BREAKING Children treated for minor injuries after Delta #DL89 dumped fuel over school playground while returning to LAX for emergency landing


Delta Flight #DL89 to Shanghai reported an engine failure (compressor stall) on departure from Los Angeles LAX.

  • UPDATE FAA says a review of ATC communications show the pilots of Delta flight 89 did not tell controllers they were going to dump fuel. Audio shows pilot says: “We’ll turn back into LA.” ATC: “Ok so you don’t need to hold to dump fuel or anything like that?” Pilot: “Negative”.

The Boeing 777-200ER climbed to 7,775 feet before starting descent to return to LAX. Pilots decided to dump fuel to reduce weight for an emergency landing.

LA County Fire Dept reporting multiple patients being evaluated after fuel was dumped over a school playground.

17 children and 6 adults all complaining of minor injuries being assessed by Paramedics and Fire-Fighters.

The aircraft (reg. N860DA) landed safely at 20.00UTC.

Flybe in desperate talks to prevent collapse

UK regional carrier Flybe has been in talks over the weekend to prevent a collapse of the airline following declining finances.

According to Sky News, Flybe, which has already been bailed out once, has been struggling to secure fresh finance.

The reports come a year after Flybe was bought for £2.8m by a consortium including Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group.

Since then, the consortium has invested tens of millions of pounds in the troubled carrier, but losses have continued to mount.

Based in Exeter, Flybe carries about eight million passengers a year from airports such as Southampton, Cardiff and Aberdeen, to the UK and Europe.

Nine other cases of civil aircraft shot down by military action

Ukraine International Boeing 737-800 was not the first civil aircraft to be shot down by military action.

Libyan Arab Airline flight

On February 21, 1973, a Boeing 727 of Libyan Arab Airline, from Tripoli to Cairo was shot down by the army of the Israeli air above the Sinai desert. 108 of the 112 people on board were killed. The Boeing was intercepted over the Sinai Peninsula, then occupied by Israel. According to Israeli authorities, the plane refused to land.

Korean Air Lines Flight 902

On 20 April 1978, Korean Air Lines Flight 902 (KAL 902) was a scheduled Korean Air Lines flight from Paris to Seoul via Anchorage. Flight 902 had veered off course over the Arctic Ocean and entered Soviet airspace near the Kola Peninsula, whereupon it was intercepted and fired upon by a Soviet fighter jet. The incident killed two of the 109 passengers and crew members aboard and forced the plane to make an emergency landing on the frozen Korpiyarvi lake near the Finnish border.

Korean Air Lines Flight 007

On 1 September 1983, Korean Air Lines Flight 007 was a scheduled Korean Air Lines flight from New York City to Seoul via Anchorage, Alaska. The Boeing 747 deviated from its original planned route and flew through Soviet prohibited airspace about the time of a U.S. aerial reconnaissance mission. The Soviet Air Forces treated the unidentified aircraft as an intruding U.S. spy plane, and destroyed it with air-to-air missiles, after firing warning shots which were likely not seen by the KAL pilots.

Flight Itavia 870

On 27 June 1980, Itavia Flight 870 (IH 870, AJ 421), a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 passenger jet en route from Bologna to Palermo, Italy, crashed into the Tyrrhenian Sea between the islands of Ponza and Ustica, killing all 81 people on board.  The Prime Minister of Italy Francesco Cossiga, attributed the crash to a missile fired from a French Navy aircraft. On 23 January 2013, Italy’s top criminal court ruled that there was “abundantly” clear evidence that the flight was brought down by a missile.

Iran Air 655 flight

On 3 July 1988, Iran Air Flight 655 was a scheduled passenger flight from Tehran to Dubai via Bandar Abbas that was shot down by an SM-2MR surface-to-air missile fired from USS Vincennes, a guided-missile cruiser of the United States Navy. The aircraft, an Airbus A300, was destroyed and all 290 people on board were killed. The jet was hit while flying over Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, along the flight’s usual route, shortly after departing Bandar Abbas International Airport, the flight’s stopover location. According to the United States government, the crew of USS Vincennes had incorrectly identified the Airbus as an attacking F-14 Tomcat, a U.S.-made jet fighter that had been part of the Iranian Air Force.

Sibir flight

On October 4, 2001, a Tupolev-154 of the Russian company Sibir , from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk in western Siberia, explodes in full flight over the Black Sea, less than 300 km from the Crimean coasts (south of the ‘Ukraine). 78 people , mostly Israelis, died there. It will take a week for Kiev to recognize that the disaster was due to the accidental firing of a Ukrainian missile.

DHL flight struck by missile in Baghdad

On 22 November 2003, shortly after takeoff from Baghdad, Iraq, an Airbus A300B4-200F cargo plane, was struck on the left wing tip by a surface-to-air missile while on a scheduled flight to Muharraq, Bahrain. Returning to Baghdad, the three-man crew made an injury-free landing of the seriously damaged A300, using differential engine thrust as the only pilot input. A French weekly newsmagazine journalist, claimed receipt, from an unknown source, of a video that showed insurgents, faces concealed, firing a missile at the DHL A300.

