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Title: NORAD F-16's Intercept Airplane Over Washington DC
Date:
December 28, 2011
Source:
WUSA9 News

Abstract: Two F-16 fighter jets flew over to check on an airplane that lost radio contact, government officials said. 

It happened "in the vicinity of the National Capital Region at approximately 1215 EST today," NORAD said Wednesday afternoon. 

The "general aviation aircraft" had lost radio contact long enough for NORAD to send the jets to check it out. 

"The civilian aircraft re-established communications and was allowed to continue on its way without incident," officials said (WUSA9 News, 2011).

Title:
British Airways Flight Mistakenly Tells Passengers Plane Will Crash
Date:
January 17, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Passengers flying over the Atlantic were terrified when it was announced twice that their plane could be about to crash.

British Airways (BA) Flight 206 was at 35,000 feet, halfway from Miami to London's Heathrow Airport, when the taped message was played by accident.

Screams rang out as it was repeated straightaway.

An Edinburgh man said, "It was about 3:00am. An alarm sounded, and we were told we were about to land in the sea. I thought we were going to die. My wife was crying, and passengers were screaming. Then they played an announcement telling us to just ignore the warnings."

Another passenger said, "When we landed, they were handing out letters apologizing, but it was the worst experience of my life. I don't think BA should get away with this."

A BA spokesman said of the scare en route to Heathrow on Friday, "The cabin crew canceled the announcement immediately and sought to reassure customers that the flight was operating normally. We apologize to customers for causing them undue concern."

In August 2010, a message announcing, "We may shortly need to make an emergency landing on water," was played by mistake on a British Airways flight from Heathrow to Hong Kong (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Landing Aborted As Australian Pilot Was Busy Texting
Date:
April 20, 2012
Source:
RT

Abstract: Distracted by his mobile phone, a Jetstar pilot forgot to lower the aircraft's landing gear on approach to Singapore’s Changi Airport. He pulled up only 120 meters above the ground and landed his A320 with 220 passengers after the second approach.

­Indeed, why bother “turning off all portable electronic devices” if you are a captain? A pilot’s cellphone would never “interfere with aircraft navigation systems,” while you can also receive an “urgent” text message from your spouse asking you to get something from a Duty Free in Singapore. And who cares about all those stupid rules which forbid texting or speaking on your telephone while operating a vehicle? You are a captain – you are “in charge”.

The distracted pilot had an impressive 13,000 hours of flying experience. And yet, he found it possible to reach for his telephone – buzzing with message alerts – when the plane hit an altitude of 2,000-2,500 feet (600-750 meters).

At 1,000 feet (some 300 meters), the co-pilot checked the instruments and felt something was off. Surprisingly, he failed to figure out what exactly until a cockpit alert at 720 feet (220 meters) told the pilots the landing gear had not been lowered.

At an altitude of 650 feet (200 meters) the captain attempted to lower the gear until another alarm signaled that the plane had dipped below 500 feet (152 meters) – too close to the tarmac for the undercarriage to get safely into place. At this point, the co-pilot told investigators, he began the ascent. This happened at only 392 feet (some 120 meters) above ground.

And the captain? He told investigators he was trying to unlock the phone to turn it off, claiming he simply forgot to do so before take-off.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau found out that problems had begun just after the autopilot was turned off on the flight from Darwin to Singapore on May 27, 2010 (RT, 2012).

Title: Commuter Planes Clip Wings At LAX
Date: April 21, 2012
Source: Fox News


Abstract: The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating Saturday after two planes clipped wings at Los Angeles International Airport.

A United Express commuter plane with about 30 people on board clipped the wing of a parked aircraft as it departed for Palm Springs at around 8:15pm local time Friday, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesman Ian Gregor said.

No injuries were reported but passengers on both planes were left shaken by the incident, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The departing plane was not under the direction of FAA air traffic controllers at the time, Gregor said (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Afghan Militants Hit U.S. Military Chief's Plan
Date: August 21, 2012
Source:
USA Today

Abstract: Militants fired rockets into a U.S. base in Afghanistan and damaged the plane of the chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff while he was on a visit, but the general was not near the aircraft, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition said Tuesday.

The rocket strike that hit the plane of U.S. Army Gen.Martin Dempsey was yet another propaganda coup for the Taliban after they claimed to have shot down a U.S. helicopter last week.

It also followed a string of disturbing killings of U.S. military trainers by their Afghan partners or militants dressed in Afghan uniform. Such attacks killed 10 Americans in the last two weeks alone.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place Monday night at the Bagram Air Field outside Kabul, saying Dempsey's plane was targeted by insurgents "using exact information" about where it would be.

Two maintenance workers were slightly injured by shrapnel from the two rockets fired into, coalition spokesman Jamie Graybeal said.

Dempsey "was nowhere near" the plane when the rockets hit near where the aircraft was parked, the spokesman added.

Dempsey had finished his mission in Afghanistan and had left by Tuesday morning on a different plane, said Graybeal. A helicopter on the base was also damaged in the attack, according to NATO.

Graybeal cast doubt on the idea that Dempsey's plane may have been hit by any precision attack. He said that insurgent rocket and mortar attacks are "not infrequent" at Bagram and that such fire most often comes from so far away that it's virtually impossible to hit specific targets.

Bagram is a sprawling complex about an hour's drive north of Kabul that usually serves as the first point of entrance for U.S. officials visiting the country. It is the hub for military operations in the east of the country and the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan.

Dempsey was in Afghanistan to discuss the state of the war after a particularly deadly few weeks for Americans in the more than 10-year-old war as international forces begin drawing down.

He and the chief of U.S. Central Command, Marine Gen. James R. Mattis, met with NATO and U.S. Afghan commander Gen. John Allen in Kabul and also with a number of senior Afghan and coalition leaders.

Among the topics was the escalating number of "insider attacks" in which Afghan police or soldiers or militants dressed in Afghan uniform turn their guns on coalition military trainers. Once an anomaly, such attacks have been climbing in recent months. There have been 32 such attacks so far this year, up from 21 for all of 2011, according to NATO.

Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar last week said the insider killings were the result of an insurgent campaign of infiltration, though NATO has said it's too early to tell if the attacks were related to the insurgency of caused by personal disputes turned deadly.

The Taliban also claimed to have shot down a U.S. military helicopter that crashed during a firefight with insurgents in a remote area of southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing seven Americans and four Afghans on board in one of the deadliest air disasters of the war.

U.S. officials, however, said initial reports were that enemy fire was not involved in the crash (USA Today, 2012).

Title: Orioles’ Plane Makes Emergency Landing In Jacksonville After Smoke On Board
Date: September 30, 2012
Source:
CBS Baltimore

Abstract: A flight carrying the Baltimore Orioles had to make an emergency landing in Jacksonville, Fla. on Sunday night after smoke was reported on board.

The plane was en route to Tampa where the Orioles are scheduled to play a series with the Rays starting Monday night.

The problem was in the kitchen area.

“They came on and told us we needed to make an emergency landing, and then we were nearly free-falling for a few minutes as they raced to get us on the ground as fast as possible,” Ned Rice, who is with the baseball operations department of the Orioles, posted on his Facebook page.

No injuries have been reported.

In a statement, the Orioles said, “Due to a minor incident in the galley, the Orioles’ charter made an unscheduled landing in Jacksonville, Florida en route to St. Petersburg tonight.

After the plane was inspected, all crew and passengers re-boarded and flew to St. Petersburg without further incident.

This unscheduled landing was done with an abundance of caution and at no time was anyone on the flight in danger.”

After the team touched down in St. Petersburg, manager Buck Showalter said during a telephone conference call, “We were in good hands. It was just a precautionary thing just to be on the safe side.”

