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INCIDENT Air India Boeing 777-200 suffered APU fire at Delhi Airport

An Air India Boeing 777-200 suffered APU fire at Delhi Airport during preparing for flight #AI174 to San Francisco.

The fire started when the plane was empty. The fire was doused immediately.

Boeing 777-200 (reg. VT-ALF) was taken out of service.

EMERGENCY Arkia Boeing 767-300ER suffered engine issue on takeoff from Barcelona (video)


A Boeing 767-300ER suffered left engine issue on takeoff from Barcelona Airport.

On April 14th, Arkia flight #IZ272 from Barcelona to Tel Aviv declared returned after takeoff after experiencing a serious engine issue.

The pilots declared an emergency informed the control tower that it was returning immediately to landing.

The aircraft maintained 3,000ft before a safe landing 20 minutes later.

Passengers on the plane said they heard the sound of an explosion immediately after take-off.

The ones on the left side started yelling that they saw fire from the engine and went into panic, but because there were only two Arkia stewards who understood Hebrew, they called the Italian crew to come in.

The aircraft involved in the incident is a 23-year-old Boeing 767ER (reg. I-NDOF) that rents Arkia (airplane and crew) from the Italian company Naeos. Before the plane arrived in Barcelona, ​​it operated on the Bangkok-Ben Gurion Airport flight.


Ethiopian Airlines is considering adding Chinese COMAC C919 aircraft to its fleet

During interview with Chinese news agency Xinhua,Chief Executive Tewolde Gebremariam said “Our engineers are working with COMAC engineers to evaluate the suitability of C919 passenger planes.”

Ethiopian is currently considering adding the C919 planes to its aircraft fleet when the airplanes are ready for sales.

Ethiopian Airlines currently operates daily scheduled passenger and cargo flights from Addis Ababa to Guangzhou, Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

Two Cathay Pacific captains lose eyesight during separate flights earlier this year

Two Cathay Pacific Airways captains suffered loss of eyesight on separate flights earlier this year, forcing their co-pilots to take command of their aircraft and issue urgent calls to air traffic control before landing safely, Hong Kong’s aviation incident authority disclosed on Tuesday.

One captain was flying from Perth, Australia, to Hong Kong on flight CX170 on February 21 when he told his first officer, the co-pilot, that he felt out of breath and his vision was impaired, before declaring he was incapacitated, according to a preliminary report by the Air Accident Investigation Authority.

The Airbus A350 carrying 270 passengers and 13 crew members was flying over Manila at 6am at the time. The first officer took command of the aircraft.

The captain was given oxygen and his condition later stabilised. He remained conscious and in communication with the first officer and a senior purser, the report said.

On January 26, the captain on flight CX583, carrying 348 passengers and 16 crew, between Sapporo and Hong Kong suffered a sudden loss of visual acuity for about 30 minutes, another preliminary report said.

The captain also told the first officer about his loss of vision, before giving up control of the Boeing 777 west of Taiwan.

He remained in his seat and secured the harness restraints to prevent any possible interruption with flight operations.

As the flight entered the Hong Kong FIR, a Pan-Pan call was declared to air traffic control to ask for a priority approach. The aircraft landed at the airport safely.

Read more on Star online.

NASA’s InSight lander has captured audio of first likely ‘quake’ on Mars

NASA’s Mars InSight lander has measured and recorded for the first time ever a likely “marsquake.”

The faint seismic signal, detected by the lander’s Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) instrument, was recorded on April 6, the lander’s 128th Martian day, or sol. This is the first recorded trembling that appears to have come from inside the planet, as opposed to being caused by forces above the surface, such as wind. Scientists still are examining the data to determine the exact cause of the signal.

The new seismic event was too small to provide solid data on the Martian interior, which is one of InSight’s main objectives. The Martian surface is extremely quiet, allowing SEIS, InSight’s specially designed seismometer, to pick up faint rumbles. In contrast, Earth’s surface is quivering constantly from seismic noise created by oceans and weather. An event of this size in Southern California would be lost among dozens of tiny crackles that occur every day.

INCIDENT Pilots of a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner spotted two drones by 90 feet on approach to London Heathrow

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Pilots of a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner spotted the two drones by 90 feet as they came in on flight VS301 from Delhi to London on February 14, over Brentford.

The B787-9 Dreamliner was transporting 264 passengers as it flew over Brentford in Essex.

The report by the UK Airprox Board suggests that the drone fliers panicked and tried to get out of the way at least, as the summary said: “The first drone was slightly low and a bit further out, whereas the second was close in at the same level and seemed to take avoiding action.”

The incident was rated as Category A, which is the most serious category.

A Taiwanese man is facing 5-year prison sentence for live-streaming during taxi and takeoff

A Taiwanese man could be facing serious consequences for violating the Civil Aviation Act after he live-streamed a Mandarin Airlines jet takeoff last week, announced the Civil Aeronautics Administration today.

According to the CAA, the passenger used his smartphone to live-stream the taxi and takeoff of Mandarin Airlines Flight #AE365 bound for Penghu on April 18.

