Posted on August 23, 2012 by modelworks
United Airlines’ first 787 Dreamliner has completed its first production flight as Boeing makes final preparations for delivering it to United at the end of September. The aircraft took off from Boeing’s Paine Field in Everett, WA, on Sunday. Boeing pilots flew the 787 around the Seattle area for more than three hours as part of planned tests of the aircraft’s controls and systems.
During the flight, crew members examined the 787′s onboard systems at high and medium altitudes. They also checked backup and safety elements, including cabin pressurization, avionics, navigation and communications systems.
Sunday’s flight was part of a series of work that Boeing performs after each 787 comes out of its paint hangar and before airlines take delivery of the planes. The work also includes fueling, systems tests, engine runs and taxi tests.
United has 50 of the Dreamliners on order, along with 100 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft and 25 Airbus A350XWBs. The airline is the U.S. launch customer for the Dreamliner, and this first airplane came out of the paint hangar on August 1st.
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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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