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.

Thursday, 16 May, 2013, 2:20am

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

Three Chengdu Airlines pilots probed for autopilot landing in bad weather

China is experiencing a shortage of pilots. Photo: EPA

The mainland's aviation authority is investigating three Chengdu Airlines pilots after they landed a plane using autopilot in poor weather conditions, despite warnings that that would place the passengers in danger.

20 Apr 2013 - 8:44am

Egypt balloon pilot tried in vain to reach safety valve

Relatives of the nine Hong Kong tourists who died in last week's hot-air balloon crash in Egypt arrive home yesterday. Photo: David Wong

The pilot of the ill-fated Egyptian hot-air balloon which last week crashed and killed 19 tourists - including nine from Hong Kong - told his boss that he tried to reach the safety valves of the gas tanks to stop the leak but failed because he was on fire.

6 Mar 2013 - 4:31am

Balloon pilot was not to blame for disaster in Egypt, say colleagues

Ahmed Hussein, a pilot with Magic Horizon Balloons, in one of the baskets at the firm's base in Luxor - all balloons have been grounded during an inquiry. Photo: Sam Tsang

Egyptian balloon pilots suspect the crash was caused by faulty hardware rather than human error on the part of Moman Mourad, the 28-year-old Sky Cruise pilot who jumped from the balloon and suffered severe burns.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:37am 1 comment

US-trained Afghan female military helicopter pilots battle sexism

Qualified military helicopter pilots Masooma Hussaini (left) and Sourya Saleh are still waiting to fly in Afghanistan. Photo: MCT

Unlike most women in Afghanistan, Sourya Saleh knows how to drive - but she's taken the wheel only with her brother beside her, out of respect for tradition. Her friend Masooma Hussaini is still learning.

Both, though, are experts in a more demanding mode of travel: they have flown 204 hours each as pilots of military helicopters.

31 Dec 2012 - 6:00am

More Cathay Pacific overseas base closures rumoured

Expat pilots hit turbulence

Cathay Pacific's advertising motto, "People. They make an airline", might give the perception of a harmonious operation. But the airline's closure of its Paris base amid rumours of a tax scheme gone wrong could herald a wider shutdown, troubling Cathay's 876 crew abroad

30 Sep 2012 - 12:39pm 5 comments

Channel hop

They say television dramas are just life with all the boring parts edited out. By that logic, Californication must be life with all the celibacy edited out.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tomer Sisley

BEING LARGO I wanted to do Largo Winch because I'm very close to his character in many ways. Largo has problems with his roots; he doesn't know where he's from. I have problems with my roots. I was born in Germany to Israeli parents. My grandparents came from Russia and Yemen. I came to live in France when I was nine years old.

5 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Channel hop

Musing on the origins of romance, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once wrote: 'You know how easily and suddenly these things happen, beginning in playful teasing and ending in something a little warmer than friendship.' The description could fit the addiction experienced by first-time readers of Conan Doyle's Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Or, the impact of a clever television marketing exercise.

30 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Former Playboy playmate plugs her 'perfect life'

She's blond, buxom and a bit of a bimbo. Sounds perfect for an E! Channel reality show. Former Miss Sweden and Playboy playmate Victoria Silvstedt was just in town to plug her programme, My Perfect Life, which starts airing in Asia later this year. The big-haired stunner (below) spent most of her two days here holed up in the Four Seasons Hotel doing press.

31 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

channel hop

After spending most of last summer playing poster child for American television's 'newest' phenomenon, smart and sexy comedienne - she writes her own material and knows what shade of MAC lipstick works with her complexion. Wow! - Tina Fey finally buckled down to what she does best and wrote and produced a new series of 30 Rock (Star World; Mondays at 10.30pm).

25 May 2008 - 12:00am

lost in paradise

Unravel mysteries while stranded on an uncharted island in Lost: Via Domus, a video-game adaptation of the popular United States primetime television show. The game was developed and published by France-based Ubisoft Entertainment for Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3 consoles and Windows-based personal computers.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Happy landings

Visitors stepping into the lobby of the Government Flying Service headquarters at Chek Lap Kok are greeted by an imposing wooden panel bearing the names of some 60 pilots and aircrew who have received awards for bravery.

26 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Time has come for Birdie to show he's the real deal

A step up in distance looks just what the doctor ordered for the Caspar Fownes-trained Green Birdie as he tackles today's Group Three National Day Cup at Sha Tin to prove that he is the real deal.

1 Oct 2007 - 12:00am