United Airlines plane departing Maui plunged to within 800 feet of the Ocean, flight data shows
SubmittedA United Airlines flight took a frightful dive, plummeting to merely 800 feet above the Pacific Ocean shortly after taking off from Maui late last year, flight data shows. The drop unfolded just 71 seconds after United Airlines Flight UA 1722 took off from Kahului Airport in Maui bound for San Francisco on Dec. 18, 2022 according to data from Flight Radar, a flight tracking website. A safety report was filed and the pilots are receiving additional training. (www.nbcnews.com) More...
Aircraft parts rain on Broomfield, Colorado as plane makes emergency landing at Denver airport
SubmittedDebris from a commercial jet rained down on Broomfield on Saturday afternoon, and the distressed flight made an emergency landing at Denver International Airport. Denver firefighters based at the airport responded to an “emergency landing” at about 1:35 p.m., said Capt. Greg Pixley, a fire department spokesman. The crew of United Airlines Flight #328, which departed Denver at 12:15 p.m. bound for Honolulu, “reported an engine issue” after takeoff, said Alex Renteria, a DIA spokeswoman. The plane… (www.denverpost.com) More...
US Air Force C-17 moves 500,000 Covid test swabs from Italy to USA for distribution
Submitted“On March 17, [Air Mobility Command] transported a shipment of 13 pallets of Covid-19 testing supplies aboard a C-17 Globemaster III from Aviano Air Base, Italy, to the Memphis Air National Guard Base where the 164th Airlift Wing C-17 is assigned,” says the USAF. “Air Mobility Command is postured to support additional requests to deliver Covid-19 testing supplies in the coming weeks.” Upon arrival in Memphis the swabs were loaded onto FedEx aircraft for distribution throughout the USA, the… (www.flightglobal.com) More...
SpaceX satellites falling out of orbit after solar storm
SubmittedSpacex’s newest fleet of satellites is tumbling out of orbit after being struck by a solar storm. Up to 40 of the 49 small satellites launched last week have either reentered the atmosphere and burned up, or are on the verge of doing so, the company said in an online update Tuesday night. SpaceX said a geomagnetic storm last Friday made the atmosphere denser, which increased the drag on the Starlink satellites, effectively dooming them. Ground controllers tried to save the compact, flat-panel… (apnews.com) More...
Captains With As Little As 4.5 Months Seniority Are Getting To Fly Delta's Boeing 757/767
SubmittedDelta Air Lines is opening up the captaincy for its widebody Boeing fleet to less senior pilots as it contends with the ongoing US pilot shortage. As first reported by Aero Crew News, pilots with as little as 4.5 months of seniority can now bid to become captains on a Delta Boeing 757 or Boeing 767, far lower than the industry standard (simpleflying.com) More...
United, American, Delta cut more flights, some executives take pay cuts as coronavirus keeps people from flying
SubmittedAirlines slashed more domestic and international flights and executives took pay cuts as the coronavirus outbreak takes a growing toll on the travel industry. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...
Developing: AT&T, Verizon refuse FAA request to delay 5G rollout
SubmittedAT&T and Verizon have refused a request by federal officials to delay the launch of their new 5G wireless systems. Response from AT&T & Verizon leaves room for compromise. The 2 company CEOs made a limited counterproposal. As per Wall Street Journal, they offer to reduce power of 5G service for 6 months to levels authorized in France (one of several countries where 5G is active). (www.msn.com) More...
Costly Airbus A350 paint flaw goes wider than the Gulf
SubmittedDUBAI (Reuters) - A dispute between Airbus and Qatar Airways over paint and surface flaws on A350 jets stretches beyond the Gulf, with at least five other airlines raising concerns since the high-tech model entered service. The planemaker said in response to queries from Reuters there had been some problems with "early surface wear" that in some cases had made visible a sub-layer of mesh designed to absorb lightning, which it is working to fix. (finance.yahoo.com) More...
U.S. successfully flight tests 3800 mph hypersonic weapon
SubmittedThe United States has tested an air-breathing hypersonic weapon capable of speeds faster than five times the speed of sound, marking the first successful test of the class of weapon since 2013, the Pentagon said on Monday. Hypersonic weapons travel in the upper atmosphere at speeds of more than five times the speed of sound, or about 6,200 kilometers (3,853 miles) per hour. "The missile, built by Raytheon Technologies, was released from an aircraft seconds before its Northrop Grumman… (news.yahoo.com) More...
Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket grounded as FAA investigates launch failure
SubmittedBlue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft is grounded until further notice. New Shepard suffered a booster failure during an uncrewed flight from West Texas on Monday morning (Sept. 12). The vehicle's capsule successfully engaged its emergency abort system and ended up landing safely under parachutes, but the booster crashed hard back to Earth. Monday's mission was the 23rd overall for the New Shepard program and the 17th to fly without any people onboard. The failure occurred about 1… (www.space.com) More...
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