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Factors Leading to Chapecoense Air Crash

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Colombia Chapecoense Air Crash This has been a sad week for both the sports and aviation community. The chartered aircraft that crashed in Colombia killed 71 passengers and had 6 survivors. The aircraft owned by LaMia (short for Línea Aérea Mérida Internacional de Aviación) was an Avro RJ85, and was carrying the Brazilian Chapecoense football squad. While statistics indicate that chartered aircrafts are 3-times more likely to crash than airline airplanes, early observations indicate that the crash was caused by pilot error. Immediate indications show that the Chapecoense air crash was avoidable. Human factors systematically led to the crash. First the flight crew arrived late at the Bolivian city. The

December 2, 2016       admin       0 comments   | Flight News

Air Investigators Probe Malta Airplane Crash

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5 Dead in Malta Airplane Crash Officials have confirmed that 5 people died in the Malta Airplane Crash on Monday morning at 7:20am local time.  The aircraft travelling to Libya’s coastal town of Misrata crashed shortly after takeoff from Luqa- Malta’s largest Airport. The airplane burst into flames upon impact. The aircraft registration SA227-AT was a Fairchild Metroliner twin engine turboprop. It was specially configured for surveillance missions. The Metroliner was operated by the Luxemburg-based CAE Aviation on behalf of the French government for missions in Africa. Maltese officials said that the aircraft was carrying French Customs Officials.  The officials were tracking human trafficking across the Mediterranean. The area has

October 25, 2016       admin       0 comments   | Flight News

Boeing Co. and Qatar Airways sign big Aircraft Deal

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Boeing Co. Lands a Big Aircraft Deal with Qatar Airways The Boeing Co. has signed an $18.6 Billion deal with United Arab Emirates Qatar Airways. The Doha based airline has pledged to purchase 100 Boeing airplanes. The airplanes include 60 Boeing-737 (Max 8) jets, and a combination of 40 Boeing-777s and Boeing 787s. This comes quite soon after Qatar Airway’s CEO Akbar Al Baker made good his threats to reject A-320s from Airbus, which have reportedly had problems with their engines. The company’s purchase of the Boeing 737 will be its first narrow-body jet purchase since 1979. The rivalry and competition for sales seems to be at an all-time high

October 11, 2016       admin       0 comments   | Flight News

Chinese Aviation to become a Global Powerhouse

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Chinese Aviation is looking to lead the world in military and civilian aircraft production. With China headed to lead just about every other industry in the world, it seems that aviation will be no exception. The Chinese are now entering into super production mode in the aviation manufacturing industry. Chinese Aviation has been investing in its scientific strength and its diverse workforce. China is only third to the West and Russia. There is already an assorted list of aircraft that are manufactured in China. They manufacture Agricultural, Military, Passenger, and Training aircraft. China has fixed wing, rotary, airships, gliders, and sailplanes in production. Military bombers and fighters have been in

October 5, 2016       admin       0 comments   | Flight News

Kenya Airways Financial Woes

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Once one of Africa’s best told financial stories, Kenya Airways (KQ) is turning into a sad financial mess. It was aptly dubbed the “Pride of Africa”, when it made huge financial gains after being privatized in the 1990s. The airline is now struggling to make ends meet. It now needs more than 1-billion USD (KSH 100-billion), to “chip out of the rough”. Kenya Airways is the country’s flag carrier. It was founded in 1977 after East Africa Airways was dissolved. The airline’s largest shareholders include: The Kenya Government 29.8% and KLM who owns 27%. KQ was ranked fourth amongst top ten African Airlines in 2013, behind South African Airways, Ethiopian

October 3, 2016       admin       0 comments   | Flight News

Russia Linked to Jetliner Explosion in Ukraine

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Jetliner Explosion Inquiry Links Russia to MH-17 Deaths The jetliner explosion investigation of the Malaysia Airlines aircraft shot down over Ukraine has been completed by the Dutch-led investigation team. They have concluded that the powerful surface-to-air missile system was transported to the Ukraine by Russian-backed separatists and returned to Russia the same night. The Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH-17) was shot down two-years ago and killed all 298 crew and passengers on-board. The aircraft was a Boeing 777-200ER and was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The aircraft debris was found 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Ukraine border near Torez in Donetsk Oblast. The controversial incident brought a lot

September 29, 2016       admin       0 comments   | Flight News

Mitsubishi MRJ Flight to US on Monday

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Mitsubishi to Fly MRJ to the US as early as Monday Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MAC) plans to fly the Mitsubishi Regional Jet MRJ to the US as early as Monday this week. The aircraft made its first test flight in November last year. It will fly from Nagoya, Japan to Moses Lake, Washington in the United States. The aircraft turned back and aborted a flight last month due to a faulty air conditioning system. The Japanese aircraft manufacturer has been developing the aircraft for several years now and believes it is ready to enter the airline regional market. Several tests have already been performed. The MRJ is a regional jet

September 26, 2016       admin       0 comments   | Flight News

Samsung Note 2 Sparks during IndiGo Flight

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A Samsung Galaxy Note 2 sparked and emitted smoke on board an IndiGo Flight 6E-054. The Airbus A-320 belonging to IndiGo Airlines was en route from Singapore to Chennai, India. The phone was stowed in the overhead cabin storage, when cabin crew smelled and noticed smoke coming from the bin. The flight was about to land when the incident occurred. The crew used fire extinguishers on the phone after suspecting that it may have caught fire. Several airlines have banned the use of the Samsung Note 7 on their airlines. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has also banned passengers from turning on the Note 7 in flight. The FAAs message

September 25, 2016       admin       0 comments   | Flight News

Jetstar Flight Makes an Emergency Landing

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Jetstar Flight makes an Emergency Landing because of Smoke Filled Cabin A Jetstar Flight en-route from Sydney to Cairns was forced to make an emergency landing in Brisbane because of a smoke filled cabin. The captain of the flight was forced to shut down one of the engines and to make the unscheduled stop. The Airbus A320 experienced the technical issue an hour into its scheduled 3-hour flight. One of the passengers Wendy Perkins said she heard a loud explosion after which the cabin started filling up with smoke. The airline disputes that and says that the cabin filled up with smoke when the air conditioning was turned on after

September 23, 2016       admin       0 comments   | Flight News

Direct Flights from the United States to Kenya

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United States to Kenya Direct Flights Kenyans have long been waiting for direct flights from the United States for a while now. There have been several ongoing audits. The last of which was supposed to clear the flights on May 2016. The airport security and infrastructure were among the top agendas for the audit. The national carrier Kenya Airways has also gone through several inspections to help clear them for direct flights. President Uhuru Kenyatta met with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States top diplomat for African Affairs and US Kenyan Ambassador Robert Godec on the 22nd of July this year. Kenya’s infrastructural development was among the top discussions on

September 21, 2016       admin       0 comments   | Flight News

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