American Airlines employee speaks out against COVID-19 vaccine mandate

“I’m going to go down fighting.” American Airlines employee fighting back against COVID-19 vaccine mandate just announced by company

Source: American Airlines employee speaks out against COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Haitian deportees assaulted U.S. pilots, injured three ICE officers

WASHINGTON — Haitians deported from the U.S. on Tuesday assaulted the pilots on board one of the flights when it arrived in Port-au-Prince and injured three U.S. immigration officers, according to a source familiar with internal reports of the incident.

Unrest broke out shortly after a flight carrying single adult men arrived and released the men to Haitian authorities on the airport tarmac. Then, according to the source, several of the men stormed another recently arrived flight carrying families.

The men assaulted the pilots of that plane, who work for a government contractor licensed to fly deportation flights for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, while the families were still on board. Three ICE officers were also attacked on that airplane, each suffering non-life-threatening injuries, the source said.

The attacks come as the United States ramps up its deportations of Haitians after more than 15,000 overwhelmed the U.S. border by congregating under one bridge in Del Rio, Texas in just a matter of days. As of Tuesday, just over 1,000 of the Haitian migrants had been deported to Haiti, according to two sources familiar with the operations.

A total of 4,000 have been either deported or moved to other processing centers along the border, the Department of Homeland Security said.

Source: Haitian deportees assaulted U.S. pilots, injured three ICE officers

Military plane crashes into Texas neighborhood, ejecting crew and damaging multiple homes

A military aircraft crashed in a Texas neighborhood Sunday afternoon, damaging several homes, police said.

The crash happened between the 4000 blocks of Tejas and Dakota in Lake Worth Texas, about 10 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

Source: Military plane crashes into Texas neighborhood, ejecting crew and damaging multiple homes

Spirit flight from Las Vegas to Pittsburgh rejects takeoff

A Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Pittsburgh ended up with a flat tire a short time after rejecting takeoff because of technical issues.

Spirit said the plane braked safely but while taxiing back to the gate, it experienced a flat tire.

Guests were taken off the plane and given hotel and meal accommodations.

A McCarran International Airport Spokesperson said there were 186 people on board.

No injuries were reported.

Source: Spirit flight from Las Vegas to Pittsburgh rejects takeoff

Prototype military plane crashes outside Moscow, kills 3

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian prototype military transport plane crashed while performing a test flight outside Moscow on Tuesday, killing all three crew members on board, Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation said.

The new light military transport plane, Il-112V, crashed in a forested area as it was coming in for a landing at the Kubinka airfield 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Moscow, the corporation told the Tass news agency.

Two test pilots and a flight engineer were aboard the plane, and none survived, the corporation said.

Source: Prototype military plane crashes outside Moscow, kills 3

Teen boy duct-taped after trying to kick out plane’s window

 

Flight attendants have once again resorted to duct tape to restrain an unruly passenger — this time tying down a 13-year-old boy on an American Airlines flight as another family member punched a window, according to the airline.

The teen threw a tantrum and fought with his mother aboard an American Airlines flight from Maui to Los Angeles on Tuesday, CBS Los Angeles reported.

The boy acted up on the Airbus A321 about an hour into the flight, which took off at 12:44 p.m., according to the outlet and flight-tracking sites.

Video posted by the station shows masked passengers helping the crew restrain the wild adolescent. One flight attendant is seen scurrying up the aisle with a roll of gray duct tape.

The flight diverted to Honolulu, where the boy was taken into custody, according to CBS LA. No one was reported injured.

Duct tape also was used in two other recent airline incidents, including passenger Maxwell Berry, 22, being tied to the back of a seat on a Frontier flight from Philadelphia to Miami on Aug. 3.

Source: Teen boy duct-taped after trying to kick out plane’s window

US Sends B-52 Bombers and Gunships to Afghanistan As Taliban Advances

The US has deployed B-52 bombers and Spectre gunships to stop Taliban insurgents from capturing three key cities

  • The Taliban has been seizing territory across Afghanistan as US-led forces withdraw.
  • The US has sent B-52 bombers and Spectre gunships to stop the Taliban advance on three key cities.
  • The move shows how Afghan forces are still reliant on the US for military equipment and support.

