Terminal crush: Air passengers caught in Trump’s travel ban – POLITICO

Massive lines ballooned across several U.S. airports this weekend as European travelers made a mad dash for home — a situation created by a confluence of missteps and policy choices by the Trump administration, including chronic airport staffing shortages and a flawed rollout of his European travel ban.

U.S. officials promised Sunday to address the most visible sign of the chaos — the jam-packed terminals where Americans returning to the U.S. are waiting hours for virus screening at several major airports, including Chicago O’HareDallas Fort Worth and Dulles International. But those lines are just one of a series of pressure points that have undermined the administration’s efforts to keep the virus from entering the country — and now threaten to hasten its spread:

Source: Terminal crush: Air passengers caught in Trump’s travel ban – POLITICO

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2 killed after single-engine aircraft crashes shortly after takeoff at Dillingham Airfield

NTSB investigators are expected to arrive Sunday to survey the wreckage.

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – A single-engine aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff at Dillingham Airfield on Saturday morning, killing both people onboard.

Federal and local authorities are investigating the crash, which happened about 9:20 a.m.

One witness to the crash said he heard the aircraft’s engine “sputter” just before it went down.

“It just took a dive,” he said. “No smoke or anything like that. It was just like metal crunching.”

Multiple units remain on scene at the site of the crash at Dillingham Airfield Saturday.
Multiple units remain on scene at the site of the crash at Dillingham Airfield Saturday. (Source: Ryan Meyer)

An Emergency Medical Services spokeswoman said one of the victims, in his 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 78-year-old man who was critically injured in the crash later died at a hospital.

The identities of the victims have not yet been identified.

But news of the crash — and the victims — spread quickly on Oahu’s North Shore and threw the tight-knit general aviation community into mourning.

Source: 2 killed after single-engine aircraft crashes shortly after takeoff at Dillingham Airfield

American Airlines passenger in seat recliner controversy wants to press charges, flight attendant fired | Fox News

Wendi Williams maintains she was “assaulted” and wants to hold airline worker accountable.

The woman who said her reclined seat was repeatedly punched by an airline passenger sitting behind her, now says she wants to press charges against him.

Wendi Williams, who posted a now-viral video of the tense encounter, said the unidentified man should be charged with assault. What’s more, she said the attendant on the American Eagle flight (a subsidiary of American Airlines) should be fired.

“I want to know who he is. I would like to press charges against this man. I was assaulted on this plane,” Williams told TMZ on Friday.

Source: American Airlines passenger in seat recliner controversy wants to press charges, flight attendant fired | Fox News

U.S. weighs blocking GE engine sales for China’s new airplane: sources – Reuters

(Reuters) – The U.S. government is considering whether to stop General Electric Co from continuing to supply engines for a new Chinese passenger jet, according to people familiar with the matter, casting uncertainty over China’s efforts to enter the civil aviation market.

Source: U.S. weighs blocking GE engine sales for China’s new airplane: sources – Reuters

Turkey plane: Three dead, 179 hurt as jet skids off runway in Istanbul – BBC News

A passenger plane landing at an airport in Istanbul has skidded off the runway and broken into three parts, killing three people and injuring 179 others, officials say.

The Pegasus Airlines jet was carrying 177 passengers and six crew members from Izmir province in the west when it crashed at Sabiha Gokcen airport.

The Boeing 737 was trying to land in heavy tailwinds and rain.

The airport was closed and flights diverted after the accident.

The majority of people on board were Turkish, but local media quoted the airline’s records as saying there were 22 foreign passengers from 12 other countries. A small number of children are believed to have been on board.

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said: “Unfortunately, the Pegasus Airlines plane couldn’t hold on the runway due to poor weather conditions and skidded for around 50-60m [164-196ft].”

He said the plane then fell between 30 and 40 metres off the end of the runway.

The airport has since reopened, while prosecutors have opened an investigation into the crash.

Source: Turkey plane: Three dead, 179 hurt as jet skids off runway in Istanbul – BBC News

U.S.-backed Afghan forces unable to reach site of U.S. surveillance plane that crashed in Taliban territory

Afghan officials said bad weather and heavily mined roads have prevented ground forces from reaching the site more than 24 hours after the crash was first reported.

Source: U.S.-backed Afghan forces unable to reach site of U.S. surveillance plane that crashed in Taliban territory

Delta employee shot and killed in parking lot near Atlanta airport | FOX 5 Atlanta

A Delta Air Lines employee was shot and killed late Sunday night in a parking lot near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, officials said.

College Park police said that 30-year-old Alexis Reed was found unresponsive in the Delta Employee Parking lot on the 3900 block of Northwest Drive. According to police, Reed had been shot multiple times.

Medics rushed Reed to a nearby hospital, where she died.

Source: Delta employee shot and killed in parking lot near Atlanta airport | FOX 5 Atlanta

Afghanistan Plane Crash: Conflicting Reports From U.S. And Taliban : NPR

A plane crashed Monday in Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni province, and within hours, a swarm of conflicting reports had coalesced around the wreckage.

