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Sunday, 31 May 2015

Aviation Incidents roundup from Aeroinside.com

AeroInside.com - Latest Aviation Incidents


Delta A333 near Amsterdam on May 30th 2015, hydraulic failure
A Delta Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration N811NW performing flight DL-164 (dep May 29th) from Minneapolis,MN (USA) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was descending towards Amsterdam when the crew reported the failure of the green hydraulic system...
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Jazz CRJ2 at Montreal on May 26th 2015, rejected takeoff due to control problems
A Jazz Canadair CRJ-200, registration C-GUJA performing flight QK-7654 from Montreal,QC (Canada) to Washington National,DC (USA) with 49 passengers and 3 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Montreal's runway 24R when the aircraft showed a strong...
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Saturday, 30 May 2015

SUICIDE NOTE AIR PASSENGER REMOVED FROM VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRCRAFT

virgin america


Vicki Riffe, a passenger sitting next to the man, alerted cabin crew after reading the note over his shoulder: "He started writing extremely fast - with anger,I was scared to death."




Riffe went on to describe the content of the note, in which the man threatened to kill himself and others. "When I saw that, I got scared," she said. "I started thinking about my kids."


Friday, 29 May 2015

Latest reported Aviation Incidents

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Niki A320 at Athens on May 28th 2015, bird strike, single engine go around around thunderstorms
A Fly Niki Airbus A320-200, registration OE-LEU performing flight HG-8641 from Athens (Greece) to Vienna (Austria), was climbing out of Athens' runway 03L when the right hand engine (CFM56) ingested a bird prompting the crew to stop the climb at...
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Thomas Cook A332 over Atlantic on May 28th 2015, technical issue
A Thomas Cook Airbus A330-200, registration OY-VKF performing flight MT-848 from Manchester,EN (UK) to New York JFK,NY (USA), was enroute at FL360 about 120nm west of Shannon (Ireland) about to enter the Oceanic Crossing, when the crew requested to...


Thursday, 28 May 2015

Latest Aviation Incidents .....

AeroInside.com - Latest Aviation Incidents...


Southwest B737 near Los Angeles on May 26th 2015, cargo smoke indication
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N766SW performing flight WN-1516 from San Jose,CA to San Diego,CA (USA) with 75 people on board, was enroute at FL410 about 70nm north of Los Angeles,CA when the crew received a cargo smoke...
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United A320 near Kansas City on May 26th 2015, diverted due to weather radar, returned due to hydraulic problem
A United Airbus A320-200, registration N457UA performing flight UA-594 from Washington National,DC to Denver,CO (USA) with 151 people on board, was enroute at FL360 about 90nm northeast of Kansas City,MO (USA) when the crew decided to divert to...
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Transat B738 at Montego Bay on May 9th 2015, galley oven on hot strike
An Air Transat Boeing 737-800, registration C-GTQG performing TS-548 from Moncton,NB (Canada) to Montego Bay (Jamaica) with no passengers and 6 crew, was on approach to Montego Bay's runway 07 about 5nm before intercepting the localizer when an oven...
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Travel F50 near Kerema on Apr 28th 2015, maintained wrong level, loss of separation
A Travel Air PNG Fokker 50, registration P2-TAH performing 4P-602 from Port Moresby to Mount Hagen (Papua New Guinea) with 35 passengers and 3 crew, was climbing out of Port Moresby, the captain (70, ATPL, 23,500 hours total, 12,000 hours on type),...
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UPDATE: SEPP BLATTER RESIGNS 2ND JUNE 2015 FIFA, BUNGS & SPONSORSHIP - McDonalds, Coca Cola, Visa, Hyundai, Budweiser and Adidas



Matt ( in cracking form ) in
The Daily Telegraph 3rd June 2015

2ND JUNE 2015; 17:50 HRS UPDATE: SEPP BLATTER OFFERS 'PR RESIGNATION' IN STEPPING DOWN AS PRESIDENT OF FIFA This is what he said this evening 2nd June 2015:



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...and the Qatar FA Boss not too happy either...
with Greg Dyke!


