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Saturday
Apr132013

Lion Air Jet Crashes into Sea In Bali

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BALI, Indonesia) -- An airplane that crashed into the sea Saturday morning of the Indonesian island of Bali snapped into two pieces from the impact.

The plane was carrying over 100 passengers and at least seven crew members, all of whom survived the crash of the Lion Air flight. According to the Wall Street Journal, the airplane overshot the runway and ended up crashing into shallow water.

According to a Lion Air spokesman, the plane and pilot were both fit to fly. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.

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Thursday
Nov292012

KFC Takes the Colonel’s Classic to the Skies in Japan

JAL/KFC(TOKYO) -- Just in time for KFC’s most lucrative holiday in Japan, Japan Airlines plans to take the colonel’s classic to a whole new level: on board U.S.- and Europe-bound flights.

The fast food chain and JAL are teaming up to offer packaged fried chicken meals between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28.  The so-called Air Kentucky trays will consist of a fried drumstick, boneless breast filet, flat bread and cole slaw -- similar to a two-piece chicken meal at a KFC store.  

They will be served as a second meal to premium-economy and economy class customers on board flights from Narita Airport to New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Paris, Frankfurt and London.

The JAL-KFC partnership coincides with the American chain’s most popular holiday in Japan, Christmas.  KFC has used savvy marketing to establish fried chicken meals as a holiday tradition there.  The colonel’s recipe is so popular during Christmas, customers begin placing orders months in advance to secure their festive feast.

KFC is the latest in a long list of fast food chains JAL has tapped to offer special meals on board their flights as part of their “Air Series.”

In March, the carrier teamed up with restaurant chain Yoshinoya to serve their famous beef bowls on board international flights.

A few months later, JAL teamed with the popular hamburger chain MOS Burger to offer in-flight rice burgers, which included steamed rice patties with carrots and oyster mushrooms, among other vegetables.  

Chinese pork buns and donut chain Mister Donuts have also been featured in meals.

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Thursday
Oct112012

Turkey Detains Syrian Commercial Jet

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ANKARA, Turkey) -- Tensions between Turkey and Syria were ratcheted up another notch on Wednesday when a Syrian commercial jet was forced to land in Ankara and was briefly detained.

According to Turkey's state TV, the military sent fighter planes to confront the jet with 35 passengers en route to Damascus from Moscow on suspicions that it was actually loaded with military cargo.

In recent months, Turkey angered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by siding with opposition forces intent on removing him from power, and last week, mortar fire that killed a Turkish woman and her family has resulted in the two sides repeatedly lobbing shells over their shared border.

The Turkish prime minister insists his country doesn't want war, but has vowed to defend it if attacked.

Should Turkey come under a full-scale assault by Syria, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the alliance has “all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary.”

Meanwhile, this latest flare-up prompted a warning by Turkey that all its aircraft should avoid flying over Syria.

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Tuesday
Aug212012

Afghan Militants Hit Gen. Martin Dempsey's Plane

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The plane of the U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, was damaged late Monday night after Taliban militants fired rockets at Bagram Air Field.

A military official told ABC News the attack occurred just after midnight local time at Bagram Air Field outside Kabul when Dempsey's C-17 plane was hit by fragments of indirect fire from two rockets.  

Dempsey was safely back in his room when the attack occurred and was not hurt in the blast.  Two maintenance people working nearby sustained minor injuries.

Due to the exterior damage of the aircraft, Dempsey and his team left Bagram Tuesday morning on a different C-17 plane.  The attack also caused slight damage to an Apache helicopter that was parked nearby.

Dempsey was in Afghanistan to meet with top U.S. and Afghan officials in Kabul in an attempt to stop the increasing number of attacks on U.S. forces by Afghan soldiers and police.  These so-called “green on blue” or “insider” attacks have killed 10 American soldiers in the last two weeks.

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Thursday
Aug162012

New York to Moscow Plane Diverted After Bomb Threat

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A passenger jet flying from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport to Moscow was diverted to Iceland on Thursday because a caller reportedly told the NYPD there was a bomb on board.

