 767-300 Go Around at Barcelona Airport

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An UTair Boeing 767-300 (VQ-BSX) incoming from Moscow as UT5187 and Aerolíneas Argentinas Airbus A340-300 (LV-FPV) were involved into what could be the bigger disaster of Barcelona Airport. The Utair 767 was about to land on Runway 02 while the Argentinas was crossing the runway. By the time Russian pilots sights Argentinas (they were taxiing to Holding point of RW25R for take-off) on runway while they were on final approach, they do their best making an impressive and close go around. After… (www.youtube.com) More...

Model Boeing 777 made entirely from manila folders (photos)

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Luca Iaconi-Stewart built a 1:60 model of an Air India Boeing 777-300ER made entirely from manila file folders. You have to see this thing to believe it. (www.flickr.com) More...

The Next Boeing Clean-Sheet Will Probably Be a 757 Replacement

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A total of 1,050 757s were produced from 1981 to 2004, with the last aircraft delivered to Shanghai Airlines in November of 2005. The secondary market for the 757 has shown considerable strength, especially amongst cargo operators thanks to the aircraft’s capabilities. But passenger operators have steadily replaced the type with the Boeing 737-900ER and Airbus A321. (airchive.com) More...

Man falls asleep on flight making connection in Houston; wakes up in dark, empty plane

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A man was flying from Louisiana and had a layover in Houston when he says he fell asleep on the plane and was locked inside. (abclocal.go.com) More...

Jet wing strikes building at Johannesburg airport

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A jetliner's wing sliced through a building Sunday night at the airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, just as the plane was about to take off. (worldnews.nbcnews.com) More...

767 35-Knot Crosswind Landing

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What happens when 120 tonnes of landing Boeing 767 encounters severe turbulence just above the runway (15 at BHX). Just watch the wheels bouncing in all directions under the shear forces. Very reassuring that the undercarriage can take this sort of punishment without blowing itself to pieces. (www.youtube.com) More...

The Last Supersonic Flight of the Concorde Was 10 Years Ago Today

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We were promised supersonic flights. Today, we stay well below the speed of sound. We were promised transatlantic flights from New York to London in 3 and a half hours. Today, that flight takes us 7 hours. We were promised the future of flying. That future hasn't existed for 10 years. The last flight of the Concorde was on October 24, 2003, we've been flying on slow-haul planes since. (gizmodo.com) More...

Citation crash in Kansas

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Multiple fire and EMS units were dispatched to the area of 95th Street South and Webb Road around 10:15 a.m. Initial crews on scene found smoke and flames showing in the area north of 95th and east of Webb. First responders then closed 95th Street between Webb and Greenwich. The FAA reports the plane is a 1975 Cessna 500 Citation 1, registered to Dufresne Inc. of Murrietta, California. According to flight tracking websites, this plane took off from Mid-Continent Airport at 10:07 and was en route… (www.kake.com) More...

US Airways suffers collapsed nose-gear on takeoff from KPHL

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A US Airways jet crashed when a tire blew out during takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday evening, but no injuries were initially reported, a company official said. "Plane just crashed. But we are ok," one apparent passenger, Dennis Fee, posted on Facebook, followed by a photo of passengers fleeing a US Airways jet that appeared intact but whose nose was in contact with the ground. Flight 1702 was taking off en route to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when a tire blew… (abcnews.go.com) More...

Teenager Tweets Terrorist Threat to American Airlines

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A 14-year-old girl named Sarah using the Twitter handle @QueenDemetriax_ sent a threatening tweet to American Airlines early Sunday and the response, both on the part of the airline and the online community, was sure and swift. The note, which in part read “My name is Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan,” concluding “I’m going to do something really big bye” received an immediate reply from American’s social media team, which effectively pointed out that pranks on Twitter have more consequences… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Cargo Plane Crashes into Terrain outside San Juan

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Prayers be with the families of those who were lost! (www.ksdk.com) More...

Why Pilots Hate the Idea of Cameras Watching Them Fly

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If search teams ever find the wreckage of Malaysia Flight 370, a significant shortcoming of the plane’s black boxes system could revive a proposal that’s been kicked around for 14 years: Putting cameras in cockpits. (www.wired.com) More...

Out of Control - Why Can Pilots Still Shut Off Transponders?

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Interesting discussion regarding the off switch on transponders. (www.nytimes.com) More...

Go Seahawks! Boeing flight celebrates Super Bowl

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Boeing flight in a 12th man route over Eastern Washington to celebrate the Seahawks. (flightaware.com) More...