NEWS Two Japanese ships have joined the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson on its way to Korean peninsula

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The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is scheduled to arrive in the waters around the Korean peninsula within days. Meanwhile, Japan said two of its ships have joined the aircraft carrier group for a joint exercise.

The aircraft carrier group should arrive in waters along the Korean Peninsula “within days,” US Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday, without giving any specific details.

Meanwhile, Japanese destroyers Samidare and Ashigara joined the USS Carl Vinson’s group to carry out “various tactical exercises,” the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) said in a statement on Sunday. The area in which the exercises are to be conducted was vaguely described as the “Western Pacific.”

Tensions between North Korea and the US have been growing exponentially over the past few weeks. Pyongyang has repeatedly urged Washington to snap out of its “military hysteria” and come to its “senses” – or face a merciless response, if “provocations” against North Korea continue.

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NEWS Investigators confident they have found location of missing Malaysian Airlines #MH370

Investigators searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 are confident that they have found the plane’s “most likely” final resting place.

The Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) – the country’s national science agency – believes the wreckage is in an area 25,000 sq km north of the original 120,000 sq km search zone.

The new research, published by the CSIRO on Friday, involved using a Boeing 777 flaperon that was damaged to make it identical to the one found on La Reunion. Scientists carried out a series of tests to see how the part drifted through the ocean.

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NEWS US Air Force F-22 fighters scrambled from Anchorage to intercept Russian bombers


Two Anchorage-based fighter jets intercepted a pair of Russian bombers Monday night off Kodiak Island in what an Air Force commander called the first such flight seen near Alaska in nearly two years.
Lt. Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, head of both the Alaskan Command and the Alaska NORAD Region, said Tuesday that the detection and intercept of the Tu-95 Bear bombers took place over the course of about two hours from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

In response, two F-22 Raptor jets on standby were launched from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, along with an E-3 Sentry AWACS radar plane.

The F-22s intercepted the Bears about 100 miles southwest of Kodiak. The propeller-driven bombers didn’t have any external signs of weaponry, and the pilots had no verbal contact.

The F-22s stayed with the Bears as they turned southwest back toward Russia, and the bombers were tracked on radar until they left U.S.-monitored airspace.

ALERT Airbus A340 suffered a taxiway excursion at Istanbul Ataturk Airport today

Hi-Fly Airbus A340 (reg. CS-TQZ) suffered a taxiway excursion at Istanbul Ataturk Airport today.

There were no passengers on board the Airbus 340 which landed from Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates. The aircraft is belonging to a Portuguese airline.

The plane landed at Ataturk Airport for maintenance and then headed to the hangar when it slid off the taxiway.

The investigation will have to tell if it was because of pilot’s fault.

BREAKING: American Airlines staff member ‘Removed from duty’ after allegedly hitting passenger with baby stroller

An American Airlines staff member has been “removed from duty” after video emerged showing him in a heated confrontation with a passenger.

In a video posted to Facebook a woman aboard the flight can be seen crying with a child in her arms after allegedly being hit with a stroller on flight AA591 from San Francisco to Dallas-Fort Worth.

The woman, who was standing at an entry to the plane, can be heard telling staff to “just give me back my stroller please”.

Airline staff offered the distraught woman some water before a male passenger aboard the plane stood up to defend her.

The passenger demanded to know the name of the airline staff member who allegedly hit the woman with the stroller.

“Is he an American Airlines employee?” the man asked other staff members.

“I want to know his name personally.”

“AA flight attendant violently took a stroller from a lady with her baby on my flight, hitting her and just missing the baby,” Surain Adyanthaya captioned the Facebook video.

“Then he tried to fight a passenger who stood up for her.”

A heated confrontation ensued, where the employee told the man to “stay out of this”.

“You don’t know what the story is,” the staff member can be heard shouting.

“I don’t care what the story is, you almost hurt a baby,” the passenger shouted back.

American Airlines has since responded, releasing  a statement claiming they’ve “started an investigation to obtain the facts”.

