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Nightmare at 20,000 feet: You may be seated next to a Chatty Cathy on the phone

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Bus drivers often remind passengers to keep their cellphone conversations as quick and quiet as possible, and now airline pilots might need to do the same. That’s right — on top of everything else that’s annoying about traveling with a bunch of strangers in a flying capsule, you may also have to endure hours of unintentional eavesdropping, as passengers could soon be allowed to make in-flight Wi-Fi calls. If a new proposal from federal regulators passes, you’ll be able to chat to your friends… (www.digitaltrends.com) More...

Plane crashes near Marengo, IL

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A man piloting a plane that crashed in a Marengo farm field has died, authorities said. Officials believe the only known occupant of the aircraft — the pilot — died shortly after the plane crashed into a cornfield near Meyer Road, just north of Pleasant Grove Road, said Joe Taylor, a Marengo firefighter and paramedic. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Accident: Safi B737 at Kabul on Dec 10th 2016, hard landing causes right main gear collapse

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A Safi Airways Boeing 737-400, registration JY-JAQ performing flight 4Q-502 from Herat to Kabul (Afghanistan) with 155 people on board, landed on Kabul's runway 11 at 12:24L (08:24Z) but touched down hard causing the right main gear to collapse (avherald.com) More...

Qantas to fly from London to Australia non-stop

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Passengers will be able to fly from London to Australia non-stop for the first time when airline Qantas launches its new service from March 2018. Australia's national carrier says it will connect Perth, in the west of the country, to the UK capital using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The 9,000 mile (14,498km) flight will take 17 hours. (www.bbc.com) More...

Bored Pilots Fly 150 Miles Off Course

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2009 Northwest flight 188 from san diego to minneapolis carrying 147 passengers doesn't respond to radio calls and goes offcourse (www.youtube.com) More...

Qantas to axe daily Melbourne-London Airbus A380 service?

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Qantas is tipped to cancel its long-running Melbourne-London 'Kangaroo Route' Airbus A380 flight in favour of the new Perth-London Boeing 787-9, according to a plan drawn up by the airline and partner Emirates, with the Gulf carrier taking over the Melbourne-Dubai leg. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Qantas announces non-stop Boeing 787 flights on Perth-London from early 2018

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At around 18 hours, the non-stop Boeing 787-9 service will also be the world's longest flight. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Ural A321 near Kazan on Dec 6th 2016, loss of cabin pressure

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A Ural Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration VQ-BOZ performing flight U6-562 from Ufa to Moscow Domodedovo (Russia), was enroute at FL320 about 70nm southeast of Kazan (Russia) when the crew initiated an emergency descent to FL110 due to the loss of cabin pressure. (avherald.com) More...

Pen SF34 near Klamath Falls on DEc 9th 2016, cargo smoke indication

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A PenAir Saab 340B, registration N685PA performing flight KS-2921 from Portland,OR to Klamath Falls,OR (USA) with about 20 people on board, was descending towards Klamath Falls when the crew received a cargo smoke indication. The crew declared emergency and continued to Klamath Falls for a safe landing. (avherald.com) More...

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