Posted: June 17, 2013 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents | Tags: Bulgaria, Fall, Foreign Office, Hotel Balcony, Liam Davies, MT, Sunny Beach, TCX, Thomas Cook
A 19-year-old man from Wales has died in Bulgaria after apparently falling from a hotel balcony.
Police in the Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach confirmed Liam Davies’s death. His family have been informed.
The Foreign Office was unable to say where in Wales Mr Davies was from.
Tour firm Thomas Cook said its thoughts and sympathies were with his family and friends, “and our team in resort are providing their total support during this very difficult time”.
The company added: “Our team are also working with local authorities and the British embassy.”
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Posted: June 17, 2013 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents, Airline & Route News, Cardiff Airport & RAF St Athan, European Aviation News, Passenger Advice, UK Aviation News, Uncategorized, Welsh Aviation News, World Aviation News
By Phil Davies |17 June 2013 at 09.28 GMT
Five passengers from an Egyptair aircraft, which was diverted to Prestwick on Saturday, have claimed asylum in the UK.
The flight from Cairo to New York with 326 passengers on board was escorted to the Scottish airport by fighter jets, after a note with a threat to set the aircraft on fire was found in the toilet.
Police Scotland said five passengers, understood to be Syrian, claimed asylum and were being dealt with by the UK Border Agency.
They were taken off the aircraft to be questioned by police while it was searched.
But no arrests were made and when nothing was found on board, the aircraft was cleared to resume its journey early on Sunday morning, the BBC reported.
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Posted: June 11, 2013 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents, Cardiff Airport & RAF St Athan, European & World Tourism, European Aviation News, Passenger Advice, Tour Operator News, UK Aviation News, Uncategorized, Welsh Aviation News, World Aviation News
By Phil Davies |11 June 2013 at 08.25 GMT
A warning of further demonstrations in cities across Turkey came from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office yesterday.
The caution came ahead of reports that riot police have entered Istanbul’s Taksim Square, where anti-government protesters have been staging demonstrations for almost two weeks.
Hundreds of officers have been using tear gas and water cannon to disperse activists, the BBC reported.
The move comes after Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to meet the protest organisers tomorrow.
The FCO said two major pro-government rallies are due to take place in Ankara and Istanbul on Saturday and Sunday (June 15 and 16) respectively.
“Further demonstrations remain possible in cities across Turkey, week commencing June 10,” it said.
“Police may continue to use tear gas and water cannons to disperse protestors. We advise British Nationals to avoid all demonstrations.”
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Posted: June 10, 2013 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents, Welsh Air Ambulance | Tags: Accident, Air, Ambulance, Cardigan, Crash, G-MTPY, Helimed, HEMS, Incident, Microlight, Rhos-hill, WAA, Wales, Wales Air Ambulance
Two people have been injured after a light aircraft struck trees and crashed just south of Cardigan.
Mid and West Wales fire service said the two-seater microlight came down at Rhos-hill around 11:10 BST on Sunday.
The man and woman on board were given first aid at the scene after complaining of back pains.
One was flown by air ambulance to Morriston Hospital, Swansea, while the other went by road to Glan Gwili Hospital, Carmarthen.
Neither is thought to be seriously hurt, according to the Wales Ambulance Service.
Three fire crews from Cardigan, Crymych and Newcastle Emlyn were called to the scene to make sure it was safe although the aircraft did not catch fire.
The scene has now been cordoned off and is in the hands of Dyfed-Powys Police.
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Posted: June 10, 2013 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents, Airline & Route News, Cardiff Airport & RAF St Athan, European Aviation News, Passenger Advice, UK Aviation News, Uncategorized, Welsh Aviation News, World Aviation News
By Phil Davies |10 June 2013 at 08.28 GMT
Passengers escaped unscathed when a Wizz Air aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in Rome due to landing gear problems.
Officials at Leonardo da Vinci airport said the Airbus A320 with 165 passengers and six crew made a safe landing on Saturday morning.
Wizz Air and airport officials say no injuries were reported, although officials said a few people requested medical checkups after passengers disembarked on evacuation slides.
The aircraft was flying from Bucharest in Romania to the Italian capital’s Ciampino airport when the pilot reported a problem and asked to land instead at da Vinci because it has longer runways.
The A320 tilted to one side after landing, leaning on its left engine.
“Wizz Air and Airbus are co-operating with the authorities in the investigation of this landing gear failure,” said Wizz Air.