He added, “We had a little something heat up on the plane, and the professionals didn’t like what was going on.

So just to check it out and be on the safe side, we stopped in Jacksonville. We fixed whatever the problem was, got back on the plane and took off.

It gave everyone a chance to watch some of the Eagles (football) game, so it worked out good.”

The Orioles beat Boston 6-3 in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon. Baltimore later clinched a playoff spot when the Los Angeles Angels lost at Texas in the second game of a doubleheader (CBS Baltimore, 2012).

Title: Plane Lands Safely In Connecticut After Bird Strike
Date: October 3, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A Southwest Airlines flight from Tampa, Fla., that suffered a bird strike on its final approach has landed safely in Connecticut.

Bradley International Airport spokesman John Wallace says Flight 2102 was about 25 miles south of the airport Wednesday afternoon when the crew declared an emergency after hearing a loud bang outside the aircraft.

He says emergency crews were called to the runway and watched as the plane made a normal landing on time. No injuries were reported.

Wallace says the plane taxied to the gate under its own power. An initial inspection of the plane revealed the bird strike.

Southwest Airlines Inc. is based in Dallas (Fox News, 2012).

Title: ‘Terror Threats’ Ground China Flights
Date:
October 9, 2012
Source:
The Hindu

Abstract:
Two flights out of Tibet and southern Jiangxi bound for Beijing were grounded on Tuesday after China’s national carrier, Air China, received “threat calls” from unidentified sources, prompting a tightening of security in many airports across the country.

Officials were unclear whether the calls made to the airline were simply hoaxes. As of Tuesday night, no dangerous items had been found on either aircraft following security checks, the airline said, and both flights were scheduled to depart following delays of several hours.

Tuesday's delays followed another threat call made on Monday, when a flight from the western Xinjiang region, also bound for Beijing, was diverted to Lanzhou after authorities said they had received a terror threat.

The threat later turned out to be a hoax. Late on Monday night, a man surnamed Wang was detained in Urumqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang region. The official Xinhua news agency said he had confessed to

police that he had fabricated the threat, although his motive was still unclear.

While Chinese officials have in the past spoken of terror threats from separatist Uighur groups in Xinjiang, they said Monday’s incident appeared to be a hoax. The suspect was thought to be from the majority

Han Chinese ethnic group; Wang is a common Han surname.

In June, officials said passengers and air crew had foiled an attempted hijacking of a flight from the Xinjiang city of Hotan to Urumqi by six Uighur men.

Authorities did not say if the threat calls made on Tuesday had any connection to the Urumqi case. Xinhua reported that two Air China flights scheduled to depart Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), and Nanchang, the provincial capital of southern Jiangxi, were grounded after the airline received “threat calls from unidentified sources” hours before takeoff.

Xinhua added that “no abnormalities” were found on the aircraft as of Tuesday night, after initial security checks.

In recent months, a string of terror threat hoaxes have unnerved Chinese security officials. In August, another Air China flight bound for the United States was forced to return to Beijing airport after takeoff following a threat call. No security breaches were found following subsequent investigations.

In an another case in August, a Shenzhen airlines flight was forced to return to base after taking off when the airline received a bomb threat, which later turned out to be a hoax inspired by a financial dispute. Investigations found the caller had made up the threat to prevent his creditor from reaching his final destination, and collecting from him the debt he had owed (The Hindu, 2012).

Title: Man Tried To Open Exit Door After Delta Flight From Boston Landed In Salt Lake City
Date:
October 17, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: The FBI has arrested a man accused of disrupting a Delta Air Lines flight and damaging the airplane by running up the aisle shortly after landing and attempting to open an emergency exit.

Anatoliy N. Baranovich was accused of interfering with a flight from Boston to Salt Lake City on Monday night, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

Federal authorities say Baranovich woke up during the plane's descent and started yelling in Russian. Baranovich told agents he thought the aircraft's wing was on fire and was trying to warn others.

Officials say they do not believe he posed a terrorist threat.

Baranovich was carrying a Ukrainian passport and U.S. visa. His age or place of residence were not immediately available.

After the plane touched down, Baranovich got up from his seat and ran to the back of the aircraft, according to the complaint. He then tried to open the emergency exit door as a flight attendant ordered him to stop.

The door jammed and caused an emergency inflatable slide to malfunction, which caused "extensive damage" to the plane's fuselage, the FBI said.

Several passengers tried to wrestle Baranovich to the ground while he attempted to open another emergency exit door. One passenger forced him to the ground and held him until the plane taxied to a gate, where law enforcement and medical personnel had been called.

Baranovich told agents that he had been visiting family in Ukraine and was headed to Portland, Ore., after a stop in Salt Lake City, according to the FBI. He also told agents he had consumed alcohol while traveling but did not specify when or how much.

A Department of Justice spokeswoman said Baranovich was scheduled to appear in court in Salt Lake City on Wednesday (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Ukrainian Man Remains Held In Delta Flight Disturbance
Date:
October 20, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract:
A judge has ordered a Ukrainian man accused of disrupting a Delta Air Lines flight to remain in custody, after prosecutors argued that he's a flight risk and a danger to the community.

Testimony during a detention hearing Friday alleged that 46-year-old Anatoliy N. Baranovich twice attempted to bribe officers to release him and was found with 19 passports.

Baranovich is accused of damaging and disabling an aircraft and interfering with a crew aboard the Boston-to-Salt Lake City flight on Monday.

Authorities said Baranovich woke up during the plane's descent and began yelling because he believed the wing of the airplane was on fire. He was restrained by passengers.

A criminal complaint said Baranovich was visiting family in the Ukraine and got drunk for 50 days. He was headed to Portland, Oregon.

Officials said when they searched his luggage they found the passports -- 16 for women, ranging in age from 20s to early 30s, and three for men.

Three of the passports appeared to be issued to people who live or have been in the U.S. Some documents were heavily used and had no more room for visa stamps, while others showed little travel.

Melodie Rydalch, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, told the Salt Lake Tribune that the FBI is working with Interpol to determine to whom the passports belong and where those individuals might be.

"There is obviously a lot more we need to know about the passports and what is going on there," Rydalch said (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Couple Experience Problem On AA Flight
Date:
October 28, 2012
Source:
WSVN News


Abstract:
Passengers on a flight to South Florida snapped pictures exposing another problem on an American Airlines plane.

Ann Feinman and Victor Dlugash were traveling to Miami to visit their daughter, but they had an unexpected situation on an American Airlines flight to Miami International Airport Friday night. "Suddenly we heard like a loud popping noise," said Feinman.

According to the couple, they were on American Airlines flight 701 from John F. Kennedy airport to MIA when the inside panel on both sides popped out. "I then viewed the pannaling on the plane come loose," said Dlugash.

In a statement American Airlines said: "Upon landing in MIA today, a small piece of the interior panel became dislodged. At no point, was this a safety of flight issue. The aircraft is out of service and is being looked at by our maintenance team in MIA."

"In a minute, on the right side where we were on, I heard another loud popping noise," said Dlugash.

Last month, some seats became loose on several American Airlines flights. The problem attributed to residue buildup that kept locking pins from working properly.

The couple wants to make sure their flight back to New York is a safe one. "I want an answer, …” said Feinman.

Feinman said she tried to call AA several times, but has been unsuccessful (WSVN News, 2012).

Title: Southwest Airlines Plane Slides Off A Taxiway At Denver International Airport
Date:
November 11, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract:
A Southwest Airlines jet slid off a taxiway at Denver International Airport on Saturday amid light snowfall and freezing temperatures.

DIA spokeswoman Jenny Schiavone confirmed that the aircraft slid off the taxiway shortly after 5 p.m. There were no reports of injuries.

