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[BBC News] An unidentified drone came close to hitting a plane as it landed at Heathrow, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed.

An Airbus A320 pilot reported seeing a helicopter-style drone as the jet was 700 feet off the ground on its approach to the runway at 1416 GMT on 22 July.

The CAA has not identified the airline or how close the drone came to the plane, which can carry 180 people.

It gave the incident an “A” rating, meaning a “serious risk of collision”.

This is the highest incident rating the CAA can give.

Investigators were unable to identify the drone, which did not appear on air traffic control radar and disappeared after the encounter.

In May the pilot of an ATR 72 turbo-prop plane reported seeing a helicopter drone only 80 feet away as he approached Southend airport at a height of 1,500 feet.

The incidents have prompted a warning from the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) that the rapid increase in the number of drones operated by amateur enthusiasts now poses “a real risk” to commercial aircraft.

The association’s general secretary, Jim McAuslan said drones could cause a repeat of the “Hudson River experience”, when a plane was forced to land in water in New York in 2009 after birds were sucked into its engines.

“The risk of a 10 kilogram object hitting a plane is a real one that pilots are very concerned about” he said.

“A small drone could be a risky distraction for a pilot coming into land and cause serious damage if they hit one.”

Sales of drones have increased rapidly, with UK sales running at a rate of between 1,000 and 2,000 every month.

They are expected to be very popular as Christmas presents.

They cost as little as £35 for a smaller model – more advanced drones capable of carrying a high definition camera and travelling at 45 miles per hour cost almost £3,000.

Only a very small minority of people operating drones have attended training courses in how to fly them.

A spokesman for the CAA said it had to depend on people using their common sense when they operated drones.

He said the current level of risk should be “kept in perspective” but warned that breaking laws governing the use of drones could potentially threaten commercial aircraft.

“People using unmanned aircraft need to think, use common sense and take responsibility for them”, he said.

“There are rules which have the force of law and have to be followed.”

Drones may not be flown higher than 400 feet or further than 500 metres from the operator, and they must not go within 50 metres of people, vehicles or buildings.

There are exclusion zones around airports and the approaches to them for drones weighing more than seven kilograms.

Mr McAuslan said there was an urgent need for rules to be tightened before much larger unmanned cargo planes – potentially the size of a Boeing 737 – took to the skies.

Read the original story at BBC News…..


BBC News
7th December, 2014


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[Daily Mail] We may have all experienced turbulence on flights, but when a rough patch is so bad that the ceiling ends up covered in coffee then you know it’s serious.

Meals ended up in aisles and coffee on the ceiling after plane lost altitude. Picture Daily Mail / Alan Cross

Meals ended up in aisles & coffee on the ceiling after plane lost altitude. Picture Daily Mail / Alan Cross

Passengers on a recent Singapore Airlines flight were left surrounded by a chaotic mess after their flight fell 20 metres when it hit severe turbulence. A total of 11 passengers and one crew member were injured on flight SQ308 from Singapore to London last Sunday.

Flight attendants were told to immediately take their seats just before the aircraft hit the turbulence

Flight attendants were told to immediately take their seats just before the aircraft hit the turbulence. Picture: Daily Mail / Alan Cross

One passenger on the flight, who saw his coffee end up on the ceiling, managed to take pictures of the destruction which he posted to Instagram.

Alan Cross told ABC News that passengers had been warned to expect turbulence and that the breakfast service would be temporarily suspended.

A short while after the seat belt sign came on, the captain issued an abrupt order for all flight attendants to take their seats immediately.

Coffee can be seen on the ceiling of the Singapore to Heathrow flight following the turbulence.

Coffee can be seen on the ceiling of the Singapore to Heathrow flight following the turbulence. Picture Daily Mail / Alan Cross

Mr Cross said the subsequent turbulence felt ‘like being in an elevator with a cut cable or free-falling from some amusement park ride.’

He said everything that was not tied down, including people, hit the ceiling.