According to a U.S. official, the plane was a small American fixed-wing aircraft with two people on board, both of whom died in the crash. The official told NPR that the plane went down because of mechanical problems.

But that’s not the only account of the incident.

A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, told NPR that insurgents with the group shot down the plane and that it had CIA officials on board. Earlier Monday, Mujahid referred to the plane on Twitter as an “enemy intelligence aircraft” and said the bodies of the intelligence officials were still lying near the crash site in the Sado Khelo region of Ghazni.

The militant group frequently exaggerates battlefield actions, and the claims could not be confirmed.

Source: Afghanistan Plane Crash: Conflicting Reports From U.S. And Taliban : NPR

Elementary school kids doused as jet dumps fuel before emergency landing – Los Angeles Times

An airplane returning to Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday morning dropped jet fuel onto a school playground, dousing several students at Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy, officials said.

Delta Flight 89 — a Boeing 777 — had taken off from LAX with more than 140 passengers on board and was en route to Shanghai when it turned around and headed back to the L.A. airport.

“Shortly after takeoff, Flight 89 from LAX to Shanghai experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return quickly to LAX,” Delta said in a statement released Tuesday night. “The aircraft landed safely after a release of fuel, which was required as part of normal procedure to reach a safe landing weight. Delta is in touch with Los Angeles World Airports and the L.A. County Fire Department as well as community leaders, and shares concerns regarding reports of minor injuries to adults and children at schools in the area.”

Source: Elementary school kids doused as jet dumps fuel before emergency landing – Los Angeles Times

Iran says it ‘unintentionally’ shot down Ukrainian jetliner

Iran announced Saturday that its military ‘unintentionally’ shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 aboard.

Source: Iran says it ‘unintentionally’ shot down Ukrainian jetliner

Boeing hands over internal employee messages describing 737 Max as “designed by clowns.”

The messages describe coverups, safety concerns, and profit-seeking at the expense of safety.

Things appear to only get worse for Boeing these days and Thursday was no different, as the American company disclosed more than a hundred pages of internal emails and instant messages to congressional investigators that showed employees describing coverups and concern over the safety of the 737 Max airliner. Whether employees are grousing or exaggerating or being darkly sardonic, the internal comments give an unvarnished view of some of those closest to the aerospace manufacturing company’s production of the 737 Max, the plane that has since crashed twice and been grounded worldwide. The nature of the crashes—particularly the functioning of the airliner’s software system—has raised troubling questions about the Boeing’s willingness to pursue profit at the expense of safety, its relationship with regulators, and what exactly it knew about the problems in its marquee aircraft.

Source: Boeing hands over internal employee messages describing 737 Max as “designed by clowns.”

Boeing 737 Crashes in Iran With at Least 170 People on Board – Bloomberg

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Boeing Co. 737 jet carrying at least 170 people crashed in Iran shortly after takeoff due to technical problems, according to local media reports.

State television reported that the plane crashed at 6:22 a.m. local time. Four helicopters and 22 ambulances had been sent to the crash site, according to reports, but severe fire was hampering rescue efforts.

Emergency personnel are trying to rescue any survivors, Pirhossein Koulivand, head of the Iranian Emergency Organization, said on state-run IRINN.

The 737-800 jet was headed for Ukraine, the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency reported. The website flightradar24 showed Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 left Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport for Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport early Wednesday morning local time.

Flightradar24

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We are following reports that a Ukrainian 737-800 has crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran. departed Tehran at 02:42UTC. Last ADS-B data received at 02:44UTC. https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/ps752#23732569 

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Source: Boeing 737 Crashes in Iran With at Least 170 People on Board – Bloomberg

At least 15 dead when jet with 100 people on board crashes after takeoff in Kazakhstan | Daily Mail Online

The Bek Air flight with 100 on board went down shortly after take off at the airport in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, on Friday morning. The plane was en route to the capital, Nursultan.

  • At least 12 people were reported dead after a passenger jet crashed after takeoff from a Kazakh airport today
  • The plane ‘smashed through a concrete fence and then into a small building immediately after losing altitude’
  • Authorities found 35 survivors with injuries.

Source: At least 15 dead when jet with 100 people on board crashes after takeoff in Kazakhstan | Daily Mail Online

Minnesota National Guard members dead in Black Hawk helicopter crash – CNN

Three members of the Minnesota National Guard have died after the Black Hawk helicopter they were in crashed 16 miles southwest of St. Cloud, Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz said at a news conference Thursday.

Source: Minnesota National Guard members dead in Black Hawk helicopter crash – CNN

San Antonio plane crash: 3 dead after emergency landing goes wrong – CNN

(CNN)An emergency landing went horribly wrong Sunday night as a plane crashed in San Antonio, leaving three dead, according to fire officials.

The small, single-engine plane was leaving Sugar Land and headed to Boerne, Texas, when it developed engine trouble, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood told CNN affiliate KSAT-TV.
The pilot wanted to make an emergency landing at San Antonio International Airport, Hood said, but ended up crashing into the street.

