INCIDENT Air India #AI101 Boeing 777 managed to land at Newark Airport in bad weather without auto-land, wind-shear systems and auto speed brake

An Air India plane with some 370 passengers on board from New Delhi to New York was supposed to land at JFK airport on September 11, but landed in Newark instead because of a series of technical failures, bad weather and low fuel.

The captain in charge of the 15-hour flight could be heard fretting approximately 38 minutes prior to landing, as he called Air Traffic Control in New York to say: “We’re really, you know, stuck, and there’s no fuel.”

Flight #AI101 Captain Rustom Palia went on to described how there was only one radioaltimeter functioning and the Traffic Collision and Avoidance System had failed.

In a stomach-twisting account of the technical faults they were facing, Palia added that there was “no Auto-land, no wind-shear systems, [no] Auto Speed Brake, and the Auxiliary Power Unit is unserviceable as well.”

Prospects became even bleaker when the pilots discovered they couldn’t even rely on the automatic landing system, namely the Instrument Landing System (ILS) receivers.

These are crucial for a plane landing on the right path in bad weather, which the Boeing 777-300 was in the process of doing that day.

“Basically, we’ve got a single source radio altimeter, we have a Traffic Collision and Avoidance System failure,” the commander of Air India 777-300 reported to Air Traffic Control in New York via radio.

The plane miraculously managed to safely land in Newark, where emergency teams had gathered on standby as a precaution.

The pilot used an outside-the-box approach to land the plane, which involved the use of the few functional navigation aids on board.

An official of the Director General of Civil Aviation praised the pilots for managing to bring all their passengers to safety in such a tense situation. He said a probe has been launched into what led to the technical glitches.

“We have begun an investigation and the probe will focus on the technical glitches,” he said.

INCIDENT Air Algerie #AH4062 aborted take off due to engine failure (video)

Rejected take off (Décollage interrompu) A330 7T-VJA

Lors de son décollage hier vers Dubaï, l'A330 7T-VJA a rencontré un souci technique: un "flash", accompagné d'un bruit d'explosion ont émané du moteur droit suite à l'absorbtion d'oiseaux. (Plus précisément: un/des hiboux).L'avion n'avait pas encore atteint "V1" et, conformément aux procédures (confirmées avant chaque décollage), l'équipage a interrompu le décollage.Avant chaque vol, les pilotes établissent leur "vitesse de décision", vitesse jusqu'à laquelle une interruption de décollage est possible en toute sécurité.A la suite de ce "Rejected Take Off", les pompiers de l'aéroport ont, comme à chaque incident de la sorte, rejoint l'appareil afin d'inspecter visuellement les moteurs et le train d'atterrissage.Ca n'est qu'après l'accord des pompiers que les passagers ont pu être débarqués. Un avion de remplacement (JV) a été dépêché pour acheminer les passagers à Dubaï.Le risque aviaire est un problème récurrent au niveau de l'aéroport d'Alger, et les incidents ne sont malheureusement pas rares.Voici une vidéo filmée à bord de l'appareil par Idir. Merci à lui de nous l'avoir partagée!

Publiée par Air Algerie Lovers sur Lundi 17 septembre 2018

A plane of the national airline, Air Algérie, was forced to abort takeoff at Houari Boumediene airport in Algiers.

Air Algerie Airbus A330-200 (reg. 7T-VJA) performing flight #AH4062 with 202 passengers on board to the Dubai. The plane was due to takeoff at around 22:00.

China Eastern Airlines flight attendant fired for accepting mid-air marriage proposal

In a viral video circulating on social media back in May, a male passenger on a flight from Xi An to Yinchuan is shown getting up from one knee after successfully proposing to his girlfriend, who happens to be a stewardess on the flight.

The teary-eyed lass then spoke through the inflight announcement system: “I really didn’t know my boyfriend will be proposing to me on this flight, thanks for being my witnesses.”
A voiceover in the clip – believed to be a passenger on the flight – added that everyone on board was touched by the romantic gesture, which took place about half an hour after take-off. Some passengers were also seen whipping out their phones to record the special moment.

Unfortunately for the couple, the airline was far less impressed. According to a Liaoning TV report on Sept 10, the company fired the flight attendant on grounds that she had neglected passenger safety.

The company stated that the mid-flight proposal had caused a disturbance and was an irresponsible act which jeopardised the security of passengers.

