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Posted on November 13, 2008 by modelworks
Air France is warning of “significant disruptions” to flights during a four-day French pilots strike set to start Friday.
The carrier says the walkout was called to protest the French parliament’s upcoming discussion of a board reform bill that could extend the retirement age for pilots from 60 to 65.
Air France says it expects nearly half of its 833 scheduled mid and long-range flights Friday to be canceled and possibly more long-distance flights in the subsequent three days.
The effect on its partner airlines (Brit Air, Regional, CCM and Airlinair) is likely to be smaller.
Air France said in a statement Wednesday that passengers booked on flights during the strike should consult its website starting Thursday.
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Posted on November 10, 2008 by modelworks
An airline crew used duct tape to keep passenger in her seat because they say she became unruly, fighting flight attendants and grabbing other passengers, forcing the flight to land in North Carolina.
Maria Esther Castillo of Oswego, New York is due in court Thursday, charged with resisting arrest and interfering with the operations of a flight crew aboard United Airlines Flight 645, from Puerto Rico to Chicago.
Castillo, 45, struck a flight attendant on the buttocks with the back of her hand during Saturday’s flight, FBI Special Agent Peter Carricato said in a criminal complaint filed in US District Court in Charlotte. She also stood and fell onto the head of a blind passenger and later started pulling the person’s hair, the complaint stated.
Ankle cuffs kept slipping off Castillo, so the flight crew and two passengers were forced to use duct tape to her in her seat. She calmed as the pilot diverted the flight to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport but authorities boarded the plane to remove her, authorities said.
Carricato states that a passenger saw Castillo having drinks in an airport bar before boarding. She bought another drink on the plane. Flight attendants stopped serving her alcohol due to her behavior, the complaint states.
United spokesman Jeff Kovick said Wednesday that safety is the company’s top priority and that it’s cooperating with authorities.
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Posted on October 28, 2008 by modelworks
A long-delayed government program designed to more accurately pre-screen the names of airline passengers against terror watch lists is expected to begin early next year.
Homeland Security Sec. Michael Chertoff announced the final rule of the program, Secure Flight, which would validate air traveler’s information so there’s less chance a person could be mistaken for someone else on a watch list. The program has been delayed several times because of privacy concerns.
Misidentification of passengers has been one of the biggest inconveniences in post-September 11 air travel, and widely known for putting Sen. Ted Kennedy, a few infants and thousands of innocent US residents through extensive searching and questioning before they were allowed to fly.
The FAA rules required that the airline only screen that passenger’s check baggage for explosives and not the passenger for carryon bags. Later versions of this program became controversial because of data mining elements that had aroused privacy concerns. Secure Flight does not include data mining which is the computerized searching of large databanks of information for clues to the identities of terrorists or criminals.
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Posted on October 10, 2008 by modelworks
KATMANDU, Nepal – A small airplane crashed and caught fire on Wednesday as it tried to land in foggy weather at a tiny mountain airport near Mount Everest killing 18 people, including 16 tourists from Germany, Australia and Nepal.
The 19-seat Yeti Airlines DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter, which had taken off from Katmandu, snagged its wheels on a security fence during its landing at Lukla Airport, about 60 kilometers from Mount Everest.
The bodies of crash victims were flown back to Katmandu by military helicopter and were loaded by soldiers wearing jungle camouflage.
In 2005, nine passengers and three crew members survived a crash in a small Gorkha Airlines plane with minor injuries.
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Posted on September 29, 2008 by modelworks
QUITO, Ecuador – A Fokker F-28 passenger jet carrying more than 60 people ran off an airstrip in the Ecuadorean capital on Monday, skidding 400 meters and smashing through a brick wall.
Authorities said none of the 62 passengers and crew members aboard the Fokker F-28 operated by Ecuadorean airline Icaro were injured.
The flight attempted to take off just after 11:00 a.m. from Quito’s Mariscal Sucre airport en route to the jungle city of El Coca, when it hit a metal antenna at the end of the runway.
The cause of the accident was not known.
El Telegrafo newspaper reported that the yellow jet, painted with the logo of the Guayaquil-based Barcelona soccer team, is used to ferry the squad around the country. But there were no players on board, and it was not clear why it was being used for a regular passenger flight.
Icaro and Civil Aviation did not say how many crew members were on board, but local media reported there were six.
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Posted on September 23, 2008 by modelworks
MOSCOW, Russia – Investigators ruled out engine failure as causing the weekend plane crash in Russia that killed all 88 people on board.
The Interstate Aviation Committee said both engines on the Boeing 737-500 were working when it crashed Sunday while preparing to land in the Ural Mountains city of Perm. The planes belonged to the Russian carrier Aeroflot-Nord.
Flight controller Irek Bikbov said in remarks broadcast by state-run Channel One television over the weekend that the jet’s pilot was behaving strangely, disobeying orders to descend on the final approach and instead taking the jet to a higher altitude. Bikbov said he then ordered the pilot to make a second run, but instead of making the right turn, he turned left.
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Posted on August 28, 2008 by modelworks
DARWIN, Australia – An Indian woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy aboard a jet airliner while flying to Australia to reunite with her husband.
Judith Hamel, one of four doctors who helped deliver the 6 pound baby aboard the Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to the southern city of Adelaide, described the delivery as smooth.
“I think we all had fun once we knew it was all safe,” Hamel told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio Wednesday.
The flight was diverted to the northern city of Darwin where the 29-year-old mother, Paramjit Kaur, from Punjab state in northwest India, and the baby were admitted to the Royal Darwin Hospital within two hours of the birth, a hospital spokeswoman said on customary condition of anonymity.
The mother was 34 weeks pregnant when she took the first flight of her life from New Delhi. She and her first born, six weeks premature, were both well. The child’s father, Jagdar Jagdar, an Indian-born Australian citizen who drives taxis in Adelaide, flew 1,900 miles to join his wife and child at the hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning, the spokeswoman said.
Kaur is an Indian citizen entitled to live in Australia as the spouse of an Australian. Her son also becomes an Indian citizen.
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