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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 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

“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 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 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'

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

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

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

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

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