NEWS Satellite Eutelsat 172B is blocked in an Antonov An-124 at Cayenne Airport, Guyana

The first all-electric satellite in Europe has been blocked for several days in a container at Cayenne Airport, in Guyana because of the social crisis that paralyzes the territory. This satellite, Eutelsat 172B, blocked in an Antonov An-124, was not scheduled for Ariane 5’s postponed launch on 21 March but for another scheduled launch on 25 April. “Leaving this…

EMERGENCY Air India #AI171 grounded at Heathrow after suffering bird strike damaging radome

National carrier Air India on Thursday said its Ahmedabad–London-Newark flight was grounded in London after a bird hit the aircraft. “AI-171 Ahmedabad-London-Newark flight was grounded due to bird hit incident yesterday (Wednesday). Due to this unfortunate incident, London Newark and Newark London flight is cancelled,” Air India said in a statement. “Due to the bird…

ALERT Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400 #VS65 suffered lighting strike and returned to London Gatwick

Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 747 flight #VS65 from London Gatwick to Montego Bay was struck by lightning shortly after take off at 1150 UTC this morning. My Travels!? Ten mins into a long haul flight & struck by lightening. Currently dumping fuel to try head back to Gatwick #flying #planes #no pic.twitter.com/fCcTsk71pg — Nick Kenton (@NiXakaNick) March…

BREAKING Hungarian fighter jets scrambled to intercept flight from London Stansted

A cargo flight from London Stansted to Doha was intercepted this morning by Hungarian fighter jets. A McDonnell Douglas MD-10 (reg. N330AU) took off from London Stansted at 0739 UTC and entered Hungarian airspace at 0911 UTC but didn’t contact the Hungarian Air Traffic Control after it entered the Hungarian airspace. The aircraft was flying according to the flight plan but the Hungarian…