Posts Tagged ‘aircraft’


[Government Security News] The FBI Cyber Division has warned that the Aviation industry is under continual cyber-attack. Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actors have been sending successful spear-phishing e-mails targeting the aviation community.

The FBI assesses that APT actors target technology, best practices, and other proprietary information from victim businesses for theft.

GCR has appointed Andre Allen as its new information & cyber security manager; Allen will spearhead GCR’s Cyber Security Practice to deliver cost-effective cyber security solutions with a primary focus on the aviation industry, the company says.

Allen will lead an experienced team of certified project managers and developers, some with high level government security clearance.

Andre Allen

Andre Allen

GCR provides cyber security solutions to the aviation industry partly due to the experience the company has in providing technology solutions to large airports.

The Cyber Security Practice will leverage GCR’s security architecture, policies, technologies and processes to produce automated cyber security solutions.

GCR is currently implementing automated cyber security solutions at a major U.S. airport.

“GCR leveraged the existing partnership with the airport to collaboratively deliver cyber security solutions that address the needs and challenges faced in the aviation industry,” said Tim Walsh, director of Aviation Services for GCR.

“We are excited about having Andre on our team as he brings a wealth of information and cyber security knowledge, specifically having been an IT security leader at the NASA Johnson Space Center for the past 15 years.”


Government Security News
5th Aug, 2014


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[ITV NewsThomson Airways said a Dreamliner flying to Florida returned to Manchester after a “technical issue”.

Thomson Airways says Dreamliner forced to return to UK

Thomson Airways says Dreamliner forced to return to UK

A spokeswoman said: “Thomson Airways can confirm that flight TOM126 travelling from Manchester to Sanford, Florida experienced a technical issue and the aircraft returned to Manchester Airport, as a precautionary measure.

“Passengers have disembarked and our dedicated team of engineers are now inspecting the aircraft. Our customers will be moved to an alternative aircraft to ensure they get away on their holiday as soon as possible.

“The safety of our customers and crew is of paramount importance and we would like to apologise for the delay caused.”

Read the original story at ITV News…..


ITV News
12th July, 2012



[BBC News] At least four passengers have been injured in the emergency evacuation of an aircraft at Glasgow Airport.

Passengers and crew left the aircraft after the captain declared an emergency

Passengers and crew left the aircraft after the captain declared an emergency. Photo: Wikipedia

The captain of a Jet2 aircraft preparing to depart for Alicante declared an emergency at about 07:40. It is believed smoke had been detected in the cabin.

Passengers and crew left the aircraft using the emergency exits.

The runway has been closed and flights to and from Glasgow Airport are currently suspended.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue have been called out to assist firefighters based at the airport.

A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said: “We are currently dealing with an ongoing incident at Glasgow Airport involving a 737 aircraft following reports of smoke within the cabin.

“Emergency services are in attendance and the passengers have been evacuated as a precaution.”

A statement from Jet2 said: “This morning’s flight LS177 from Glasgow Airport to Alicante made an emergency stop on the runway just prior to take-off.

“The aircraft was forced to curtail take-off due to smoke in the cabin.

“All 189 passengers have disembarked the aircraft.”……

Read the original story at BBC News……


BBC News
19th Oct, 2012



[The Aviation Herald] Passengers on an American Eagle flight on Monday (7th May) thought the captain was joking when he announced they needed to return to Chicago to pick up a pilot who had been left behind.

Whoops, we have to go back for one of our pilots.   Photo:  Wikipedia

Whoops, we have to go back for one of our pilots. Photo: Wikipedia

The American Eagle flight from O’Hare Airport to Sioux City was climbing out of Chicago when the crew levelled off and decided to return to the airport, to pick up a passenger that had missed the flight.

The Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft needed to return to Chicago to pick up a pilot, who had indeed really been left behind at departure.

An American Eagle spokesman later  reported that one of the pilots on the flight would have exceeded his permitted flying hours for the return sector, therefore another pilot had been rostered on for that part of the journey, he was meant to travel to Sioux City as a passenger but arrived late to the gate and the plane left without him.

The company decided to have the aircraft return to Chicago in orfer that it have the correct crew to perform the return flight, otherwise the aircraft would have been stranded in Sioux City.

The aircraft reached Sioux City with a delay of just over 2 hours. The possibly embarrased missing pilot was not available for comment.

 Read the original report at The Aviation Herald…..


Chris Newman reporting
on an original story at The Aviation Herald
6th May, 2012



[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

Original Story

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



[ABC News]] [AP] Authorities say an armed man tried to steal a small plane from a Los Angeles County airport, but his flight was foiled by a chain connecting the aircraft to the tarmac.

He was turned over to FBI

The would be hijacker was turned over to FBI

A sheriff’s statement says 25-year-old Troy Daniel Long, attempted to steal the two-seat Cessna 152 on Friday from Compton/Woodley Airport, where he’d been a student pilot.

Airport employees said Long entered the airport office and began taking keys for airplanes, then pulled a gun on them when they tried to stop them.

When deputies arrived they found Long revving the engine as the plane lurched and bucked because it was chained to the ground. Deputies drew their guns and Long eventually surrendered.

Read the full AP story at ABC News….


COMPTON, Calif.
April 21, 2012 (AP)

Associated Press

Associated Press