 

What we see on this video does not reflect our values or how we care for our customers.We are deeply sorry for the pain we have caused this passenger and her family and to any other customers affected by the incident.

We are making sure all of her family’s needs are being met while she is in our care.
After electing to take another flight, we are taking special care of her and her family and upgrading them to first class for the remainder of their international trip.

The actions of our team member captured here do not appear to reflect patience or empathy, two values necessary for customer care.In short, we are disappointed by these actions. 

The American team member has been removed from duty while we immediately investigate this incident.

 

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OMG! AA Flight attendant violently took a stroller from a lady with her baby on my flight, hitting her and just missing the baby. Then he tried to fight a passenger who stood up for her. AA591 from SFO to DFW.

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ALERT An Air Marshal left her gun in lavatory of Delta flight #DL221 to JFK

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On April 6, a federal air marshal left her loaded service weapon in the aircraft’s bathroom of Delta flight #DL221 from Manchester to New York JFK.

A passenger found the weapon and returned it to a member of the flight crew, who returned it to the air marshal. 

The Air marshal didn’t report the incident to her superiors, as required by agency policy, until several days later.

The Transportation Security Administration said that it was aware of the incident but didn’t want to comment further.

ALERT Jet Airways #9W234 returned to Amsterdam after pressurization problems following a tailstrike on departure

JAI234 AMS-YYZ returned to Amsterdam after pressurization problems following a tailstrike on departure of runway 18C.

The Boeing 777-300ER dumped fuel before landing and was parked on a remote stand. No damage visible from the outside.

BREAKING Runway incursion during United flight #UA211 takeoff at Toronto Pearson airport

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating after a runway incursion at Toronto Pearson International Airport today.

Safety board spokesperson Chris Krepski told they have sent a team of investigators to the airport to follow up on an incident that happened at the intersection of a taxiway and runway around 11 a.m. today.

United flight #UA211 to Chicago ORD was accelerating to take off when the ATC noticed that American Eagle flight #AA3725 which just landed on runway 06R from JFK was crossing the stop bar for runway 06L.

The traffic controller immediately asked American Eagle Embraer ERJ to stop. United flight #UA211 took off safely to Chicago ORD.

 

NEWS Airbus delivers first ever A321neo to Virgin America

Airbus has delivered the first-ever A321neo. The latest generation aircraft powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines was handed over to U.S. airline Virgin America, an all-Airbus operator, at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany. 

The A320neo significantly reduces noise levels, generating only half the noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft. Equipped with fuel-saving Sharklet wingtip devices nitrous oxide emissions are 50 percent below regulatory requirements as outlined by the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP). In addition, the aircraft with LEAP-1A engines is proven to deliver at least a 15 percent fuel savings compared to Virgin America’s current generation aircraft, which is equivalent to cutting 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions with each plane every year.

The A321neo is the largest member of the A320neo Family. It covers the entire market, from high density to long-range thin routes. There are currently over 1,300 units on order.

“We are honored to be the first operator of this high in-demand aircraft,” said Virgin America President Peter Hunt, speaking at the ceremony attended by Virgin America teammates, Executives from Airbus, CFM and the aircraft lessor GECAS. “The new A321neo – the third member of the Airbus A320 Family to join our Virgin America fleet – will allow us to further reduce our unit costs and enable us to further reduce our carbon emissions.”

Virgin America currently operates a fleet of 63 Airbus A320 family aircraft comprised of A319ceo and A320ceo aircraft powered by CFM’s CFM56-5B engines.

The new A321neo will become the largest aircraft in Virgin America’s fleet, featuring 185 seats – a 24 percent higher capacity at same comfort levels than its current A320s. Inside the cabin, Virgin America flyers will continue to enjoy three custom-designed classes of service, touch-screen personal entertainment and an on-demand food and cocktail menu on every flight in addition to power outlets at every seat. The aircraft is expected to enter service on May 31, 2017 with its inaugural flight from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

As first announced in April 2016, Virgin America was acquired by Alaska Air Group in December 2016.

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