Schiavone says passengers of Flight 1905 were bused from the taxiway to the concourse.

The Denver-bound Boeing 737 had departed Saturday afternoon from Metropolitan Oakland International in California.

Schiavone says flight schedules and overall DIA operations were not disrupted following the incident.

Further details were not immediately available (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Wheel Of Passenger Plane Catches Fire During Takeoff From South Africa Airport; No Injuries
Date:
November 13, 2012
Source:
Fox News


Abstract:
A chartered Boeing MD-82 airplane aborted its takeoff Tuesday in South Africa after its landing gear caught fire when a tire came off its mount, officials said. No one was injured.

The Global Aviation Operations Ltd. flight was attempting to leave O.R. Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg when one of its pilots saw the landing gear on fire, said Unathi Batyashe-Fillis, a spokeswoman for the Airports Company South Africa. The pilot halted the takeoff and stopped the plane on one of the runways at South Africa's busiest airport, temporarily closing it. The flight's destination was the southern African nation of Malawi.

Rescuers and emergency workers quickly surrounded the plane which had 136 people on board, officials said. The plane had been bound for Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, she said.

Global Aviation Operations, which flies charter flights throughout Africa, blamed the fire on a "tire separation." A statement Tuesday from its CEO Ronald Finger said the company would investigate the cause of the tire problem. Those on the flight were flown out on an alternative aircraft, he said.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-82, a jet aircraft often used by airlines for middle-distance flights, is a model owned by Boeing Co. McDonnell Douglas had stopped production of all but one of the models in the series when Boeing bought its smaller rival in 1997, and it closed down that line two years later to focus on newer models of its own popular midrange jet, the 737.

The plane involved in Tuesday's incident was manufactured in 1990 and exported to South Africa in 2009, according to U.S. Federal Aviation Administration records. In April 2007, the airline operating the plane had trouble with the aircraft's nose landing gear and found packing around a valve cracked, according to FAA records. The packing and gear later were serviced, the records show (Fox News, 2012).

Title: United Flights Resuming After Nationwide Computer Glitch
Date:
November 15, 2012
Source:
Fox Business


Abstract:
United Airlines grounded certain flights across the U.S. Thursday morning due to a glitch in the computer system that controls the airline's ground operations.

Just before 11 a.m. ET, a United spokesperson told FOX Business that the internal system was “up and running,” adding that the airline is “getting back to normal.”

The glitch caused “some but not all mainline flights” to be delayed, though United Express was not impacted, the spokesman said.

The problem seems to have affected passengers across the country, from New York's LaGuardia to San Francisco. The airline had been telling passengers to rebook on other airlines.

The system outage was related to United’s Unimatic, the software used by United ground operations. United said some computer activity had resumed as of around 10:30 a.m. ET, though it was not clear how long it would take to completely resolve all of the issues.

The Chicago-based company began boarding passengers at LaGuardia for all United flights around 10:30 but gave no timeline on when those flights would take off. In San Francisco, Simon Marks, president of Feature Story News, said his flight to Washington D.C. had boarded after a 20 minute delay.

"Pilot says computers [are] back up," Simon said in an email to FOX Business. "Ground staff now playing catch-up."

The No. 1 U.S. carrier has been plagued by a number of computer outages since its merger with Continental. Since combining their computer systems in March, outages have been reported in March, May and August of this year alone.

“United has been bedeviled with these computer glitches,” said Mary Schiavo, former inspector general at the U.S. Department of Transportation. “They’ve already had four this year and it’s only gotten worse since their merger with Continental.”

Shares of United dipped 1.25% Thursday morning (Fox Business, 2012).

Title: Turbulence On Cuba-Italy Flight Leaves 30 Bruised
Date:
November 19, 2012
Source:
My Fox NY


Abstract:
Airline officials say a plane flying from Havana to Milan hit unusually strong turbulence over the Atlantic, plunging some 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) in about 10 seconds and leaving some 30 people aboard with bruises and scrapes.

Giulio Buzzi, head of the pilots division at Neos Air, told Sky TG24 TV the plane's captain determined that the plane suffered no structural damage, and two passengers who are physicians checked the injured and decided no injury was serious. So the flight continued to Milan's Malpensa airport where it landed safely Monday.

The ANSA news agency quoted bruised passenger Edoardo De Lucchi as saying meals were being served when suddenly there was "10 seconds of terror." He recounted how plates went flying and some passengers not wearing seatbelts bounced about (My Fox NY, 2012).

Title: Oxygen Masks Used On KC-Dallas Southwest Flight
Date:
November 19, 2012
Source:
AP


Abstract:
Southwest Airlines says a flight from Kansas City to Dallas lost cabin pressure, forcing passengers and crew to wear oxygen masks until the plane had descended to a safe altitude.

Spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger (EYE'-king-er) says no one was hurt and Flight 3201 landed safely at Love Field on Saturday evening.

Eichinger said Monday that the plane lost pressure at about 35,000 feet. She says the pilot followed protocol, descended and deployed the masks. The masks were not needed once the plane was below 10,000 feet.

Passenger David Wilding told WFAA-TV that the jet suddenly started to steeply dive. He says they wore the masks for about 20 minutes.

The plane was carrying 124 passengers and five crewmembers.

Eichinger says the jet underwent maintenance Sunday and returned to service Monday (AP, 2012).

Title: NORAD Sends Fighter Jets To Escort Cessna Over South Carolina
Date:
November 24, 2012
Source:
Yahoo News


Abstract:
Authorities say fighter jets intercepted a private plane that veered off its flight plan near Charleston.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, dispatched the F-16 fighters Friday morning and escorted a four-seat Cessna 337 to Charleston Executive Airport.

The pilot was directed to contact the Federal Aviation Administration for follow-up.

A NORAD release says a discrepancy in the plane's flight plan and actual track raised suspicions.

NORAD's mission is to prevent air attacks against the United States and Canada (Yahoo News, 2012).

Title: Shotgun Shell Found At Seat Delays Delta Plane In Milwaukee
Date:
November 28, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Passengers on a Delta Air Lines flight were taken off a plane in Milwaukee and rescreened after a man found a live shotgun shell at his seat.

Milwaukee County sheriff's spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin says the passenger notified flight crew at about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday of the live shotgun shell while it was at General Mitchell International Airport.

She says deputies and Transportation Security Administration officials had the passengers leave the plane and screened them again and found nothing. She says a canine unit also swept the plane and didn't find anything.

The passengers again boarded the plane, which was bound for Detroit.

Delta spokesman Michael Thomas says the flight was delayed about an hour and landed safely in Detroit at 9:55 a.m. (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Small Fire Breaks Out On US Airways Jet at Phoenix Airport
Date:
December 25, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract
:
A US Airways jet briefly caught fire at its gate at the Phoenix airport during maintenance tests.

US Airways spokeswoman Michelle Mohr says crews were conducting routine maintenance tests when the fire broke out Monday night on the plane's auxiliary power unit. She described it as a small motor under the plane's tail that supplies additional power.

Mohr says no injuries were reported and the fire was quickly extinguished.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport spokeswoman Kris Commerford says no passengers were on board at the time. She says the plane had arrived from California and was headed next to Vancouver, Canada.

Mohr says 101 passengers were put on a different plane and would be delayed by about two hours (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Flight From Brazil Diverted To Houston When Woman Dies On Plane
Date:
January 2, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Police say an American Airlines jet flying from Brazil to North Texas has diverted to Houston after a 25-year-old passenger died aboard the aircraft.

Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva says homicide detectives responding to George Bush Intercontinental Airport just before daybreak Wednesday found no signs of trauma on the woman. An autopsy will be performed. The name of the female passenger wasn't immediately released.