Fire Chief Charles Hood said the twin-engine plane crashed in a commercial and industrial area killing all three people on board. Hood says the plane had taken off in Sugar Land and was on its way to Boerne when they developed engine problems. The pilot notified the San Antonio International Airport that they were going to divert to the airport to make an emergency landing, but they weren’t able to make it to the airport before crashing.

When firefighters arrived on the scene they found the wreckage beside a street. No one on the ground was hurt. Firefighters have blocked off a wide area around the 600 block of Rhapsody recovering any debris that might have fallen off the plane during the approach and crash. Hood says “as tragic as it is, it could have been much worse” had the plane come down on busy Highway 281 nearby or into a business or apartment complex.

Source: San Antonio plane crash: 3 dead after emergency landing goes wrong – CNN

9 killed in South Dakota plane crash, including 2 children

Three others on board are being treated for critical injuries.

“The men and women of law enforcement, first responders and medical professionals should be commended in their heroic actions to rescue the victims in the extreme weather conditions,” according to a statement from Brule County States Attorney Theresa Maule Rossow, which was posted to the Brule County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page Saturday evening.

The Pilatus PC-12 had taken off at the Chamberlain Municipal Airport and was heading to Idaho Falls, Idaho, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

Two children are among those who died and there were 12 people on board the plane, KSFY-TV reported.

BRULE COUNTY, S.D. (KSFY) – UPDATE 9:45 p.m. – KIFI reports members of an Idaho Falls family were killed Saturday afternoon in a South Dakota plane crash near Chamberlain.

The crash took nine lives, including prominent businessmen Jim and Kirk Hansen, the pilot, 2 young children, and four other males.

Three others survived the crash and are being treated at a local hospital.

The Hansen’s own K & J Super Stores, oil company Conrad and Bischoff and founders of the health and wellness company Kyani.

The plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Chamberlain Municipal Airport around 12:30 p.m. in a nearby farm field.

Family friends told KIFI the men were on a traditional Thanksgiving hunting trip in South Dakota and were returning home.

Conditions poor at time of crash

Though the cause of the crash hasn’t been released, Chamberlain and central south-central South Dakota were under a winter storm warning at the time.

The NWS said visibility was a half a mile with light winds reported at the airport at 12:30 p.m. There have been no snowfall totals reported for Chamberlain, but Gregory, which is south of Chamberlain, reported eight inches of snow as of 2 p.m., the NWS said.

Interstate 90 has been closed all day from the Wyoming border to Chamberlain.

Source: 9 killed in South Dakota plane crash, including 2 children

Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma: 2 killed in aircraft mishap, Oklahoma Air Force base says today – CBS News

Two airmen were killed Thursday in an accident involving two jets at an Air Force base in northwestern Oklahoma, military officials said. Vance Air Force Base said in a statement that two T-38 Talons, each with two people aboard, were taking part in a training mission when the mishap occurred shortly after 9 a.m.

Source: Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma: 2 killed in aircraft mishap, Oklahoma Air Force base says today – CBS News

American Airlines Flight Diverted To Pittsburgh Lands Safely – CBS Pittsburgh

An American Airlines flight was diverted to Pittsburgh International Airport Saturday morning.

Source: American Airlines Flight Diverted To Pittsburgh Lands Safely – CBS Pittsburgh

Air Force airman missing after fall into Gulf of Mexico from C-130 aircraft | Fox News

A U.S. Air Force airman went missing Tuesday after falling from a C-130 aircraft into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast, according to reports.

The fall happened during a parachute-jump training exercise out of Hurlburt Field, Fla., according to Air Force Times.

U.S. Coast Guard personnel were assisting the Air Force as a search for the airman got underway in water about a mile and a half south of Santa Rosa Island, Fla., along the Florida Panhandle, WKRG-TV of Mobile, Ala., reported.

AIR FORCE F-16 CRASHES IN GERMANY, PILOT SUFFERS MINOR INJURIES

Source: Air Force airman missing after fall into Gulf of Mexico from C-130 aircraft | Fox News

Schiphol airport: False alarm causes Amsterdam security alert – BBC News

An accidental alert about a hijacking causes disruption at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.

A false report of an airline hijacking sparked a large police response on board a plane at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on Wednesday evening.

Dutch police tweeted at about 19:30 (18:30 GMT) that they were investigating a “suspicious situation”.

Part of the airport, which is one of Europe’s busiest, was closed to passengers as officials investigated.

But after people were evacuated from the plane, Air Europa announced a pilot had accidentally set off an alert.

“False alarm. In the flight Amsterdam-Madrid this afternoon was activated, by mistake, a warning that triggers protocols on hijackings at the airport,” the airline tweeted.

“Nothing has happened, all passengers are safe and sound waiting to fly soon. We deeply apologize.”

Shortly before their announcement, Dutch military police confirmed all passengers and staff had been safely evacuated from the Madrid-bound flight.

Images posted on social media showed parts of the airport’s D-pier cordoned off to the public, with passengers waiting around for information.

Source: Schiphol airport: False alarm causes Amsterdam security alert – BBC News