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

Tragic: China Eastern plane carrying 132 people crashes in China

A Chinese passenger plane with 132 people on board has crashed in a forested hillside in southern China. The China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 was flying from Kunming to Guangzhou when it plunged to earth in Guangxi province and caught fire. The number of casualties and reason for the crash are not yet known. Rescuers have seen no signs of survivors. Chinese airlines generally have a good safety record – the last major accident took place 12 years ago. The crash has caused shock in China, where President Xi Jinping has ordered an immediate investigation to determine the cause. China … Continue reading Tragic: China Eastern plane carrying 132 people crashes in China

Looming War: Lufthansa and Swiss Air to suspend flights to Ukraine capital

Lufthansa and Swiss Air will suspend flights to the Ukraine capital Kyiv from Monday amid growing fears of a Russian invasion. The German airline Lufthansa said it would also stop flights to Odessa, a key port on the Black Sea. “The safety of our passengers and crew members is our top priority at all times,” said Lufthansa. Last week, the Dutch airline KLM said that it was suspending flights to Kyiv. The Lufthansa suspension is expected to remain in place until the end of February. Swiss Air said on Sunday that it would suspend its flights to Kyiv from Monday … Continue reading Looming War: Lufthansa and Swiss Air to suspend flights to Ukraine capital

Looming War: Major airlines divert flights from Ukraine airspace

Major airlines are diverting flights away from Ukranian airspace amid fears that the vast Russian forces gathering on its border could be ordered to invade imminently. Live air traffic monitoring service Flightradar 24 shows virtually the only planes over the country on Monday morning were those flying to and from internal airports. British Airways is one carrier that appears to be diverting its planes to the north or the south of Ukraine although the Civil Aviation Authority has not issued a formal Notice to Aviation – known as a NOTAM – to avoid the area. A BA pilot said on Twitter on Sunday … Continue reading Looming War: Major airlines divert flights from Ukraine airspace

Plane crash near Peru’s Nazca lines claims 7 lives

A light aircraft with five tourists on board and two flight crew crashed on a trip to view Peru’s famous Nazca lines. The country’s transport ministry and local police confirmed the incident on Friday. According to a statement from the local tour operator Aero Santos, the plane was a Cessna 207 single-engine. The aircraft had come down shortly after takeoff from the Maria Reiche airport in Nazca around midday. According to the Nazca chief of police the plane burst into flames after hitting the ground. Reuters news agency cited local police as saying the deceased included three Dutch tourists, two … Continue reading Plane crash near Peru’s Nazca lines claims 7 lives

US charges four Belarus officials with aircraft piracy over flight diversion

The US has charged four Belarusian officials with aircraft piracy over the diversion of a passenger plane to Minsk last May. Prosecutors allege the officials used a false bomb threat to divert a Ryanair flight to the Belarus capital, where opposition journalist Roman Protasevich and his partner were detained. FBI officials said the incident was a “reckless violation”. Earlier this week a UN report concluded the bomb threat was deliberately false. A spokesperson for the US Justice Department said the four men, Leonid Mikalaevich Churo and Oleg Kazyuchits, the director general and deputy director general of Belarus’ state air navigation … Continue reading US charges four Belarus officials with aircraft piracy over flight diversion

#SafetyFirst: Mobile firms agree another 5G delay at US airports

US mobile networks AT&T and Verizon have agreed to postpone the rollout of their new 5G service at some airports. The C-band service, which offers faster speeds and broader coverage, was due to be turned on tomorrow. But airlines in the US have pushed to delay the start, warning that the signals could interfere with aero-plane navigation systems. The telecoms firms expressed frustration as they bowed to pressure to limit their rollout. AT&T said it was “temporarily” deferring the rollout at a “limited number of towers around certain airport runways”. Regulators had had “two years” to plan for the start … Continue reading #SafetyFirst: Mobile firms agree another 5G delay at US airports

Man breaks into American Airlines cockpit at Honduras airport

  A passenger broke into the cockpit of an American Airlines jet at an airport in Honduras and damaged the plane as it was boarding for a flight to Miami before being taken into custody, the airline said on Tuesday. Crew members intervened and the man, who was not immediately identified, was arrested by local authorities, American Airlines said in a statement. There were no reports of injury. ABC News reported that the suspect ran down the jetway and into the cockpit, damaging flight controls and attempting to jump out an open window as a pilots tried to stop him. … Continue reading Man breaks into American Airlines cockpit at Honduras airport

Canadian families win compensation over jet downed by Iran

A Canadian court has awarded C$107m (£62m; $84m), plus interest, to the families of six people who died when a plane was downed near Tehran in 2020. The family members awarded compensation by Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice lost spouses, siblings, children, nieces and nephews. Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 was hit by two missiles after taking off. Iran has said it mistook the aircraft for a US missile. All 176 people on board died. They included 55 Canadians and 35 permanent residents of Canada. The relatives had filed a civil lawsuit against Iran and other officials who they say … Continue reading Canadian families win compensation over jet downed by Iran

Woman isolates in toilet for five hours after positive mid-flight test

A US schoolteacher says she spent five hours in voluntary self-isolation in a plane’s toilet after testing positive for Covid-19 mid-flight. Marisa Fotieo says she felt her throat hurt while travelling from Chicago to Reykjavik, in Iceland, on 20 December. Ms Fotieo says she performed a rapid test with a kit she had brought with her, which confirmed she was infected. She remained in the toilet for the rest of the trip, and a flight attendant provided food and drinks to her. It was not immediately clear whether she had had to present a Covid-19 test before boarding the flight. … Continue reading Woman isolates in toilet for five hours after positive mid-flight test