Rescued from aircraft boneyard, restored D-Day plane unveiled at EAA AirVenture
SubmittedOSHKOSH – Looking at the plane with colorful nose art and black and white stripes painted on its wings, it’s easy to imagine it waiting to take off with other aircraft on a moonless night in 1944, it’s cargo hold filled with anxious paratroopers. A C-47 transport plane dubbed “That’s All, Brother” was one of the lead aircraft in the D-Day invasion and was found three years ago in the boneyard of Basler Aviation in Oshkosh. (www.thenorthwestern.com) More...
Express Jet forced to return to ORD after smoke in the cabin.
SubmittedFrom the Trinbune, Express Jet destined for Ottawa returned to ORD because of smoke in the cabin. View the video with the new American advert. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...
Boeing's decision of the decade: Does it build the 797?
SubmittedIt's only January, but Boeing executives are already closing in on one of their most important decisions of the year: whether to plough an estimated US$15 billion (NZ$22 billion) into a new jetliner family. The aircraft nicknamed the 797 would feature Boeing's first all-new design since the 787 Dreamliner's unveiling in 2004, while shoring up its product line against recent Airbus advances. (www.stuff.co.nz) More...
Southwest Airlines runs out of de-icer, cancels all flights from Midway
SubmittedFor at least the second time this winter, Southwest Airlines had trouble de-icing planes at Midway Airport, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded. On Sunday, the Chicago Department of Aviation’s website showed cancellations of all Southwest Airlines flights departing Midway. A Southwest Airlines representative sent a written statement in response to inquiries regarding the flights. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...
Passengers feel the squeeze as planes take off with more seats, less elbow room
SubmittedFeel like your coach seat on an overseas flight is a tighter squeeze? You're probably right. Airlines already have been wedging in more passengers by swapping heavily padded seats for ones with thinner backs or reducing the distance between rows. On wide-body aircraft typically used on international flights and certain long domestic routes, some now are adding an extra seat to each row. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...
Plane leaving Chicago crashes in northern Wisconsin, killing 6, authorities say
SubmittedAuthorities said six people aboard a Cessna airplane were killed when it crashed in northern Wisconsin. The Price County sheriff's office said the airplane crashed at 3:21 a.m. Saturday near the city of Phillips. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...
Geneva couple unhurt after small plane makes emergency landing in cornfield
SubmittedA Geneva man and his wife were unhurt early Friday after the man landed his small plane in a cornfield shortly after takeoff from the Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove (KARR). (www.chicagotribune.com) More...
2 dead after 2 planes collide at northeastern Indiana airport, coroner says
SubmittedA coroner says two people died after two planes collided at a northeastern Indiana airport. Grant County Coroner Chris Butche has identified the victims as the pilot, 31-year-old Kyle Hibst, and passenger, 31-year-old David Wittkamper, both of Elwood. They were members of the Pipe Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...
Lakes Air ends service to EAS communities
SubmittedGreat Lakes Air blames new qualifications for flight crews in the ending of service to five small towns in Iowa, Minnesota, and Michigan. In Mason City alone, 50% of the schedule had been cancelled for various reasons in the last few months, some days resulting in no air service at all. Will this loss of service be repeated elsewhere as Regionals face the loss of experienced crew members? (globegazette.com) More...
2 killed in a rural western Johnson County plane crash
SubmittedTwo people were killed in a Friday afternoon plane crash in rural Johnson County. The two people, whom officials have not identified, were the only passengers aboard the single-engine plane that took off from the Green Castle Airport, Johnson County Sheriff Sgt. Brad Kunkel said at the scene Friday afternoon. (www.press-citizen.com) More...
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