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Old May 3rd, 2014, 07:08 PM   #1101
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[B]GeoResonance survey company says "wreckage of a commercial airliner" found
How cool is that, the aircraft lies perfectly intact at the bottom of the sea. This company must be stuffed with geniuses.
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Old May 4th, 2014, 03:21 PM   #1102
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GPS can't track down anything. It's a one way system that has satellites that transmit signals that can be picked up by mobile devices to pinpoint an exact location. Your smart phone or any GPS receiver doesn't transmit any signal back to the satellites.

And even though most communication systems where turned off there were still some signals picked up by telecommunication satellites that brought the search to the southern part of the Indian Ocean. Which is very large and very deep, they need to find the haystack before they can find the needle.

And if it now lying on the bottom of the ocean there would be no way that any satellite would pick anything up. The pings from the black boxes could only be picked up by very sensitive special equipment. And even with that equipment they could not accurately locate the wreckage, simply because the ocean is too deep. The pressure of the water and the ocean floor will distort any signal which is send from those depths.

It's not a unrealistic assumption that we will never find this plane again.
Situations such as Air France Flight 447 and MH370 reinforce the need for a more accurate, more advanced and more effective real-time flight tracking system for commercial and civilian aircraft.

Simply because radar-based tracking has a lot of flaws and weakspots...
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Old May 6th, 2014, 02:21 AM   #1103
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Response time eyed in crash at California air show


FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Investigators trying to determine what caused the crash of a vintage airplane during a stunt at a California air show said Monday they will start by examining the wreckage and ground scars.

Howard Plagens of the National Transportation Safety Board said his team will also review the amount of time it took for emergency crews to respond.

Witness Geoff Arnwine, who attended the show on Sunday with his son, was among the people who said it seemed like a long time before fire crews arrived at the scene of the crash at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield.

Another witness, Roger Bockrath, said nearly 2 1/2 minutes went by before someone appeared with a fire extinguisher. By then, the aircraft was fully enflamed and collapsing from the heat. He said it took a total of five minutes before fire crews arrived.

Arnwine couldn't say exactly how long it actually took and wondered if the pilot died on impact or from the ensuing fire.

"The people around me were almost screaming," he said. "What is going on here? Why aren't they trying to get him out? Where is the fire engine?"

Base spokesman Jim Spellman said crews were dispatched promptly and responded within a minute or two. A hotshot team from the base was among the responders, he said, adding that a person's sense of time is often disoriented in a moment of crisis.

The crash brought a quick halt to the "Thunder Over Solano" show attended by an estimated 100,000 spectators. No one else was injured.

The Air Force identified the pilot as Edward Andreini, 77, of Half Moon Bay. Federal Aviation Administration records show he was the registered owner of the 1944 Stearman biplane, a World War II-era plane commonly used to train pilots.

Andreini was trying to perform a maneuver known as "cutting a ribbon" where the inverted plane flies close to the ground so a knife attached to it can slice a ribbon, Col. David Mott, 60th Operations Group commander at the base, told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The plane, flying low over the tarmac, crashed and caught fire, creating a thick plume of black smoke seen in video.

Bockrath, a retired photojournalist, was taking pictures of the show and said Andreini, flying into a sometimes gusty wind, passed on two attempts at the stunt before trying a third time, when he hit the tarmac and slid to a stop in an open field.

Investigators will review the many videos of the crash they have gathered and also look at environmental factors and the pilot, Plagens said. After the examination of the crash scene, the plane will be taken to a secure location for a more detailed look, he said.

"Right now we're focusing on the perishable evidence that will leave today," Plagens said.

Andreini's website said audiences would be "thrilled at the sight of this huge biplane performing double outside loops, square loops, torque rolls, double snap rolls, and ... a heart-stopping, end-over-end tumble maneuver." The website said he had flown since he was 16.
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Old May 6th, 2014, 01:53 PM   #1104
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U-2 spy plane fooled new computer system, halting flights in California


A very old spy plane and a very new computer system played pivotal roles in last week's computer glitch that temporarily paralyzed flight operations in southern California, officials tell CNN.

