Latest Aviation Incidents Log - December 27th 2017



VP-CNG
Cayman B738 at Grand Cayman on Dec 27th 2017, unidentified odour on board 

A Cayman Airways Boeing 737-800, registration VP-CNG performing flight KX-505 from Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) to Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands), was descending through about 8000 feet on approach to...
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VQ-BFM
Rossiya A320 at Chelyabinsk on Dec 30th 2017, door open indication 

 A Rossiya Airbus A320-200 on behalf of Aeroflot, registration VQ-BFM performing flight FV-6462/SU-6462 from Chelyabinsk to Saint Petersburg (Russia), was climbing out of Chelyabinsk's runway 27 when...
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EI-LAX
Lingus A332 at Dublin on Dec 28th 2017, engine shut down in flight 

An Aer Lingus Airbus A330-200, registration EI-LAX performing flight EI-145 from Dublin (Ireland) to Los Angeles,CA (USA) with 262 passengers and 11 crew, was in the initial climb out of Dublin's...
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C-FYKR
Canada A319 at Vancouver on Dec 10th 2017, burning vacuum 

   An Air Canada Airbus A319-100, registration C-FYKR performing flight AC-234 from Vancouver,BC to Edmonton,AB (Canada) with 88 passengers and 8 crew, was climbing out of Vancouver's runway 26L when...
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C-GDJZ
Jazz CRJ9 at Regina on Dec 19th 2017, a really cool brake  
 
A Jazz Canadair CRJ-705, registration C-GDJZ performing flight QK-8570 from Vancouver,BC to Regina,SK (Canada) with 62 people on board, landed on Regina's runway 31 but burst both left hand tyres... read more
N774AX
ABX B762 near Providence on Dec 28th 2017, engine shut down in flight
  
An ABX Air Boeing 767-200 freighter, registration N774AX performing flight GB-3907 from Chicago Rockford,IL to Providence,RI (USA) with 2 crew, was descending towards Providence when the crew... read more
9K-AKJ
Kuwait A320 near Kuwait on Dec 28th 2017, cargo smoke indication
  
A Kuwait Airways Airbus A320-200, registration 9K-AKJ performing flight KU-619 from Kuwait City (Kuwait) to Doha (Qatar), was climbing through FL290 out of Kuwait City when the crew received a cargo... read more
SX-ORG
Orange2Fly A320 at Pristina on Dec 2nd 2017, hard landing  
  
An Orange2Fly Airbus A320-200, registration SX-ORG performing flight OTF-3564 (dep Dec 1st) from Basel/Mulhouse (Switzerland/France) to Pristina (Kosovo), landed on Pristina's runway 35 however... read more
VH-OJU
Qantas B744 over Pacific on Dec 27th 2017, failure of weather radar 
 
A Qantas Boeing 747-400, registration VH-OJU performing flight QF-16 from Los Angeles,CA (USA) to Brisbane,QL (Australia), was enroute at FL300 over the Pacific Ocean about 460nm southwest of Los... read more
F-HPJG
France A388 near Los Angeles on Dec 27th 2017, engine shut down in flight 

An Air France Airbus A380-800, registration F-HPJG performing flight AF-66 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Los Angeles,CA (USA), was descending towards Los Angeles when the crew needed to...
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AIRBUS in closing stages of mega $50 billion (at list price) order for four hundred and thirty A30neo (narrow body) arcraft with US equity group Indigo Partners



 
 
 
France based Airbus said on Thursday it has now finalised orders for four hundred and thirty [430] narrow bodied A320neo aircraft with U.S. private equity fund Indigo Partners, confirming the company’s largest single order, valued at nearly $50 billion. The deal as a memorandum of understanding was brokered at the Dubai Air Show, as originally reported by this blog in November, the order however fuels speculation that wide bodied, double deck aircraft such as the A380 face an uncertain future.

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Media reaction confirms Julian Brays' earlier reports that the future for the double deck Airbus A380 looks highly uncertain

 
 
As we have been saying for months, (and thr proof is here) it seems the media has finally caught on to the fact that the Airbus A380 may just be heading for the end of the line, if a key order from Emirates isn't confirmed.  
 
