Air Safety

US aviation advisers propose broader in-flight use of electronic devices

Aircraft passengers in the US would be allowed broader use of mobile devices, laptops and tablets.

Aircraft passengers in the US would be allowed broader use of mobile devices, laptops and tablets during flights under a proposal air safety regulators are due to begin considering next week.

Saturday, 28 September, 2013, 3:50am

This is your captain sleeping, and co-pilot too

Two pilots on a British airliner on a long-haul flight fell asleep in the cockpit, leaving the packed jet travelling unsupervised on autopilot, Britain's Sun newspaper reported.

28 Sep 2013 - 3:21am

British warplanes scrambled to divert US-bound flight after fire threat

Police escort passengers off the EgyptAir Boeing 777 flight from Cairo that was forced to land at Glasgow Prestwick airport in Scotland. Photo: AFP

“At around 1420 hrs today (1320 GMT) an EgyptAir aircraft flying from Cairo to New York was diverted to Prestwick Airport after a suspicious note was discovered on the aircraft,” said a statement from Police Scotland.

16 Jun 2013 - 1:31pm

Anger after fire alarm causes Cathay flight to be aborted

A passenger's picture of the scene after the Boeing 777 made an emergency landing. Photo: Red Door News

A Cathay Pacific plane with more than 200 passengers on board was forced to make an emergency landing in Bangkok after a fire alarm in its cargo hold went off minutes after it took off for Hong Kong.

26 May 2013 - 6:40am 11 comments

Air India flight diverts course as pilot is locked out of cockpit

An Air India jet lands in Lahore, Pakistan. Photo: Reuters

An Air India flight to Bangalore was diverted to another city after the pilot returned from a toilet break and found the door to the cockpit jammed shut, the state-run carrier said on Tuesday.

The flight left Delhi for Bangalore on Monday but the plane had to be diverted to Bhopal in central India when the pilot realised he could not get back to the controls.

16 May 2013 - 2:20am

Pilot error, mechanical failure behind New Zealand skydiving crash

Pilot error or mechanical failure were the most likely causes of a 2010 plane crash in New Zealand in which nine people died, a coroner found yesterday. The Fletcher FU24 crashed and burst into flames shortly after take-off on September 4, 2010, near the Fox Glacier on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island, in the nation's worst air accident since 1993.

7 May 2013 - 3:31am

Air India suspends pilot and flight attendants after 'overstay in cockpit'

Air India suspends pilot and flight attendants after 'overstay in cockpit'. Photo: Reuters

The incident occurred on an Airbus flight carrying more than 160 passengers to New Delhi from Bangkok last month, and followed a series of other safety concerns involving the airline.

5 May 2013 - 6:16am

Emergency exit 'blew open' on Hong Kong-bound Emirates A380 flight

An Emirates Airbus 380. Photo: SMP

David Reid and his son Lewis heard what they thought was a "massive explosion" two hours into Monday's flight on the £250 million (HK$3 billion) Airbus A380. Freezing air blasted in and the cabin pressure plunged after the door in business class came 4cm ajar, leaving a gaping hole, Reid said.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:23am 11 comments

Wellbeing trumps decorum when inflight flatulence strikes, say experts

Medics tell flatulent fliers: don't hold it back. Photo: AP

The study concluded that anecdotal evidence that flying increases flatulence is not hot air, finding that changes in air pressure at altitude result in the gut producing more gas.

17 Feb 2013 - 3:28am

Crew blamed for Russian jet crash in Indonesia

Chief of the Indonesian National Transport Safety Committee Tatang Kurniadi speaks in Jakarta on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Pilot error caused a Russian-made jet to crash into an Indonesian volcano seven months ago, killing all 45 people aboard, a safety commission report said on Tuesday.

18 Dec 2012 - 5:30pm

Dirty diesel engines an obvious target for EPD

Changing the game

It's long been known that vehicles using old diesel engines cause a high proportion of Hong Kong's roadside pollution. This was confirmed by the release of Hong Kong's 2010 Air Pollutant Emission Inventory recently. It revealed that a relatively small number of old diesel-engined vehicles were causing a relatively high amount of roadside pollution.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm 5 comments

Suspect in Shenzhen plane threat hoax is arrested

Workers transport goods from a plane in Wuhan, Hubei province. Police said they found no trace of explosives on the aircraft. Photo: XInhua

Police have caught a man suspected of phoning an airport with a false bomb threat that grounded a domestic flight.

The Hubei provincial public security department said on its website late on Saturday that Xiong Yi was nabbed at a hotel in the southern city of Dongguan.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Jobs soar with budget airlines

Economic uncertainties in Europe, rising aviation fuel price, and a drop in airlines' revenues have dented confidence in the aviation sector. However, its long-term prospects remain positive, and one can be sure airlines will keep hiring people to fly and serve on their planes.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Doubts over 'hero' of plane attack

An air passenger has been hailed a national hero in Mongolia for preventing what was claimed to be a terrorist attack on a Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Alleged rape of stewardess probed

Police are investigating the alleged rape of a flight stewardess by a pilot when the crew of the airline they work for were staying at a five-star hotel in Hong Kong.

The stewardess and the pilot, who are both British, were among a group of around 20 flight crew staying at the hotel in Kowloon when the incident took place in February last year after a flight from London.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am