The airline told The Australian: ‘Eleven passengers and one crew member sustained minor injuries when the aircraft experienced a sudden loss of altitude and were attended to by medical personnel on arrival at Heathrow Airport.

Seat-belt signs were on at the time and meal services had already been suspended.’ ……

Read the whole story with more pictures and video at The Mail Online …..


The Mail Online
4th June, 2013



[BBC News] The doors on both engines of the flight that made an emergency landing at Heathrow last week had been left unlatched, investigators have found.

Footage filmed from on board the plane shows the emergency landing

Footage filmed from on board the plane shows the emergency landing: Video courtesy BBC News

Air accident experts said the coverings – the fan cowl doors – broke off and punctured the right engine’s fuel pipe, damaging the aircraft’s systems.

A fire then broke out in the right engine of the Airbus A319 British Airways flight to Oslo.

The jet landed safely and its 75 passengers and crew were evacuated.

The aeroplane returned to Heathrow soon after taking off last Friday when black smoke was seen coming from an engine.

The findings were made in an interim report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), which is examining the cause of the emergency.

‘Appropriate initial action’

The fire in the right engine broke out as the flight prepared to land, but the left engine was unaffected, the AAIB report said.

“Subsequent investigation revealed that the fan cowl doors on both engines were left unlatched during maintenance and this was not identified prior to aircraft departure,” the report added.

Keith Williams, BA chief executive, said: “We continue to co-operate fully with the investigation team and can confirm that appropriate initial action has already been taken in accordance with the AAIB’s safety recommendation to Airbus.”

Mr Williams added that he could not discuss any details while the inquiry continued.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the report contained “serious findings”, adding that the aviation industry “must act immediately to take the appropriate safety action and ensure that all lessons are learnt from what has happened”.

BBC transport correspondent Richard Westcott said British Airways had confirmed that two different engineers would normally check whether a plane’s engine covers had been shut before take-off.

“One checks, the other double-checks – that’s clearly not happened in this case,” he said.

Mr Westcott added that BA’s mechanics were all staff of the airline, which would not say if anyone had been suspended.

‘Slight bump’

The aircraft underwent normal overnight maintenance which included opening the cowl doors and checking the oil levels, the report said.

Nothing unusual was noted during the checks before the flight took off, but the cowl doors would have been “difficult to see unless crouched down so that the bottom of the engine is clearly visible”.

As the plane took off the 50-year-old pilot reported feeling a “slight bump” and thought the aircraft had run over a light on the runway.

David Learmount, former pilot: “This is a bit of an accident waiting to happen because it is so difficult to see”

Air traffic controllers alerted the pilot about the flight leaving some debris on the runway, which later turned out to be the detached cowl doors.

When the crew realised the doors had broken off, causing a “significant fuel leak” and affecting the hydraulic system, the pilot decided to return to the airport.

The cowl doors also damaged the tyres, landing gears and the hydraulic brake pipe.

The right engine was “extensively damaged” in the fire, the report said.

Last July Airbus said there had been 32 reported……

Read the rest of this story at BBC News…..

 


BBC News
31st May, 2013


 

 


[Times of India] ABU DHABI: Etihad Airways, the fast-growing carrier of Abu Dhabi, posted a 200 percent rise in net profit in 2012 and a 17 percent increase in revenues, the airlines said in a statement Monday.

Etihad posted a net income of $42 million last year compared to $14 million in 2011

Etihad posted a net income of $42 million last year compared to $14 million in 2011. Photo: Wikipedia

Etihad posted a net income of $42 million last year compared to $14 million in 2011 when it made its first ever profit, said the statement which attributed the rise to strong improvements in revenues, passengers and cost control.

The flag carrier of the Emirates capital Abu Dhabi said revenues increased 17 percent to $4.8 billion in 2012 compared to $4.1 billion the previous year.