After netizens informed the CAA of the video, it launched an investigation and found that the man had indeed violated the law in operating his mobile device during takeoff and has forwarded the case to the Taipei District Prosecutor’s Office.

After investigating the Mandarin Airlines passenger manifest and questioning the relevant personnel, the man’s identity has been confirmed. The identity of the man in the video matches that of the passenger on the manifest and the video was started after cabin crew members had clearly stated the prohibition on the use of mobile devices during takeoff.

Investigators found that when he began his broadcast, many of his followers exhorted him to stop videotaping as he could face a heavy fine for violating the law.

Article 43-2 of the Civil Aviation Act states that no equipment may be used which can interfere with flight navigation or communications during the flight, without express permission from the CAA or instructed by the cabin crew with the consent of the captain. The penalties for violating related provisions of the act include a prison sentence of up to five years or a fine of up to USD 4,861.

The CAA stressed that live broadcasts may interfere with aircraft communications, cockpit instruments, and equipment, seriously affecting the flight, especially during take-off and landing. The CAA appeals to the public to comply with relevant regulations and crew members’ guidance, so as to ensure their own safety and that of others.

A female passenger of China Southern Airlines has been detained for flipping six coins at a plane for good luck

A passenger was seen on surveillance camera footage throwing coins just before boarding China Southern Airlines flight CZ8427 from Nanning, capital of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, to Bangkok on Saturday.

The airline said on its Weibo microblog account that the woman, a first-time flier, threw the coins to pray for blessings. The coins were all found and the flight took off after a delay of 78 minutes.

China has seen numerous such incidents since the first reported case in 2017, when an elderly woman threw a handful of coins at a China Southern Airlines plane. She was released without punishment after a stern lecture from police.

Two month old dies during medical emergency on AirAsia flight

Source: David Clark/News Corp

A 2 month old child has died on board an AirAsia flight to Perth on Easter Monday.

AirAsia has confirmed a “medical emergency involving an infant” on Flight D7236 from Kuala Lumpur. In a statement to media AirAsia said, “The safety and wellbeing of our guests is always our number one priority and, in accordance with procedure, the flight crew requested medical assistance on landing at Perth International Airport. Upon arrival, the aircraft was met by a team of medical specialists and the relevant authorities, including the WA Police. We are unable to comment further on the infant’s medical situation; however, our thoughts are with the infant and family involved.”

ABC News Australia is reporting that passenger Nadia Paranzee, a former nurse, was holding the baby as it passed away. Ms Paranzee had offered to help the parents of the “really restless” infant. “I could see by looking at them that they were a little bit distressed, the baby was crying a lot, but then I could see the stewardess was giving a bottle to the baby, so I thought ‘OK, maybe it’s just hungry.'”

About 10 mins later Ms Paranzee felt a vigorous tap on her shoulder by a flight attendant. “I could see this look on the parents’ [faces]. They just sort of handed the baby to me. I took the baby straight away and I could see that she was grey in colour and she was struggling to breathe, so I said a little prayer. As soon as I said that, she went limp and I just said to the stewardess, ‘this is a medical emergency, this is not a baby in distress.'”

9 News reports that four doctors that were onboard the aircraft took it in turns to perform CPR on the baby girl for 2.5 hours, including during the landing.

Ms Paranzee told ABC that the father said the family were coming to Australia to start a new life. “[He said] ‘we’ve heard so many good things about Australia. I’m doing my PhD here. I just want a better life for us.'”

Ms Paranzee also praised the AirAsia crew for how they dealt with the situation and commended their professionalism.

The plane was met by police and paramedics on the ground. WA Police say the death is not being treated as suspicious and are preparing a report for the coroner.

The corresponding flight D7237 was delayed by about 5 hours as final investigations into the incident were carried out.

An AirAsia spokesperson apologised for the delay of D7237 and said they would assist with re-booking with onwards connections in Kuala Lumpur.

The FAA has established a Joint Authorities Technical Review to conduct a review of the certification of the automated flight control system on the Boeing 737MAX

Experts from nine civil aviation authorities have confirmed they will participate in the Boeing 737 MAX Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR) that the FAA established earlier this month. The JATR team will conduct a comprehensive review of the certification of the aircraft’s automated flight control system.

The JATR is chaired by former NTSB Chairman Chris Hart and comprised of a team of experts from the FAA, NASA and international aviation authorities. The team will evaluate aspects of the 737 MAX automated flight control system, including its design and pilots’ interaction with the system, to determine its compliance with all applicable regulations and to identify future enhancements that might be needed.

The team is scheduled to first meet on April 29 and its work is expected to take 90 days.

Confirmed participants include:

  • Australia
    Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)
  • Brazil
    Agencia Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC)
  • Canada
    Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA)
  • China
    Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)
  • European Union
    European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
  • Japan
    Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB)
  • Indonesia
    Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)
  • Singapore
    Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)
  • United Arab Emirates
    General Civil Aviation Authority (UAE GCAA)