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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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iPhone 4 Explodes Midflight on Australian Airline

Credit: Regional Express(SYDNEY) -- Apple’s iPhones are always among the hottest gadgets of any holiday shopping season, but for one passenger on an Australian flight, the phone was too hot to handle -- literally.

While on Australian flight Regional Express ZL319 Friday, a passenger’s iPhone 4 (not the iPhone 4S, which is Apple’s latest model) suddenly started “emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow,” according to a Regional Express statement.

The plane, which was flying from Lismore to Sydney, was in the midst of landing when the incident occured. “In accordance with company standard safety procedures, the flight attendant carried out recovery actions immediately, and the red glow was extinguished successfully,” according to Regional Express’ statement.

After landing, the iPhone was handed over to officials at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. There’s no official word yet on what caused the phone to combust.

Exploding Apple products are rare, but explosions have happened in the past, mostly related to the devices’ lithium ion batteries overheating.

The European Union launched an investigation in 2009 after multiple instances of iPhones and iPod Touches exploding or catching fire midflight were reported in the U.K., Holland, France and Sweden.

Apple also recalled its first-generation of iPod nanos sold between September 2005 and December 2006 because the battery would overheat and “pose a safety risk,” according to the company’s website.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Chile Volcano Forces Flight Cancellations in Australia and New Zealand

John Foxx/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- A number of flights in and out of Australia and New Zealand had to be cancelled Sunday due to ash from a volcano in Chile threatening the airspace in and around the two countries.

On Sunday Virgin Australia posted an advisory on its website saying that it was suspending all flight services into and out of New Zealand, and Melbourne and Tasmania, Australia from 7 p.m. Australian time.

Also taking precaution, and grounding part of its fleet was Qantas airlines, which cancelled several flights in and out of the same three areas Sunday.

Airlines are taking such steps as ash travelling from the volcano into the airspace creates dangerous flying conditions for pilots, with particles also posing a threat to jet engines. According to a release from the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand, ash from the Puyhue-Cordon Caulle volcano in southern Chile was expected to get up to somewhere between 20,000 feet and 35,000 feet in New Zealand airspace over the weekend.

Earlier in the week, the volcano also prompted flight cancellations in parts of Argentina and Uruguay.

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