Source: US Sends B-52 Bombers and Gunships to Afghanistan As Taliban Advances

Four killed in Northern California helicopter crash

Colusa County sheriff’s deputies and Sacramento River Fire Division personnel discovered the bodies after they responded to a report around 1:15 p.m. that a helicopter had gone down near a highway in the small town of Colusa, about 70 miles northwest of Sacramento, the sheriff’s said in a statement.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash with the Federal Aviation Administration, said the helicopter was a Robinson R66. Robinson Helicopter Co. described the R66 as a five-seat turbine helicopter powered by a Rolls-Royce turboshaft engine.

No further details were immediately available.

 

Source: Four killed in Northern California helicopter crash

United Airlines evacuates plane ready for take off after multiple passengers receive ominous text message | Fox News

A United Airlines flight was evacuated ahead of take-off at San Francisco International Airport on Thursday after a teenager sent a picture of an Airsoft gun to other passengers onboard via Airdrop, an iPhone feature that allows sharing between other Apple Inc. products.

KNTV reported as the flight bound for Orlando was getting ready to leave the gate, several passengers received the photo of the realistic-looking toy gun, sparking alarm.

Everyone on the aircraft was forced to de-board and go through security screening a second time. The teen was not allowed back on the flight.

Doug Yakel, a spokesperson for the airport, told the outlet that the teen did not have the gun on his person, and it was determined that the photo was taken from an earlier date from a different location. He said that evacuation was “out of an abundance of caution.”

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“United flight 2167 departing from San Francisco to Orlando was delayed due to a security issue involving a customer on board,” United Airlines told Fox News via email in response to an inquiry about the incident. “Law enforcement officials were notified and our teams are working with them to review this matter. As a precaution, all customers deplaned and were rescreened before the flight departed.”

Source: United Airlines evacuates plane ready for take off after multiple passengers receive ominous text message | Fox News

All 18 passengers survive Russian plane’s hard landing in Siberia

A Russian Antonov An-28 passenger plane carrying 18 people made a hard landing after disappearing from radars Friday while flying over the Siberian region of Tomsk, according to reports.

The twin-engine Antonov An-28 turboprop was flying from the town of Kedrovy to the regional capital of Tomsk when communication with it was lost, said local Gov. Sergei Zhvachkin’s office, according to Agence France-Presse.
Fears had swirled over the fate of the plane, its passengers and three crew members when it disappeared from radar.

Rescuers who rushed to the area where contact was lost eventually located the survivors in a wooded section near the badly damaged plane, which was found upside down, Reuters reported.

Source: All 18 passengers survive Russian plane’s hard landing in Siberia

Philippines military plane crash kills at least 29 but dozens survive – BBC News

A military plane has crashed in the southern Philippines killing at least 29 people, with dozens more pulled alive from the burning wreckage.

The transporter was carrying more than 90 people, mostly troops, when it overshot the runway on Jolo island.

Fifty people were injured and 17 are missing, the military said. A nearby military hospital treated survivors.

A large ball of black smoke was seen above the wreckage of the plane, a Lockheed C130 Hercules.

Pictures of the site published by local media show burning debris in a wooded area close to a number of buildings.

Source: Philippines military plane crash kills at least 29 but dozens survive – BBC News

5 dead after hot air balloon crashes in Albuquerque street | WOODTV.com

A hot air balloon hit a power line and crashed onto a busy street in Albuquerque on Saturday, killing all five people on board, including the parents of an Albuquerque police officer, police said.

The crash happened around 7 a.m. in the city’s west side, police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said. Police identified two of the passengers as Martin Martinez, 59, and Mary Martinez, 62 — the parents of a prison transport officer with the Albuquerque Police Department.

Police did not immediately release the others’ names but said the male pilot, and a female and male passenger were from central New Mexico.

Martin Martinez also had worked for Albuquerque police on bicycle patrol but most recently was a sergeant with the local school district’s police force, authorities said. Some Albuquerque officers who responded to the crash had worked with him and were sent home because it took a toll on them, said police Chief Harold Medina.

“It really emphasized the point that no matter how big we think we are, we’re still a tightknit community and incidents like this affect us all,” Medina said.

The Albuquerque Public Schools District said Martin Martinez “will forever be remembered for his lifelong dedication, courage and selflessness to the profession of law enforcement.”

The intersection where the balloon crashed was still cordoned off late Saturday afternoon. The multi-colored balloon had skirted the top of the power lines, sending at least one dangling and temporarily knocking out power to more than 13,000 homes, said police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos.

