Posts Tagged ‘Boeing 777’

[BBC News] A Boeing 777 aircraft has crash-landed at San Francisco international airport, killing at least person and injuring as many as 30, diplomats say.

The plane reportedly landed and then crashed on San Francisco International Airport's Runway 28L

The plane reportedly landed and then crashed on San Francisco International Airport‘s Runway 28L

Pictures posted on Twitter showed passengers jumping down the inflatable emergency slides and leaving the area, as plumes of smoke rise from the plane.

Firefighters and rescue teams are at the scene of the downed Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which had taken off from South Korea’s capital, Seoul.

The cause of the crash is unclear.

Early indications suggest the plane came in too short and hit the seawall at the airport.

There were 291 passengers and 16 crew on board, Asiana said.

While the sequence of events remains unclear, it appeared the plane landed and then crashed on San Francisco International Airport’s Runway 28L, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown.

Footage of the scene showed debris strewn on the runway and smoke pouring from the jet, as fire crews sprayed a white fire retardant into gaping holes in the craft’s roof.

One engine and the tail fin appeared to have broken away from the main wreckage.

Passenger David Eun tweeted a picture of people jumping out of the plane’s emergency inflatable slides and wrote: “I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I’m ok. Surreal…”

Mr Eun, who describes himself as a “digital media guy” and “frequent flier”, added: “Fire and rescue people all over the place. They’re evacuating the injured. Haven’t felt this way since 9/11.”

A witness to the crash, Ki Siadatan, said the plane “looked out of control” as it descended over San Francisco Bay to land just before 11:30 (18:30 GMT).

“We heard a ‘boom’ and saw the plane disappear into a cloud of dust and smoke,” he told the BBC. “There was then a second explosion.”

He saw events unfold from the balcony of his home in the Millbrae area of San Francisco, which overlooks the airport.

Weather conditions were fine and there was little wind, he added.

Arrivals and departures at the airport have been suspended since the incident……

Read the full story at BBC News…..

BBC News
6th July, 2013

[Daily Mail] A British Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing at a remote Canadian town after suspected toxic oil fumes were reported on the flight deck.

The co-pilot started to feel nauseous before unscheduled stop was made at Goose Bay, Newfoundland.

The co-pilot started to feel nauseous before unscheduled stop was made at Goose Bay, Newfoundland. Photo: Wikipedia

The Boeing 777, carrying 158 passengers from Heathrow to Philadelphia, made the unscheduled stop at Goose Bay, in Newfoundland, in temperatures of -30C after fumes started to cause eye and throat irritation halfway through the eight hour flight. The co-pilot also became incapacitated after he started to feel nauseous nearly half an hour later.

Oxygen masks were then required for the captain and first officer, so they could make the landing last Sunday, according to the Sunday Express.

The news comes just two weeks after the first picture was released of one of two top BA pilots who died within days of each other after complaining about being exposed to toxic oil fumes on passenger planes.

Last month it was reported Richard Westgate, 43, died after instructing his lawyers to sue BA for health and safety breaches days before fellow pilot Karen Lysakowska, 43, passed away.

Both claimed they had been poisoned by the fumes that can contaminate cabin air and which regularly force pilots to wear oxygen masks.

Read the full story at the Mail Online…..

Mail Online – James Rush
10 Feb, 2013

[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…..

8th May, 2012

[7 Days in Dubai] Emirates airline’s cargo section set a new record this week – by flying horses from Oman to London for HRH The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The 112 horses were flown by Emirates SkyCargo on two flights from Muscat to Stansted, London

The 112 horses were flown by Emirates SkyCargo on two flights from Muscat to Stansted, London – Photo: 7 Days in Dubai

The 112 horses were flown by Emirates SkyCargo on two flights from Muscat to Stansted, London.

The first shipment of 70 horses was the largest number ever transported by the airline on a single freighter flight.

The horses, of the Royal Cavalry of Oman, were flown in on Boeing 777s for the Diamond Jubilee Pageant, which takes place from May 10-13 at Windsor Castle.

The pageant is a major event in the private grounds of Windsor Castle with more than 550 horses and 1,000 dancers, musicians and performers from around the world taking part.

Hiran Perera, cargo planning senior vice president of Emirates said: “With our Dubai hub now a major player in the world of horse racing, we have gained considerable experience in the care and transport of horses and fly …..

Read the full story at 7 Days in Dubai…..

Monday, May 07, 2012