An American spokesman says Flight 962 left Sao Paolo, Brazil, just after 1 a.m. Wednesday bound for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

The Boeing 777, with 220 passengers and a crew of 14, diverted to Houston due to the medical emergency and landed shortly after 6:30 a.m. The plane continued on to DFW airport about three hours later (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Plane Bursts Into Flames At North Las Vegas Airport
Date:
January 3, 2013
Source:
Fox 5 Vegas

Abstract: Emergency crews have cleared the scene of a plane fire on a runway at North Las Vegas Airport.

The details of the fire are still emerging. According to a spokesperson for McCarran Airport, the pilot attempted to land at the airport at 4:15 p.m. and either crashed or made a hard landing.

The plane is a twin-engine Piper Aerostar and its two occupants managed to escape uninjured.

Emergency crews had the fire out by 4:30 p.m. The wreckage has been cleared from the runway and placed in a hangar, though the runway will be closed for the time being.

The incident is under investigation by the FAA and NTSB.

"Unfortunately when you're coming in to land, if something goes wrong and you get off the runway things can just get out of control from there," said Ben Sisley, a professional pilot who used to work as a flight instructor at the North Las Vegas Airport.

Sisley ran the tail number he saw from the wreckage and told FOX5 the aircraft is registered in Clark County and belongs to a company.

That leaves Sisley to believe this was a training flight.

"It could be training, it could be for business purposes in which case they have a pilot who may be practicing," Sisley said.

Airport Spokesperson Chris Jones told FOX5 the Aerostar was landing on the left 1-2 runway.

Sisley said that runway is not typically used for planes coming from other airports.

"They'll use 1-2 left frequently for people who are staying in this local area, and not necessarily beginning or ending their flight," Sisley told FOX5.

Jones could not confirm the plane's flight plan, but said fire fighters from Clark County and the North Las Vegas Fire Departments had the fire out within 15 minutes (Fox 5 Vegas, 2013).

Title: Airline Crew Binds Passenger To Seat After He Goes Berserk On Flight To NYC
Date:
January 5, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Icelandair said it had to restrain a passenger on a flight from Reykjavik to New York City because he was hitting people, screaming profanities and spitting.

Thursday's incident was getting media attention after a photograph began circulating on the Internethttp://global.fncstatic.com/static/v/all/img/external-link.png purporting to show the passenger tied to his seat with tape and plastic restraints.

The man who posted the picture to the website Tumblr, Andy Ellwood, said it was taken by a friend on the flight.

Icelandair spokesman Gudjon Arngrimsson said the passenger was bound after his behavior became "unruly and threatening."

"To ensure the safety of those who were on board he was restrained by the crew and passengers and then was monitored for the duration of the flight for his own safety," he said. He said he couldn't validate the photo's authenticity but said airlines commonly carry plastic handcuffs and tape to restrain potentially dangerous passengers.

The airline said police took the man off the plane when it landed at Kennedy Airport at around 6:30 p.m.

Ron Marsico, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the airport, told reporters that police took the 46-year-old man to a hospital after determining that he was drunk. No charges were filed, he said. The passenger's name wasn't released (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Japan Airlines Reports New Fuel Leak In Boeing 787
Date:
January 13, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Japan Airlines said on Sunday that a Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet being checked in Tokyo after a fuel leak at Boston Airport last week had leaked during earlier tests conducted the same day, Reuters reports.

Narita International Airport outside of Tokyo says Japan Airlines reported a 100-liter fuel leak in a 787 during an inspection Sunday. The aircraft reportedly was the same one that had a fuel leak in Boston last week.

A company spokeswoman said a leak from a nozzle on the left wing used to remove fuel was caused by an open valve on the aircraft. The jet, which spilled about 40 gallons of fuel onto the airport taxiway in Boston in a separate valve problem, is out of service.

The spill happened as the plane was taxiing for takeoff on a flight to Tokyo on January 8. It made the flight about four hours later.

According to the JAL spokeswoman, the causes of both incidents are unknown. It is not known when the plan is expected to fly again.

"We are aware of the event and are working with our customer," Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said of the leak in Tokyo, according to Reuters.

The U.S. government said Friday the 787 is safe to fly, though it launched a probe last week into the cause of various problems.

The 787 is Boeing's newest and most high-tech airliner. Japanese airlines are among the top 787 customers (Fox News, 2013).

Title: US Airways Plane Lands In Connecticut After Fire Reported On Flight
Date:
January 14, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A US Airways flight with 49 passengers aboard has landed safely at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut after a fire was reported on the plane. No one was injured.

Airport spokesman John Wallace says Flight 3518 to Pittsburgh took off from the airport in Windsor Locks at about 11:30 a.m. Monday. He says it was forced to return about 15 to 20 minutes later because of a fire reported in the plane's auxiliary power unit. The plane landed at Bradley without incident shortly after noon.

It wasn't clear if there actually was a fire. Airport officials say there was no fire when the plane landed.

US Airways officials didn't immediately return messages (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Weekend Bird Strikes Force 2 Planes To Return To JFK Airport
Date:
January 14, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Authorities say bird strikes forced two planes to return to New York's Kennedy Airport shortly after takeoff over the weekend.

A JetBlue flight bound for the Dominican Republic returned to the airport without incident after hitting some birds Saturday afternoon.

According to the FAA, a second JetBlue plane hit a bird Sunday morning after it took off for Nassau in the Bahamas.

JetBlue says wasn't a direct hit and the plane returned to the airport as a precaution.

In both incidents, passengers resumed their trips on different planes (Fox News, 2013).

Title: David Cameron Praises C17 Plane Just Moments Before It Breaks Down
Date:
January 14, 2013
Source:
Telegraph

Abstract: The plane, loaded with military equipment and foreign troops, had been due to help halt an al-Qaeda advance when it was delayed due to a technical fault.

Two C17 transport planes have been deployed to support French efforts in the west African country while British drones and spy planes are said to be on standby to help tackle what the Prime Minister described as a “dangerous Islamist regime”.

But British efforts fell at the first hurdle as the first plane was grounded just moments after David Cameron discussed the action in an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

He announced that Britain would share intelligence with France but maintained that the troops would not be fighting in the region.

"Not army boots, as it were," the Prime Minister said. "But I spoke to Francois Hollande over the weekend and offered the use of two C17 transport planes – our most advanced and capable transport planes – because France is a strong ally and friend of Britain, but what is being done in Mali is very much in our interests.

"There is a very dangerous Islamist regime allied to al-Qaeda in control of the north of that country. It was threatening the south of that country and we should support the action that the French have taken.

"So we were first out of the blocks, as it were, to say to the French 'we'll help you, we'll work with you and we'll share what intelligence we have with you and try to help you with what you are doing'."

Insurgents affiliated with al Qaeda have been pushing south from their northern base against the Mali government.

The C-17 set off from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire yesterday and was being loaded with military equipment at a French base last night.

It was due to take off for Africa this morning but has been delayed due to a "minor technical fault", a Ministry of Defence spokesman said, and is expected to fly later today.

The second plane was due to set off from RAF Brize Norton this morning for France, ahead of continuing on to Mali.

Downing Street has stressed that no UK troops will engage in combat operations there, but the transport planes will provide logistical assistance as the situation in the country poses a threat to international security.

It is also believed that a small team of British military instructors will be sent to Mali's capital, Bamako, later this month to help train the 5,000 strong army.

Germany have also promised to send troops in to help with the training effort.

Hundreds of French troops were deployed on Saturday after state forces lost control of the strategically important town of Konna to Islamists. The rebels seized a swathe of northern Mali last spring.

The French carried out multiple air strikes in northern Mali on Sunday, halting the advance towards the capital Bamako of fighters linked to al-Qaeda.

