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Friday
Oct212011

Jack the Cat Awareness Day at JFK Airport

Thinkstock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Saturday is Jack the Cat Awareness day at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

The cat has been missing for more than seven weeks after getting lost in the American Airlines baggage check area. Even though time has passed, the online fury over the cat’s loss and the airline’s failure thus far to recover it has not.

The “Jack The Cat is Lost in AA Baggage at JFK” Facebook page has more than 15,000 followers and is updated often, sometimes several times a day. And every post elicits dozens, sometimes hundreds, of comments from outraged and sympathetic supporters.

The goal of Saturday's event at the airport is to spread awareness about Jack to the airport’s more than 37,000 employees.

“You would be surprised the amount of people at JFK that are not aware that Jack is missing,” said Bonnie Folz, one of the lead searchers, in a statement. “There are construction workers, shop workers, store workers, garage cleaners, garage security, terminal security and a whole lot more. Any one of them could be the one who sees Jack, but they need to know he is missing.”

Jack disappeared on Aug. 25 when his owner, Karen Pascoe, was traveling from New York to California. She dropped her two cats off in their kennels at baggage services and soon received a call from an American Airlines agent telling her that one of her cats was missing and they believed he was in the inbound baggage claim area.

A Department of Transportation Pet Incident Report released Oct. 13 revealed exactly how Jack was lost. Each of Pascoe’s cats was in its own kennel, which a clerk stacked one on top of the other. The top kennel fell and Jack escaped.

An extensive search came up empty and Jack has been missing ever since. Passionate supporters have vowed to renounce American Airlines unless the feline is found. The airline has stopped posting updates on its Facebook page.

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Thursday
Aug252011

Two Injured after Jetway Collapses at Los Angeles Airport

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock (file photo)(LOS ANGELES) -- A pilot and a passenger from a Boston-to-Los Angeles American Airlines flight that landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport were hospitalized Wednesday night, after a jetway collapsed while they were exiting the plane.

According to officials, a small piece of floorboard next to the plane's exit door gave way, causing both victims to fall about 10 feet to the tarmac.

Matt Spence with the Los Angeles Fire Department said the two were "transported to a local hospital in fair condition with non-life-threatening injuries."

The rest of the passengers exited the plane using mobile stair trucks that were attached to the other doors, Spence said.

The plane was damaged in the incident and moved to a hangar for repairs, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper said American Airlines will be undergoing inspections of all of its jetways at LAX.  The cause of Wednesday's collapse is not yet known.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jul252011

All Clear after Bomb Squad Checks Suspicious Bag at JFK Airport

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Police evacuated a terminal at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday as a bomb squad inspected a bag left inside an American Airlines business class lounge.

The contents of the bag were deemed harmless and the terminal was reopened shortly thereafter. Suspicion arose after a last-minute passenger left it behind and boarded a flight bound for San Francisco.

Police said they had no indication that the passenger evaded security.

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Sunday
Apr032011

American Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing In New York

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An American Airlines flight declared a mid-flight emergency and was forced to make an unscheduled landing after experiencing a loss in cabin pressure Sunday.

Flight 883, a Boeing 757 that originated from Boston's Logan International Airport and was scheduled to arrive in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was diverted to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, where it landed safely.

There is no word yet on what caused the decrease in cabin pressure or whether any injuries were sustained.

On Friday, another American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing when a number of passengers and crew reported feeling ill and four passengers later fainted.

The flight from Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., was on its way to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport when the captain -- after learning of the reported illnesses -- lowered the plane's oxygen masks as a precaution during the plane's emergency descent into Dayton, Ohio.

The airline was trying to determine whether a loss in cabin pressure was to blame.

Also on Friday, a Southwest Airlines jet made an emergency landing after the roof of the aircraft tore open in mid-air. Fatigue cracks were discovered near the point of the break. Southwest has grounded dozens of planes for inspection.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Mar242011

Federal Authorities Investigate Whether Air Traffic Controller Was Asleep on Duty

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- An alarming report that an air traffic controller may have been asleep at one of the nation's major airports has now drawn the attention of federal authorities.

Pilots in two commercial planes have reported that as they approached the nation's capital Tuesday night, they were unable to contact air traffic control at Reagan National Airport before landing.

The American Airlines and United Airlines planes both had been in contact with regional air traffic controllers before being handed off to Reagan National. The pilots landed their planes safely but without help from the airport tower.

"Tower is apparently unmanned. Called on the phone. Nobody answering, so aircraft went in just as an uncontrolled airport," one pilot said, according to recorded radio communication.