Reuters confirming our earlier stories, are now reporting 'that public speculation that Airbus is drawing up contingency plans to phase out production of the world’s largest jetliner, the A380 superjumbo, if it fails to win a key order from Dubai’s Emirates, three people familiar with the matter said'
 
The news agency went on: "The moment of truth for the slow-selling airliner looms after just 10 years in service and leaves one of Europe’s most visible international symbols hanging by a thread, despite a major airline investment in new cabins unveiled this month.
Airbus needs to sell at least another 30 to keep lines open for 10 years and possibly more to justify the price concessions likely to be demanded by any new buyers.

To bridge the gap, Airbus plans to cut output to six a year beyond 2019, from 12 in 2018 and 8 in 2019, even if it means producing at a loss, Reuters recently reported.

Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Bregier confirmed this month Airbus was looking at cutting output to 6-7 a year.

Links to our earlier posts on the questionable future of the Airbus A380.

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Stansted Airport a right old curates egg. Good in parts but what a shambles in the Airport Terminal



Julian Bray Aviation expert writes: Hundreds of air passengers spent the night at Stansted Airport when Ryanair and other airlines cancelled flights, due to adverse weather conditions, so bad that the Met Office issued a Yellow warning for that part of Essex. Driving instantly freezing rain and a heavy dump of snow were the main culprits, with a thin film of ice over the whole of airside runway and taxiway surfaces. Tonight it is expected to be the coldest night of the year... Julian Bray will be live in the studio on BBC Radio Essex just after 5pm, with his thoughts on how the Airport is coping...

The rain turning to ice on contact with the already frozen runway surface and aircraft wings icing up and needing de-icing crews to make the aircraft fit to fly. The runway was closed for just 50 minutes for a complete runway clearance which by industry standards is rated as pretty good.

But that was not the view of those waiting for aircraft that were no longer heading for  the Essex airport. The problem (again) seems to rest with the airport partners sub-contracted staff who operate the luggage conveyors and carry out the transfers from and to the aircraft waiting on the airside apron.

There also seems to have been a breakdown in communications between the various agency sub-contractors over making managers and safety officials available so the baggage handlers could carry out their duties.

Runway engineers only closed the main runway for a period of 50 minutes and in that time, cleared the runway of snow and freezing slush; de-icing crews tacked any aircraft still at the airport, but inside the airport terminal, the passenger handling systems seem to have totally failed, just as they did when Ryanair cancelled an earlier series of fights due to the pilot shortage over a timetable meltdown.

The gate staff are not directly employed by the airport nor are the baggage handlers, so airport operations has little direct power to intervene with the detail of the sub-contracted services.

Clearly airport management is now URGED to have a top-level  rethink over the sub-contracted part of passenger handling; and possibly become more directly involved with all aspects of passenger care, when passengers are physically on the airport footprint, and not rely on arms-length sub-contracted third parties to carry the burden when things go wrong, as they have on several occasions recently.

So its Curates egg - good in parts -well done runway engineers clearing the surfaces in just 50 minutes, but not so well done everyone else, in fact, a total 'Horlicks' over the terminal operations, lack of information, too few bottles of water being handed out, and a pretty tatty 'duty of care' response towards the delayed passengers.

Perhaps the Manchester parent company should immediately send down a heavyweight senior management team to sort out what is becoming an all too often shambles; and at the busiest time of the year? And while they are at it, lease in some extra state-of-the-art snow blowing kit....it might not stack up financially on a dry technical bean-counters spreadsheet, but from an airport PR point of view it should pay huge dividends especially if the new kit painted day-glo yellow and conspicuously parked up where all incoming passengers can see it is ready for action..   Happy New Year....

Note: Stansted Airport makes the point that organisations we term sub-contractors are not employed by airport management, but work in partnership with a multiplicity of contractually related enterprises, such as individual airlines and service providers. Thy also suggest the 'duty of care ' towards passengers rests with the airlines concerned as they are passengers contracted with the airline and not with the airport. Happy to make that clear JB



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A plane four hours into a flight for Tokyo returned to Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday when the crew discovered a passenger flying with them was on the wrong plane and had another airlines boarding pass!


 
Just Fancy That:   A plane four hours into a long-haul flight to Tokyo returned to Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday, when the crew discovered a passenger was flying on the wrong plane and had another airlines boarding pass!  Tune in to BBC World Service Radio Outside Source at 16:05 Wednesday when Julian Bray Aviation security expert examines the latest intelligence, live from London.