The problem involved a U-2 aircraft, the type famed for conducting reconnaissance missions over the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

A Federal Aviation Administration computer system interpreted the U-2's flight path at a very high altitude as if it were flying in a much lower and more crowded airspace.

The computer -- which anticipates the flight path and looks for possible conflicts such as other aircraft or restricted airspace -- was overtaxed by the many flight changes the U-2 had plotted, officials said.

That work used much of the computer's memory and interrupted its other flight-processing functions, FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said in a statement.

The agency said it has added computer memory to prevent a recurrence, while others said officials are racing to install a more permanent computer patch.

The hourlong computer shutdown Wednesday afternoon led to dozens of delayed, diverted and canceled flights but did not result in any mishaps. It had the most impact in the Los Angeles area, where flights were grounded while experts sought to troubleshoot the problem. The side effects lasted almost half a day.

To resolve the issue, the FAA "has enabled facilities that use the computer system to significantly increase the amount of flight-processing memory available. The FAA is confident these steps will prevent a reoccurrence of this specific problem and other potential similar issues going forward," Brown said.

Two FAA officials, speaking on background Monday, blamed the shutdown on the unlikely convergence of two events.

First, a U-2 aircraft flew a path that involved numerous waypoints and altitude changes in airspace controlled by three facilities. Those facilities were the Los Angeles and Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Centers, and the High Desert TRACON at Edwards Air Force Base.

Simultaneously, there was an outage of the Federal Telecommunications Infrastructure, a primary conduit of information among FAA facilities.

"That (U-2) flight plan, coupled with the FTI outage, in essence created a perfect storm," one official said.

The U.S. Air Force currently has 32 U-2 aircraft, which are capable of flying at altitudes up to 90,000 feet, according to IHS Jane's.

The fact the plane was a U-2 was not significant, one FAA official said.

But the plane's many waypoints, or geographic fixes, and its numerous altitude changes overwhelmed a system that projects the flights path and anticipates problems. The situation was complicated by the FTI outage, one official said.

That overtaxed the FAA's flight-processing system, which in turn brought down the FAA's new En Route Automation Modernization system, which manages high-altitude air traffic.

The FAA official likened it to a problem with a software program causing a laptop computer to crash.
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Old May 16th, 2014, 04:26 PM   #1105
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Passenger Describes Moment Plane Plunged Hundreds of Feet to Avoid Collision


Kevin Townsend was returning home to California from a trip to Hawaii last month, flying high above the Pacific Ocean, when his plane suddenly dropped hundreds of feet.

"It was like being in freefall," Townsend said, recalling the experience.

The trip took place on April 25, and Townsend spent the next few weeks trying to determine what happened that caused his commercial passenger flight from Hawaii to have to suddenly maneuver in mid-air.

He found out from the flight crew, the airline and the Federal Aviation Administration that his plane, a United Airlines Boeing 757, had come within 20 seconds of a potential collision with another commercial flight in the same flight path.

United Airlines told ABC News they are reviewing the incident with the National Transportation Safety Board. American Airlines, which merged with US Airways, issues a statement on behalf of its sister airline: "The safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority. We are working with the authorities as they look into what may have happened."

"I was flying from Kona on the western side of Big Island and connecting through LAX to go home to San Francisco. We climbed up, looped around the Big Island, and reached cruising altitude, and stayed there for 5 or 10 or even 15 minutes," Townsend told ABC News today.

"All of a sudden out of nowhere, the plane cuts into a steep dive," he said.

"It was like being on an elevator dropping really quickly. You start to fall with gravity, not like in a fighter jet pressed up against your seat. It was like being in freefall. It was kind of exhilarating, like you’re weightless," he said.

The sensation lasted five or six seconds, he said, during which a few passengers around him began screaming. His mind raced through the possibilities of what could be happening.

"It was so sudden that it seemed like something had gone wrong, because you don’t expect that at all. But there was no sound involved and the plane didn’t seem to be out of control. It was tough to conceive of why it happened. Your body thinks, 'did the engines just go out and we’re diving into the ocean?' But then you feel like this is somewhat controlled," he explained.

