EasyJet flight forced to make emergency landing after pilot falls ill

An EasyJet flight from Crete was forced to make an emergency landing in Edinburgh after the captain fell ill and had to receive urgent medical treatment. The captain was reportedly seen entering the aircraft’s toilet on flight EZY6938 as the first officer landed the plane in Scotland’s capital in the early hours of Sunday morning. Five fire engines and two ambulances arrived at the scene and the captain was treated by paramedics, a witness said. They told the Daily Record, “The captain had been seen going into the toilet and not coming out. The plane was met on the runway by five fire engines … Continue reading EasyJet flight forced to make emergency landing after pilot falls ill

Aer Lingus jet bound for Manchester declares mid-air emergency over Irish Sea

A jet was forced into an emergency landing after the window of its cockpit was shattered in a dramatic mid-air incident. The Aer Lingus jet bound for Manchester Airport declared an emergency as it was flying over the Irish Sea. Flight tracking service Radar Box said the Aer Lingus flight EI3326 broadcast the urgent 7700 squawk message, which indicates a “general emergency” and usually highlights an engineering issue with the aircraft. It was later reported the message referred to a “badly shattered, right-hand windscreen”. The flight took off from Dublin Airport at 3.15pm on Tuesday bound for Manchester Airport, but … Continue reading Aer Lingus jet bound for Manchester declares mid-air emergency over Irish Sea

Plane takes 12 hours to fly from Dallas to LA

A recent American Airlines flight took 12 hours to fly between Dallas Fort Worth, Texas to Los Angeles, California – a trip that normally takes just over three hours. The worst part for frustrated passengers was that their intended destination had been Tokyo. The 28 May service to the Japanese capital was more than seven hours into its standard route to Narita airport and was flying over the North Pacific Ocean when it was forced to make a U-turn. Other carriers flying similar routes the same day completed their journeys, opting to add on an hour’s flight time by re-routing further south … Continue reading Plane takes 12 hours to fly from Dallas to LA

Pilot sacked after being accused of falling asleep during New York to Rome flight

A pilot working for Italy’s state-run airline, ITA, has been fired for allegedly falling asleep at the controls during a flight from New York to Rome last month. The Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported that both pilots had dozed off in the cockpit on flight AZ609, flying from the US to Italy on 30 April. The co-pilot of the flight, it says, was taking “controlled rest” at the time, as is allowed by most airlines, but the captain of the flight was also unreachable by air traffic control for just over 10 minutes, with the plane cruising on autopilot. As the plane was … Continue reading Pilot sacked after being accused of falling asleep during New York to Rome flight

Indian airline hit by ransomware attack that left many passengers stranded

India’s SpiceJet airline said its systems faced an “attempted ransomware attack” on Tuesday, delaying flights and leaving many stranded at airports. Several flights were delayed on Wednesday, with passengers complaining about lack of service. Many tweeted photographs and videos saying that they had been waiting for hours after boarding, without any response from the airline. SpiceJet later said in a statement that the situation had been rectified. “Our IT team has contained and rectified the situation and flights are operating normally now,” it tweeted. Following the airline’s tweet, many passengers took to social media to say they were still stranded … Continue reading Indian airline hit by ransomware attack that left many passengers stranded

Terrifying moment two French fighter jets collide mid-air during display

This is the terrifying moment two French fighter jets collided mid-air during a national airshow at a military base in southwest France on Sunday.  The incident involved Rafale aircraft from the 30th hunting squadron and took place at the 709 Cognac-Châteaubernard base in Charente at around 12.40pm.  Both planes were able to land safely, however an investigation has been launched into the accident which left the top tail of one of the aircraft damaged.This is the terrifying moment two French fighter jets collided mid-air during a national airshow at a military base in southwest France Colonel Nicolas Lyautey, commander of the airbase, said … Continue reading Terrifying moment two French fighter jets collide mid-air during display

British Airways’ parent company orders dozens of planes originally designed for Ryanair

IAG, the parent company of British Airways, has ordered dozens of an aircraft type designed for Ryanair. The group, which also includes Aer Lingus of Ireland and Iberia and Vueling of Spain, has ordered 25 new Boeing aircraft known as 737-8200s, to be delivered between 2023 and 2027. The type is a high-capacity version of the Boeing 737 Max, with an extra emergency exit fitted. In Ryanair’s configuration it has an extra eight seats within the same basic fuselage, taking the capacity to 197 passengers. IAG has also ordered 25 of Boeing’s largest Max aircraft, the 737-10. The planes “can be used by any airline in the … Continue reading British Airways’ parent company orders dozens of planes originally designed for Ryanair

OMG: Mexican flight aborts landing just in time to avoid collision with plane on runway

A low-cost flight was forced to abort its landing in Mexico on Saturday, after pilots spotted another aircraft on the runway. Videos circulating on social media show a Volaris jet coming in to land at Mexico city International Airport after dark, but pulling up sharply just above another plane waiting on the ground. Mexican journalist Luis Cardenas tweeted the clip saying: “Another error! In the video, a Volaris plane is seen on the AICM runway, waiting to take off; while another plane of the same airline is about to land, but seeing the traffic the pilot goes into the air again.” Volaris founder and … Continue reading OMG: Mexican flight aborts landing just in time to avoid collision with plane on runway

Boeing reveals losses from Trump Air Force One deal

Former US President Donald Trump’s new deal for Air Force One was a bad one for Boeing, the plane-maker’s chief executive has said. Dave Calhoun spoke as the firm said it expected to lose $1.1bn (£875m) on the two planes for the White House. Mr Trump had forced the company to renegotiate its contract, calling the initial deal too expensive. The new agreement made Boeing, not taxpayers, responsible for changes to costs. “We took some risks not knowing that Covid-19 would arrive and not knowing that inflation would take hold like it has – and both of those have impacted … Continue reading Boeing reveals losses from Trump Air Force One deal

Several dead after small plane crashes onto Haiti street

At least six people died in a small commercial plane crash in Haiti on Wednesday, according to police. The aircraft was flying from the capital of Port-au-Prince to the southern town of Jacmel, Pierre Belamy Samedi, police chief in the suburb Carrefour where the plane crashed shortly after takeoff, told AFP. “I saw five unmoving bodies and at least three injured people who were not in the plane,” he said. Earlier he said the pilot had survived, but police later clarified that the pilot was among the five dead on board the aircraft. The crash also killed a motorbike driver … Continue reading Several dead after small plane crashes onto Haiti street

OMG: Three dead after small plane crashes through supermarket wall in Mexico

A small plane crashed through a wall of a supermarket just south of Mexico City, killing three people and injuring four. Officials said the three dead were aboard the King Air twin-engine plane, which has a capacity of about nine passengers. The civil defence office in the state of Morelos did not say whether the injured were passengers or people shopping in the store. Footage showed the aeroplane’s fuselage lying amid scattered household goods inside the store in the town of Temixco, on the outskirts of the city of Cuernavaca. The craft apparently crashed through a cinderblock wall and hit … Continue reading OMG: Three dead after small plane crashes through supermarket wall in Mexico

Update: Search and rescue operation of China plane crash halted by rain

Search and rescue operations have been suspended at the crash site of a Chinese passenger plane after heavy rain sparked fears of a landslide. State media Xinhua said soil at the crash site had absorbed a lot of water, adding “uncertainty” to the rescue. No survivors have so far been found from China Eastern flight MU5735 which had 132 passengers when it crashed in the hills in southern China. Investigators don’t know why the plane plummeted out of the sky on Monday. There has been an outpouring of grief in China, where families of passengers and crew are still waiting … Continue reading Update: Search and rescue operation of China plane crash halted by rain