 ANA Flight NH175, which departed LAX shortly after 11:30 a.m., without warning turned around, when some four hours into the 11 and a half  hour flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo - roughly one third of the flying time to Japan - into the flight after the Japanese All Nippon Airways crew members became aware that one passenger had allegedly boarded the wrong flight, according to a statement later issued by the airline.

According to local sources, attention to the same passenger by the ANA crew was initially drawn when he attempted to change seats.

The ANA pilot was notified on the radio by LAX of a possibly stowaway and decided to return to the US airport where the flight originated, a subsequent statement read, noting the decision was in line with the airline's security procedure.

The plane returned to Los Angeles around 7:30 p.m., about eight hours after it took off. Typically, the duration of a flight from L.A. to Tokyo is 11 hours and 28 minutes.

LAX Police Department said it was alerted and police units were requested to stand on airside at the arrivals gate but in a secure area.

During the enforced return flight, the airline clarified the incident was possibly an administrative or process mix-up; however the Captain continued back to LAX, a police spokesperson, suggesting by then it was "not a security issue.

Meanwhile Model Chrissy Teigen, who was on board the flight, tweeted about the experience: "150 people have been majorly inconvenienced."

"They keep saying the person had a United ticket. We are on ANA," Teigen typed on Twitter. "

So basically the boarding pass scanner is just a beedoop machine that makes beedoop noises that register to nowhere."

Fashion model Teigen later said police were interviewing the passengers before they were let off the plane, which was still inside a "secure area"

The FBI has since confirmed its agents were also conducting interviews, in an emailed press statement they claimed there had initially been a report of a possible stowaway.

No arrests have been made, however an investigation into the incident is ongoing, as clearly this is viewed as a major security and operational breach, the FBI said.

ANA also said it was working to determine how the passenger was able to board the flight. The airline also apologized to passengers aboard NH175 for the inconvenience.


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Wipe Out Wednesday as severe weather conditions hit the UK, airports closed, power lines down and heavy snow in all areas....


 
Possibly at the worst time of year - the day after Boxing Day when many families are hitting the road with fully laden cars, travelling to airports, or simply returning home after the Christmas break; a situation made worse as the UKs railway system is closed for major engineering works over the Christmas /New Year break (with the exception of the Isle of Wight, where a full rail service is operating!) - Police are warning motorists of extremely hazardous weather conditions, but when they get home, many thousands of UK homes have over the holiday, suffered power cuts. 
 
Frequent bursts of heavy snow, near horizontal driving rain and high 'freezing' winds are also being encountered.  If you can delay or put off your return journey, that would clearly be the best option. 

Stansted Airport is currently closed while snow clearing operations are mobilised to clear the runway.  A spokesman for the airport said all flights are suspended and officials did not know when it would be reopened. Intending passengers should telephone their airline before setting out for the airport.
 
The M1 motorway is blocked at junction 19 and police report "multiple collisions" on the A14 in Northamptonshire.
Ice warnings have been issued by The Met Office covering northern Scotland, Northern Ireland together with north-east England. There are snow/sleet alerts for Wales and parts of England.

Some 13,000 homes are without power in the East Midlands and West Midlands, with homes in Worcester, Gloucester and Coventry affected.

In the West of England, some 7,000 homes are also without power, this includes 3,400 homes in Wiltshire and more than 3,600 in the Gloucestershire.


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AAIB current investigations December 2017


Air Accident Investigation Branch current investigations:




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People who shine laser pens at vehicles, whether in the air, on land or on the sea, could be jailed for up to five years under new laws.

"The new laws will make it easier to prosecute offenders
 by removing the need to prove
they intended to endanger a vehicle".
 
 

People who shine laser pens at vehicles, whether in the air, on land or on the sea, could be jailed for up to five years under new laws, also convicted offenders could be hit with 'unlimited fines' as part of new measures to protest pilots and drivers.

Julian Bray, Aviation expert who has long campaigned for new draconian measures to be introduced speaking on BBC Radio early this morning said:  "The green military style laser pens will cause permanent eye retinal damage and may render pilots or others being targeted temporarily blind. Smaller pointer pen lasers, shone at a closer distance will also cause damage and possibly blind the target. All such incidents will now be covered by the new legislation, and is greatly welcomed.  We are even now hearing of incidents where these dangerous laser pens are being attached to drones to re-enact aerial Star Wars 'light sabre' battles.

