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Northern German airports reopen after closure due to ash cloud

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The ash cloud from Iceland's erupting Grimsvotn volcano has reached northern Germany. The Hamburg, Bremen and Berlin airports were shut down for several hours in the morning, canceling or delaying hundreds of flights. Due to ash from an Icelandic volcano entering German airspace, no planes were permitted to take off or land at several northern German airports Wednesday morning. Flights at City Airport Bremen were grounded starting at 5 a.m. local time, and the same flight ban was imposed on Hamburg Airport one hour later. The capital's airports - Tegel and Schönefeld - were also shut down.
Germany's flight safety authority (DFS) said the Bremen and Hamburg airports reopened before noon, and Berlin opened around 2 p.m. The German weather service said the ash concentration in the air was no longer critical.
Airlines and airports said the closures affected hundreds of flights and tens of thousands of passengers.
Since Sunday, the ash from Iceland's erupting Grimsvotn volcano h…

Brazil Convicts U.S. Pilots of Negligence in 2006 Crash

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May 17, 2011 — A Brazilian court has convicted two American pilots of negligence for their roles in the crash of Gol Airlines flight 1907 in 2006. The judge suspended their sentence.
The Americans were piloting an Embraer Legacy 600 business jet when it collided with the Gol Boeing 737-800 over the Amazon jungle near Matupa, Brazil. And while the Legacy jet landed safely, the Gol jet crashed, and all 154 people onboard perished. This event stood as Brazil's worst aviation disaster for a mere 10 months and it set off a downward spiral for air travel, safety and security in Brazil.

Source: Planet Data

Cathay Pacific Jet Makes Emergency Landing for Engine Fire

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May 16, 2011 — Early this morning local time, a Cathay Pacific Airbus 330 flying from Singapore to Jakarta had to return to Changi Airport shortly after takeoff because of an engine fire. The jet landed safely and no one is reported to be injured.

Source: Planet Data

Air France Flight 447 Data Recovered from Recorders

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May 16, 2011 — French aviation authorities said Monday that all the flight data from doomed Air France Flight 447 is preserved in the aircraft's two "black boxes," recently recovered after nearly two years at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Source: Planet Data

UAE Man Busted Smuggling Rare Animals out of Thailand

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May 13, 2011 — Authorities in Thailand have arrested a UAE citizen who allegedly attempted to smuggle seven endangered animals in his luggage on a commercial flight from Bangkok to Dubai. The young animals included 2 leopards, 2 panthers, an Asiatic black bear and 2 macaque monkeys.

Source: Planet Data

Disruptive Passenger Tries to Open Door Mid-Flight

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May 11, 2011 — A passenger aboard a Delta flight from Orlando to Boston allegedly attempted to open the plane's outside door in mid-flight last night (5/10). Other passengers interviewed by the Boston Globe described the suspect, who is from a Boston suburb, as "very intoxicated."

Source: Planet Data

Sydney Airport Security Failure — Apology Issued

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Sydney Airport has apologised unreservedly to the thousands of travellers left unable to fly on time following a security failure linked to a power drop.
The loss of power meant that Australia’s busiest airport - which over 35 million passengers passed through in 2010 - let 16 passengers through one security checkpoint located in Terminal 2.
None of these passengers were put through the usual screening processes and, as a result, all passengers in T2 were systematically screened, once the checkpoint was up and running again. This, of course, meant that some passengers underwent a double-screening.
Airport Security Failure29 flight cancellations were imposed during and after the airport security failure, of which over 50 per cent would have been operated by budget carrier Jetstar. The airline now intends to claim compensation, after 2,000 passengers booked to fly with it were left with little option other than to night-rest inside Terminal 2.
“We will be having discussions with Sydney Airp…

Second Flight Data Recovered from Air France Wreckage

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May 3, 2011 — The voice cockpit recorder was recovered from the wreckage of Air France 447 at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday. France's Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA) said this second recorder is intact and "in good condition," unlike the other flight data recorder that was recovered in two pieces. It will be amazing if investigators are able to extract any usable information from the recorders after nearly two years under water.

Source: Planet Data

Air France Flight 447's "Black Box" Data Unit Recovered

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May 2, 2011 — Search teams recovered a flight data recorder's memory unit from the wreckage of Air France Flight 447 at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday. Last month the robotic submarine scouring the ocean floor for crash evidence turned up the recorder's casing. Accident investigators are hoping to be able to retrieve data from the unit that could provide answers to what caused the June 2009 crash that killed all 228 people aboard.

Source: Planet Data

SETI Suspends Hunt for Extraterrestrial Life

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Apr 29, 2011 — By way of an Information Week article, we learn that earlier this week, the SETI Institute turned off its extraterrestrial life-hunting Allen Telescope Array (ATA) due to cuts in federal and California state funding. This is an unfortunate development because the ATA is not only used to hunt for otherworldly life, but is being considered for helping the Air Force track space junk. SETI is asking the public for donations in order to get the ATA back online.

Source: Planet Data

FAA Shakes-Up Air Traffic Control Management

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Apr 29, 2011 — Following the recent wave of high-profile incidents of air traffic controller sleeping and watching movies while on the job, the FAA today (4/29) announced a number of management changes and other actions as part of its "comprehensive review" of the nation's air traffic control system. Earlier this month the FAA added extra controllers on the midnight shift at 27 control towers, and instituted new anti-fatigue rules for air traffic controllers.Source: Planet Data

TSA Makes it Easier for Public to Follow-up on Suspicious Activity Reports

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Apr 27, 2011 — If you call or email the TSA Contact Center (TCC) to report a transportation-related security problem, deficiency, or suspected vulnerability you will now be issued a "tracking number" as a confirmation of your report. This new procedure was announced on April 21. TSA says the tracking numbers will enable its personnel, and individuals who contact TCC to follow-up on the reported security concern. The TCC can be reached at 866-289-9673.

Source: Planet Data

Plymouth airport to shut

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Plymouth City Airport is set to close by the end of this year, its owner the Sutton Harbour Group has announced.


The news comes as a blow for the airport’s main passenger airline Air Southwest.
A spokesman for the carrier said the announcement was “disappointing for Air Southwest and for Plymouth”.


However, he said the announcement had provided “much-needed clarity”, after a “difficult and protracted period of uncertainty”.


“Air Southwest plans to continue to provide flights from Plymouth City Airport to its current range of destinations for as long as the airport remains operational,” added the spokesman.
Air Southwest, previously owned by the Sutton Harbour Group and sold to Eastern Airways last year, had already cancelled a number of its routes from Plymouth, including London City and Gatwick.


With the news of Plymouth’s closure the regional airline will in the future focus on its Newquay and Bristol bases.


The spokesman said: “In particular, Air Southwest is firmly established as the mai…