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Monday, February 9, 2015

Two U.S. Airline Flights Landed Safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta after Bomb Threats




Two U.S. Airline Flights accompanied by military fighter jets landed safely on Saturday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta after bomb threats were made against them, an Airport spokesman said.

The threats against Delta Air Lines Flight 1156, coming from Portland, Oregon, and Southwest Airlines Flight 2492, from Milwaukee, were deemed credible, said Airport spokesman Reese McCranie.

No bomb was found aboard the Delta Flight while the Southwest Flight was still being searched by explosives units, Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Special Agent Stephen Emmett said.

Atlanta's WSB-TV News reported that the threats were made on Twitter Inc, without citing a source.

Neither the FBI, which is leading the investigation, nor the Airport confirmed the source of the threats.

Passengers from both Flights were safely removed from the Aircraft, McCranie said.

The Aircraft were each accompanied by a pAir of North American Aerospace Defense Command fighter planes as they landed at the Airport, said NORAD spokesman Preston Schlachter.

The planes were scrambled from McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina, he said.

Southwest said in a statement that 86 passengers were aboard its Flight, and that they were being rescreened.

Delta did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


TransAsia Flight data show both engines failed

BEIJING— The TransAsia Airways Flight that killed at least 35 people when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Taiwan's capital this week went down because both engines lost power, Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council said Friday. An 

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US Airline Flights land in Atlanta after bomb threats

TransAsia Pilot: 'Mayday, mayday, engine flameout'

BEIJING — The Pilot of TransAsia Airways Flight 235 called out "mayday, mayday, engine flameout" moments before the propjet plane banked sharply and crashed into a river, Taiwan Aviation officials said Thursday. The audio clip of the exchange between ...











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Thursday, February 5, 2015

TransAsia Airways Flight # 235 Rescue Teams resumed the search for the missing, who include the two Pilots


A Pilot of the TransAsia Airways Flight 235 said "mayday, mayday, engine flameout" moments before the propjet banked sharply and crashed into a river, Taiwan aviation officials said Thursday as the death toll grew to 31 with 12 people still missing.

Rescue teams resumed the search for the missing, who include the two Pilots.

The twin-engine propjet had 58 people aboard, many of them travelers from China, when it banked sharply on its side Wednesday, clipped a highway bridge and careened into the Keelung River. Rescuers in rubber rafts pulled 15 people alive from the wreckage during daylight.
Video images of the Air Plane's final moments in the Air captured on car dashboard cameras do not appear to show flames as it turned sharply, with its wings going vertical and clipping a highway bridge before plunging into the Keelung River Wednesday,

Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration said 31 people were confirmed dead, 15 were rescued with injuries and 12 were still missing. It said two people on the ground were hurt. The agency released a bits of audio recordings including the Pilot's mayday call.

Taiwanese rescuers used a massive crane to hoist the French-built ATR 72-600 Air Plane from the shallow, murky river after survivors were brought to safety on rubber rafts or scrambled to the river bank on their own. One injured person was reportedly found in a park along the river, Taiwan News reported.

Wu Jun-Hong, a Taipei Fire Department official coordinating the rescue, said he was not "too optimistic" that more survivors would be found.

Dramatic dashcam footage from vehicles on an elevated highway clearly shows the Air Plane's tragic crash. Some Taiwanese paid homage to the Pilot, saying he made a desperate, deliberate choice to avoid the additional casualties likely if the Air Plane had hit nearby apartment buildings, high schools and roads.

Taiwan's Liberty Times newspaper quoted online comments thanking and praising the Pilot's actions, although aviation authorities could not immediately confirm such an effort took place. The fate of Pilot Liao Jianzong, who reportedly had nearly 5,000 hours of Flying experience, was not immediately known.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Aviation Agency to Limit Drone Routes

Aviation Agency to Limit Drone Routes

US Senator claims that US Federal Aviation Administration has to adopt new regulations requiring unmanned aerial vehicle manufactures to apply technology in drones that would restrict their routes.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has to adopt new regulations requiring unmanned aerial vehicle manufactures to apply technology in drones that would restrict their routes, US Senator from New York Charles Schumer said in a press release.

“Schumer urges Federal Aviation Administration to require drone manufacturers to limit where drones can fly and avoid collisions; using built-in software and GPS, manufacturers can develop technology to ensure drones cannot fly near Airports or Aircrafts, or over high-risk security areas like the White House,” the press release read.

The Senator from New York pointed out that some drone manufacturers are already developing technologies to create “no-fly zones near airports, over restricted airspace like the White House and above certain elevations to avoid Aircraft like NYPD [New York Police Department] helicopters.”
“Federal Aviation Administration should adopt new rule that requires all drone manufacturers to incorporate new technology,” Schumer concluded.

Early Monday morning a crashed drone was found on the grounds of the White House. The investigation into accident found that the drone was operated by an employee of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency who was drinking at his apartment and lost control of the unmanned aerial vehicle.




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