 'Existing legislation means that if someone is found guilty of shining a laser at an aircraft they face a maximum fine of just £2,500. But the new Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill expands the types of transport covered to include trains, buses, boats and hovercraft and greatly increases a range of penalties available to the Courts

Shining a laser at an aircraft or another moving vehicle is "deeply irresponsible and dangerous," said National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) lead for lasers, Commander Simon Bray (no relation).

"Laser attacks can lead to catastrophic incidents. These new and robust measures send a clear message to perpetrators: laser attacks are a crime and serious consequences will follow from committing this offence."

The new laws will make it easier to prosecute offenders by removing the need to prove they intended to endanger a vehicle.

It will be an offence to dazzle or distract the operator of a vehicle either deliberately or if reasonable precautions to avoid doing so are not taken.

Aviation minister Baroness Sugg warned that laser misuse can have "fatal consequences".


"The Government is determined to protect pilots, captains, drivers and their passengers and take action against those who threaten their safety," she said.

Laser pens have been a growing concern in the aviation sector in recent years as pilots have been targeted by the beams.

The first laser attack on an aircraft was reported in 2004 and since 2011 there have been around 1,500 incidents in the UK each year.

Some 1,258 were reported in 2016, with attacks at Heathrow alone rising by a quarter year-on-year to 151.

" Airline pilots and other transport workers have raised the growing threat of laser attacks for some time,” said Brian Strutton, of Balpa.

"The Government's announcement of a Bill to tackle the misuse of lasers is therefore very welcome and we will work with DfT to ensure its effective and speedy implementation."

Andrew Haines, chief executive at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: "Shining a laser at an aircraft in flight could pose a serious risk to flight safety.

"We are concerned about the high number of laser attacks in recent years and therefore welcome new measures that would see tougher penalties for those who act recklessly by endangering the safety of aircraft."

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GE Aviation with flydubai reach agreement for GE to provide Intelligent Network Operations across the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft.

De-icer crews on standby....
At the recent Dubai Air Show in November, GE Aviation together with flydubai announced they had reached an agreement for GE to provide Intelligent Network Operations across the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft.

 Dubai-based flydubai marks its fifth Dubai Airshow by unveiling its brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8. This is the first aircraft to be delivered from the largest single-aisle Boeing aircraft order  previously placed in the Middle East in the 2013 edition of the show.


“Airline disruptions occur every day, but it’s how you handle them that sets you apart,” said John Mansfield, vice president & Chief Digital Officer for GE Aviation.
“Intelligent Network software as a service gives flydubai the real-time tools to predict the impact of operational disruptions, to optimize recovery back to normal operations and to minimize the effect on their passengers,” he added.

A result of customer collaboration, flydubai and GE Aviation launched one of the first digital customer solutions built on GE’s Predix platform in June 2016.

“Passenger experience is critically important to us. We require a tool to provide improved Customer Service and operational visibility during interruptions to flight operations. Understanding the total impact to our passengers and our operation is of supreme importance,” said Ken Gile, Chief Operating Officer of flydubai. 
Intelligent Network provides a clear snapshot of the changes in our daily operations when it comes to any possible disruptions.”



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HUMAN LEAGUE SINGER GETS BOOTED OUT OF POSH AUSSIE BUSINESS LOUNGE FOR WEARING AUSTRALIAN UGG BOOTS...

 
Julian Brays tasteful festive Santa hat
would probably be on the Qantas hit list too
 
 
Ms Catherall a singer with the Band Human League currently gigging in Australia was turfed out of a posh Airport Business Lounge for wearing Australian manufactured UGG Boots.
 
The miffed singer tweeted a picture of herself in the priority lane (naturally) at Melbourne airport, saying: "Hopefully I’m allowed down this lane in my Ugg Australia boots."

In the Qantas Rules or  “Domestic Lounge Dress Guidelines”, it states: “Our lounges are a place where you can sit back and relax before your flight.

“To ensure an enjoyable experience when you're visiting our domestic Qantas Clubs and Business Lounges in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, we ask that you follow our smart casual dress guidelines.

“Our team will decline entry if some items of clothing are too casual or inappropriate.
 
