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    Airbus faces manslaughter charges over Rio crash
    News Report inserted: Mar 20 2011

    A French judge has filed preliminary manslaughter charges against European aircraft maker Airbus over a crash in 2009. All of the 228 people onboard were killed when an Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris came down in the Atlantic Ocean on 1 June that year. The preliminary charges pave the way for further investigation. The cause of the accident is not known, though sensors on the aircr ...

    Cork crash plane 'had no faults'
    News Report inserted: Mar 16 2011

    An interim report into last month's plane crash in thick fog in Cork has found no faults with the aircraft or the airport landing systems. Six people died when the Manx2 airline plane crashed on approach to Cork Airport while on a flight from Belfast. The report found that the plane's right wing-tip made contact with the runway on its final landing approach. Irish air accident investigators said t ...

    Flybe aeroplane wheel comes off in Exeter take-off
    News Report inserted: Mar 03 2011

    A Flybe plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Exeter Airport after a wheel fell off. The Flybe Bombardier Q400 took off from Exeter International Airport bound for Newcastle at 1225 GMT with 39 passengers and four crew on board. A wheel detached shortly after take-off, forcing the plane to circle for about 90 minutes before landing. No-one was injured, and the UK Air Accidents Investiga ...

    Four Americans killed in UAE as small plane crashes
    News Report inserted: Feb 28 2011

    Four Americans were killed when the small plane they were travelling in crashed shortly after take-off in the United Arab Emirates. The aircraft was en route to Saudia Arabia - the first leg of a return trip to the US, the US embassy said. The plane veered to the left after take-off and crashed before catching fire, local media quoted aviation officials as saying. The names of the dead have not ye ...

    Qantas A380 problems bite into half-year profits
    News Report inserted: Feb 17 2011

    Qantas Airways said its first half net profits had risen four-fold, but it added that last year's explosion in one of its Rolls-Royce engines had wiped off $55m (£34.4m). The breakdown led to the grounding of its A380 aircraft last year. The Australian airline predicted 2011 full year profits would be much higher than last year. But it warned that these would be held back by high fuel prices ...

    China to build new Sudan airport in Khartoum
    News Report inserted: Feb 15 2011

    A state-owned Chinese company has signed a $1.2bn (£750m) contract to build a new airport in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. The new airport will have a runway long enough for the giant Airbus A380, says the China Communications Construction Company. The company says the new airport will strengthen Sudan's international ties, which have suffered due to sanctions and a poor aviation safety rec ...

    Air traffic control hitch affecting UK flights resolved
    News Report inserted: Feb 15 2011

    Air Traffic controllers say problems they were experiencing over the North of England and Scotland have been resolved. Operations are back to normal, National Air Traffic Services (Nats) said. Flights had been disrupted for much of the day, with average delays of up two hours. Equipment used by the air traffic control centre in Prestwick, Ayrshire, is thought to have failed. Prestwick controls fli ...

    Honduras vice-minister Robelo among 14 plane crash dead
    News Report inserted: Feb 14 2011

    A deputy minister, Rodolfo Robelo, is among 14 people reported dead in a plane crash in Honduras. The small commercial plane was on a routine scheduled flight from the coastal city of San Pedro Sula to the capital, Tegucigalpa. Also among those killed was former finance minister Carlos Chain and a trade union leader, Israel Salinas Jorge Castellanos. An ambulance and helicopters have been dispatch ...

    Boeing unveils new 747-8 Intercontinental
    News Report inserted: Feb 14 2011

    US planemaker Boeing has unveiled the latest version of its jumbo jet. The 747-8 Intercontinental will seat 467 passengers - 51 more than the current 747 - while burning less fuel, the firm says. But Boeing has won just 33 orders for the passenger version of the plane so far - from Lufthansa and Korean Air Lines. However it has also sold 74 of the cargo version of the plane, which has already flo ...

    Mock hijack exercise tests 999 crews in Lancashire
    News Report inserted: Feb 12 2011

    About 150 firefighters from north-west England and Northern Ireland have been taking part in an exercise simulating a terrorist attack. The mock incident was held at Lancashire Fire Service's training centre in Washington Hall, Euxton. The scenario involved a simulated hijack, air crash and radiation leak. Teams from Greater Manchester, Isle of Man, Lancashire, Merseyside and Northern Ireland took ...


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