Smoke in cockpit forces easyJet emergency landing

Smoke in cockpit forces easyJet emergency landingAn easyJet aircfraft with 157 passengers made an emergency landing at Gatwick this morning after smoke was detected in the cockpit.

The Airbus A320 was flying from Liverpool to Naples when it diverted and landed at about 7.20am.

An airline spokesman said the aircraft, which had left Liverpool at 6.40am, landed safely and passengers “remained calm”.

“At no point was the safety of passengers threatened,” he told the BBC.

“We now want to make sure we get the passengers to Naples as quickly as possible.

“Meanwhile, the plane is being inspected.”

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Aircraft diverted after fight over reclining seat

Aircraft diverted after fight over reclining seatA domestic United Airlines flight was diverted and two passengers were removed after one of them used a locking device to stop the seat in front from reclining.

A male passenger is believed to have used the banned device, called a Knee Defender, during a flight from Newark to Denver, the Guardian reported

After refusing requests from a flight attendant to remove the device, a female passenger in the seat in front of him is reported to have thrown a cup of water at him.

The flight was diverted to Chicago’s O’Hare airport after the dispute escalated, and both passengers, aged 48, remained in the city as the flight continued to Denver.

The Guardian said the argument occurred in United’s Economy Plus section, which has four more inches of legroom than economy.

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Sleeping ATC officers delay aircraft landing in China

Sleeping ATC officers delay aircraft landing in China 

Sleeping air traffic control officers prevented a China Eastern Airlines flight from landing at Wuhan Airport, according to reports.

The Boeing 737 repeatedly tried to obtain final landing permission during its descent into the airport in central China.

The incident, which took place last month, ended incident-free after the officers woke up and gave pilots the green light to touch down.

It was not publicly admitted for three weeks and no explanation was given for the delay, sparking outrage on Chinese social media channels.

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New chief executive and business model expected for Malaysia Airlines

New chief executive and business model expected for Malaysia Airlines 

Malaysia Airlines is to appoint a new chief executive and reveal a new business model, according to local reports.

The troubled Asian carrier has been devastated following the disappearance of Beijing-bound flight MH370 and the shooting down of MH17 over Ukraine.

The airline is set to be taken over by Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional.

There may also be a return for Idris Jala, the man who guided Malaysian from loss to profit between 2005 and 2009.

Jala is currently one of the country’s top economic policymakers, heading the government’s Economic Transformation Programme.

Other candidates for the chief executive position are also being considered.

Whoever lands the job will reportedly be responsible for turning the carrier from a full-service airline in to a premium airline, with cuts to some domestic and international routes, though no further details have been revealed.

A restructuring package is expected by the end of the month.

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Pilot lost control after artificial arm detached

A Flybe pilot lost control of an aircraft after his artificial arm became detached as he was coming in to land, according to an accident report.

The flight from Birmingham, with 47 passengers on board, was approaching Belfast City airport in gutsy conditions on February 12.

It landed heavily but no-one was hurt and the Dash 8 was not damaged.

The pilot said he would be more cautious in future about checking his attachment, according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch report.

Flybe said the senior captain was one of its “most experienced and trusted pilots”, and the safety of passengers and crew had not been compromised in any way.

Shortly before beginning to land the aircraft, the 46-year-old had checked that his prosthetic lower left arm was securely attached to the clamp that he used to fly the aircraft, with the latching device in place, the BBC reported.

The AAIB report said the captain had disconnected the autopilot and was manually flying the aircraft.

However, as he made the flare manoeuvre – a stage of the landing shortly before touchdown – “his prosthetic limb became detached from the yoke clamp, depriving him of control of the aircraft”.

While he had thought about getting his co-pilot to take control, the time available and the challenging conditions meant his best course of action was to move his right hand from the power levers on to the yoke to regain control.

“He did this, but with power still applied and possibly a gust affecting the aircraft, a normal touchdown was followed by a bounce, from which the aircraft landed heavily,” the report found.

The AAIB reported that the captain had said that in future he would be more cautious about checking the attachment on his prosthesis as he may have dislodged the latching mechanism.

He also said he would brief his co-pilots about the possibility of a similar event and that they should be ready to take control at any time.

Flybe’s director of flight operations and safety Captain Ian Baston said the airline was an equal opportunities employer and “in common with most airlines, means we do employ staff with reduced physical abilities”.

“Where appropriate, and in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority  requirements, this does include pilots,” he added.

“The senior captain referred to in this report is one of Flybe’s most experienced and trusted pilots. The airline confirms that at no time was the safety of its passengers or crew compromised in any way, nor was the aircraft damaged.

“Following the incident, Flybe immediately undertook a detailed internal investigation from which it determined a series of additional fail-safe safety checks. These were rigorously tested and instigated immediately to ensure that this type of incident could not happen again.

“The safety of our passengers and crew is our number one priority. This means that Flybe not only adheres to the CAA’s strict requirements relating to the employment of staff with a reduced physical ability, but exceeds them to ensure that safety is never compromised.

“Flybe understands that the AAIB is to review this report to more clearly contextualise certain issues referred to in its findings.”

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Rats found on Air India aircraft

By Phil Davies |07 August 2014 at 07.01 GMT


Air India was forced to ground and fumigate one of its aircraft after rats were spotted scurrying around beneath the seats in the passenger cabin.


The aircraft was flying from Delhi to Calcutta when staff spotted the creatures and raised the alarm to pilots, The Times reported.


Officials say rats on an aircraft pose an extreme danger because they can chew through vital electrical cables, disabling the aircraft’s control systems and leaving pilots unable to steer.


“If that happens, pilots will have no control on any system on board, leading to a disaster,” one Air India official told The Times of India.


This is not the first time that rats have posed a problem to Air India.


A flight to Toronto was delayed for 11 hours in 2009 as staff tried to catch rats.


In another incident in Mumbai last year, officials blamed a short circuit caused by rat excreta for a communications blackout that led to the closure of the city’s secondary airport for three hours.


An investigation into the incident at Juhu airport by the Airports Authority of India said cables linked to the site’s VHF radio system had been chewed through by rats, whose excreta was then thought to have triggered a short circuit.

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Foreign Office warning as criminals target tourists in Sunny Beach

Foreign Office warning as criminals target tourists in Sunny BeachBritish tourists to the Bulgarian resort of Sunny Beach have been warned of a spate of thefts from hotel rooms.

The alert came in revised travel advice from the Foreign of Commonwealth Office issued on Friday.

“There has been an increase in burglaries from hotel rooms in Sunny Beach,” the FCO said.

“Make sure you lock your room, including windows and balcony doors, and keep your valuables locked in a safe.”

The updated travel advisory at the start of the summer peak warned that tourists are being targeted by thieves and pickpockets in Sunny Beach and other resorts in the country.

“Don’t take valuables to the beach and be wary of poorly lit roads around the resort at night,” the FCO said.

It has also received “numerous reports” of pickpocketing, muggings and assaults of British holidaymakers by prostitutes and their minders.

“Avoid areas where prostitutes operate, especially late at night, including car parks, badly lit areas and areas with bushes and trees. Stick to main routes and avoid alleys and short cuts in Sunny Beach,” the advisory said, adding that prostitution is not illegal in Bulgaria.

Tourists are also cautioned not to change money on the streets in Sunny Beach, only at licensed exchange points, banks or hotels.

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