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

FIFA SPONSORS YOU MAY WISH TO FRAME THIS STATEMENT AS YOUR SHARE PRICE DIVES .....

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

RYANAIR FULL YEAR PROFIT UP AN ASTONISHING 66 PER CENT




The Ryanair quest to ditch its near non existent customer service image has clearly helped grow full-year pre-tax profit by an astonishing 66 per cent and boost passenger numbers by 11%.


Profit after tax was €867 million (£613.7 million) for the year to March 31, compared with €523 million a year earlier.

Monday, 25 May 2015

New York area airports have been hit with a rash of ​anonymous reports of international arrivals carrying chemical weapons​​, ​with fighter jets scrambling, in one instance, to escort an Air France plane into JFK, law enforcement sources said.



An Air France Airbus A380.




Days after this blog *** first reported the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $227,500 civil penalty against AmplaChem, Inc. of Carmel, Ind., for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations; New York area airports have been hit with a rash of ​anonymous reports of international arrivals carrying chemical weapons​​, ​with fighter jets scrambling, in one instance, to escort an Air France plane into JFK, law enforcement sources said. 


Air France Flight 22, which originated from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, was immediately taken to a secure area of the airport called the “hijack site”, law enforcement sources told the New York Post.
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AVIATION INCIDENTS ROUND UP in last 48 hours ...



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AVIATION INCIDENTS ROUND UP  in last 48 hours ...


Jazz CRJ9 at St. John's on May 10th 2015, hydraulic failure
A Jazz Canadair CRJ-705, registration C-GDJZ performing flight QK-8992 from Halifax,NS to St. John's,NL (Canada) with 75 people on board, was on approach to St. John's runway 29 when the crew went around reporting a hydraulic and gear problems. The...
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Avianca Brasil A318 at Juazeiro Do Norte on May 23rd 2015, rejected takeoff, passenger deploys slide
An Avianca Brasil Airbus A318-100, registration PR-OND performing flight O6-6377 from Juazeiro Do Norte,CE to Sao Paulo Guarulhos,SP (Brazil), rejected takeoff from Juazeiro Do Norte's runway 13 at low speed due to a problem with one of the engines...
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Kalstar AT72 near Pontianak on May 22nd 2015, hydraulic failure
A Kalstar Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-212A, registration PK-KSD performing flight KD-946 from Pontianak to Putussibau (Indonesia) with 37 passengers, was climbing out of Pontianak when the crew stopped the climb at 10,000 feet due to a...
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Flyme AT72 at Gan on May 21st 2015, runway excursion on landing
A Flyme Villa Air Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-212A, registration 8Q-VAS performing flight VP-661 from Fuvahmulah to Gan (Maldives) with 57 passengers, landed on Gan's runway 28 at 20:12L (15:12Z) in rain but went off the runway and came to a...
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Air France A321 at Marseille on Mar 10th 2011, "Alpha Floor" activation on approach
An Air France Airbus A321-200, registration F-GTAE performing flight AF-7662 from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Marseille (France) with 180 passengers and 7 crew, was on approach to Marseille's runway 13R, the captain (no data provided) was pilot...
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Accident Investigators on site of CARLOW, Ireland air crash,2 died.

The scene of the crash
The locus of the air crash on the Carlow-Wexford border

BBC Northern Ireland are reporting that air accident investigators are examining the scene of a crash in which two men were killed in the Republic of Ireland.  Bryan Keane, 69, and Paul Smith, 58, from Athboy, County Meath died on Sunday.


Their light aircraft crashed on the Blackstairs mountains on the Carlow-Wexford border.
A hill walker found the wreckage and contacted police. There were no survivors.


The men had taken off from Ballyboy Airfield near Athboy on Sunday morning, heading towards County Wexford.


Police and air investigators are coordinating the search from the nearby village of Kiltealy








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Saturday, 23 May 2015

BAE has unveiled plans to pump £100 million of investment into two Clyde shipyards.



The Govan shipyard, which is to benefit from BAE investment. Picture: Robert Perry

       

BAE has unveiled plans to pump £100 million of investment into two Clyde shipyards.

The defence firm told employees on Thursday that it would be investing in the Govan and Scotstoun shipyards, following a decision to retain both sites.


