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    Berlin airport: Opening further delayed until 2013
    News Report inserted: May 18 2012

    The opening of Berlin's long-awaited new airport has been put back from June probably until March next year, because its fire safety system is not ready. The delay is seen as a major embarrassment as the project has been beset with postponements and mishaps. Berlin Brandenburg airport cost 2.5bn euros (2bn; $3.1bn) to build. Airlines have been selling flight tickets from the airport for months. I ...

    Plane crash in northern Nepal kills 21 people
    News Report inserted: May 14 2012

    A plane carrying 21 people has crashed while trying to land at an airport in the north of Nepal, leaving 15 dead. Police say that six survivors are being treated at a hospital in the city of Pokhara. Many of the dead and injured are Indian nationals. The Agni Air plane hit a hillside as it tried to land at Jomsom airport, a hub for trekkers and religious pilgrims. Aviation accidents involving smal ...

    Indonesia searchers find missing Russia jet wreckage
    News Report inserted: May 10 2012

    Indonesian officials say a helicopter has spotted what is thought to be wreckage of the Russian Sukhoi Superjet plane that disappeared on Wednesday. The Sukhoi Superjet 100 vanished from radar screens 50 minutes after taking off from Jakarta for a brief demonstration flight. Officials said the helicopter had seen debris on the side of a cliff near a dormant volcano. About 45 people are said to hav ...

    No Dutch charges over 2009 Turkish Airlines crash
    News Report inserted: Apr 26 2012

    Dutch prosecutors have decided not to charge Turkish Airlines and Boeing over a 2009 crash in which nine people died. The Boeing 737-800 jet, carrying 135 passengers and crew, came down in a field near Schiphol airport in an accident blamed on a faulty altimeter. Prosecutors said no crime was committed, but the pilots did not keep to protocol for a sudden dip in height. Both pilots died in the cra ...

    Delta Airlines plane makes emergency landing after bird strike
    News Report inserted: Apr 21 2012

    A Delta Airlines plane has made an emergency landing at New York's John F Kennedy airport after an apparent bird strike. Flight 1063, which was bound for Los Angeles with 172 passengers and seven crew onboard, contacted air traffic control shortly after take-off when the right engine failed. Passengers described a loud bang, a grinding noise and the plane shaking, before the cabin filled with smok ...

    Devastation and chaos after Pakistani plane crash
    News Report inserted: Apr 20 2012

    Asif Farooqi of the BBC's Urdu service describes scenes of devastation and chaos at the site where a Bhoja Air plane crashed with up to 127 people on board just outside Pakistan's capital, Islamabad. The plane came down over the small village of Hussain Abad, but the crash site spread over a few kilometres. There are a few hundred houses here. Some of the plane's wreckage damaged about three house ...

    Virgin plane in Gatwick Airport emergency landing
    News Report inserted: Apr 17 2012

    Flights in and out of Gatwick Airport were suspended after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing when smoke was reported in the cabin. Virgin flight VS27 had left the West Sussex airport at 11:48 BST and was bound for Orlando in the US when it had to return to land at 12:17 Fifteen people needed hospital treatment after the evacuation, 14 of them for suspected fractures. Virgin had said ...

    Indian helicopter makes emergency landing on rooftop
    News Report inserted: Apr 12 2012

    A helicopter has made an emergency landing on the roof of an apartment building in a busy residential area of the Indian city of Bangalore. Reports say the helicopter was on a routine training flight when its engine failed, forcing the aircraft down. The five-storey building was evacuated with no injuries reported and both the pilot and co-pilot are safe, an official said. With its rotor damaged, ...

    Man chased helicopter at Norwich airport to warn of fire
    News Report inserted: Apr 12 2012

    A helicopter which caught fire was stopped from taking off from Norwich airport by a member of ground staff who ran after it to alert the crew. The engineer chased after the Dauphin II helicopter on the runway in April last year to get the pilot's attention. After an inquiry into the incident, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has called for clearer lines of communication for emergenci ...

    US Navy F-18 crashes in residential Virginia
    News Report inserted: Apr 07 2012

    A US Navy F-18 jet has crashed shortly after take off in a residential area near Virginia Beach, Virginia. A navy spokesman told the BBC that the plane went down just before 12:08 (16:08 GMT) and two crew members ejected safely. The plane hit an apartment building, with photos showing flames and black smoke rising from behind houses. Both pilots and several other people, including a firefighter, a ...


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