This includes, but is not limited to:
 
Thongs (err, flip flops Ed) and bare feet;
Head to toe gym wear;
Beachwear (including board shorts);
Sleepwear (this included UGG Boots and slippers);
Clothing featuring offensive images or slogans;
Revealing, unclean or torn clothing.”

Had Ms Catherall been wearing clean high-visibility clothing, however, she would have been allowed in.

A Qantas spokesperson told The Independent: "We completely understand that no one likes being declined at the door but we've always had smart casual dress standards for our lounges, which are similar for those in place for most clubs and restaurants.

"Over the past couple of years we have had clear feedback from lounge members that they wanted these existing guidelines to be applied more rigorously."
 
Source The Independent Newspaper  Simon Calder - and his shorts are deffo. on the banned list! Merry Christmas Simon! Julian Brays latest Christmas jumper would probably be banned too



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PRINCE HARRY SAYS ITS MAY 19 FOR ROYAL NUPTUALS , AND RYANAIR TO CREATE A RYANAIR ONLY UNION !

Julian Bray Aviation Expert will be live in the studio on BBC Three Counties Radio with Roberto Peroni at 16:30 hours, later today Friday!


Julian Bray Aviation Expert writes: Oh what a good day for some better news:  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced they will wed in Windsor on May 19th 2018! 



And how very smart Ryanair is to finally recognise a pilots union, to be exact Michael O'leary said Unions would only be recognised "when hell freezes over" so recognition? Err well of sorts, it'll be a Ryanair only Union, more an old fashioned 'works council'  style but it does get over the prospects of a pilot walkout over the Christmas season, and widespread disruption to countless festive travellers. 

One affable aviation pundit doing the rounds of TV studios in freezing weather, says he was surprised, but if he'd kept his ear to the ground, in reality with Ryanair still seen as the ideal airline to train with, not so many recently qualified commercial pilots planned - before the current change - to stay with the Dublin carrier for more than a few years. Now its game on for the airline....

The smart move will however have a huge knock on effect as it will mean fewer available pilots for other airlines such as British Airways and Aer Lingus. But what is still a problem is that Italy and Portugal Air traffic control will still be on strike over the Holiday period. You have been advised!

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RYANAIR PILOTS IN DUBLIN TO WALK OUT ON DECEMBER 20 : ITALIAN ATC CALLS LATEST STOPPAGE ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 15 IN LONG RUNNING SERIES OF


Ryanair supremo Michael O'Leary
 
Air Travellers are in for a rough old time over the Christmas period as pilots and air traffic controllers in Italy are threatening a  walk-out from Friday. Meanwhile closer to home Ryanair pilots have signposted industrial action.

A statement warning that some disruption to Ryanair services might occur as a result of the walk-out. The airline said it had received notification from the Aer Lingus pilots union IALPA warning of a 24-hour strike involving around 28 per cent of its 300 pilots in Dublin on December 20.
Ryanair says none of its pilots are union members, but IALPA is claiming  members in Ireland, the majority voting in favour of industrial action.

IALPA, a branch of the Impact union, says it will commence action including a strike if Ryanair “continues to fail to recognise” the union as the representative body for its pilots, and,or takes disciplinary action against its members or reduces salary.

Ryanair meanwhile says that its Dublin pilots have been offered: “a 20 per cent pay increase at a time when IALPA is recommending a 3 per cent increase to Aer Lingus pilots”, staff in Belfast, Cork and Shannon are said to have already accepted. The airline claims those pilots already earn up to €190,000 for a five on/four off roster. It says it will refuse “to recognise an Aer Lingus pilot union, no matter how often of how long” the union threatens action.
The airline says it has been warned by Italian authorities of a four-hour walk-out this Friday (December 15) between 13.00 and 17.00, which will affect air traffic controllers and some of the carrier’s own pilots and crew. It says any affected passengers will be notified of disruption should the strike go ahead.
Source CNS, Ryanair,

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DRONE GANG OF ELEVEN JAILED FOR USING DRONE UAV's TO DROP PROHIBITED ITEMS INTO 9 UK PRISONS


 
 
A gang have today (13 December) been jailed for over 37 years after they were found guilty of using drones to import prohibited items into nine prisons across the country.

The group of eleven men and women, aged between 19 and 51, were made up of serving prisoners in various jails and their accomplices on the outside.