Julian Bray writes: BAE with the new very strong SNP contingent now in Westminster would be well advised to double that number to £200 million, and go after the lucrative mega cruise ship market which needs a fully covered dry dock to build these megaships in sections and truck in completed stateroom and other units from outside satellite sites... 


£100 million for BAE is mere petty cash, so pony up BAE and let's get this party really moving! 








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Southampton threat LIVERPOOL welcomes all three CUNARDERS to mark 175th anniversary



                      
This Bank Holiday weekend all three Cunard ships will be in Liverpool to make maritime history and help celebrate the company's 175th anniversary.


Cunard was formed in Liverpool, had its headquarters there, and its first ship sailed from Liverpool in 1840.


https://youtu.be/4i6IrQJalL8




All three Queens, Elizabeth, Mary 2 and Victoria will line up together for a short time on Monday - and many thousands of visitors are expected.


It's being hailed as a perfect day out for the family and a photographer's dream. This follows an earlier get together in early May in Southampton. Liverpool is however keen to see cruise ships return to Liverpool and have put some money into a new cruise terminal.




http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/travelling-around/Pages/3-Queens---Planning-Your-Visit.aspx
Cruise liner
Queen Elizabeth Credit: PA

Sunday 24 May 09:00 - Queen Mary 2 arrives and berths at Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal.
22:00 - ‘Amazing Graces’ digital / light projection show on the Three Graces.
22:30 - Mid-river Firework display, off the Pier Head.
Cruise liner
Queen Victoria Credit: PA

Bank Holiday Monday 25 May
10:45 - Queen Mary 2 leaves the berth to greet her two sisters at the mouth of the Mersey (the area between Crosby Beach and New Brighton).
12:00–14:00 - Three Queens meet and sail south in formation towards the Liverpool Echo Arena, and then turn through 180 degrees to face north. Further manoeuvres may be possible depending on weather conditions on the day.
14:00–14:15 - Queen Mary 2 leaves the city. Queen Elizabeth berths at the Cruise Liner Terminal and Queen Victoria anchors in the middle of the Mersey.
22:00–23:00 - Amazing Graces’ digital / light projection show on the Three Graces.
22:30 - Firework display. Following the display, Queen Elizabeth leaves the city and Queen Victoria berths at the Cruise Liner Terminal.
Cruise liner
Queen Mary 2 Credit: PA

Tuesday 26 May 16:30 - A special musical sail-away performance to say good bye to Queen Victoria
17:00 - Queen Victoria sails out of the city. Flotilla of small boats welcome.
The police warn it will extremely busy and advise people to use public transport


http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/travelling-around/Pages/3-Queens---Planning-Your-Visit.aspx




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Friday, 22 May 2015

TRAGIC GERMANWINGS BRAND TO BE SCRAPPED BY LUFTHANSA THIS AUTUMN AS RANDOM DRUG TESTS FOR CREW INTRODUCED





The troubled Lufthansa brand Germanwings will cease to exist from this autumn. The budget division of the LH Group, both short haul and long haul, will take on the established Eurowings name.
Thomas Winkelmann, CEO of Germanwings, will transfer to another subsidiary Austrian Airlines, to replaces current CEO Jaan Albrecht who is moving to the Lufthansa/Turkish airlines joint venture SunExpress, long established as a charter/low cost operator of leisure services to and from Turkey.


Meanwhile in Berlin earlier today the chief executive of German airline Lufthansa says unannounced tests to check pilots for prescription drugs might help improve air safety. Carsten Spohr made the comments in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, published Friday — almost two months after a plane belonging to Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings crashed in the French Alps.


Prosecutors believe co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately steered the plane into a mountain, killing all 149 people on board, after hiding psychological problems from his employer.


Lufthansa will propose the spot checks to a task force set up by Germany's airline industry in the wake of the crash.


The new Eurowings operation will open its first base outside Germany in Vienna, it has been announced.   The first A320 in the new Eurowings livery made its maiden flight from Hamburg to Prague on February 1.