“Wizz Air sincerely apologised to all affected passengers.”
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Posted: June 8, 2013 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents | Tags: 22 Squadron, Airlifted, EGOV, Helicopter, RAF, RAF Valley, Royal Air Force, Sea King, Search & Rescue, Snowdonia, Valley, VLY
The party had been descending Crib y Ddysgl after spending the night on Snowdon
A 42-year old man has been seriously injured after falling from a ridge in Snowdonia.
He was in a party of four descending Crib y Ddysgl when he fell around 60ft (18m) at around 05:40 BST on Saturday.
A helicopter from RAF Valley flew members of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) to the scene after his friends raised the alarm.
The injured man was stabilised and airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital, Bangor.
It is understood he suffered head, chest, back and pelvic injuries.
The remaining three members of the party were escorted off the mountain by Llanberis MRT and brought to the team base in Nant Peris.
Phil Benbow, secretary of Llanberis MRT, said the group from Surrey had been doing the Welsh 15 Peaks challenge of tackling all summits over 3,000ft (915m).
“They spent the night on Snowdon and were coming down Crib y Ddysgl when the accident happened,” he said.
“It’s just unfortunate – they were well equipped, the weather was fine and they weren’t doing anything other groups usually do.”
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Posted: June 6, 2013 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents | Tags: Accident, Cheltenham, Cirrus, Crash, Incident, SR22
A light aircraft has crash-landed in the back garden of a house in Cheltenham.
An emergency system on board the single-engine Cirrus SR22 was deployed, releasing a parachute to lower the plane down.
A Gloucestershire Police spokesperson said the pilot, a 76-year-old man from London, suffered minor injuries.
The homeowner’s son Jamie Greeff was in bed at the time and said the noise was like “something out of a movie”.
An eyewitness filmed the aircraft coming down towards houses
“We have building work going on next door and all the builders were yelling, and I just thought it was building equipment,” said 16-year-old Jamie.
“The next thing I know my dad is yelling at me that a plane has crashed into the garden.
“And then I look out the back and there is this plane in the trees and the pilot was yelling that he was alright.”
Emergency crews were called to Langdale Road in Up Hatherley at 10:45 BST.
Nearby houses were evacuated as a precaution while the fire service made the scene safe.
Gloucestershire Airport, at Staverton, which is 2.5 miles (4km) from the scene, said the 4-seat aircraft had been on its way to land there at the time of the crash.
‘All shook up’
David Shatford said he was working nearby and went to help the pilot out of the plane
“The pilot deployed an emergency parachute system and the aircraft landed in a residential garden near the Hatherley area of Cheltenham,” said a spokesperson.
David Shatford, from Cheltenham, watched the drama from scaffolding while working on a nearby home.
“We heard a big loud noise, [the plane] was spinning in the parachute and landed in the trees about 12ft away from us,” he said.
“We stood back, and then I went towards the plane – me and another gentleman – and helped the pilot out. He was all shook up and didn’t talk much.”
The parachute was designed by BRS Aerospace based in Minnesota, USA, in 1975. Company director Boris Popov had the idea following a 400ft (120m) fall he survived in a collapsed hand glider.
“I think this is our 295th person that’s been saved with the use of our system,” said current CEO and president Larry Williams.
“Here’s a guy who literally was able to deploy the system and walk away, essentially uninjured, from this.
“Probably the most gratifying thing in terms of what we do is when someone comes around and says: ‘Hey, I deployed your system and it saved my life’. That’s very rewarding.”
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Posted: June 5, 2013 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents | Tags: 8U, AAW, Afriqiyah Airways, Commercial Pilot, Fake, Jailed, Michael Fay
Fay flew passengers into Gatwick on eight occasions
A man who forged pilot’s qualifications to fly commercial airlines has been jailed after going on the run and failing to attend his sentencing.
Michael Fay was sentenced to three years and one month at Winchester Crown Court earlier having absconded before his original hearing in May.
The 61-year-old US national was convicted of faking papers to get a job with Libyan firm Afriqiyah Airways.
He flew passengers into Gatwick on eight occasions.
Fay, who had already been given a three-year prison term in his absence for fraud, was arrested on Monday evening on suspicion of failing to appear for sentencing.
He was handed an extra month in jail for failing to turn up to the hearing on 3 May.
The former US Air Force pilot first fled to Qatar, then Germany and finally Ireland using another passport before deciding to come back and face justice.
