Posts Tagged ‘incident’


[BBC News] RAF Typhoon jets have been launched to investigate an incident involving a civilian aircraft within UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence has said.

A reported on board incident created an alert: Picture Wikipedia

A reported on board incident created an alert and diverted the aircraft: Picture Wikipedia

A Pakistan International Airlines plane has been diverted from Manchester to Stansted Airport, a Manchester Airport spokesman said.

An Essex Police spokeswoman added: “An incident has occurred on an aircraft. Police and partners are responding.”

The BBC understands that the plane has now landed in Stansted.

The plane reportedly left Lahore at 09:35 local time. It was due in at Manchester at 1400 BST.

 

UPDATE at 14:55

The BBC understands that the plane has now landed in Stansted.

BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said that police were expected to meet the plane at the airport. The plane, flight number PK709, reportedly left Lahore at 09:35 local time. It was due in at Manchester at 14:00 BST.

The MoD said responsibility for the incident had now passed to Essex Police and the Home Office. The MoD was not able to say how serious a threat there was on board.

An MoD spokesman said the incident was now a police matter and that “our involvement is over”.

He said Typhoon jets could be scrambled after the pilot or crew of a passenger aircraft sends out an emergency signal.

“The purpose of going up is to investigate what the situation is,” he said.

“Often when a Quick Reaction Alert aircraft is launched the details are not known, but it is known that a signal has been sent.

“Part of the purpose of sending a Typhoon up is to have a look and see what they can see.”

A Pakistan International Airlines spokesman Zufiqar Bijarani told CNN: “We have been told there may have been a bomb threat.” But he did not say if he had anything to confirm or deny this.

Stansted Airport said on Twitter that it was operating normally.

Pakistan International Airlines said there were 308 passengers on board, as well as 14 crew including pilots, with a mixture of Pakistani and British passport holders.

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BBC NEWS
24th May, 2013


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[Sky News & BBC News] Both runways at Heathrow airport are reportedly closed as smoke is seen coming from the rear of a plane on the Northern runway.

Heathrow's Twitter feed reporting the incident just after 9:00: Inmage Airport Informer

Heathrow’s Twitter feed reporting the incident just after 9:00: Inmage Airport Informer

Heathrow Airport‘s Twitter feed has reported the following message as recently at 9:09 this morning…..

“Both runways are currently closed. All passengers & crew have been safely evacuated from an aircraft which is on the northern runway.”

Sky News reports that both runways have been closed because of this incident.

UPDATE: 09:38

BBC News are reporting that a British Airways plane is involved. The Southern runway has now re-opened but the Northern Runway is still closed due to the stricken aircraft  having deployed its emergency chutes to quickly evacuate the passengers.

Chute deployed after the passenger evacuation: Picture BBC News

Chute deployed after the passenger evacuation: Picture BBC News

Fire tenders in attendance at the side of the stricken airways: Picture BBC News

Fire tenders in attendance at the side of the stricken airways: Picture BBC News

There is further speculation that the aircraft may have hit a flock of birds on take-off leading to plume of smoke coming out of at least one of the engines.

Plumes of smoke coming out of the engine of the stricken BA aircraft: Picture: BBC News / Dan Bailey

Plumes of smoke coming out of the engine of the stricken BA aircraft. Picture: BBC News / Dan Bailey

Eyewitnesses report flames coming from a plane as it flew over London to land at Heathrow Airport. Image: Sky News

Eyewitnesses report flames coming from a plane as it flew over London to land at Heathrow Airport. Image: Sky News

 

Read more at Sky News…..

Read more at BBC News….

 


Sky News & BBC News
24th May, 2013



A Virgin Atlantic incident earlier this week, in which 15 passengers had to be treated in hospital after an emergency landing evacuation, was due to “a number of alarms being triggered in-flight”, the airline has said.

All Gatwick flights were suspended for around an hour and 40 minutes while the drama involving the plane, carrying 304 passengers, was being played out

All Gatwick flights were suspended for around an hour and 40 minutes while the drama involving the plane, carrying 304 passengers, was being played out

Passengers spoke of people landing on top of each other after the Florida-bound Virgin plane was evacuated at Gatwick having had to turn back to the West Sussex airport on Monday.

Virgin said the crew of the Airbus A330 had taken positive action in line with procedures by returning to Gatwick and evacuating the plane which has now been certified for a return to service.

All Gatwick flights were suspended for around an hour and 40 minutes while the drama involving the plane, carrying 304 passengers, was being played out.

