Posted: March 7, 2014 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents, European Aviation News, Passenger Advice, UK Aviation News, Uncategorized, Welsh Aviation News, World Aviation News
The flight from Heathrow to Lyon experienced an ‘engine surge’, a British Airways spokesperson said
A British Airways plane had to make an emergency landing after it experienced an “engine surge” during takeoff last night.
Flames were “spitting out” of one of the engines and the plane was making spluttering noises as it was lifting off, an eyewitness told the BBC.
The flight departed from Heathrow bound for Lyon in France, but had to turn back soon after taking to the air.
Tom Puttick, who works near Heathrow said: “I was in the petrol station opposite the airport which is when I heard the bang, so I turned around and the airplane had flames spitting out of the engine with a spluttering noise as it was taking off.
“I then watched it continued to climb and the engine was still emitting flames intermittently. Lots of blue lights then emerged on the airport while the plane, I guess, turned around to make an emergency landing.”
BA said the aircraft, an Airbus A319 had landed safely at Heathrow following the incident at around 9pm last night.
A BA spokeswoman said: “A flight experienced what’s known as an ‘engine surge’ as it took off from Heathrow, but it returned and touched down safely.
“Our crew cared for our customers on-board and kept them informed. We train our pilots to the very highest standards including how to respond to these type of events, and the engine was immediately shut down.”
She added: “Of course, we gave our customers who were on the flight hotel accommodation last night and they have been rebooked to fly today.
“We have also scheduled a larger aircraft to operate to Lyon to ensure we can get all our customers there as soon as possible. We can understand how frustrating the delay to their plans must be.
“The aircraft is being thoroughly checked over by engineers. The safety of our customers, crew and aircraft is of the utmost importance to British Airways.”
Sourced from The Independent
Posted: February 24, 2014 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents, Airline & Route News, Passenger Advice | Tags: Delay, EGSS, FR, London Stansted, Passenger Advice, Responds, Ryanair, RYR, Stansted, STN
By Phil Davies
Ryanair has responded to claims that police were called during an 11-hour delay to an aircraft at Stansted.The carrier also disputed accusations made in some newspapers that passengers were trapped on board without food or water.
The airline said strong winds on February 14 forced more than 20 airlines to divert to Stansted from Heathrow and Gatwick which “significantly disrupted” handling and fuelling operations.
The Ryanair flight from Stansted to Porto was delayed by weather disruption and a subsequent fuelling delay at the airport.
“After approximately two hours waiting for fuellers, the captain requested the handling company (Swissport) to allow the passengers into the terminal which was locked,” the airline said.
“The captain switched on the aircraft’s air conditioning while waiting for Swissport staff to arrive and the cabin crew provided water to passengers.
“When Swissport failed to arrive the captain requested the police to let the passengers into the locked terminal.
“The police subsequently arrived and allowed the passengers into the terminal. Passengers were then provided with refreshment vouchers on Ryanair’s instructions.”
The Boeing 737 aircraft departed the following morning at 7.50am. Ryanair apologised on Friday to all passengers on the flight.
Swissport said: “Due to extreme weather the inbound flight from Porto was initially diverted to East Midlands and arrived some 3 hours later at Stansted to collect the passengers for the flight to Porto.
“The flight was loaded, but fuelling was not available. This caused the delay. Swissport staff were under extreme pressure dealing with an unprecedented level of flights and whilst we accept we should have unloaded the passengers sooner we simply had no one available to unload when contacted by the captain.”
“Swissport regret any delay to passengers and to Ryanair. However, in extreme circumstances, our staff worked tirelessly to ensure that diverted flights were dealt with as soon as possible.”
Sourced from Travel Weekly
Posted: February 22, 2014 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents, Military News | Tags: 22 Squadron, Bethesda, EGOV, Emergency, Emergency Landing, Helicopter, MOD, RAF, RAF Valley, Royal Air Force, Sea King, VLY
An RAF Sea King helicopter had to make an emergency landing near Bethesda, Gwynedd, after a mechanical problem.