Islamists based in northern Mali have vowed to avenge the assault on French soil.

US officials are also considering whether to send surveillance systems, drones and eavesdropping equipment.

Mr Cameron has expressed "deep concern" about the rebel advances and welcomed the French intervention.

Other African countries including Nigeria and Burkina Faso have also promised a small number of troops.

European and U.S. policy makers are concerned northern Mali may become an Islamist militant base to strike international targets and destabilise regional countries from Algeria to Nigeria.

The rebels seized the north of Africa’s third-biggest gold producer after government soldiers overthrew the government in March.

The army said it wasn’t adequately equipped or trained to take on the Islamists, who benefited from arms flowing into Mali from the 2011 war in Libya which western officials have warned could include surface-to-air missiles.

The rebels have proved better equipped than first thought, it has been reported.

The three main rebel groups — al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Ansar Dine, and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa — each control one of the main population centres in northern Mali — Gao, Kidal, and Timbuktu (Telegraph, 2013).

Title: Boeing 787 'Dreamliner' Jets Grounded In Japan After Series Of Issues
Date:
January 16, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Japan's two biggest airlines grounded all their Boeing 787 aircraft for safety checks Wednesday after one was forced to make an emergency landing in the latest blow for the new jet.

All Nippon Airways said a cockpit message showed battery problems and a burning smell was detected in the cockpit and the cabin, forcing the 787 on a domestic flight to land at Takamatsu airport in western Japan.

The 787, known as the Dreamliner, is Boeing's newest and most technologically advanced jet, and the company is counting heavily on its success. Since its launch, which came after delays of more than three years, the plane has been plagued by a series of problems including a battery fire and fuel leaks. Japan's ANA and Japan Airlines are major customers for the jet and among the first to fly it.

Japan's transport ministry said it got notices from ANA, which operates 17 of the jets, and Japan Airlines which has seven, that all their 787s would not be flying. The grounding was done voluntarily by the airlines.

The earliest manufactured jets of any new aircraft usually have problems and airlines run higher risks in flying them first, said Brendan Sobie, Singapore-based chief analyst at CAPA-Center for Aviation. Since about half the 787 fleet is in Japan, more problems are cropping up there.

"There are always teething problems with new aircraft and airlines often are reluctant to be the launch customer of any new airplanes," Sobie said. "We saw it with other airplane types, like the A380 but the issues with the A380 were different," he said.

Japan's transport ministry categorized Wednesday's problem as a "serious incident" that could have led to an accident, and sent officials for further checks to Takamatsu airport. The airport was closed.

It was unclear how long the Dreamliners would be grounded. ANA said 14 flights were changed to other aircraft, while 31 domestic and 7 international were cancelled. JAL said eight were cancelled, while two were changed to a 777.

ANA executives apologized, bowing deeply at a hastily called news conference in Tokyo.

"We are very sorry to have caused passengers and their family members so much concern," said ANA Senior Executive Vice President Osamu Shinobe.

One male in his 60s was taken to the hospital for minor hip injuries after going down the emergency slides at the airport, the fire department said. The other 128 passengers and eight crew members of the ANA domestic flight were uninjured, according to ANA.

The grounding in Japan was the first for the 787, whose problems had been brushed off by Boeing as teething pains for a new aircraft. The transport ministry had already started a separate inspection Monday on another 787 jet, operated by Japan Airlines, which had leaked fuel at Tokyo's Narita airport after flying back from Boston, where it had also leaked fuel.

A fire ignited Jan. 7 in the battery pack of an auxiliary power unit of a Japan Airlines 787 empty of passengers as the plane sat on the tarmac at Boston's Logan International Airport. It took firefighters 40 minutes to put out the blaze.

ANA cancelled a domestic flight to Tokyo on Jan. 9 after a computer wrongly indicated there was a problem with the Boeing 787's brakes. Two days later, the carrier reported two new cases of problems with the aircraft -- a minor fuel leak and a cracked windscreen in a 787 cockpit.

The 787 relies more than any other modern airliner on electrical signals to help power nearly everything the plane does. It's also the first Boeing plane to use rechargeable lithium ion batteries, which charge faster and can be molded to space-saving shapes compared to other airplane batteries. The plane is made with lightweight composite materials instead of aluminum.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that it is "monitoring a preliminary report of an incident in Japan earlier today involving a Boeing 787."

It said the incident will be included in the comprehensive review the FAA began last week of the 787 critical systems, including design, manufacture and assembly. U.S. government officials have been quick to say that the plane is safe. Nearly 50 of them are in the skies now.

GS Yuasa Corp., the Japanese company that supplies all the lithium ion batteries for the 787, had no comment as the investigation was still ongoing. Thales, which makes the battery charging system, had no immediate comment.

In Tokyo, the transport minister, Akihiro Ota, said authorities were taking the incidents seriously.

"These problems must be fully investigated," he said.

Boeing has said that various technical problems are to be expected in the early days of any aircraft model.

"Boeing is aware of the diversion of a 787 operated by ANA to Takamatsu in western Japan. We will be working with our customer and the appropriate regulatory agencies," Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is aware of Wednesday's emergency landing in Japan and is gathering information on the incident, Kelly Nantel, a spokeswoman for the board, said.

In Wednesday's incident, a cockpit instrument showed a problem with the 787's battery and the pilot noticed an unusual smell, the airline said. The flight requested and was granted permission to make an emergency landing at Takamatsu airport.

Aviation safety expert John Goglia, a former National Transportation Safety Board member, said the ANA pilot made the right choice.

"They were being very prudent in making the emergency landing even though there's been no information released so far that indicates any of these issues are related," he said.

But much remains uncertain about the problems being experienced by the 787, said Masaharu Hirokane, analyst at Nomura Securities Co. in Tokyo.

"You need to ensure safety 100 percent, and then you also have to get people to feel that the jet is 100 percent safe," said Hirokane (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Military Jets Escort Alaska Air Fight After Hijacking Scare
Date:
January 17, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled to escort an Alaska Airlines flight from Kona, Hawaii to Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle after someone reportedly told the FBI there was a hijacker on board the plane.

FBI spokesman Tom Simon told FoxNews.com the passenger who was reported to be a hijacker by the caller has been cleared and released after questioning. 

The threat was called into the FBI’s Honolulu office Thursday afternoon and the bureau subsequently informed other agencies and local authorities in Seattle of the call, Simon said, adding that the passenger in question did not show any unusual behavior on the flight.

Flight 819 landed at Sea-Tac without incident shortly after 7 p.m. PST and the FBI detained and questioned a passenger who reportedly had slept through most of the flight.

The FBI finished interviewing the passenger late Thursday and an FBI spokeswoman told the Associated Press the agency was "not anticipating an arrest."

"If this turns out to be hoax phone call the FBI in Honolulu will take this very seriously," Simon told FoxNews.com. 

An investigation into the phone call is ongoing (Fox News, 2013).

Title: United Express Plane From New York Blows Tires, Veers Off New Jersey Runway
Date:
January 21, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Authorities say a United Express plane from western New York has blown four tires as it landed at Newark Liberty International Airport and veered off a runway.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Ron Marsico says Flight 4480 from Rochester was landing Sunday night in New Jersey when several rear tires blew. He tells the Star-Ledger that the plane veered onto a taxiway and didn't strike anything.

The plane was carrying eight passengers and five crew members. No one was hurt.