The FAA's Pacific Division issued a statement saying the FAA and NTSB are investigating the April 25 incident.

The United Boeing 757 responded to an alert to avoid a US Airways Boeing 757 about 200 miles northeast of Kona, the agency said.

"A joint FAA-NTSB investigation team will arrive at the Honolulu Control Facility today. The FAA began investigating the incident immediately and has taken steps to prevent a recurrence," the statement said.

Townsend wrote about his experiences on the website Medium, where he gave a detailed account of what he found out while investigating flight safety regulations.

He said that a little while after the incident, the flight attendant came on the plane's loudspeaker and made a joke, saying, "Well that was unexpected," and reminding passengers why it's important to wear seatbelts when the seatbelt light is on.

"Ironically the seatbelt light was off when it happened," Townsend said. The flight attendant also announced that all the passengers would be receiving free Direct TV for the rest of the light.

"It seemed like [the flight crew] was really shaken up by it, and that made me want to find out more about what had happened," he said.

He spoke to the United flight crew at the gate in Los Angeles and they told him the plane had made the maneuver to avoid another aircraft in its flight path, a US Airways flight.

"They were really candid," he said.

After he got home safely, Townsend began calling the airlines and the FAA to find out how it was possible that two planes could come so close to crashing.

He said that the companies and agencies were forthright and spent more than an hour on the phone with him talking about the close call, explaining how rare it is, and going over the ways that data is collected to avoid future incidents.

"I gained an understanding of how traffic collision avoidance works," he said, though he came away from the conversations believing that the regulatory agencies could do a better job of collecting data and analyzing it to prevent future incidents.

Townsend said he is still comfortable with the idea of flying but hesitant.

"I think I have a keener awareness of what flying means. I think you have to accept there are risks to it," he said.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 08:53 AM   #1106
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Plane carrying Laotian government officials crashes near Vietnam

Plane carrying government officials from Laos crashed in a northern province on Saturday, Laotian state TV reported.

A plane carrying government officials from Laos crashed in the Xiangkhouang province on Saturday, Laotian state TV reported. The province is in the north of Laos and borders Vietnam.

A Thai television station showed photos of a jungle site in flames and victims in military uniforms.

In October, a Laos Airlines propeller plane flight crashed near the Mekong River, killing all 49 on board, after flying through remnants of Typhoon Nari.
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 02:16 PM   #1107
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Jet lands with cracked windshield after hailstorm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A US Airways jetliner flew through a hailstorm on its descent into Philadelphia on Thursday and landed with a cracked windshield, the airline said.

Only one layer of the multilayered windshield was cracked and Flight 768 en route from Orlando, Florida, landed safely, airline officials said. No one was injured.

The flight landed as hail — some reportedly the size of tennis balls — was falling across parts of eastern Pennsylvania, cracking car windshields, breaking windows and damaging siding.

The airline said the windshield damage was possibly caused by the hail but an investigation is incomplete. The Airbus 320 is out of service while being inspected for other possible hail damage.

US Airways spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said the pilot declared an emergency as a precaution to assure "expeditious routing" into Philadelphia International Airport.

Emergency management officials in Berks and Montour counties said they had received a flood of calls about damage, but received no reports of serious injuries.

National Weather Service meteorologist Elyse Colbert said trained spotters had reported hail up to the size of tennis balls in Danville, about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia in Montour County.

Walt Peters, Montour County's emergency management coordinator, said the hail was probably a quarter-inch on average. The bigger pieces were easily golf-ball sized, he said.

Hail bigger than a quarter also pelted the Reading and Allentown areas.

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Forced landing in Budapest. Due to technical problems with the Qatar Dreamliner landed yesterday in Budapest.

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Must've been the day for damaged aircraft at SYD. The B777-233LR operating AC33 from Vancouver on the 26/05 was damaged due to a falling panel damaging the flaps. The return sector AC34 was cancelled.

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Satellite data from MH370 has been released.

