ALERT Strike at Frankfurt, extended to 8 German airports tomorrow, 500 Lufthansa flights cancelled

Due to a strike by the security staff at the airport, Lufthansa flights to and from Frankfurt will be considerably impaired next Tuesday, 15 January.

Security staff strike at Frankfurt airport now extended to Hamburg, Munich, Hanover, Bremen, Leipzig/Halle, Dresden and Erfurt airports in a series of coordinated industrial action, according to the Verdi union.

More than 500 Lufthansa flights will be cancelled.

British Airways has cancelled three of its nine outbound departures from Heathrow and London City to Frankfurt, but all the inbound flights from the German city. Planes will fly back empty.

Ryanair has cancelled its round-trip between Stansted and Frankfurt.

Negotiations are due to begin again on 23 January in Berlin.

A bird was found on board business class of Singapore Airlines A380 during 14-hour flight to London

A Singapore Airlines flight headed to London’s Heathrow Airport found it had an unintended passenger on board.

Business-class passengers found themselves greeted by the avian stowaway about 12 hours into the flight.

A typical Singapore-London flight takes about 14 hours.

In a statement on Sunday (Jan 13), an SIA spokesman confirmed that a bird was found on flight SQ322 last Monday (Jan 7).

“It was subsequently caught by cabin crew with the assistance of some of the passengers on board,” said the spokesman.

In a video posted on social media, the mynah can be seen perched, seemingly unfazed, on top of an unsuspecting passenger’s headrest. An air steward is seen making a grab for the bird but it evades capture.

SIA said the bird was handed over to animal quarantine authorities once the aircraft touched down in London.

BREAKING A cargo aircraft Boeing 707 crashed in city of Karaj, Iran (video)

A Boeing 707 cargo plane with 10 people on board has crashed in Iran amid harsh weather conditions, the Iranian Army has confirmed.

The plane went down at Karaj airport, west of Tehran.

  • UPDATE 16 bodies found from the wreckage, 15 men & 1 woman, Iran EMS announced.
  • UPDATE The Boeing 707-320C apparently landed at Karaj Fath military aerodrome (runway length 1311m) instead of Payam Airport.

The airplane departed from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, carrying cargo and 10 people, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. The Boeing 707 reportedly failed to reach the runway and hit the airport fencing.

Iran’s emergency authority has said the jet hit residential areas near Safadasht, a small city in Tehran province.

The 707 apparently broke apart and caught fire on impact.

Preliminary information suggests it may have landed at the wrong airport.

The crashed Boeing 707 belongs to Iran Airforce, Registered as EP-CPP, which has crashed while trying to land at Fath Airport.

ALERT Cockpit voice recorder of Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 has been found

The cockpit voice recorder from the doomed Lion Air jet has been found more than two months after the crash which killed all 189 people on board.

The Boeing 737 MAX crashed into the Java Sea near Jakarta in October last year.

Officials in Indonesia said a weak signal from the recorder had been detected for several days and that it had been found buried in about 8 metres (26 ft) of mud in waters about 30 metres deep.

BREAKING Due to shutdown, TSA security checkpoint at Terminal B to be closed at Houston Bush Airport, making it the first airport to do so

Due to staffing issues associated with the partial shutdown of the federal government, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoint and the ticketing counter in Terminal B at George Bush Intercontinental Airport closed at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, and will remain closed the rest of the day.

Flights scheduled to depart from Terminal B will operate as normal. Passengers with flights scheduled to depart from Terminal B are being directed to the ticket counters and TSA checkpoints located in Terminal C and Terminal E.

Passengers are encouraged to arrive early and give themselves extra time to check in for their flights and to clear the security checkpoints. For passengers flying out of Terminal B, once checked in passengers can walk or take the Skyway tram to Terminal B to reach their departing gate.

Passengers can utilize the interactive terminal map available on to help navigate their way back to Terminal B.

LIVE Fugitive Cesare Battisti leaves Bolivia on board a Falcon 900 to Italy (track the plane)

Italy sent an aircraft to Bolivia on Sunday to pick up fugitive left-wing militant Cesare Battisti after he was captured there nearly three decades after being convicted of murder in his home country. The development sets the stage for a climactic end to one of Italy’s longest-running efforts to bring a fugitive to justice.

The flight took off from Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Bolivian police, working with Italian agents on the ground, arrested Battisti, 64, overnight in Santa Cruz de La Sierra, Italian police said. He had been living in Brazil for years, but last month Brazil’s outgoing president signed a decree ordering his extradition, apparently sparking Battisti’s latest flight.

Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. He was convicted in absentia in 1990, and is facing a life term for the deaths of two police officers, a jeweler and a butcher.

Battisti has acknowledged membership in the group but has denied killing anyone and has painted himself as a political refugee.

INCIDENT SmartWings Boeing 737-900 skidded off runway at Moscow-Sheremetievo

SmartWings Boeing flight #QS1003 from Moscow-Sheremetievo to Prague skidded off runway.

Flight #QS1003 from Moscow-Sheremetievo to Prague skidded off runway 24C.

The flight was operated by Travel Service Boeing 737-900ER (reg. OK-TSM).

The aircraft was approx. 300 m into its take-off run ending in snow.

Passengers were evacuated. No injuries reported

BREAKING St. Louis Lambert International Airport terminal 1 evacuated due to fire on roof

Terminal 1 at St. Louis Lambert International (STL) re-opened at 9:30 a.m. Sunday after an evacuation caused by a roof fire. The fire was isolated on the western end of the roof in Terminal 1. The evacuation lasted more than two hours.

More than 130 firefighters responded to the incident from the St. Louis City Fire Department and other agencies assisting the City’s Airport’s fire division. The firefighters extinguished the smoldering fire, which appeared to be burning through plywood and roofing insulation under the top copper layer of the Terminal 1 roof. There were no injuries. There was no fire inside the building.

Firefighters had to cut into the copper roof on the airfield side of the domed roof to isolate the danger zone and extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Passengers were relocated to the Terminal 1 Garage during the incident because the evacuation forced the closure of all ticketing and checkpoint operations. There were only two temporary flight diversions during the incident.

Airlines are working with their customers to check-in for their original flights or other flights if necessary.

INCIDENT Delta #DL1708 Boeing 737-900 skidded off the taxiway after landing at Cincinnati Airport

Delta aircraft skidded off the taxiway after landing runway 09 at Cincinnati Airport.

Boeing 737-900 (reg. N871DN) slid off pavement Sunday morning on flight #DL1708 from Las Vegas.

All passengers were off the plane and brought back to the terminal by about 7:15 a.m.

ALERT Miami International Airport will be closing a terminal after more security officers are absent from work due to shutdown

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday Miami International Airport will end flights at 1 p.m. from Concourse G and relocate them to either to Concourse F or Concourse H.

The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) 51,000 officers will miss a paycheck on Friday as the shutdown hits its 21st day. The screeners are among the lowest-paid federal employees.

While they will be paid once the shutdown ends, many say they will struggle to pay bills in the meantime.