The gondola fell about 100 feet (30 meters) and crashed in the street’s median, catching on fire, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Bystanders frantically called out for a fire extinguisher to put out the flames and prayed aloud, video posted online showed.

The envelope of the balloon floated away, eventually landing on a residential rooftop, Gallegos said. The FAA did not immediately have registration details for the balloon but identified it as a Cameron 0-120.

Authorities haven’t determined what caused the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board sent two investigators to the scene Saturday who will look into the pilot, the balloon itself and the operating environment, said spokesman Peter Knudson. A preliminary report typically is available in a couple of weeks.

Gallegos said hot air balloons can be difficult to manage, particularly when the wind kicks up.

Source: 5 dead after hot air balloon crashes in Albuquerque street | WOODTV.com

Unruly passenger leaps from aircraft taxiing down LAX runway

An unruly passenger reportedly tried to open the cockpit door multiple times before opening and leaping out the exit door.

An unruly passenger jumped from the door of a plane taxiing for takeoff at Los Angeles International Airport Friday night after allegedly attempting to breach the cockpit.

The male suspect allegedly jumped onto the plane’s automatically inflated emergency slide and was treated for injuries at a local hospital, according to FOX 11 of Los Angeles.

He reportedly tried to open the cockpit door multiple times before opening and leaping out the exit door.

Source: Unruly passenger leaps from aircraft taxiing down LAX runway

Southwest Airlines Delays and Cancels Hundreds of Flights a Third Day – The New York Times

 

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Hundreds of Southwest Airlines flights were delayed or canceled again on Wednesday as the company sought to resolve disruptions from earlier in the week amid a pickup in summer travel.

The headaches for Southwest, which is widely credited for pioneering the low-fare airline business model, began on Monday night, when a problem with a weather data supplier prevented the airline from safely flying planes. The issue was resolved within hours, but on Tuesday the airline suffered its own technological problems, resulting in half of its flights that day being delayed and many being canceled, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking service.

Spillover from that episode caused Wednesday’s problems, the airline said. About 10 percent of Southwest’s flights were canceled and another 19 percent were delayed by midafternoon, according to FlightAware.

“While our technology issues from Tuesday have been resolved, we are still experiencing a small number of cancellations and delays across our network as we continue working to resume normal operations,” Dan Landson, a Southwest spokesman, said in a statement.

Source: Southwest Airlines Delays and Cancels Hundreds of Flights a Third Day – The New York Times

Southwest Airlines grounds all flights amid computer outage

Southwest Airlines grounded flights across the country Tuesday for the second time in less than 24 hours, amid reports of nationwide computer issues.

Air travelers took to Twitter by the thousands with reports of what airline staff reportedly told them was a computer system outage — hours after “intermittent performance issues” with a third-party weather app forced a similar group stop Monday night.

“We are aware of system issues and are working quickly to resolve. We will share more info soon,” Southwest posted on its official Twitter account at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Airline operations resumed shortly before 4 p.m., Southwest said in a statement.

The carrier attributed Tuesday’s meltdown to “intermittent performance issues with… network connectivity,” and said it had “proactively canceled” about 500 flights because of the disruption.

“We’re working with those Customers to get them to their destinations as quickly as possible,” said spokesman Chris Mainz.

Source: Southwest Airlines grounds all flights amid computer outage

Unruly passenger on diverted Delta Air Lines flight identified as off-duty flight attendant

“This is the captain speaking,” a voice can be heard saying in footage of the incident. “We’d like all strong males to the front of the aircraft to handle a problem passenger.”

Delta Air Lines on Saturday identified an unruly passenger on a Friday night flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta as an off-duty flight attendant.

Cellphone video shows passengers on top of the person and reveals a voice on the plane’s public-address system: “This is the captain speaking. We’d like all strong males to the front of the aircraft to handle a problem passenger.”

The flight was diverted to Oklahoma City, and the FBI took the person into custody based on unknown allegations. The passenger’s name was not released.

FBI spokeswoman Megan Lauro would only say the FBI was investigating the incident.

Source: Unruly passenger on diverted Delta Air Lines flight identified as off-duty flight attendant

Technical issue turns Kamala Harris’ plane around just after takeoff for Guatemala

The vice president was about 30 minutes into her flight to Guatemala City when the plane was forced to return to Maryland.

