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Southwest Airlines protested airworthiness directive designed to prevent engine failures

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While a National Transportation Safety Board investigation is still underway, NTSB officials confirmed that the uncontained engine failure aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 was the result of a fan blade breaking from a crack near the fan's hub. The failure is similar to one that occurred on another Southwest flight in September 2016. (arstechnica.com) More...

Spirit Airlines to buy regional jets to fill the gap in barely served routes

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Houston - The American ultra-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines plans to buy hundreds of regional jets to strengthen its network. The candidate list includes Bombardier CSeries and Embraer E2. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

What we know so far about the Southwest incident

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Philadelphia - A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia on April 17 after one of its engines had been severely damaged following the loss of a fan blade. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

NTSB finds 'interior' crack in failed Southwest CFM engine

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Internal cracks had developed in a fan blade that exploded out of a CFM International CFM56-7B powerplant on 17 April, severely damaged a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 and killing one passenger, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Listen to the pilots of SWA1380 land the plane

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Audio has been condensed but includes all publicly available ATC transmissions to/from SWA1380 from the time they declared an emergency to the time they stopped on the ground. Audio quality of these feeds varies dramatically just due to distance to transmitters, A/D converters, interference, receivers, bandwidth, bitrate, compression, digital artifacts, dither, all that fun stuff, etc. (www.youtube.com) More...

1 dead in Southwest Airlines flight has uncontained engine failure

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PHILADELPHIA -- A Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday. Southwest Flight 1380 was flying at about 30,000 feet when the explosion took place. The incident killed one passenger and injured seven others, authorities said. The plane, a Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia just before noon as passengers breathing through oxygen masks that… (www.cbsnews.com) More...

Allegiant Air: The budget airline flying under the radar

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Steve Kroft investigates Allegiant Air, a discount carrier known more for its ultra-low fares than its high record of in-flight breakdowns (www.cbsnews.com) More...

Airline operators to face route planning restrictions due to ETOPS downgrade for the 787-9

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New York - Rolls-Royce increases the inspection frequency of Trent 1000 "Package C" engines to a monthly interval due to the recent problems reported by the clients. Operators also need to be prepared for route planning restrictions. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Uber for Planes Amendment in FAA Bill

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Contained in the FAA reauthorization bill currently speeding its way through Congress is a little noticed provision that would change the charter game completely. The new provision would effectively allow private pilots to post ride share notices online, which would in theory open up the market to companies wanting to enlist pilots in a money making endeavor. FAA reauthorization is expected to zip through both chambers as early as next week. (www.planeandpilotmag.com) More...

New Questions About Whether Southwest Airlines Death Could Have Been Prevented

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PHILADELPHIA (CBSNewYork/AP) — Southwest Airlines had sought more time last year to inspect jet-engine fan blades, like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an accident that left a passenger dead. (newyork.cbslocal.com) More...

UPS MD-11 skidded off end of runway after landing at Almaty Airport, Kazakhstan (video)

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An UPS Airlines MD-11 (reg. N271UP) from Seoul skidded off end of runway 23R after landing Almaty Airport, Kazakhstan at 16:40 local time. (www.airlive.net) More...

Auto-GCAS Saves Unconscious F-16 Pilot—Declassified USAF Footage

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This newly declassified video footage from the head-up-display of a U.S. Air Force Arizona Air National Guard F-16 records the dramatic moment when its unconscious pilot is saved from certain death by the aircraft’s Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS). (aviationweek.com) More...

Icelandair celebrates the arrival of its first 737 MAX 8 with a special flight of landscape photography

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Reykjavik - Icelandair has celebrated the arrival of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 with a special route over the landscapes and most remarkable sites of Iceland, inviting its passengers to take spectacular photos. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Rolls-Royce to check 380 Trent 1000 engines already in service

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London - Technical problems at Rolls-Royce are putting pressure on Boeing and airline operators across the world. The British engine manufacturer wants to carry out further inspections for Trent 1000 engines in the C package already installed on B787 aircraft. The checks will be made on 380 Trent 1000 turbines. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Bangkok Airways Selects GlobalBeacon as GADSS Solution

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Through GlobalBeacon, FlightAware® will Deliver Cost-Effective Aircraft Monitoring that Exceeds GADSS Requirements. (www.prnewswire.com) More...

First A330-900 of WOW Air appears outside the FAL in Toulouse

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Toulouse - The first of four Airbus A330-900s of the WOW Air was photographed by a spotter outside the FAL in Toulouse. The A330-900 should be delivered to WOW Air by the end of the year. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Austrian 777-200ER to show off fresh livery

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Lufthansa Group carrier Austrian Airlines is modifying its livery and intends initially to show off the adapted scheme on a Boeing 777-200ER. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

AirAsia adds more flights and will operate Airbus A330 aircraft for GE14

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The Malaysian 14th General Election is taking place on 9 May 2018 and many are expected to return home to cast their votes. As there’s an increase in demand, AirAsia will be adding more domestic flights and are deploying larger aircraft with more seating capacity. (www.soyacincau.com) More...

Drukair orders one A320neo

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Bhutan's Drukair has signed a purchase agreement for a single Airbus A320neo. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

It would be the world’s largest airplane. It’s being built by a billionaire. And it’s getting ready to fly.

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COLORADO SPRINGS — The massive airplane that Paul Allen’s aerospace company has been building in the California desert could fly for the first time as soon as this summer, officials said. (www.msn.com) More...

Emergency landing after engine fire at Delta flight

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Atlanta - An Airbus A330-300 from Delta returned to Atlanta Airport shortly after take-off. The right engine had caught fire. Firefighters and rescue workers were ready as the N822NW landed on runway 27R half an hour after take-off on Wednesday night. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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