A total of 256 people were on board the Russian Aeroflot plane when an anonymous caller told New York City police that there was a bomb on the flight, airline spokeswoman Irina Dannenberg told Russian media outlets.

Authorities in New York confirmed to ABC News that the plane was diverted because of "technical issues."

No bomb was found on board the plane, which remains in good condition, according to Russian news agency Interfax.  Interfax also reported that passengers are waiting for a new crew to arrive.  The crew on board the plane diverted to Iceland is reportedly being sent home to Moscow, as crews on the airline work according to set timetables.

The Airbus A330 took off from New York on Wednesday.  Prior to diverting to Iceland's Keflavik International Airport, at one point, the pilot considered turning the flight back to New York.  However, the pilot then decided to go on, only to divert to Iceland.

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Thursday
Jul192012

Female Olympians Fly Coach While Men Go Business Class

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- When the Japanese women’s soccer team set out on their quest for Olympic gold, they found themselves at a disadvantage before the games even began: They were jammed into economy class on a grueling flight to Europe, behind the men’s national team seated in the roomy business class section of the plane.

“Age wise, we are older, so it probably should have been the other way around,” team star Homare Sawa joked.

Sawa, who will be competing in her fourth Olympic games, may have brushed off the airline snub, but the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) is taking some heat for the mishap, especially since the women known as “Nadeshiko” are ranked number three in the world and considered gold medal hopefuls.

The team became national heroes last summer after they beat a heavily favored U.S. team to take home the Women’s World Cup, lifting a country reeling from a catastrophic tsunami and nuclear disaster.  Thousands of adoring fans greeted the athletes at the airport upon their return home from Germany.  The women were showered with endorsement deals, and became the first sports team to win the people’s honor award from the government.

The men, on the other hand, are ranked number 20 in the world and considered long shots for medals in London.

“When we won the World Cup, we returned home on business class seats,” Sawa pointed out.

The Australian women’s basketball team received similar “second class treatment” on their way to the Olympics, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.  The women, known as the Opals, were seated in premium economy class, while the men’s team, the Boomers, sat in business.  The Opals have taken silver at the last three Olympics, while the Boomers have never medaled.

“Different factors are taken into account when organizing travel arrangements for our national teams, height and size being a primary consideration,” a Basketball Australia spokeswoman told the Herald.  “For example, the average height of our male basketball players is 200.2cm.  The average height of our female basketball players is 183cm.”

The JOC says most of the Japanese Olympians are required to fly coach as amateurs, though exceptions are made for larger athletes.  The men’s soccer team, who have professional status, have been traveling in business class seats since the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

Sawa, who was named the FIFA women’s world player of the year in 2011, said she planned to use the World Cup experience and the recent snub as motivation.

“We hope to produce the same results this time, so we can get the same kind of treatment,” she said.

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Tuesday
May292012

Parts of Air Canada Jet Engine Fall on Ontario Neighborhood

Norm Betts/Bloomberg News(TORONTO) -- An Air Canada jet flying from Toronto to Narita, Japan, was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff and make an emergency landing Monday afternoon after one of its two engines suddenly shut down, and pieces of the plane fell on a suburban neighborhood below.

Flight 001, a Boeing 777 with 318 passengers and 16 crew members on board, took off from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport at 2:10 p.m.

Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzgerald told ABC News that shortly after take-off, the engine shut down and it appeared that pieces of the engine fell off the plane, crashing into neighboring suburbs.

Fitzgerald could not confirm what exactly fell from the plane, but told ABC News that ”the engine did not fall off.  It broke.”

The metal parts smashed through windshields of parked cars in Mississauga, Ontario, leaving their owners stunned.  Peel Regional Police reportedly received calls of minor property damage, but no injuries were reported.

According to passengers, the captain declared an emergency in the air.  With just one of two engines still running, the jet returned and landed safety at Pearson International Airport shortly before 4 p.m.