Eurowings will be based in Cologne and begin long-haul operations towards the end of this year with a fleet of three A330-200 twin jets configured for 310 passengers. In a few years, the plan is to increase fleet size to seven A330-200s.

Jaan Albrecht, CEO of Austrian Airlines, said: "I am delighted that Vienna will be the first base for the new Eurowings outside Germany.

"It means that we will be able to further strengthen the base after the restructuring phase, and the new flights for price-conscious customers will complement our existing range perfectly."

Oliver Wagner, manager of the Wings project at Lufthansa and managing director of Germanwings, added: "With the new Eurowings, we are ramping up our offensive in Vienna as well and taking on our low-cost competitors."

Sources CNS, AP, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung




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4.2 RIchter [or Rhicter] scale earthquake rocks Kent, England with later aftershocks in London





An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 shook windows and caused walls to creak when it struck in the middle of the night in Kent. No injuries or damage to buildings were reported following the tremor four miles (7km) south of Ramsgate at 2.52am, Kent Police said.


Locals reported books being shaken from shelves and described the earthquake as feeling like a vehicle had been driven into their property. One thought their hotel door was being kicked in, another described their house creaking, while a third said the tremor sounded like a "heavy object rolling over the roof of the house".


More than 800 "felt reports" were received by the British Geological Survey (BGS), mainly from residents in Ramsgate, Margate and surrounding areas. But the BGS said reports of the earthquake were also received from as far afield as Norwich, North Walsham and Cromer in East Anglia.


In Ramsgate, Muni Prasad, 42, said: "We were woken up suddenly. For a few seconds the property was moving. In my daughter's room, books had fallen down.


"She came to our room and said 'Did you feel it?'. And we said we had. We are on the second floor so when a big vehicle goes by, we sometimes feel it. But with this my wife said it felt like something different."


Bob Fludgate said: "I was woken up in the early hours as if a lorry had hit the house. I'm quite a deep sleeper, too.


Later 'aftershocks' were reported in London, with only slight damage reported.


Sources PA, CNS, BBC, Daily Mail


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iDisrupted Author claims next generation $0.25 crystalline silicon solar modules will put energy companies out of business








John Shaw, Author of a new book iDisrupted published today, claims advances in technology will be the end of energy companies across the globe.  These are exciting times in the world of renewable energy, but a new book iDisrupted claims it may not be so exciting for the major energy companies, and those currently pushing 20 year solar panel domestic installations as these will soon be redundant.  Technological advancements in the production of solar panels have suggested that solar power will soon be as cheap as coal.


Emirates to upgrade entire (139 ) Boeing 777 fleet for next-gen 777X jet from 2020

Emirates to replace entire Boeing 777 fleet with 777X jets
Emirates reportedly plans to upgrade its entire Boeing 777 fleet in favour of the next-gen Boeing 777X jet from 2020, marking a sweeping update for the Gulf colossus reports Australian Business Traveller.

With 150 of the 777X airliners on order, that's enough to see all 139 of Emirates' current 777 models – from the 777-200 family through to the 777-300ER – put out to pasture in favour of the advanced fuel-efficient 777X.



Emirates has signed on the dotted line for 35 of the long-range Boeing 777-8X jets, which can carry 350 passengers, and a further 115 of the larger 400 seat but shorter-range 777-9X.



"The 8X is the real sweetheart, as it will fly to the other side of the planet with a good payload," Emirates CEO Tim Clark (below) tells Business Traveller Middle East, which reports Clarks' plans for the sweeping fleet-wide overhaul.



Clark describes the 777-9X  as being "able to do 14-15 hour (journeys)" such as the long leg between Australia and Dubai.

The highly-regarded airline exec also confirmed that he'll weigh up the Airbus A350 against the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, despite having controversially cancelled an order for 70 A350s in June last year in what it claimed was a review of its "fleet requirements."

“Let’s start again" Clark says. "Boeing produces the B787-10 and we were interested in that. Now that it’s on the market, we're looking at the B787-10 against the A350-900 to see which will do the job for us. How many we will buy and when, we’ll let you know."





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Thursday, 21 May 2015

FAA Proposes $227,500 Civil Penalty Against AmplaChem Inc. for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations


 
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $227,500 civil penalty against AmplaChem, Inc. of Carmel, Ind., for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations.
 
