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    Lightning strike disrupts Gatwick Airport flights
    News Report inserted: Jun 28 2011

    Passengers faced disruption after lightning struck the control tower at Gatwick Airport. The airport said the tower was hit at about 1400 BST during thunderstorms that swept across the South East. A spokeswoman said departing flights were delayed on Tuesday afternoon by the lightning, weather conditions and surges on the local power grid. She said there were no cancellations and arrivals had not b ...

    Passenger planes were only minutes from collision
    News Report inserted: Jun 24 2011

    A report into a near collision involving two planes flying over the Northern Territory has found an air traffic controller had no idea the aircraft were on course to crash into each other. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its final report into a midair incident in which two passenger planes were flying towards each other north-west of Tennant Creek in December 2009. One w ...

    Seaplane crashes and kills two in Australia
    News Report inserted: Jun 24 2011

    A seaplane has crashed in Lake Jindabyne, New South Wales killing the pilot and another male passenger. Around 11:30am, a number of reports were received indicating an aircraft had crashed into the northern area of Lake Jindabyne.  Police and additional emergency services, including a Rescue Helicopter were sent to Lake Jindabyne to assist and recover the wreckage which li ...

    Qantas 747 makes emergency landing in Brisbane, Australia
    News Report inserted: Jun 24 2011

    A 747 with 367 people on board made an emergency landing in Brisbane just before 7:00am this morning after a short circuit in a fan at the rear of the aircraft caused a burning odour to fill the cabin. The pilot of QF16 inbound from Los Angeles called for emergency crews to be on standby. The aircraft landed safely and is undergoing repairs to the fan before its next sched ...

    Lufthansa and Egypt Air in 'near miss' at JFK runway
    News Report inserted: Jun 22 2011

    A Lufthansa jet was forced to abort a take-off from New York's JFK airport after an Egyptian plane on the ground strayed too close to the runway. "Cancel take-off plans," the American air traffic control official shouted over the radio. A US air traffic official said an EgyptAir jet was told to remain 250ft (76m) from the runway the Lufthansa plane was using, but moved too close. The Lufthansa jet ...

    Qantas announces profits and Rolls-Royce settlement
    News Report inserted: Jun 22 2011

    Australian carrier Qantas has agreed on a settlement with engine-maker Rolls-Royce over a mid-air blast incident and the grounding of the Qantas fleet of superjumbos. Rolls-Royce will pay 95m Australian dollars ($100m; £62m), said Qantas. The compensation helped boost Qantas' pre-tax profit for the year ending 30 June 2011 to between A$500-550m. The airline has faced a string of natural disas ...

    Australian flights resume as Chile volcano ash clears
    News Report inserted: Jun 22 2011

    Flights are gradually resuming from airports across Australia after two days of cancellations caused by an ash cloud from a Chilean volcano. Qantas and Virgin jets took off from Adelaide on Wednesday morning. Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney airports were expected to resume flights later. But the ash is heading towards New Zealand, where disruption is expected. Many travellers spent the night at air ...

    Norwich Airport alert over smoke smell on Flybe plane
    News Report inserted: Jun 22 2011

    Emergency services were called to Norwich Airport when the pilot of an incoming flight reported the smell of smoke in the cockpit. Fifteen fire engines and several ambulances were sent to the airport to meet the flight from Edinburgh. The Flybe 547 flight, with 55 people on board, landed safely at 1915 BST on Tuesday. None of the passengers were hurt, an airport spokesman said. No other flights we ...

    'Pilot error' blamed for north-west Russia crash
    News Report inserted: Jun 21 2011

    Officials are investigating the cause of a plane crash in north-western Russia that killed 44 people. Russian Deputy PM Sergey Ivanov said the crash, near the city of Petrozavodsk, was probably caused by pilot error in poor weather conditions. The plane had veered away from the airport runway and attempted to land on a motorway but crashed and caught fire. Eight people including a 10-year-old boy ...

    Chile volcano ash causes renewed air chaos in Australia
    News Report inserted: Jun 21 2011

    Australia's two major airports are facing up to 48 hours of disruption as the ash cloud from a Chilean volcano drifts across the south of the country. Qantas and Virgin have cancelled all flights into and out of Sydney and Melbourne. Adelaide airport has been shut and Canberra flights also hit. Last week, tens of thousands of people were stranded as airlines grounded flights, and now the ash has ...


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