Belarusian airline flight

On March 23, 2007, an Ilyushin belonging to a Belarusian airline company was hit by a rocket shortly after takeoff from the Somali capital Mogadishu. 11 people died in the crash. The aircraft was carrying Belarusian engineers and technicians who had come to repair another plane hit by a missile two weeks earlier.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) was a scheduled passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down on 17 July 2014 while flying over eastern Ukraine. All 283 passengers and 15 crew were killed. The Dutch Safety Board concluded that the airliner was downed by a Buk surface-to-air missile launched from pro-Russian separatist-controlled territory in Ukraine. According to the JIT, the Buk that was used originated from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade of the Russian Federation, and had been transported from Russia on the day of the crash, fired from a field in a rebel-controlled area.

INCIDENT Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-700 impacted a massive grasshoppers swarm on approach to Dire Dawa Airport

On January 9, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing B737-700 impacted a massive grasshoppers swarm, (a species of grasshopper that moves in groups of millions of individuals).

The aircraft (reg. ET-ALN) was operating flight #ET363 flight between the City of Djibouti and Dire Dawa.

At first, the aircraft hit few grasshoppers and the crew decided to continue the approach. Shortly after, the plane encountered a massive grasshoppers swarm, impacting the insects against all surfaces of the plane including the engines.

The crew made a go around as the visibility in the cabin was reduced, using wipers to try to clean the windshield.

After a second unsuccessful attempt, the crew requested to divert to Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, where it landed about 34 minutes later.

Flights delayed or cancelled today at Dubai airport due to flooding

Salam Al Amir

Flights at Dubai International Airport were delayed on Saturday with some cancellations due to flooding.

“Dubai Airports can confirm that due to heavy rainfall and flooding earlier today, Dubai International (DXB) is experiencing operational disruptions,” an official said.

“We are working closely with our service partners to get back to full operations as soon as possible, however flight delays are expected to continue through the day with some cancellations and diversions to Dubai World Central (DWC).”

The Dubai Media Office tweeted that “ponds” had formed in some areas due to “unusually heavy rain” of 150mm an hour for more than two hours.

Rainfall is expected to continue on Sunday across northern, eastern and southern areas from Ras Al Khaimah, Al Ain to Asab.

Emerging CCTV footage is showing an Iranian air defense system firing a missile near Tehran

CCTV footage appears to show an Iranian air defense system, northeast of Parand, firing a possible Tor M1 missile at Ukrainian Airlines flight PS752.

Crashed Ukrainian Boeing 737’s flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder to be sent to France


The flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR)  of the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800, which crashed on the outskirt of Tehran on Wednesday, will be downloaded in France, head of the accident investigation board of Civil Aviation Organization of Iran announced on Saturday.

Hassan Rezaeifar said although Iran made use of all its facilities to examine the content of the black box inside the country since the plane is kind of the modern Boeing that Iran lacks the needed technology to decode it, it will be sent to France so that its black box is downloaded there to avoid any damage to it.

Elaborating on the issue, Rezaeifar said Iran asked Canada, France and the US to bring their software and hardware equipment to Tehran to download the data of the black box of the Ukrainian plane, but they did not accept Iran’s proposal.

Then, Iran asked Ukraine, Sweden, Britain, Canada, and the US to send the black box to an impartial laboratory and France was the country all five countries agreed on, the official added.

As Rezaeifar said, Iran and France have an agreement to download planes’ black boxes.

BREAKING Iran admits it shot down Ukrainian Boeing 737-800

Government statement blames ‘human error’ for the incident that left 176 people killed, including many Iranian citizens.

Iran has announced that its military “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 on board.

The statement on Saturday morning blames “human error” for the incident, adding that the military mistook Flight 752 for a “hostile target”.

Press TV also quoted Iran’s General Staff of the Armed Forces as saying that the plane had flown close to a “sensitive military site”.

The military said it was at its “highest level of readiness” amid the heightened tensions with the United States.

“In such a condition, because of human error and in a unintentional way, the flight was hit,” the military said. It apologised and said it would upgrade its systems to prevent future tragedies.

In a statement posted on social media, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wrote that the country “deeply regrets this disastrous mistake”.

“My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families. I offer my sincerest condolences,” he said, adding that “investigations continue to identify and prosecute this great tragedy and unforgivable mistake”.

ALERT Nordwind Airbus A321 severely damaged in a hard landing at Antalya Airport


Nordwind Airbus A321 was severely damaged in a hard landing at Antalya Airport, Turkey.

The nosegear of the Airbus A321 (reg. VQ-BRS) was rammed upward into the fuselage.


The aircraft was performing flight #NWS1801 from Moscow SVO.

No injuries reported.

Iran invites Ukraine, U.S. (Boeing) and France to participate in the investigation into the crash of Ukrainian flight #PS752 near Teheran

Iranian government expressed condolences to the bereaved families over the Ukrainian plane crash and issued a statement in this respect, government spokesman Ali Rabiei said.

The statement reads that a committee in charge of investigating the incident has been formed on the basis of regulations of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which will examine the incident transparent ally, precisely, quickly with the participation of all experts from relevant countries.

As per the international rules, aviation organization of the country wherein the incident occurred (Iran), aviation organization of the country issued qualification for the flight (Ukraine), owner of the plane (Ukraine), factory builder of the plane (Boeing) and factory builder of the engine of the plane (France) can take part in the investigation of the incident.

Ukraine representative is currently in Iran, the statement said, inviting Boeing to end representative to engage in examining black box.