The FAA alleges that on April 10, 2013, AmplaChem knowingly offered an undeclared hazardous material shipment to FedEx for air transport from Carmel, USA to Vietnam. The shipment included Boron Tribromide, a corrosive material and toxic inhalation hazard that is forbidden from being transported aboard any commercial aircraft, and two other corrosive substances.
 
The shipment was discovered smoldering and burning as it was being unloaded from the aircraft in Vietnam, and FedEx notified the FAA.
 
The FAA alleges the shipment was not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of its contents and was not properly marked, labeled or packaged under the Hazardous Materials Regulations. Additionally, the FAA alleges that AmplaChem did not provide emergency response information with the shipment and failed to ensure its employees had received required hazardous materials training.
 
AmplaChem plans to meet with the FAA in mid-June to discuss the case.

SOURCE :FAA
 




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Sunday, 17 May 2015

I'll just waggle your Boeing wings at 30,000 feet from my cabin laptop says US Cyber Security Boffin to the FBI

Chris Roberts
Chris Roberts, of cyber security firm One World Labs     Picture: FoxNEWS



Julian Bray writes: Fox News are reporting - and its being picked up by TV and newspapers in Europe - that Chris Roberts, of cyber security firm One World Labs, claims he managed to hack into the plane’s computer systems through the electronic access box under his seat.  Mr Roberts apparently made the claim in an FBI interview released in the USA .

 


Comments attributed to an FBI Agent Mike Hurley need to be treated with caution, for example: "He said he caused one of the airplane engines to climb resulting in a lateral or sideways movement of the plane during one of these flights." If this is true it would be a miracle, as engines don't climb but just go faster or slower.  However flaps on the wings being manipulated would cause the aircraft to gain  or lose altitude.


"He also stated (says Hurley), Roberts used software after comprising/exploiting or ‘hacking’ the airplane’s networks. He used the software to monitor traffic from the cockpit system."


True there is in older fly-by-wire aircraft, an access box under seat positions for aircraft entertainment systems but these aircraft have multiple computer arrays and not all are linked. The  seatback hospitality TV unit would be on its own subset.


The cyber security technician says he "exploited security [software] weaknesses to override computer control systems by connecting an ethernet cable to his laptop and connecting into the below seat access port using default passwords to access systems.


The FBI claims  Mr Roberts hacked the entertainment systems on US flights more than a dozen times between 2011 and 2014.
He recently tweeted: "Over last 5 years my only interest has been to improve aircraft security...given the current situation I've been advised against saying much."
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This comes after he was removed from  a United Airlines flight last month for tweeting he might hack into the plane and make the oxygen masks deploy. Although FBI have confiscated his kit they are said to have taken his claims seriously.


A closer examination of the FBI document however suggests Roberts might not have actually 'hacked' the aircraft or any aircraft but did so in a closed virtual replication environment;" "Roberts said he used Kali Linux to perform penetration testing of the IFE system. He used the default IDs and passwords to compromise the IFE systems. He also said that he used VBox which is a virtualized environment to build his own version of the airplane network. The virtual environment would replicate airplane network, and that he used virtual machine's on his laptop while compromising the airplane network...." A form of Pie in the Sky, perhaps?


 Tellingly Mr Roberts has not been charged with any crime, but has gained worldwide 'free' publicity and possible aviation consultancy offers from aircraft manufacturers.  If any of this is true then existing IT teams and layers of expensive computer consultants can expect their employment to be rapidly terminated... Control, Alt, Delete.


MEANWHILE:

United Airlines is offering up to a million air miles to hackers who can find security bugs in its network.
       
The move by United Airlines comes amid increasing cybersecurity threats to businesses, with the cost of data breaches likely to hit $2.1 trillion globally by 2019, four times the 2015 figure, according to Juniper Research.
United Airlines website lists the types of threats that are eligible for submission into its "bug bounty program". These include finding bugs on customer facing websites, flaws in the United app, and attacks that compromise the private credentials of users, reports NBC NEWS.