The number of passengers grew a healthy 23 percent to 10.3 million compared to 8.4 million in 2011, significantly boosted by Etihad’s partnerships which delivered more than $600 million in total revenue.

“This has been a game-changing year for Etihad Airways,” James Hogan, the airline’s president and chief executive officer said.

“We have delivered improved net profit, the second consecutive year we have been in the black, a remarkable achievement given the youth, ambitious growth and ongoing investment made by this airline in a challenging global economic environment,” he said in the statement.

Etihad said it succeeded in building the first “equity alliance” with investments of 40 percent in Air Seychelles, 29.2 percent in airberlin, 9.0 percent in Virgin Australia and about 3.0 percent inAer Lingus.

“We have taken great strides in building the industry’s first equity alliance … which (is) contributing significant value to our business,” Hogan said.

Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) rose 24 percent to $170 million, while EBITDAR (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and rentals) rose to $753 million, up 16 percent, Etihad said.

Hogan said more than 50 institutions have provided around $6.8 billion in cumulative fundingfor the airline’s ongoing expansion.

Planned fleet upgrades for 2013 include 14 aircraft, with 11 passenger aircraft deliveries and three freighter deliveries, Etihad said.

The orders are for nine wide-bodied Boeing and Airbus aircraft and five narrow-body Airbus aircraft. These will meet Etihad Airways’ immediate growth requirements.

At the end of 2012, the company had 10,656 employees, 18 percent up on 2011 with more than 125 nationalities represented.

Read the original story at The Times of India…..

 


Times of India
Feb 4, 2013



[Vienna] Yesterday we reported from Austria on the freak accident that involved an Airbus A321 at Vienna International Airport. The aircraft had its front left main door ripped away from the fuselage when the attached Jetway suddenly lifted about 1.5 meters up, entangled with and ripping off the aircraft door.

Click on the images for a full size photo: Photo’s courtesy of The Aviation Herald

Click on the images for a full size photo: Photo’s courtesy of The Aviation Herald

This evening The Aviation Herald has published large images of the incident, taken immediatlely after the event. Click on either of the images for the full size photos at The Aviation Herald.

Click on the images for a full size photo: Photo’s courtesy of The Aviation Herald

Click on the images for a full size photo: Photo’s courtesy of The Aviation Herald

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The flight (HG-2715) from Malaga in Spain landed at Vienna International Airport and made its way to Gate C41, when it stopped at the gate ready for the passengers to disembark, the ground crew manoeuvred and docked the Jetway on to the aircraft.

When the crew opened the main door and passengers were about to leave the aircraft, the Jetway suddenly lifted about 5 feet up, entangled with the aircraft door and then lifted the entire aircraft by about 8 inches upwards.

At this point the aircraft door was ripped from the fuselage causing the aircraft to fall back onto the apron.

The passengers and crew were forced to leave the aircraft via the rear door and were then taken into an enclosed area of the terminal building and were asked if anyone had suffered any injuries from the incident. The travelers all confirmed that there were no ill effects at the time.

The aircraft received substantial damage and has been out of service since the incident on Sunday.

A spokesman from flyNiki confirmed that the Airbus had been lifted when the Jetway moved upwards and became entangled in the front door, and then fell down to the apron when the door sheared off.

A spokesman for Vienna International Airport said that, “Medical assistance was offered to all passengers following an aircraft being lifted by the Jetway, however no passenger reported any pain or injuries at the time”

The Jetway had correctly docked against the aircraft, but a failure of a sensor unit caused the Jetway to suddenly lift taking the aircraft door and aircraft with it.

Today (May 8th) a female passenger aged 76, reported feeling pain and was seen by doctors who diagnosed her with the fracture to her coccyx.

Investigations are expected to continue.

Read the original report at The Aviation Herald…..


The Aviation Herald
8th May, 2012

Lat updated 9th May, 2012



[The Journal] Emirates has introduced a larger aircraft on its DublinDubai route to cater for increased passenger demand, two months ahead of its scheduled introduction.