The aircraft, which is usually based at RAF Valley on Anglesey, landed near playing fields at Rachub on Thursday evening.
Two staff from Valley guarded the helicopter overnight as it was too dark to carry out repairs.
Engineers are on site to look into the problem which forced the helicopter to land.
Sourced by BBC News
Posted: February 21, 2014 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents | Tags: Accident, EXS, FNC, Funchal, Incident, Jet2.com, Landing, LS, Madeira, Scrapes Tail
A Jet2.com flight from Leeds (UK) to Funchal (Madeira) suffered minor damage after the aircraft scraped its tail on the runway while landing in strong crosswinds on the island on Monday.
The Boeing 737-800 was carrying 176 passengers when the incident happened but “no personal injuries were sustained”, according to a Madeira Airport (ANAM) spokesperson. Only minor damage to the aircraft’s tail was registered. The incident happened at around noon on Monday this week (17 February) as the plane was touching down on Funchal’s runway 05 in blustery crosswind conditions, according to aviation website Aviation Herald, which explained: “however the tail of the aircraft contacted the runway surface producing visible sparks. The aircraft rolled out without further incident and taxied to the apron.” Six other flights had to be diverted that day due to the windy conditions at Funchal. The ANAM spokesperson said four planes were diverted to the island of Porto Santo, while another two were diverted to Tenerife in the Canary Islands.
Sourced from The Portugal News
Posted: February 21, 2014 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents, Airline & Route News | Tags: EGSS, FR, FR8347, Incident, London Stansted, OPO, Oporto, Ryanair, RYR, Stansted, STN, Valentines Day
In quite possibly the worst flight delay in history, passengers of Ryanair (big surprise) Flight 8347 had to call the police on their own plane after being stuck onboard for four hours without food or water.P
The Valentine’s Day flight from Stansted to Oporto, Portugal was supposed to leave at 8:25 PM. It didn’t board until 12:15, but that was only the start of the awful.
The passengers allegedly repeatedly asked for food and water but were denied and given the same, unchanging update for hour after hour. A handling agent was supposed to show up, but never did.
At 3:00 AM, the airport closed and the passengers reportedly were told they wouldn’t be allowed to leave the plane.P
At 3:15, the passengers successfully get through to the police.
At 3:25, the police arrive and give the airport a deadline to get their shit sorted out. Still no food or water, and only intermittent air conditioning in the plane.
At 3:45, the passengers of the ill-fated flight finally get to leave. This is nigh on four hours onboard, nearly eight hours since the flight was supposed to leave.
The police then have to break into the airport setting off alarms. The passengers are now in an area where they would be able to get food and other refreshments, but everything is closed.
Ryanair tells the passengers the flight will eventually leave at 6:00 AM, with the gate announced over the PA system and on departure boards. Neither announcements happen and only some people board at the right time and place. Others try to reschedule but are mistreated by Ryanair’s people, according to the passenger YouTube uploader João Pinheiro. The flight doesn’t set off until 8:30 AM.
Sourced from jalopnik
Posted: February 17, 2014 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents | Tags: Addid Ababa, Asylum, Co-pilot, ET, ET702, ETH, Ethiopian Airlines, Geneva, Hijacked, Incident, Rome
The co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines plane flying from Addis Ababa to Rome has hijacked the aircraft and landed in Geneva, Swiss police say.
The hijacker – who has been arrested – waited for the pilot to go to the toilet to lock himself in the cockpit. He was unarmed. He has requested asylum in Switzerland.
The airline said in a statement that all 202 passengers and crew were safe.
Geneva airport, which was closed for a time, has now reopened.
An Ethiopian man born in 1983, the co-pilot has sought asylum due to fear of persecution in Ethiopia, police said at a news conference.
After locking himself in the cockpit, he asked to refuel at Geneva, landed the plane, climbed down from the cockpit window using a rope (available in the cockpit), and gave himself up to police.
He was unarmed and there was no risk at any time to crew or passengers, police said.
The situation inside the plane remained calm throughout.