  • Vice President Kamala Harris’ flight was grounded 30 minutes after takeoff
  • Harris was headed to Guatemala City to discuss the causes of migration
  • Harris’ flight was delayed two hours

Source: Technical issue turns Kamala Harris’ plane around just after takeoff for Guatemala

Delta flight diverted after unruly passenger tries to breach cockpit

A Delta Airlines flight to Tennessee was forced to land in New Mexico on Friday after an unhinged passenger reportedly tried to break into the cockpit.

The plane from Los Angeles was diverted to Albuquerque, where it landed at around 2:20 p.m., according to local station KOAT-TV.

The suspect was taken in to custody and the aircraft then continued on to Nashville, according to the report. No one was injured.

“The passenger was not successful. The plane landed safely and the passenger was removed by police and the FBI. He is in custody now,” Delta said in a statement to the station.

A woman named Jessica Robertson tweeted more than two minutes worth of footage of the hogtied suspect being restrained at the front of the plane.

The man can be heard crying out “you gotta stop this plane” at least 25 times in a row and with increasing urgency — as three men near the cockpit hold him down on the floor.

Source: Delta flight diverted after unruly passenger tries to breach cockpit

Model planes signal Westmoreland air show | TribLIVE.com

By Jeff Himler:

Members of the Laurel Highlands Model Airplane Club arranged a display of model planes in April at Greensburg’s East Pittsburgh Street Shop ‘n Save supermarket. It’s the second year for the display, which promotes the Westmoreland County Airshow that the grocery chain sponsors.

This year’s models were based on World War II planes, in keeping with the “Tora, Tora, Tora” Pearl Harbor simulation.

Both the club and the supermarket have ground-based displays at the air show. The club showcases a variety of its members’ model aircraft. Shop ‘n Save’s exhibit includes NASCAR race cars, dragsters and a vehicle billed as the world’s largest and fastest grocery cart — with a 360 horsepower motor and a capacity of 160 bags of groceries.

Shop ‘n Save makes a donation to the Feherty’s Troops First Foundation, which helps service members who were wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, jhimler@triblive.com or via Twitter .

Source: Model planes signal approach of Westmoreland air show | TribLIVE.com

Plane makes emergency landing on busy California highway

The Los Angeles Police Department plane landed on Highway 101 north of Los Angeles.

A Los Angeles Police Department airplane made an emergency landing on a busy California highway Monday without crashing or injuring anyone, authorities said.

Aaron Figueroa, a dispatcher with the California Highway Patrol, said the plane touched down shortly before 7 p.m. local time on U.S. 101 about 35 miles north of Los Angeles.

Only the pilot was on board, and no one was injured, he said.

Source: Plane makes emergency landing on busy California highway

Southwest flight attendant gets teeth knocked out by unruly passenger

A Southwest Airlines flight attendant had two of her teeth knocked out by a rowdy passenger over the weekend, according to a union leader.

San Diego Harbor Police on Tuesday identified the passenger as Vyvianna Quinonez, 28, and said she was charged with battery causing serious bodily injury, a felony, local outlets reported.

The flight attendant, who was not publicly identified, was treated at a hospital and later released. Southwest said it flew a friend to San Diego to be with her.

Source: Southwest flight attendant gets teeth knocked out by unruly passenger

Black Hawk helicopter crashes in Florida, 4 believed dead: reports | Fox News

A Black Hawk helicopter used for firefighting, with four people aboard, crashed into a Florida marsh on Tuesday afternoon, killing at least one occupant, according to reports.

One occupant was confirmed dead but emergency responders were not hopeful of finding any survivors, reports said.

“The crash appears to be a total loss,” Leesburg Fire Rescue officials wrote on Facebook.

An unspecified mechanical failure was believed to have caused the crash.

Source: Black Hawk helicopter crashes in Florida, 4 believed dead: reports | Fox News

Pilot dead after aircraft crashes near Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas – ABC News

The pilot of an aircraft that crashed soon after takeoff from Nellis Air Force Base Monday afternoon has died, Nellis AFB confirmed in a statement.

Their identity has not been released, and no other people were onboard.