Police believe he was attempting to seek work as a pilot or flying instructor.
On his return to the UK, he was arrested after surrendering by appointment at Winchester police station.
Fay, who had settled in Alton, Hampshire, was first arrested in February 2011 after he raised the suspicions of another pilot on an internet forum.
Police said he operated Airbus A320 aircraft for eight months after forging his licence and medical certificates.
‘Clever and resourceful’
Speaking outside court, Det Con Chris Thorne said: “He put people’s safety in jeopardy.
“People in a plane need to know that the guy at the front is qualified and in good health.
“Michael Fay is a clever and resourceful man who clearly shows no concern for public safety if he’s willing to work without the correct licences and medical certification.
“He targeted Libyan aviation at a time when the country’s political and economic standing was vulnerable and volatile.
“Had it not been for the quick-thinking of a genuine pilot on the internet forum, Fay may have continued to put the public at risk in this manner unnoticed.”
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Posted: June 5, 2013 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents, Airline & Route News | Tags: AirTran Airways, Ejects, FL, High School Students, KLGA, LGA, New York LaGuardia, TRS
NEW YORK — A group of about 100 high school students traveling from New York to Atlanta were thrown off a flight, along with their chaperones, after the pilot and crew lost patience with some kids who wouldn’t sit down and put away their cellphones.
The teenagers, all seniors at the Yeshiva of Flatbush, in Brooklyn, were ordered off the AirTran flight around 6 a.m. Monday as it sat at a gate at LaGuardia Airport.
AirTran’s parent company, Southwest Airlines, said in a statement that flight attendants asked passengers several times to take their seats and put their mobile devices away. The airline said that when some didn’t comply, the captain repeated the request. When that didn’t work, either, the whole group of students was ordered to disembark for safety reasons, the airline said.
The flight was delayed for about 45 minutes while the students filed out of the Boeing 737, which seats about 137 people, leaving the plane mostly empty.
Rabbi Seth Linfield, executive director at Yeshiva of Flatbush, said that administrators were still looking into the matter Tuesday, but that he believed adults on the trip who said the students weren’t behaving that badly.
“Preliminarily, it does not appear that the action taken by the flight crew was justified,” he said in a statement.
Asked whether he thought 100 teenagers were too many to keep in order on a flight, Linfield said the school has taken similar-size groups before without any problems.
Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins wouldn’t get into details as to why the entire group was kicked out, but said “I have no indication that the flight attendants overreacted.”
He said the AirTran cabin crew made “repeated requests” for an unknown number of the students to behave. “The point at which the captain comes on the PA system and says, `You all need to sit down,’ is unusual.”
The students were on a three-day trip that was to include a rafting excursion and a visit to a Six Flags theme park.
The airline ultimately put the students on other flights, but it took 12 hours for some to reach their destination via transfers that took them as far out of their way as Milwaukee, Wis.
Some students posted pictures and video of their journey on social media sites. At least one sent a barrage of Twitter messages to media organizations, complaining that the way they were being treated was a “scandal.”
Linfield said Southwest Airlines offered vouchers to future air travel to faculty and students who were on the plane.
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Posted: June 2, 2013 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents, Aircraft Engineering/Manufacturing, Cardiff Airport & RAF St Athan, European Aviation News, Passenger Advice, UK Aviation News, Uncategorized, Welsh Aviation News, World Aviation News
Published June 02, 2013
TOKYO – A Japanese broadcaster is reporting that a sensor problem was found in one of the exchanged batteries for a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 jet. The Boeing Co. jets had been grounded for four months until their safety could be reconfirmed.
In this April 26, 2013 file photo, a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 plane, foreground, sits on a tarmac with others at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. A sensor problem was found Sunday, June 2, 2013 in one of the exchanged batteries for a JAL Boeing 787 jet due to bound for Beijing from Haneda but did not pose a safety risk, a Japanese broadcaster reported. (AP/Kyodo News)
NHK TV says the problem emerged Sunday in a sensor that detects overheating in the modified version of the lithium-ion batteries used in the aircraft. The batteries were encased to prevent overheating from spreading.
The report said the sensor problem did not endanger safety.
JAL offices were closed for the weekend, and officials were not immediately available for comment.
“Dreamliner” batteries overheated on planes that were in flight in Japan and parked in a Boston airport. The jets resumed commercial flights last month at JAL and All Nippon Airways.