A Virgin Atlantic spokesman said: “We can confirm that the investigation following Monday’s incident on flight VS27 from London Gatwick is now complete. A full technical evaluation and systems assessment has been completed in conjunction with the airworthiness authorities and the manufacturer, and the aircraft has been certified for a return to service.

“The investigation identified that a number of alarms were triggered in-flight, in response to which our flight crew took positive action in line with procedures by returning to Gatwick and completing an evacuation of the aircraft.”….

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(UKPA) April 21st 2012



A sleepy Air Canada pilot who mistakenly believed his jet was about to crash into a US military plane forced a sudden dive that caused 16 injuries among passengers and crew on a transatlantic flight, a report says.

Seven of the injured were treated in the hospital on arrival in Zurich three hours later   Photo: AP

Seven of the injured were treated in the hospital on arrival in Zurich three hours later Photo: AP

The Transportation Safety Board report released on Monday describes the 46 seconds in which the plane dived and lurched back up during an overnight Air Canada flight from Toronto to Zurich in January 2011. Those hurt weren’t wearing seat belts, the report said.

According to the report, the plane’s first officer was napping during a rest period aimed at combating pilot fatigue when the captain’s report on their position woke him. At the same time, a US Air Force plane was approaching about 300 yards below. That set off cockpit alerts, which the captain mentioned to the first officer.

The “confused and disoriented” co-pilot at first mistook the planet Venus for the approaching plane, the report said. When he did spot it, he thought it was coming straight at them. He overrode the autopilot by forcefully pressing on the control column, pushing the jet into a dive.

Fourteen passengers and two flight attendants among the mostly 103 sleeping people aboard slammed into parts of the plane, getting cuts and bruises. The captain regained control as the US military plane passed safely and returned the plane to its cruising altitude.

“This occurrence underscores the challenge of managing fatigue on the flight deck,” Jon Lee, the investigator in charge, said in a statement.

Seven of the injured were treated in the hospital on arrival in Zurich three hours later….

Read the full story at The Daily Telegraph….


Source: agencies
17th April 2012



An American passenger on an Emirates Airlines flight EK229 from Dubai to Seattle suffered a heart attack after complaining of feeling unwell,  and is now receiving medical treatment in Tehran after the plane diverted to Iran’s capital, the ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.

 Iran's civil aviation spokesman says an American is receiving medical treatment in Tehran after his plane was diverted to the Iranian capital when he suffered a heart attack on an emirates flight from Dubai to Seattle.

Iran's civil aviation spokesman says an American is receiving medical treatment in Tehran after his plane was diverted to the Iranian capital when he suffered a heart attack on an emirates flight from Dubai to Seattle.

The mid-air emergency occurred on Friday as the Emirates aircraft was in Iranian airspace.

Abbas Mosayebi, public relations chief for Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, was quoted as saying, “Yesterday (Friday), an airplane belonging to the Emirates airline, flying from Dubai to Seattle and while passing over Iran’s airspace, contacted the control tower and announced that one of this flight’s passengers had suffered a heart attack,”

The plane landed at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini international airport and a medical team took the 52-year-old American to a hospital in the capital.

Mr Mosayebi added, “Despite international sanctions against the Iranian people which also endanger their lives, yesterday we helped an American citizen in our country”.

The Swiss embassy in Tehran, which handles US interests in the absence of Iran-US diplomatic ties, declined to confirm or deny the report to AFP, referring enquiries to US officials in Washington.

Mr Mosayebi’s office told AFP on Saturday that the American man was still in the Tehran hospital. It did not identify him. The Emirates website lists a flight, EK229, that goes from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to the U.S. west coast city of Seattle.

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By AFP, TEHRAN
Saturday, 14 April 2012



[Mail Online] Perhaps she was proving she had nothing to hide or maybe she thought officials had asked for a strip search?

The passenger shocked staff and onlookers when she stripped by a Denver Airport boarding gate

The passenger shocked staff when she stripped by a Denver airport boarding gate

Whatever the case there was all round confusion when one woman stripped naked at Denver International Airport on Tuesday morning.

The bizarre incident happened at about 8.45am this morning when the woman was caught illegally smoking a cigarette at an airport departure gate.

Airport workers told the woman to put out the cigarette – at which point she took off all her clothes.

It is not clear why she chose to remove her clothes in full view of everyone around but local police said that the cigarette issue was unrelated.

Still standing in just her birthday suit the woman then asked an official to reprint her boarding pass for her.

A photo obtained by TMZ shows the woman totally in the nude with her back to the check-in desk. A fellow passenger keeps his eyes firmly averted from the lady who has a pile of clothing at her feet….

Read the full story at the Mail Online….


By Laura Pullman
PUBLISHED: 11 April 2012