It wasn't the only mishap at the Newark airport on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, a United Airlines employee became pinned between a luggage cart and a food service truck. Marsico tells The Record that the worker was seriously hurt. It's unclear how the accident happened (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Southwest Airlines Jetliner Blows 3 Tires On Runway At Denver International Airport
Date:
January 22, 2013
Source:
7 News

Abstract: A Southwest Airlines jetliner blew three tires on the runaway at Denver International Airport Monday afternoon after the pilot spotted a warning light indicator and braked suddenly during takeoff, a DIA spokeswoman said.

The tires blew because stopping the plane at near-takeoff speed caused the brakes to overheat, said airport spokeswoman Cynthia Karvaski. Runway 25 was briefly closed.

Passengers from Southwest flight 513 were bused to the terminal and later boarded another plane for Las Vegas (7 News, 2013).

Title: Video Of Stunt Plane Barely Missing Two People Prompts FAA Probe
Date:
January 24, 2013
Source:
CNN

Abstract: Dramatic video of a stunt pilot buzzing a Texas runway -- narrowly missing two people -- has prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate the incident, authorities confirmed Thursday.

The video, shot January 16 at Lancaster Municipal Airport south of Dallas, depicts a plane coming in close proximity to two people in an apparently staged stunt.

The pilot, identified as Jason Newburg, previously had an FAA waiver to do aerobatics at the airport, but the waiver expired in November, an FAA source -- who requested anonymity because of the ongoing investigation -- told CNN.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said Thursday the agency is investigating the incident.

"Even with a valid waiver, there is a requirement that people on the ground not be endangered," he said.

The 19-second clip, titled "200mph Plane fly-by within 2 feet of person," was uploaded to YouTube, according to The Smoking Gun, which also posted the video.

In a Twitter post, a member of Team Stunters -- a motorcycle stunt team -- reported the footage was shot during a "practice session for upcoming shows," The Smoking Gun reported.

The Smoking Gun is owned by Turner Broadcasting, which also owns CNN.

A CNN phone call to Newburg was not immediately returned, nor were e-mails to the motorcycle stunt team (CNN, 2013).

Title: Dutch 737 Pilot Locked Out Of Cockpit While Co-Pilot Sleeps
Date:
February 1, 2013
Source:
CNN

Abstract: Dutch airline Transavia said it has launched an investigation after a Boeing 737 pilot was locked out of the cockpit and his first officer was later found asleep at the controls.

The incident took place in September, when the airliner was en route from Greece to the Netherlands, a top Dutch safety investigation agency said. The 737 landed safely in Amsterdam as scheduled, the airline said Wednesday.

According to a Dutch Safety Board report released Wednesday, the pilot stepped out of the cockpit to take a bathroom break about 2½ hours into the flight.

When he returned a short time later, the pilot used an intercom to ask his first officer to open the door. There was no answer, the report said.

Eventually, the pilot alerted the crew and was able to open the door himself. That's when he found the first officer asleep, according to the report.

"It's a serious incident," said Wim van der Weegen of the Dutch Safety Board, "What makes it serious is the combination of the pilot being unable to access the cockpit and the first officer being asleep.

"By 'serious incident,' I mean the flight was in danger," he said.

The Dutch Safety Board will decide whether to open its own inquiry when the airline's investigation is finished, van der Weegen said.

Laws regarding pilot breaks during flights vary from country to country. For U.S. carriers, sleeping while at the controls is a violation of FAA regulations. Flights longer than eight hours require a relief pilot on board to take over when pilots sleep.

U.S. airlines also require a flight attendant to be in the cockpit when the pilot or first officer take bathroom breaks, in case the person flying the aircraft becomes incapacitated (CNN, 2013).

Title: JetBlue Flight Diverts To Denver Due To 'Unruly Passenger'
Date:
February 1, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A JetBlue flight from New York to San Diego was diverted to Denver Thursday night, reportedly because of an unruly passenger.

A Denver International Airport spokesperson tells KDVR.comhttp://global.fncstatic.com/static/v/all/img/external-link.png that Flight 185 landed around 7:15 p.m. in Denver, where a passenger was met by law-enforcement officers. 

The airline says 137 passengers were on board. The airline didn't release other details of the disturbance.

A passenger who shot cell phone video of a female passenger being escorted off the plane tells KDVR.com that the woman became upset after another passenger was moved to a seat near her that reportedly required a premium fee, and did not have to make the payment.

The flight took off at 9:30 p.m., resuming its trip to San Diego, according to KDVR.com. JetBlue says the incident is a customer service issue and no charges have been filed (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Syrian Rebels Advance Near Airport, Activists Claim
Date:
February 2, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Syrian rebels captured a strategic neighborhood near Aleppo's international airport on Saturday, putting opposition fighters in control of a key road that the regime has used to ferry supplies and reinforcements to soldiers fighting in the embattled northern city, activists said.

Elsewhere in the nation, fighting continued unabated, killing more than 60 people nationwide, according to activists.

Troops loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebels have been locked in a deadly stalemate in Aleppo, Syria's largest urban center and main commercial hub, since an opposition assault last summer. Seven months later, the rebels hold large parts of the city and its outskirts, including several army bases, but they have been unable to overcome the regime's far superior firepower.

The capturing of the Sheik Said neighborhood, southeast of Aleppo, is a significant blow to regime forces because the area includes a major road, linking the northern city with the airport. The army has used the road to supply troops.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels captured the area Saturday after several days of fierce battles with Assad's troops. Rebels have previously established enclaves outside Syria's major cities to threaten the regime, including near the capital, Damascus, but they were later attacked by Assad's fighter jets and artillery.

In an effort to reverse rebels' advance in Aleppo, regime's war planes carried out several airstrikes on the Sheik Said, the Observatory said. There were no reports of casualties from the bombing.

The opposition's Western backers, including the United States, have been reluctant to supply rebels with more sophisticated weapons because of the increased influence of an Al Qaeda-affiliated group among the anti-Assad fighters on the front lines. The Islamists growing prominence in the Syrian opposition has fueled fears that Muslim radicals might try to hijack the revolt that started as peaceful protests against Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for more than 40 years.

In Germany, Vice President Joe Biden said, "The opposition (to Assad) continues to grow stronger."

 Speaking at an annual security conference in Munich, Biden stated the conviction of the U.S. and many others. "President Assad -- a tyrant hell-bent on clinging to power -- is no longer fit to lead the Syrian people and he must go," Biden said.

Assad has repeated brushed aside international calls to step down, characterizing its opponents as Islamic extremists who are out to destroy the country. In a speech last month, Assad outlined a peace initiative that would keep him in power.

The opposition coalition has rejected any talks with Damascus until Assad steps down. However, Moaz al-Khatib, the president of the coalition that is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood movement, said Wednesday that he is willing to negotiate with members of Assad's regime to bring a peaceful end to the country's civil war.

Later on Saturday, Biden was scheduled to hold a separate meeting in Munich with al-Khatib as well as the international envoy to Syria's conflict, Lakhdar Brahimi, and Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov.

Russia is Assad's longtime ally, and it has disagreed sharply with Washington and its Western allies on ways to end the bloodshed in Syria. Moscow has maintained that Assad is part of the solution to the crisis, though Russian officials have recently criticized their ally in Damascus and even mentioned the possibility of rebels winning the war.

However, Lavrov told the gathering of top security officials that Biden's statement that Assad must go was counterproductive.

"The persistence of those who say that priority No. 1 is the removal of President Assad -- I think it's the single biggest reason for the continued tragedy in Syria," Lavrov said.

Syria's civil war is estimated to have claimed more than 60,000 lives since the uprising against Assad erupted in March 2011.

Despite disagreements on ways to end the fighting and Assad's role in peace efforts, Lavrov said Russia shared the West's concern over the fate of Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons.

As the regime grows more desperate to retain power, many fear it could use the weapons against its own people -- a claim Damascus has repeatedly denied. There have also been concerns that conventional and unconventional weapons that Syria is said to have could end up in the hands of Islamic radicals.