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Wednesday
Apr112012

US Fighter Jets Intercept Korean Airlines Flight After Bomb Threat

SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) -- Two U.S. fighter jets scrambled to meet a Korean Airlines Boeing 777 Tuesday night after a bomb threat was reported shortly after the plane took off from Vancouver, British Columbia.

With the help of F-15 fighter jets, the Seoul-bound plane made a safe emergency landing at Comox, a Canadian Forces base on Vancouver Island, around 5:30 p.m. local time.

No explosives were found and all 149 people on board Flight 72 were unharmed.

The incident comes at a time of heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula.

Korean Airlines is one of several airlines that are changing their flight paths to avoid a long-range rocket that North Korea is launching, possibly as early as Thursday.

On Wednesday morning, engineers began pumping fuel into the rocket.  North Koreans say the rocket is putting a satellite into space, but the U.S. and others don't believe it and are calling it a provocation and violation of U.N. resolutions prohibiting nuclear and ballistic missile activity.

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Tuesday
Nov012011

'Perfect' Emergency Landing Sends Sparks Flying, Passengers Scrambling

WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WARSAW, Poland) -- The final moments of Flight 16 from Newark, N.J, to Warsaw, Poland, with 210 passengers and a crew of 11, were alarming. The pilots of the Polish LOT airlines Boeing 767 could not get the landing gear to come down. After circling to dump fuel, they were forced to make an emergency landing, skidding along the runway on the plane’s belly, sparks flying.

Emergency vehicles were standing by, and firefighters quickly hosed down the plane as passengers scrambled to evacuate down the slides. Everyone got out safely. A spokesperson for LOT airlines says it had a support team and psychologists on hand to meet the passengers after they were bused to the terminal.

The airline says pilots noted a failure in the hydraulic system used to lower the gear, and that’s when they called for an emergency landing. BBC reporter Richard W. Gordon, tweeted, “The aircraft’s crew reported an unsafe gear indication at 3,000 feet and attempted to troubleshoot for 80 minutes.”

Fighter jets were sent up to take a look at the jet as it circled over the airport. Those military pilots confirmed the gear was not down.

LOT praised its pilots for carrying out a “perfect emergency landing.”

A passenger waiting at the airport, John Britton, saw the landing and tweeted, “Terrifying, plane on fire at Warsaw airport as I’m about to fly. Crash landing maybe.”

LOT airlines is part of the Star Alliance group, which means it is an international partner for United and Continental flights. Both carriers referred any questions to the Polish airline.

The airline says the passengers on Flight 16 are being released after a medical examination and a brief interview by police.

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Thursday
Sep292011

Japanese Plane Plunges 6,234 Feet in 30 Seconds

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- What goes up, must come down.  Very quickly.  Especially if you press the wrong button.

That lesson was learned the hard way by a Japanese pilot who nearly tipped a plane full of 117 passengers on a flight from Naha, on the southern island of Okinawa, to Tokyo nearly three weeks ago.

The 38-year-old co-pilot at the helm of the All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight hit the wrong button while trying to push the unlock door button to let the captain back into the cockpit after he stepped out to use the restroom.

But instead of pressing unlock, the co-pilot hit the rudder trim controls -- a mistake that tipped the Boeing 737-700 more than 130 degrees to the left and sent it plunging 6,234 feet in 30 seconds, all while flying at a height of 41,000 feet.

Though the incident occurred Sept. 6, it was just revealed Wednesday by ANA, hours after the airline debuted its new-generation Boeing Co. 787 “Dreamliner” jets.  Shin Nagase, a senior executive vice president at ANA, bowed deeply in front of TV cameras at a news conference to apologize for the trouble caused by the incident.

Computer images released by the Japan Transport Safety Board show the plane nearly turning upside down.  Luckily, the flight’s passengers did not seem to realize the gravity of the situation since it was already dark outside when the incident occurred around 10:50 pm.

Two flight attendants were slightly injured, and six passengers became airsick or reported neck pains aboard the flight, which later landed safely in Tokyo.

Four senior ANA officials have been reprimanded by the airline as a result of the incident.  The Japan Transport Safety Board has also launched its own independent investigation into the incident.

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