Chinese netizens on social media objected to the airline’s overly-strict and “heartless” move. Even more so as the flight attendant herself was unaware of her boyfriend’s plans.

ALERT Air Austral flight from Paris CDG canceled following an incident with a passenger (video)

La police débarque.

Publiée par Zico Fcl sur Lundi 17 septembre 2018

Following an incident on board with a passenger, an Air Austral flight departing from Paris CDG airport and bound for Mayotte was canceled on Monday, 17 September.

An Air Austral flight was canceled Monday night due to an incident on board with a passenger. Chartered by the company Hifly, the A330 was due to depart from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to reach Mayotte, Monday, September 17, at 21:10.

The flight was canceled at the request of the crew of the Portuguese company, “in accordance with procedures related to their safety rules , ” said a statement from Air Austral.

Last night, the anger mounted on the aircraft grounded for several hours due to a breakdown. The passengers had to wait, one of them exceeded was finally evacuated from the plane by the police.

Air Austral explains that it is “currently doing everything possible to re-route the passengers stranded at Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle”.

BREAKING Russian Ilyushin Il-20 with 14 people on board vanished from radar off Syria

A Russian military aircraft with 14 people on board has disappeared from radar after flying over Syria, Russia’s defence ministry says.

“Connection has been lost with the crew of a Russian Il-20 plane over the Mediterranean Sea,” the ministry said.

Contact was lost at about 23:00 local time (20:00 GMT) on Monday, it added.

UPDATE The Russian military say the Israeli raid on Syria triggered a chain of events, which led to the shooting down of a Russian Il-20 plane by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile.

The incident on Monday reportedly occurred about 35km (22 miles) from the Syrian coast as the Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft was returning to Russia’s Hmeimim airbase near the north-western city of Latakia.

“The trace of the Il-20 on flight control radars disappeared during an attack by four Israeli F-16 jets on Syrian facilities in Latakia province,” Russia’s Tass news agency reported.

“At the same time Russian air control radar systems detected rocket launches from the French frigate Auvergne, which was located in that region.”

Syrian television reported explosions over the sky in Latakia just before 22:00. Thirty minutes later, the Sana Facebook page reported that Syrian air defences had responded to enemy missiles.

First ANA A380 completes maiden flight

The first A380 for All Nippon Airways (ANA) took to the skies today, completing a maiden flight from the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France to the Airbus site in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft is now being prepared for cabin installation and painting in the airline’s special A380 livery.

ANA placed a firm order for three A380s in 2016, becoming the first customer for the superjumbo in Japan.  The first delivery is scheduled early 2019, and the A380 will initially be operated on the popular Tokyo-Honolulu route.

Ryanair will train up to 450 new pilots over the next five years

Ryanair will train up to 450 new pilots over the next five years as part of a new training partnership with a Cork-based international flight school.

The pilots will train for 16 months intensively at the school, which the budget airline is running in conjunction with Cork’s Atlantic Flight Training Academy to support further growth across Europe. The budget airline, Europe’s largest, added that it would hire up to 1,000 pilots a year over the next five years.

The pilot training initiative comes as Ryanair is battling strike action from pilots and cabin crew across Europe. On 12 September, German pilots and cabin crew called for a 24-hour walkout amid a row over working condition and pay, causing 150 out of 400 scheduled flights to and from Germany to be cancelled.

ALERT Russia’s MOD claims that the missile that shot down #MH17 had been produced in 1986 and was owned by Ukrainian authorities

Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed on Monday that the missile that shot down flight MH17 in June 2014, killing 298 people on board, had been produced in 1986 and was owned by Ukrainian authorities.

Russia said they were able to track down the Buk missile’s paper trail using two serial numbers found on fragments of the rocket.

Russia’s findings contradict a Dutch-led international investigation which found earlier this year that Russia was “responsible for the Buk installation that was used to down MH17.”

Flight MH17 travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lupur was downed near Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, in June 2014.

ALERT Two Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons were scrambled to escort an Antonov An-26

At 08:30 (local time) this morning, two Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon were scrambled from Grosseto Air Base to intercept an Ukranian Vulkan Air Antonov An-26.

The aircraft was flying from Tanger to Rome FCO. The aircraft (reg. UR-CQD) lost radio contact with ATC.

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The Antonov was escorted during the landing in Rome FCO.

Geneva airport changed runway numbers due to the drift of Magnetic North