"The red line is a common line for all of us: We are categorically against any use of weapons of mass destruction, be it chemical, be it biological, be it nuclear," Lavrov said. He added that the Syrian government has repeatedly assured Moscow that it is watching over those weapons and keeping the rebels away from the sensitive sites.

"Our partners agree with us that the biggest threat is the probability or possibility that the rebels get hold of those chemical weapons," Lavrov said.

In the north, regime war planes hit rebel-held areas in Idlib province as troops fought rebels in Deir el-Zour in the east, an oil-rich area along Syria's border with Iraq, the Observatory said. Fighting also raged in the central provinces of Homs and Hama, in the restive suburbs of Damascus that were also hit by air strikes and in the southern province of Daraa, the birthplace of the uprising.

State-run SANA news agency said 15 people were killed and 22 others were wounded when a car, packed with explosives detonated prematurely in Idlib's Saraqeb city. The report said all the dead and wounded were "terrorists," a term the government uses for rebels (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Alaska Airlines Pilot Loses Consciousness Midair; Flight Diverted
Date:
February 4, 2013
Source:
CNN

Abstract: An Alaska Airlines flight was diverted to Portland, Oregon, after the captain lost consciousness and the first officer was forced to take over, an airline spokesman said.

The incident occurred Thursday night on Flight 473 from Los Angeles to Seattle, airline spokesman Paul McElroy said.

When the captain lost consciousness, the first officer took over and piloted the aircraft to the closest airport, he said.

A doctor on board the airplane treated the pilot until it landed in Portland and medical personnel arrived, he said.

The captain was likely suffering from food poisoning or the flu, Alaska Airlines said Friday. The condition of the captain was not immediately available, but he "is doing better today," airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said.

There were 116 passengers and five crew members on board the plane, which landed in Portland without incident, according to the airline.

The airline did not release the name of the captain but said he has been flying with Alaska for 28 years. The first officer has been with the airline for 11 years (CNN, 2013).

Title: London-To-LA United Flight Reports Smoke In Cockpit, Lands Safely In Shannon, Ireland
Date:
February 8, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract:  Authorities say a United Airlines flight from London to Los Angeles has made an emergency landing in Shannon, Ireland, after the pilots reported smoke in the cockpit.

Shannon Airport in western Ireland says all 182 passengers and 10 crew members on Friday's flight are unhurt. All remained on the Boeing 777 as engineers inspected the aircraft to determine whether it could continue its journey.

Passengers sending text messages from the aircraft say the pilots reported smoke in the cockpit and dumped fuel in the Atlantic before turning back to Ireland. Shannon, the westernmost major airport in Europe, experiences about two emergency diversions of trans-Atlantic flights per month (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Pakistani Plane Has Tire Malfunction On Landing In Oman; Passengers, Crew Leave Craft Safely
Date:
February 12, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract:  Oman's official news agency says a plane arriving from Pakistan had a tire malfunction on landing in the country's capital.

The ONA report says one tire on the Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 737 suffered a "technical fault" late Monday after touching down at Muscat International Airport.

It says all 114 passengers and crew were safely taken off the plane.

Flights into the airport were temporarily disrupted, but were back to full operations Tuesday.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the tire malfunction (Fox News, 2013).

Title: 'Brattish' BA Staff In Boozy Rampage On Flight
Date:
February 12, 2013
Source:
The Sun

Abstract: Angry passengers complained after a boozed-up off-duty British Airways crew ran amok during a flight.

Drunken stewards and stewardesses sparked uproar after downing bottles of champagne and red wine in front of stunned onlookers in First and Club premium cabins.

Fliers complained after the BA staff began screaming and shouting “like spoiled brats”. Some reported them kissing and “heavy petting”.

Airline chiefs were last night investigating the incident, which came as the off-duty crew flew from London to Washington to pick up other flights on January 26.

Passengers paying up to £7,500 per seat were left unable to sleep. After complaints to the on-duty purser, the crew were told they could have no more to drink — sparking an almighty row.

One onlooker said: “They were behaving like drunken spoilt brats and were incredibly unprofessional. They were running up and down the aisles, falling over and disturbing passengers. They let the airline down badly.”

A BA spokesman said: “We apologise to customers. We’re investigating and will take any appropriate action.”

Earlier this month The Sun told how an off-duty BA pilot was suspended for a second time in months after molesting a woman passenger (The Sun, 2013).

Title: Passenger Pronounced Dead When Plane Lands In Utah
Date:
February 12, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: United Airlines officials say a passenger was pronounced dead shortly after a plane from Denver landed in Salt Lake City.

United Airlines spokeswoman Megan McCarthy says the man collapsed Sunday evening on the jetway leading to the terminal.

She says paramedics were called immediately.

However, Army Reserve medic and passenger Jared Noall told KSL he and two others performed CPR on the man in the aisle of the plane until paramedics arrived.

The man, who the station says appeared to be in his 30s, was later pronounced dead.

Salt Lake City airport spokeswoman Barbara Gann declined to release the person's age, gender or name. She says airport police are looking into the incident (Fox News, 2013).

Title: China Southern Airlines' A320 Plane Makes Emergency Landing Due To Mechanical Fault
Date:
February 18, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: An official from a northeastern Chinese airport says an Airbus A320 on a domestic flight made an emergency landing because of a mechanical fault.

The official from Taiping Airport in Harbin city confirmed Tuesday that China Southern Airlines flight CZ 3624 headed for the southern city of Guangzhou returned to Harbin after takeoff Monday and made an emergency landing. She declined to specify the mechanical fault and would only give her surname, Bai.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that the housing on the plane's left engine had fallen off, citing a statement from the airline.

Xinhua says the passengers left in another plane later Monday. It says the cause of the problem is being investigated (Fox News, 2013).

Title: No Injuries Reported After Flight Skids Off Runway At Ohio Airport
Date:
February 22, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A United Airlines flight skidded off the runway at Hopkins International Airport Friday morning. 

The Boeing 737 had already landed and was taxiing at the Ohio airport where icy conditions are being reported. 

No injuries have been reported and passengers are waiting to be bussed to the terminal. 

"While turning on to the taxiway, the aircraft slid into the grass and snow. There were no reported injuries among the 103 passengers and five crew members. United is working to get the customers off the aircraft and to the terminal," a United spokeswoman told Celescene.com. 

Parts of Northeast Ohio are under a winter advisory where road conditions are reported to be extremely icy (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing At St. Louis Airport
Date:
March 4, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: The FAA says a Learjet plane that reported faulty landing gear made a safe landing at an airport in St. Louis.

Fox2Now.com reports that the Learjet with eight passengers landed at Lambert airport, with no smoke or visible damage.

The plane previously circled Parks Airport in Cahokia, Ill., about 5 miles south of St. Louis, before the pilot decided to divert the landing.

The plane reported problems with its landing gear just before noon (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Pilot Reports Mysterious Drone That Could Have Caused Crash Over JFK Airport
Date:
March 5, 2013
Source:
RT

Abstract: The Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating a possible drone sighting reported over New York City by a commercial airline pilot on Monday.

The operator of a Boeing 777 flown by Italy’s Alitalia told air traffic controllers at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York that he encountered an unmanned aerial vehicle a few hundred feet in front of his aircraft while flying over Brooklyn, NY Monday afternoon.

“We saw a drone, a drone aircraft,” the pilot is radioing to JFK airport’s control tower in audio released Monday night.

The unidentified flying object was described hovering around 1,500 feet off the ground around five miles outside of JFK. The pilot of Flight AZA 60 did not take any evasive action and managed to land the flight without further incident, although a near-collision could have jeopardized the safety of the passengers should the reported drone have caused the Alitalia pilot to erratically maneuver the aircraft.

