BREAKING Possible eruption near #Bardarbunga

A row of newly formed cauldrons (depressions) was spotted in the Vatnajokull glacier near the Bardarbunga volcano during a reconnaissance flight today, leading to speculation that a small eruption had begun there. Scientists estimate that 30 – 40 million cubic metres of ice have been melted.
According to a statement from the Icelandic Civil Protection Agency (CPA) early Thursday morning, three cauldrons were seen, 4 – 6 km long, 1 km wide, with a depth of 10 – 15 metres, near the southeastern rim of the Bardarbunga caldera. They are not believed to be associated with the intrusion that has been propagating to the north in recent days.

NEWS Airbus A320 Virgin Atlantic plane makes emergency landing at Edinburgh

A Virgin Atlantic passenger aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing at Edinburgh Airport after suffering a loss of cabin pressure shortly after take-off. 

The incident was declared over just before 18:00, after the London-bound flight turned around and landed safely.

NEWS C919 advances with mid-fuselage completion

​AVIC Xian Aircraft Industry has rolled out the mid fuselage of the first Comac C919, as the airframer works towards starting final assembly of the narrowbody by end 2014.

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NEWS PICTURES: Bombardier delivers first high density Q400 to Nok

Bombardier has delivered its first 86-seat Dash 8 Q400 aircraft to launch customer Nok Air.

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NEWS Fight Over Legroom Causes Plane To Make Emergency Landing

A United Airlines flight that was diverted after two passengers argued over the use of a device that blocks reclining.

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NEWS Air France suspends Sierra Leone flights over Ebola

Air France said it was suspending its flights to Sierra Leone from Thursday because of an Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 1,400 people in West Africa.
The French flag carrier announced the “temporary suspension” of its flight to Freetown that it runs three times a week but insisted it would continue to serve Guinea and Nigeria, other Ebola-hit countries.

NASA image of the day: Testing Composite Cryotank Technology For Future Deep Space Missions

NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace industry much closer to designing, building, and flying lightweight, composite tanks on rockets. At NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the tank was lowered into a structural test stand where it was tested with cryogenic hydrogen and structural loads to simulate stresses the tank would experience during launch. The project is part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. Cryogenic propellants are gasses chilled to subfreezing temperatures and condensed to form highly combustible liquids, providing high-energy propulsion solutions critical to future, long-term human exploration missions beyond low-Earth orbit. In the past, propellant tanks have been fabricated out of metals. Switching from metallic to composite construction holds the potential to dramatically increase the performance capabilities of future space systems through a dramatic reduction in weight. > NASA Completes Successful Battery of Tests on Composite Cryotank Image Credit: NASA/David Olive via NASA

NEWS Israel's CAL completes fleet renewal with 747-400ERF

​Cargo Air Lines (CAL) has purchased a new Boeing 747-400ERF, to complete the upgrade of its fleet to two new open nose and door freighters.

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NEWS Azul closes ATR 72 sale and leaseback with DAE Capital

​Brazilian regional carrier Azul has sold a new ATR 72-600 delivery to DAE Capital under a sale and leaseback deal, confirms the Middle Eastern operating lessor.

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NEWS Cambodia Bayon Airlines signs for 20 MA60s

Start-up carrier Cambodia Bayon Airlines has inked a contract with AVIC Aircraft for up to 20 Xian Aircraft MA60 turboprops.

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