In another transmission, a pilot said that "it's happened before."

The FAA, the agency responsible for air traffic control, said Wednesday it is investigating the report and promised that it is "looking into staffing issues and whether existing procedures were followed appropriate."

The NTSB added that it is looking into the incident, which occurred between midnight and 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

One pilot contacted by ABC News Wednesday said that while the incident was unusual, it would not have presented a danger to passengers, because pilots are trained to land without air traffic control.

While Reagan National is staffed with multiple air traffic controllers during the day, the overnight shift is managed by just one controller, because there are no departures overnight and few arrivals. The airport serves some 18 million passengers a year.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio 

Monday
Feb072011

Jumbo Jets Nearly Collide Outside New York City

Photo Courtesy - ABC News | WFAA-TV(NEW YORK) -- A packed American Airlines jumbo jet and two military C-17 cargo planes avoided catastrophe after they were mistakenly sent to the same altitude by controllers at New York's Air Traffic Control Center. The planes -- both closing in on 22,000 feet -- came less than a mile from each other horizontally, and 200 feet vertically. A collision alarm in the cockpit of the American Airlines Boeing 777 sounded, warning pilots to descend. They did, averting a possible collision.

The close call occurred at 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 20, about 80 miles southeast of New York City. The incident is now under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The American flight, with 259 passengers and crew, had taken off from New York's JFK airport, bound for Brazil. According to the NTSB, the jet was flying in a southeast direction. The two U.S. Air Force C-17s were flying northwest, toward McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. Aviation sources tell ABC News that the controller directing the C-17s asked the controller handling the American flight to hold the flight at 20,000 feet, but that controller was busy with another jet and missed the request.

As both planes headed to 22,000 feet, the C-17 controller realized what was happening and again asked the other controller to stop the American Airlines flight from climbing. He then directed the military pilots to hold at 22,000 feet. But the other controller, hearing that instruction, thought the 22,000 altitude instruction was for the American flight -- and sent the Boeing jet to 22,000 feet as well.

"The impact of a breakdown in communication can be very serious," said former air traffic control manager and safety consultant Dick Marakovits. "In this circumstance, technology stepped in within the aircraft and saved the day.

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Saturday
Feb052011

American Airlines Flight, Air Force Jets Nearly Avoid Collision

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Federal officials are investigating a near mid-air collision off the coast of New Jersey.

According to a release from the National Transportation Safety Board, an American Airlines flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York took off Jan. 20 en route to Sao Paulo, Brazil, when it came too close to a pair of U.S. Air Force C-17s.

Radar shows the commercial flight was within a mile of the transport planes, a distance they could have closed in seconds.

Automatic sensors warned the American Airlines pilots, who took action to avoid a collision.

The NTSB is leading the investigation into the matter.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Dec292010

Investigation Launched after Unusual Landing at Jackson Hole Airport

Jackson Hole Airport. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Wednesday that it would investigate an incident involving American Airlines flight 2253 at Jackson Hole Airport in Wyoming.

The inbound flight from Chicago O'Hare International Airport reportedly ran off the end of the runway while landing Wednesday morning local time.  No injuries were reported among the 181 passengers and crew aboard the jetliner.

The plane came to rest 350 feet past the runway overrun area in hard-packed snow.  It was apparently snowing at the time of the incident.  No damage to the aircraft has been reported.

The Federal Aviation Association, Boeing, the  Allied Pilots Association and American Airlines have all agreed to participate in the investigation into the botched landing.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Friday
Oct292010

Hole in Fuselage, Cabin Decompression Lead to AA Emergency Landing

Photo Courtesy - WFAA-TV Dallas(DALLAS, Texas) --  A hole in the fuselage of an American Airlines jet en route from Miami to Boston led to an emergency landing back in Miami after rapid decompression in the passenger cabin.  No one was hurt and the National Transportation Safety Board, The Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing and American Airlines are all investigating.

It happened Tuesday as the Boeing 757 was climbing to 31,000 feet.  A passenger described a loud roaring sound and the oxygen masks automatically dropped from the overhead panels.  When the plane landed safely back in Miami, a roughly one foot by two foot hole was discovered above and behind a door on the left side of  the aircraft, just behind the cockpit. 

An aviation professional tells ABC News Radio that based on photographs in the Aviation Herald, it appears a panel on the outside of the aircraft somehow came loose. 

Six crewmembers and 154 passengers were on board the aircraft.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

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