Now the Joint Terrorism Task Force says they are investigating in order to determine what exactly the Alitalia pilot spotted.

Laura Brown, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, tells CNN that the FAA is also investigating the incident. One source speaking to the New York Post on condition of anonymity though says the pilot was certain it was a drone that he spotted.

“He was very clear as to what he saw,” the source says. According to the Post’s report, the pilot described the aircraft as “a black drone about a meter square, with helicopter rotors on the corners.”

“In all the years I’ve been with the airport, I can’t remember a similar incident,” one investigator adds the paper.

Earlier this year, New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly told Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen Adler that the NYPD has considered acquiring a drone for surveillance purposes, but claims to not have one in its arsenal just yet.

“The only thing we would do is maybe use the cheap $250 ones to take a look and see the size of the demonstration or something along those lines,” Kelly said.

As preliminary reports on this week’s drone sighting continue to trickle in, some commentators have speculated that the aircraft spotted on Monday may have been just a hobbyist’s drone not equipped with the space-age technology outfitted on high-tech drones. According to an airport shuttle driver that spoke with 1010 WINS Radio, remote-controlled aircraft are routinely flown in the area by amateurs.

“I see it many times,” the driver, Fyezil, tells the radio station. “Sometimes, I see them flying so high.”

The US Department of Homeland Security keeps a fleet of drones for surveillance over the nation’s borders, and military drones are regularly tested over select bases scattered across the nation. One of those exercises last year went awry when a 44-foot drone engaged in a routine maintenance flight crashed in the Chesapeake Bay around 100 miles outside of Washington, DC.

ABC News claims that a second pilot caught on tape also reported seeing the drone Monday afternoon (RT, 2013).

Title: Mark Cuban Lends Plane To Bulls
Date:
March 7, 2013
Source:
ESPN

Abstract: A scary midair incident over the weekend had the
Chicago Bulls borrowing airplanes to get around this week.

On Saturday night, the Bulls were flying to Indianapolis for Sunday's game against the Pacers.

"Apparently a compressor in engine No. 3 had some trouble, and it sounded like it exploded, but I guess it's like a jet engine backfire, which is very loud," Bulls radio analyst Bill Wennington said Monday on ESPN 1000's "Waddle & Silvy Show." "Sparks fly out of it. It happened actually right after ... the captain thrusts the engines forward and it revs up and starts to go, about three seconds after that you hear a 'Boom!' 'Oh, what was that, are we stopping?' The plane keeps going down [the runway] and you're thinking, 'Oh no, why aren't we stopping?'

"It was funny, because we're in the back of the plane, and the engines are right by us, and we hear it. They can't hear it [in the front of the plane]. And apparently they couldn't feel anything. And so we take off fine, and about five minutes later, two more booms, 'Boom!, Boom!,' and a couple people saw flames and sparks and stuff flying out [while looking out of] the window. We're all thinking, 'Well, it's been nice.'"

The plane turned around and landed back at O'Hare. The players were sent home and returned the next morning to fly to Indy on the Chicago Blackhawks' charter plane, which they used to return to Chicago after the game.

"Honestly, it was really scary," Bulls television analyst Stacey King told "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on Tuesday. "We thought we were going to go down. And so they turned us back around and got us back to the airport. We made it back safely. ... So, thank God, we made it back and we were blessed to land safely.

"After getting on the ground that night, I was ready to get on a bicycle and ride to Indy. I was shook for a little bit."

King said the pilots did a good job of getting the plane back to the airport.

"I'm not going to sit up here and lie, if I had a teddy bear, I probably would have been grabbing it," he said. "It was a frightening situation. Our pilots did a good job of getting us back down. You can fly with one engine. We had an extra engine, so they had two engines left. So we weren't in any kind of danger as far as doing a nose dive. Whenever you see flames come out of an engine, that's a little bit scary."

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban lent the Bulls the Mavs' plane to fly to San Antonio on Monday night and to return after Wednesday's game. Bulls forward Lou Amundson tweeted his appreciation to Cuban for the lift.

"Our plane broke, @mcuban loaned us his, nice guy...," Amundson tweeted in the early hours of Thursday morning. Cuban later retweeted it.

Wennington said there was no panic on the plane Saturday.

"We turn around, everything was fine, other than that you wouldn't have known -- after the second boom the plane dropped and rattled a little bit -- but other than that you wouldn't have known anything was wrong, and we landed back safely," he said. "There's three engines on the plane, and everything was fine and it worked out, but while it's happening to you up there, and you're looking down and you're 10,000 feet in the air, you're thinking, 'Hmmmm.'

"It was amazing how quiet it was. Everyone was pretty serious about it. Everyone remained pretty calm, but you can see a lot of faces of concern and a couple of Hail Marys going up, but other than that, no [panic]."

The Bulls' plane is expected to be fixed and used for the rest of the season (ESPN, 2013).

Title: Delta Jet Gets Stuck In Grass Off Houston Runway
Date:
March 11, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A Delta Air Lines jet has gotten stuck in a grassy area off a runway at William P. Hobby Airport in Houston.

Airport spokeswoman Darian Ward says nobody was hurt in the incident Monday morning as the plane prepared to depart for Atlanta.

Ward says the plane carrying about 70 passengers somehow veered off a runway. Images from the scene showed the jet's front gear in the grass.

Ward didn't immediately provide the plane's flight number. She says the incident didn't affect other arriving or departing flights.

Shuttle buses were dispatched to transport the passengers back to the terminal for rebooking.

A Delta spokesman didn't immediately comment Monday. The Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately return a message (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Teams Working To Pull Plane From Muddy Field After It Skidded Off Runway In Poland
Date:
March 13, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: An airport spokesman says teams of experts are working to free a Boeing 737 airplane from a muddy field after it skidded off the runway while landing in Katowice, southern Poland.

The plane from the Czech Travel Service airline skidded late Tuesday and went some 20 meters (22 yards) off the Pyrzowice airport runway and ran into wet ground, where its front landing gear sank. None of the 176 passengers and six crew members was hurt. They had arrived from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt.

Airport spokesman Cezary Orzech said Wednesday that the airport remains closed while Czech experts work to pull the plane out.

All flights have been redirected to nearby Krakow (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Flight  From Guantanamo Naval Base Makes Emergency Landing At Miami Airport
Date:
March 15, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A flight headed from Guantanamo Naval Air force Base to Andrews Air Force Base made an emergency landing at Miami International Airport after a light indicator came on.

Airport spokesman Marc Henderson says the flight landed safely Friday just after noon with 144 on board, mostly U.S. soldiers. Henderson says the passengers are out of the gate and waiting for a later flight to the base in Maryland.

Messages left with federal aviation officials were not immediately returned. No further details have been released (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Tennessee Police Find Body Of Man Ejected From Plane
Date:
March 30, 2013
Source:
CNN

Abstract: Authorities in Tennessee have found the body of a man who was thrown from an experimental aircraft while an instructor was teaching him to fly.

Bradley County Interim Fire Chief Troy Spence said search crews located the deceased student pilot at about 11:45 a.m. Saturday. He declined to release the man's name.

Collegedale Municipal Airport employee Lowell Sterchi told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the man was being trained by an instructor in his Zodiac 601 aircraft on Friday when the canopy came off. The instructor also was not identified.

The man's seat belt was not fastened and he was thrown out of the plane over the East Brainerd and Apison areas of the county. 

The plane took off from the airport on Friday afternoon. It's not clear how long the plane was in the air before the man was ejected. 

Sterchi said the instructor landed the plane and was not physically hurt. He said the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified (CNN, 2013).