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Malaysian aviation authorities have released the raw satellite data used to determine that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean, the disclosure follows pressure from the families of the 239 people on-board. Read More>>>
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Jal 787-8 flight to Tampa incident
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7 aboard Atlantic City-bound plane killed in crash

All seven people aboard a private plane that crashed in a Massachusetts air field and erupted into a fireball were killed, authorities said Sunday.

The Gulfstream IV crashed as it was leaving Hanscom Field about 9:40 p.m. Saturday for Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey, said Matthew Brelis, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates the air field.

"There were no survivors," Brelis said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the people on board and their loved ones."

The names of the victims were not immediately released, and officials didn't say if they were traveling as a group to Atlantic City, a popular casino resort spot on the Atlantic coast.

Officials also did not speculate on what they think caused the crash. They said the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate and determine what happened.

Nearby residents recounted seeing a fireball and feeling the blast of the explosion shake their homes.

Jeff Patterson told The Boston Globe he saw a fireball about 60 feet in the air and suspected the worst for those aboard the plane.

"I heard a big boom, and I thought at the time that someone was trying to break into my house because it shook it," said Patterson's son, 14-year-old Jared Patterson. "I thought someone was like banging on the door trying to get in."

The air field, which serves the public, was closed after the crash. Brelis said responders were still on the scene early Sunday morning.

An aviation expert who spoke to New England Cable News said various explanations for the explosion were possible.

"The engine could implode, if you will," said Steve Cunningham of Nashua Flight Simulator. "A turbine wheel could separate, there could be a fire in the combustion chamber. Or a fuel leak could also create a fire of that nature."

Hanscom Field is about 20 miles northwest of Boston. It was used by the Army Air Corps and military operations dominated until it became both a military and civilian facility in the 1950s. Massport currently manages it as a regional airport serving mostly corporate aviation, private pilots, commuter air services, and some light cargo
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Mull of Kintyre crash: Memorials mark 20th anniversary of RAF Chinook disaster

Memorial services are to be held in Northern Ireland and Scotland later to mark the 20th anniversary of an RAF air crash in which 29 people died.

A Chinook helicopter carrying 25 of the UK's most senior intelligence experts crashed on the Mull of Kintyre on the west coast of Scotland on 2 June 1994.

Leading security personnel from the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), MI5 and the Army died, alongside the crew.

Some of their relatives have said the cause of the crash is still a mystery.

The passengers were travelling to a security conference at Inverness in Scotland from RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland when the aircraft ploughed into the hillside in thick mist.

The four crew members who died were from the Special Forces.

Reviewing the evidence of an initial 1995 RAF board of inquiry, two air marshals concluded that gross negligence on the part of the two pilots was to blame, but their families led a long campaign to clear their loved-ones' names.

Successive defence secretaries resisted pressure to reopen the case, but in May 2010, the then Defence Secretary Liam Fox announced he was ordering a review of the evidence.

The following year, pilots Flight Lieutenants Jonathan Tapper and Richard Cook were exonerated of any blame by the fresh review.

The original RAF verdict, which had already been criticised in separate House of Commons and House of Lords committee reports, was set aside.

Dr Fox also apologised to the families of both men who had been wrongly held responsible for the crash.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has insisted that mechanical failure was not to blame.

"Exhaustive investigations have been carried out, both by the MoD and independent bodies, and no evidence of technical or mechanical failure were identified, " a MoD spokesman told the BBC.

But Dr Susan Phoenix, who lost her RUC husband in the crash, remains unconvinced.

She criticised the MoD's handling of the case, adding she has spent 20 years not knowing what caused the crash.

"As far as I know, no official reason was given for the crash. The generic thing (reason) is that 'we may never know'.

"And it is true that we may never know. I think there will always be a mystery. It really is an enigma," Dr Phoenix said.

In 2001, the RUC was disbanded and replaced by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), as part of the Irish peace process.

Two memorial services will be held on Monday to mark the anniversary - one at PSNI headquarters in Belfast and another on the Mull of Kintyre.