The co-pilot himself alerted the authorities to the plane’s hijacking, officials added – and passengers on the plane were unaware it had been hijacked.
The only possible offence the co-pilot could be charged with is that of hostage-taking, for which he could face up to 20 years of imprisonment, a Geneva prosecutor said at the news conference.
Flight 702 was scheduled to leave the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, at 00:30 local time (21:30 GMT), and arrive in Rome at 04:40 local time.
The Boeing 767-300 made an unscheduled landing in the Swiss city at 06:00.
Geneva airport chief executive Robert Deillon says the co-pilot handed himself over to police
The evacuation of passengers began at about 07:25; they were all searched twice and have been questioned by police.
The hijacking began over Italy, and two fighter jets – probably Italian – were scrambled to accompany the plane, Geneva airport chief executive Robert Deillon said at the news conference.
Police evacuate passengers from the plane
Passengers were escorted one by one into a waiting bus
This incident is a blow to Ethiopia Airlines, which has long prided itself as one of the continent’s best performing carriers, says BBC Addis Ababa correspondent Emmanuel Igunza.
It reported $143m in operating profit in the last financial year. Other carriers recorded reduced profit margins or losses due to a combination of high fuel prices and the global economic recession, our correspondent adds.
The last hijacking to take place at Geneva airport was that of an Air Afrique plane in 1985.
In 1996, an Ethiopian Airlines flight was hijacked by three Ethiopians who wanted to claim asylum in Australia. It ran out of fuel and crashed into the Indian Ocean near the Comoros islands, killing 125 of the 175 people on board.
Sourced by BBC News
Posted: February 14, 2014 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents | Tags: AAIB, Accident, Air Accident Investigation Branch, Bond Air Services, Clutha Pub, Crash, Deaths, EC135T2, Eurocopter, Glasgow, Helicopter, Incident, Police
A police helicopter which crashed on a busy pub in Glasgow last November suffered a double engine failure, investigators have found.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said the failures were apparently as a result of a fuel supply problem.
But it said the cause of the problem was still not clear.
The Eurocopter EC 135 helicopter came down on the Clutha Bar in the city centre on Friday 29 November.
All three people on board and six in the pub were killed. A tenth victim died in hospital two weeks later.
The AAIB said it was trying to establish why both engines “flamed out” when there was 76kg of fuel remaining.
It was also investigating why there was no Mayday call and why the aircraft was not able to make a controlled landing.
An eyewitness said the Police Scotland aircraft, which was operated by Bond Aviation, fell from the sky “like a stone”.
The pilot Dave Traill, had 26 years experience and had flown helicopters for the RAF in both Gulf Wars.
An initial report on the crash which was released on 9 December said there was “no evidence” of major engine or gearbox failure.
Shortly after that report Bond grounded the same model of helicopter because of a fuel gauge problem.
The helicopter had taken off at 20:45 with 400kg of fuel on board and was returning the base when it came down at 22:22.
The helicopter did not have a so-called black box data recorder.
Sourced by BBC News
Posted: February 7, 2014 Filed under: Accidents & Incidents | Tags: attempt, Hijack, HRK, Incident, Istanbul, Kharkiv International Airport, LTFJ, Pegasus Airlines, PG, PGT, Sabiha Gokcen Airport, SAW, Sochi, Turkey, UKHH, Ukraine
A Turkish official says security forces are searching a passenger plane that landed at an Istanbul airport after a passenger claimed there was a bomb on board.
Sources told Al Jazeera that the plane, which had 110 people onboard, took off from Kharhiv in Ukraine and landed in Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
The plane sent a hijack alert as it was about to land after a passenger claimed to have a bomb, they said.
The official told the AP news agency the plane landed safely on Friday and was parked in a “safe area” at the airport where it is being searched.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of government rules that bar civil servants from speaking to journalists without prior authorisation.
The official denied a Dogan news agency report that a passenger on board tried to divert the plane to Sochi, Russia.
Reports said the plan was a Pegasus Airlines flight. A spokeswoman for the airline declined comment.
Sourced by Aljazeera.com