The amount of air miles awarded depends on the severity of the bug discovered. For a so-called "ethical hacker" to receive a million air miles, they must uncover what is known as a "remote execution code" -- a security flaw that allows hackers to infiltrate a network from a remote location.
The reward for uncovering a medium severity bug is 250,000 air miles, and people who discover low level bugs will receive 50,000 air miles.
       
But United is not keen on ethical hackers playing around with its in-plane systems and said that bugs found on "onboard Wi-Fi, entertainment systems or avionics" were not eligible for submission.
       
Asking professional hackers to find flaws in a business's network is not a new tactic, but United is one of the first airlines to try it. Last year, the Bank of England employed ethical hackers -- also known as "white hat" hackers -- to test the defenses of Britain's biggest banks.

Often companies struggle to find the required expertise to deal with the increasingly complex landscape of cybersecurity. By letting external hackers have a pop at a network, a company can tap this experience and find flaws that can then be patched up.
"This is a really smart move by United Airlines, as crowdsource testing for security weaknesses can be hugely valuable to organizations," Jason Steer, chief security strategist at FireEye, said in a statement.
       
"Its bug bounty is a novel way to incentivize white hat hackers to look for weaknesses in its system, and a great way to save them money whilst increasing its security."
But United warned that hackers should not attempt such things as injecting malicious code into live systems, coercion or extortion of the airline's employees. Anyone who did would face disqualification from the bug bounty program and a possible legal investigation.


 






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Cathay A333 Airbus involved in Full Explosives Security Alert involving both Hong Kong and Taipei on May 15th




                     Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 on remote stand after explosives alert.
  
During baggage and cargo unloading of a Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 aircraft, on May 15th 2015,  a ground worker discovered a luggage container with a hand written label in Chinese indicating "Explosives! Handle with care!" and alerted security forces, this resulted in a massive deployment of police and firefighters, in addition the bomb squad was called up.



The Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300, registration B-LAZ on flight CX-494 from Hong Kong (China) to Taipei (Taiwan), had completed what appeared to be an uneventful flight with a safe landing in Taipei.




Julian Bray comments: Although all luggage containers and cargo are supposed to be scanned, sniffed and x-rayed for explosives, it has long been the case that some mid and far east airports are not as strict as they should be. The topic comes up time and time again at major aviation conferences and security or lack of it is a continuing major concern. In this case nothing was found and the aircraft released but the financial burden of deploying the security services and the bomb squad may well after investigation be charged back to the airline concerned. The bill is likely to be substantial.


The aircraft was taxied away from the terminal to a remote stand 605. The bomb squad subsequently examined the container and found no trace of explosives. The aircraft was then released to service after about 100 minutes on the ground.



The passengers for the return flight CX-495 to Hong Kong (China) boarded the aircraft at the remote stand and reached their destination with a delay of 30 minutes
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Taiwan's Police identified the flight as CX-450 with 377 passengers and 17 crew ( which was flown by a Boeing 777-300 registration B-HNN) and reported that the luggage container had been loaded in Hong Kong, no one had access to the container until landing in Taipei, it is therefore being assumed, that the label was attached in Hong Kong. Surveillance cameras at Hong Kong Airport are now being checked.



Radar data as well as pictorial evidence rule out the Boeing 777-300 on flight CX-450 despite being identified as such by Taiwan's police.  Radar data instead confirmed Airbus A330-300 B-LAZ, rotation CX-494/CX-495, as the aircraft involved parking at gate B6 initially then being pushed back to remote position 605, photos taken at the time, also identify an Airbus A330-300.



Both Hong Kong and Taiwan Civil Aviation Authorities are investigating the occurrence.








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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Spanish Govt demand entry and exit passport checks for Cruise ship passengers

An unexpected decision by Spanish frontier police is the requirement for all cruise ship passengers (not holding UK passports ) to have their passports examined and stamped,prior to landing. It's angered some Passengers as no advance warning was given.





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Saturday, 2 May 2015

The Duchess of Cambridge has safely delivered a daughter at 8.34am, Kensington Palace said.

The Duchess of Cambridge has safely delivered a daughter at 8.34am, Kensington Palace said.


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