The MoD spokesman added: "Our thoughts remain with the families of all those who died in the tragic Mull of Kintyre incident."
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IIlyushin IL-96 registered RA-96010 suffered an onboard fire while parked at SVO today at 10.25 UTC. Plane was retired from service with Aeroflot in March 2014 & was stored in SVO for two months, now it’s almost completely destroyed by fire. Fortunately, there were no casualities. The fire will be under investigation, and the cause may be determined later.

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Ryanair EI-DLI seriously damaged in ground incident


Reports are unclear but a report on Facebook is saying that the aircraft rolled into an adjacent building causing significant damage to the horizontal stabiliser.

It is understood that there was no one on board at the time and no injuries have been reported. I'm not sure if that refers to no passengers on board or if there was no crew

This may be the second write off from Ryanair. She's an older FR bird
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Hong Kong Airlines Warned of Possible Security Threat


Authorities in Taiwan have warned Hong Kong-based airlines about a possible security threat to flights bound for the city from mainland China.

Taiwan's Aviation Police Bureau said Friday that it received an alert on Wednesday that a woman may be planning to board a flight operated by Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. or its China-focused unit, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd., with a bomb in the next few days.

"We will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities and have reminded our frontline teams to remain vigilant as usual," a Cathay Pacific spokeswoman said.

A Taiwanese aviation official who declined to be named didn't offer more details on the warning. "We are still investigating the claim and its primary source. We aren't speculating whether it's a credible threat or not," the official said, adding airports in Taiwan usually receive more than 100 such claims every year. Taiwan's National Security Bureau wasn't immediately available to comment.

Hong Kong police said they had no solid intelligence to show the city was a target of terrorism and the "moderate" alert level would remain in effect.

The city's airport operator said it was made aware of the warning and that flight operations at Hong Kong International Airport remain normal.

Hong Kong Airlines Chief Operating Officer Jeff Sun said his airline has received intelligence from various sources, including Taiwan authorities, about a possible bomb threat, and that it has sent out alerts to its ground staff and flight crews to raise their awareness of in-flight security.

The warnings follow a string of attacks in China targeting civilians that Beijing has labeled acts of terrorism. The incidents have increased scrutiny on the western Xinjiang region of China, which has a large Muslim ethnic population. The warnings also come after tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong rallied on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on student protesters in Beijing.

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Attack on Karachi international airport's Terminal 1(hajj terminal) and Cargo terminal.engagement b/w security forces and attackers going on.2 or more aircraft destroyed and 5 casualties reported as of now.Passenger terminal is safe
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Ten gunmen attacked Jinnah International Airport in Karachi with machine guns and a rocket launcher
The Pakistani Taliban suggested their mission was to hijack a passenger plane
Some of the attackers 'appeared to be Uzbeks' but officials were still investigating
The airport, the largest in Pakistan, had to be evacuated during the five-hour siege which start late Sunday evening
Flames and explosions lit up the night sky above the airport as the armed group launched the high-profile assault
At least three loud explosions heard during night-time attack as militants wearing suicide vests blew themselves up
The Airport Security Force (ASF) sealed off the airport and army commandos have been called in to battle
The gunmen are said to have killed 26 people - including ASF personnel - while at least another 15 were injured
All ten of the gunmen were killed during the attack, for which the Pakistani Taliban later claimed responsibility
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Jets make contact in Boston; no injuries reported


BOSTON (AP) -- A Southwest Airlines jet backing away from a gate at Boston's Logan International Airport has struck a stationary JetBlue Airways plane. No injuries were reported.

An airport spokesman says the Kansas City-bound Boeing 737 was backing away from the gate just after 7 a.m. Monday when its left wingtip struck the right horizontal stabilizer of the JetBlue A320.

No one was aboard the JetBlue aircraft.

A Southwest spokesman says the 108 passengers aboard the 737 were placed on other flights. The jet was taken out of service.

A picture posted on WFXT-TV's website showed a gouge out of the Southwest jet's wingtip, the vertical part at the end of the wing.

Airport spokesman Matthew Brelis says Logan operations weren't affected.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says the incident is under investigation.

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