Source: Pilot dead after aircraft crashes near Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas – ABC News

American Airlines flight from Tokyo to Dallas diverted to Seattle after incident with unruly passenger

A flight from Tokyo to Dallas-Fort Worth was diverted to Seattle after an incident involving an unruly passenger.

American Airlines flight 60 from Tokyo-Narita to Dallas-Fort Worth diverted Wednesday to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) after an incident with “an unruly customer from the flight”, according to an AA statement sent to Q13 News.

An AA spokesperson said the plane diverted to Seattle where a mother and daughter were met by federal officials and vacated the aircraft. The plane departed and continued on to Dallas around 12 p.m. PCT. A spokesperson with SEA also confirmed the report with Q13 News. No arrests were made or injures reported, the SEA spokesperson said. Onboard the Boeing 787-9 were 63 passengers and 13 crew members were onboard the plane. The aircraft stopped in Seattle for about an hour before continuing on to Dallas where it safely landed Wednesday evening.

Source: American Airlines flight from Tokyo to Dallas diverted to Seattle after incident with unruly passenger

“Unruly” passenger faces $52,500 fine as FAA announces new penalties – CBS News

An airline passenger who tried to open the cockpit door and hit a flight attendant in the face twice is facing the year’s largest fine from the Federal Aviation Administration: $52,500. The passenger on a December 23 Delta airlines flight from Honolulu to Seattle is one of four “unruly passengers” the agency announced Monday it is seeking fines against under its zero-tolerance policy.

The FAA says the passenger facing the largest fine also refused to comply with crew members’ instructions, threatened the flight attendant and slipped out of plastic cuffs during the flight, which was met by police when it landed. While it’s unclear if this is the highest fine ever sought by the agency, it is the most announced this year. The largest fine the agency can seek is $35,000, but multiple offenses can result in a higher penalty, officials told CBS News.

The agency also announced it is seeking fines against three other passengers, who have 30 days to respond to the agency. One woman is facing a $9,000 fine for continually refusing to wear a mask properly and cursing at flight attendants on a February 15 Allegiant Air flight from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Knoxville, Tennessee.

Source: “Unruly” passenger faces $52,500 fine as FAA announces new penalties – CBS News

Plane crashes in Jefferson County, Colorado. Pilot is found dead | 9news.com

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — The pilot and only occupant of a small aircraft has died, after the plane crashed into a remote area of Jefferson County, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) said.

>The single-engine aircraft was reported missing Saturday night, but was located Sunday morning after search crews were able to see the plane from the air just after 10 a.m., according to JCSO Public Information Officer Mike Taplin.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the single-engine Magnus Fusion 212 crashed overnight about 20 miles south of Conifer, with just the pilot on board. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

“The area that it was found was very difficult to get to. It took several hours for Alpine Rescue to get to him,” said Sgt. Rod Parker with JCSO. “It’s about two miles down the trailhead. And about a half-mile off of that trail on the side of a hill.”

The United States Air Force (USAF) received a notification from the aircraft’s emergency beacon and contacted JCSO Saturday night at about 8:15 p.m., according to Taplin. The aircraft was reported to have gone missing in the area of Wigwam Creek Trail, JCSO said.

Source: Plane crashes in Jefferson County, pilot found dead | 9news.com

5 dead after helicopter crash in Alaskan glacier – ABC News

Five people were killed and one was hospitalized following a helicopter crash in an Alaskan glacier, officials said.

The Alaska Department Of Public Safety said Alaska State Troopers were alerted Saturday night of reports of an overdue helicopter and crash in the Knik Glacier, roughly 54 miles east of Anchorage.

Source: 5 dead after helicopter crash in Alaskan glacier – ABC News

Biden admin considering flying Latin American migrants to states near Canadian border: report | Fox News

As crossings along the southern border surge to near-record levels, the Biden administration is considering flying migrants to states near the Canadian border, according to a report.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requested the plane support from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Friday after 1,000 migrant families and unaccompanied minors crossed the Rio Grande into South Texas Friday morning, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials told The Washington Post. Border agents still have another 1,000 migrants they were unable to process last night, according to communications reviewed by the Post.

The backups at CBP are exacerbated by the nearly 4,500 unaccompanied children being held in detention centers and tent sites at the border, many beyond the legal three-day limit.

The Biden administration contends that the situation at the border is a “challenge,” not a “crisis.”

Source: Biden admin considering flying Latin American migrants to states near Canadian border: report | Fox News