The expansion of the Dublin route comes amid a year of major expansion for the airline

The Boeing 777-300 was due to be rolled out on the daily route from July, but has been introduced from last week in order to cater for higher-than-expected demand for seats on the route.

The service began operation with an Airbus A330-200, with space for 237 passengers, on January 9, but Emirates announced within three weeks of that launch that it would roll out the larger Boeing craft from July.

From May 1, however, the larger Boeing craft – which also increases the storage capacity for luggage, from 15 tonnes to 25 – has been running on the route in order to satisfy the demand.

Emirates’ senior vice-president for commercial operations in Europe and Russia, Salem Obaidalla, said the airline had continued to be impressed by the ”phenomenal performance” of the new service.

“Now, Ireland has one of the largest aircraft in our fleet and we can now offer 52 per cent more seats.”

The airline has previously said that the capacity offered by the Airbus craft, which allowed 3,318 people to travel from Dublin to Dubai and back each week, would usually be enough to cater for the first two or three years of a new route.

By comparison, the Boeing craft will mean a weekly capacity of 5,040 on flights to and from Dubai. Emirates runs one flight in……

Read the full story at The Journal…..


The Journal.ie
8th May, 2012



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[The Aviation Herald] Vienna – On Sunday an Airbus A321 had its front left main door ripped away from the fuselage in a freak accident. The ‘flyNiki‘ aircraft had just arrived from Spain when the incident happened.

The jetway suddenly lifted about 1.5 meters up, entangled with the aircraft door

The Jetway suddenly lifted about 1.5 meters up, entangled with the aircraft door. Photo: Wikipedia

The flight (HG-2715) from Malaga in Spain landed at Vienna International Airport and made its way to Gate C41, when it stopped at the gate ready for the passengers to disembark, the ground crew manoeuvred and docked the Jetway on to the aircraft.

When the crew opened the main door and passengers were about to leave the aircraft, the Jetway suddenly lifted about 5 feet up, entangled with the aircraft door and then lifted the entire aircraft by about 8 inches upwards.

At this point the aircraft door was ripped from the fuselage causing the aircraft to fall back onto the apron.

The passengers and crew were forced to leave the aircraft via the rear door and were then taken into an enclosed area of the terminal building and were asked if anyone had suffered any injuries from the incident. The travelers all confirmed that there were no ill effects at the time.

The aircraft received substantial damage and has been out of service since the incident on Sunday.

A spokesman from flyNiki confirmed that the Airbus had been lifted when the Jetway moved upwards and became entangled in the front door, and then fell down to the apron when the door sheared off.

A spokesman for Vienna International Airport said that, “Medical assistance was offered to all passengers following an aircraft being lifted by the Jetway, however no passenger reported any pain or injuries at the time”

The Jetway had correctly docked against the aircraft, but a failure of a sensor unit caused the Jetway to suddenly lift taking the aircraft door and aircraft with it.

Today (May 8th)  a female passenger aged 76 reported feeling felt pain and was seen by doctors who diagnosed her with the fracture to her coccyx.

Investigations are expected to continue.

Read the original report at The Aviation Herald…..


The Aviation Herald
8th May, 2012



[Reuters] China Eastern Airlines (0670.HK) is set to place a $6 billion (3.7 billion pounds) order for up to 20 Boeing 777 jets, while simultaneously emerging at the centre of an aviation row between China and the European Union by stalling a recent Airbus deal, people familiar with the matter said.

The order for wide-body 777s follows a fierce contest between Boeing and Airbus

The order for wide-body 777s follows a fierce contest between Boeing and Airbus

The order for wide-body 777s follows a fierce but discreet contest between Boeing and Airbus and allows the U.S. planemaker to bounce back after China’s third-largest airline cancelled an order for 24 of its latest flagship 787 Dreamliners last year.