Between July 2015 and May 2017, the gang trafficked prohibited items including psychoactive substances, crack cocaine, cannabis, heroin, mobile phones, sim cards, Freeview boxes, hacksaw blades and screwdrivers into HMP Hewell, Stoke Heath, Featherstone, Birmingham, Oakwood, Lindholme, Stocken, Liverpool and Risley.

The gang wrapped the items together in packages, sometimes concealing them in drink bottles, before throwing them into the prison grounds or flying them in using drones.

The drones would either deposit the packages in the prison grounds to be picked up by inmates, or they were flown to a specific cell window for an inmate to pull the package in using a broom handle with a hook attached to it.

They used mobile phones to contact each other when drop offs were made.

A number of the packages were intercepted by officers and a police investigation was launched.

Using data from mobile phones and drones, the prosecution was able to identify the defendants as the perpetrators of the offences.

The recovered drugs were found to have an estimated value in prison of up to £370,000. However, there were multiple drone flights that were not intercepted so the true value of the drugs alone, based on an average delivery, is estimated to be up to £1.2 million.

At Birmingham Crown Court, 10 out of the 11 defendants pleaded guilty and one was found guilty after a trial.

Eran Cutliffe, a Senior Crown Prosecutor with the West Midlands CPS Complex Casework Unit said:   “This was a highly organised gang who worked in an extremely co-ordinated manner in order to import prohibited items into prisons.

“They used various techniques, including drones, to smuggle contraband such as drugs, tools and mobile phones. The financial value of these goods was far greater in prison than in the outside world.

“The gang members sought to profit from the misery caused by prison drug use and they must now face the consequences of their actions.”

The defendants were sentenced to the following
 
Francis Ward (dob 22/07/1971), 46, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to convey prohibited items into prison and one count of conspiracy to supply psychoactive substances. He has been jailed for a total of two years and four months imprisonment
 
John Hickinbottom (dob 19/12/1966), 51, pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to convey prohibited articles into prison, one count of conspiracy to throw an article into a prison and one count of conspiracy to supply a psychoactive substance. He has been jailed for a total of four years and eight months imprisonment

John Quinn (dob 6/8/1981), 36, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to convey prohibited articles into prison, one count of conspiracy to throw an article into a prison and one count of conspiracy to supply a psychoactive substance. He has been jailed for a total of four years and eight months imprisonment

Craig Hickinbottom (dob 4/7/1982), 37, pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to convey prohibited articles into prison, one count of conspiracy to throw an article into a prison and one count of conspiracy to supply a psychoactive substance. He has been jailed for a total of seven years two months imprisonment

Mervyn Foster (dob 2/10/1979), 38, pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to convey prohibited articles into prison, one count of conspiracy to throw an article into a prison and one count of conspiracy to supply a psychoactive substance. He has been jailed for a total of six years and eight months imprisonment

Sanjay Patel (dob 1/9/1979), 38, pleaded guilty to possessing an electronic communication device whilst in custody. He has been jailed for a total of five years and three months imprisonment

Yvonne Hay (dob 10/2/1975), 41, was found guilty following a trial by jury of two counts of conspiracy to convey prohibited articles into prison and one count of conspiracy to supply a psychoactive substance. She has been jailed for a total of two years and four months imprisonment

Ashley Rollinson (dob 9/9/1995), 23, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to convey prohibited articles into prison. He has been jailed for a total of 11 months

Lisa Hodgetts (dob 12/6/1984), 33, pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering. She has been handed a 16 month suspended prison sentence

Terry Leach (dob 2/5/1998), 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to convey prohibited articles into prison. He has been handed a two year suspended prison sentence

Artaf Hussain (dob 5/8/1986), 31, pleaded guilty to one count of being concerned in supplying a controlled drug. A warrant was issued for his arrest.


TRIBNOTE: None of the above is thought to have qualified for a commercial drone operators licence, which would have involved a CAA medical investigation including:

 (225) Psychiatric

During assessment of the applicant’s history, the doctor should make a general enquiry about mental health which may include mood, sleep and alcohol use.  The doctor should observe the applicant during the process of the examination and assess the mental state of the applicant under the broad headings of appearance/ speech/ mood/ thinking/ perception/ cognition/ insight.  The doctor should also be looking out for any signs of alcohol or drug misuse.



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