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Entries in Emergency Landing (5)

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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Wednesday
Feb152012

Pilot Falls Ill and Dies as Plane Lands

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(PRAGUE) -- A Czech CSA jetliner carrying 46 passengers from the Polish capital of Warsaw landed safely in Prague Ruzyne Airport shortly after midday on Wednesday after the flight’s captain fell ill as the plane was landing and was declared dead soon afterwards.

The plane was on approach to the Prague airport when an emergency was reported and the first officer took control of the turbo propeller plane, an ATR-42-500, after the captain “who was 55 years old, was incapacitated due to health problems,” according to Peter Zmolnik, the president of the Czech Association of CSA Transport pilots.

“The captain had almost two decades of service with CSA and was based in Prague,” he added.

Czech CSA spokeswoman Hana Hejskova added, “The safety of the passengers on board of the plane was not threatened because the airline’s pilots are trained to deal with such incidents.”

The flight, OK-777, touched down at 12:02 p.m., a bit later than scheduled.

Doctors in Prague could not help the captain after the plane landed and he was declared dead half an hour later, Hejskova said, adding that the pilot’s family had been notified.

She declined to give the cause of the pilot’s illness or the cause of his death.

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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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Saturday
Dec042010

Two Dead After Moscow Flight Makes Emergency Landing

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- At least two passengers died and dozens were injured when a Dagestan Airlines TU-154 made an emergency landing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport, according to an Interfax report.

The aircraft took off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport and decided to make an emergency landing approximately 30 minutes later. According to RIA, the plane suffered three consecutive engine failures.

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Thursday
Nov042010

Mumbai: Another Cargo Hold Scare?

Photo Courtesy - Delta Airlines(MUMBAI, India) -- A Delta Airlines flight made an emergency landing Thursday in Mumbai after unidentified objects were found in the aircraft's cargo hold, reports NDTV.

244 passengers were aboard the flight en route from Amsterdam to Mumbai when it landed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and were immediately evacuated before a bomb squad began a search of the plane and its cargo hold.

An airline source said that the flight did not declare an emergency but rather it was air traffic control acting on information given by Delta.

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