Besides handing the 777 order to Boeing, China Eastern is stalling on the completion of a $3 billion order for 15 Airbus A330 aircraft announced last October, two of the people said.

Boeing, Airbus and China Eastern declined to comment.

The deals took shape at different times and for different plane types, but together they highlight the stakes involved as planemakers court the world’s fastest-growing aviation market under the shadow of a recent trade dispute between China and Europe.

China and more than 20 nations oppose EU plans to force airlines to adopt a carbon emissions-capping scheme that they say will penalise foreign long-haul carriers and infringe sovereignty. Airbus has said some…..

Read the full story at Reuters….

 


Reuters: 26th April, 2012
Reporting by Tim Hepher,
Kyle Peterson, Fang Yan



[Reuters] – Australia’s Qantas took its repaired A380 superjumbo back to the skies on Saturday, resuming a 3,900 mile (6,300 km) journey dramatically interrupted 18 months ago when one of its engines blew up over Indonesia.

Airport security surround the repaired Qantas A380 VH-OQA passenger jet during a media tour on the tarmac of Singapore's Changi Airport April 21, 2012: Credit: Reuters/Tim Chong

Airport security surround the repaired Qantas A380 VH-OQA passenger jet during a media tour on the tarmac of Singapore's Changi Airport April 21, 2012: Credit: Reuters/Tim Chong

After $140 million of repairs, the world’s largest jetliner took off for Sydney shortly before midnight, carrying Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce and members of the crew that safely landed the crippled Airbus in Singapore with 440 passengers on board.

“She’s running a little late… 18 months,” Joyce earlier told reporters under the left wing of the big jet, which was sprayed by shrapnel as the engine blew apart shortly after take-off from Singapore in November 2010.

The return to service of the flagship European jetliner ends a harrowing episode for the airline, plane maker Airbus (EAD.PA) and engine supplier Rolls-Royce (RR.L).

Investigators have blamed the incident on a potential manufacturing flaw at Britain’s Rolls-Royce, which endured blunt criticism from Joyce following the Trent 900 engine explosion.

Qantas and Airbus said the aircraft is safe and nearly as good as new after going through what they described as the biggest repair job on a single aircraft in aviation history.

The only visible scars are two patches of metal under the left wing where it was pierced by debris, some of which shot out at an angle that narrowly missed the top of the fuselage….

Read the full Reuters story…..


By Harry Suhartono
SINGAPORE | Sat Apr 21



David Cameron has announced a £326m deal to sell 11 Airbus A330 aircraft to airline Garuda Indonesia. 

On a trade tour of East and South East Asia, the prime minister said the deal was "good news for the UK aerospace industry".

On a trade tour of East and South East Asia, the prime minister said the deal was "good news for the UK aerospace industry"

Arriving in Indonesia on his trade tour of East and South East Asia, the prime minister said the deal was “good news for the UK aerospace industry”.

It would safeguard UK jobs and was “a vote of confidence in Britain’s manufacturing base”, Mr Cameron said.

Indonesia’s trade with the UK accounts for just 0.07% of its imports. It is the world’s largest Muslim democracy. In an interview with Kompas newspaper, Mr Cameron praised Indonesia as an “inspiring democracy” and said he wanted to double trade by 2015.

“In its successful transition to democracy, Indonesia represents a powerful example for the world of how political progress can fuel economic success,” he told the paper.

Mr Cameron pledged UK help if required after an earthquake struck off the coast shortly before a press conference with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. He also announced that he had invited Mr Yudhoyono – who said there appeared to be no threat of a tsunami after the earthquake – to make a state visit to the UK later this year

Earlier Mr Cameron said the Garuda deal was “testament to the expertise of Airbus’s British workforce” and would protect jobs in Bristol and Broughton.

“I hope it will offer other British companies involved in the £1.5bn supply chain the opportunity to secure more contracts,” he said. The UK has some 10,000 jobs linked to Airbus….

Read the full article at BBC News….


BBC News
11 April 2012