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Chaos At Newark Airport After Evacuate Alarm [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Panicked travelers abandoned carry-on bags and scrambled for the exits at a Newark Liberty International Airport terminal on Monday night, just as the busy three-day Labor Day weekend was drawing to a close. An Alaska Airlines employee at Gate 30 in Terminal A grew suspicious of two male passengers as they were about to board …

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Flight Diverted After Severe Turbulence Injures 35

The CBC reports: An Air Canada flight traveling from Toronto to Sydney, Australia, with a scheduled stop in Vancouver, encountered sudden and severe turbulence Thursday, leaving at least 35 passengers with injuries, the airline said. Flight AC33 was diverted to Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport around 6:46 a.m. local time, where medical staff were on standby to examine the …

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Flight Lands Safely After Passenger Tries To Open Door

NBC News reports: A passenger aboard a Delta flight tried to open the doors of the plane mid-flight, prompting the pilot to declare an emergency, according to live air traffic control transmission ATC.net. The plane has landed safely at LaGuardia Airport. According to traffic control, the emotionally disturbed passenger tried to open the “forward service door” on the Delta 5935 …

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Flight Attendants Union Warns That Climate Change Is Spawning Increased Incidents Of “Extreme Turbulence”

Sara Nelson, president of the 50,000 member International Association of Flight Attendants, writes for Vox: “Pretty much everyone on the plane threw up” is not a sentence most travelers want to hear. But that’s a direct quote from the pilots’ report after United Express Flight 3833 operated by Air Wisconsin hit extreme turbulence on approach to Washington, DC, in 2018. …

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Investigators Blame Boeing Crash On Anti-Stall System

NBC News reports: The investigation into March’s fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash — which helped lead to a worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft — has reached the preliminary conclusion that a “suspect flight-control feature automatically activated before the plane nose-dived into the ground,” the WSJ reports. The big picture: The preliminary investigation into the fatal Boeing 737 MAX …

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FAA To Revamp Oversight Of New Aircraft Models

The Associated Press reports: The Federal Aviation Administration plans to revamp oversight of airplane development after the two deadly crashes of Boeing’s new 737 Max raised questions of whether the FAA has gone too far in letting companies regulate themselves, according to testimony prepared for a Capitol Hill hearing on Wednesday. For decades, the FAA has delegated some authority for …

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ORLANDO: Boeing 737 Max Makes Emergency Landing

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Southwest flight — a Boeing 737 MAX that was grounded after two crashes — with just two pilots aboard made an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon at Orlando International Airport, a spokeswoman said. The pilots were flying to California when they encountered engine problems about 10 minutes after takeoff, said Rod Johnson, spokesman for the Greater Orlando …

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Pilots Trained For Boeing Model With Online Course

CNN reports: Pilots transitioning to the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from older 737 models were given a short, self-administered online course that made no mention of a new system now at the center of two crash investigations, pilots’ unions spokesmen for two American carriers told CNN. “The course was not instructor-led. It was self-administered,” said Mike Trevino, a spokesman …

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Vienna Tops Ranking Of World’s Most Liveable Cities

Reuters reports: The Austrian capital Vienna has topped Mercer’s index of most liveable cities for the 10th year in a row. Known by tourists for its imperial past, gilded palaces and classical music, the city of 1.9 million is also nicknamed “red Vienna” for having long been run by the political left, with cheap public services and abundant social housing. …

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Trump Orders Immediate Grounding Of Boeing Model

The New York Times reports: President Trump announced that the United States was grounding Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft, reversing an earlier decision by American regulators to keep the jets flying in the wake of a second deadly crash involving one of the jets in Ethiopia. The Federal Aviation Administration had for days resisted calls to ground the plane even as …

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Multiple Pilots Warned Feds About Boeing Model

The Dallas Morning News reports: Pilots repeatedly voiced safety concerns about the Boeing 737 Max 8 to federal authorities, with one captain calling the flight manual “inadequate and almost criminally insufficient” several months before Sunday’s Ethiopian Air crash that killed 157 people, an investigation by The Dallas Morning News found. The News found at least five complaints about the Boeing …

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Australia & UK Ban Boeing Model From Their Airspace

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: Australia’s aviation safety authority has banned all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from flying to or from the country in the wake of two deadly plane crashes involving the brand new aircraft in the past five months. In what is a major blow for the aerospace giant and an unusual split from American aviation regulators, the …

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FAA Says Boeing Model In Ethiopia Crash Is Safe To Fly

Business Insider reports: The US’s top air-safety regulator has said the plane model involved in Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, the second such disaster in five months, is safe to fly. The Federal Administration said in a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) on Monday evening that Ethiopian’s crash, which killed all 157 passengers on board, cannot yet be …

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Some Airlines Ground Boeing Model After Crash

CNN reports: Airlines in multiple countries have suspended the use of Boeing’s new 737 MAX 8 aircraft over concerns about its safety, after an Ethiopian Airlines flight of the same model crashed Sunday killing all 157 people on board. Flight ET302 to Nairobi had just taken off from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa Sunday when it reported technical problems …

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EU To Require Visas From Americans Starting In 2021

NBC News reports: In two years, the European Union will begin implementing a new travel visa as a requirement for U.S. citizens and citizens from 59 other countries to enter. The EU cited concerns over illegal migration and terrorism as the reasons for the increased security measures. Currently, Americans traveling to Europe for 90 days or less don’t need a …

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Congestion Pricing Goes Into Effect For Manhattan

NY 1 reports: Yellow taxis are both an iconic symbol of New York City and the mode of transportation of choice for many commuters. But those sitting behind the wheel and in the backseat of these cabs are coming to terms with their new, costlier reality. A congestion pricing surcharge for all for-hire vehicles traveling through some parts of Manhattan …

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NEW YORK: Scare For JetBlue Passengers After Radio Glitch Spawns Accidental Hijack Alert To Control Tower

The New York Daily News reports: A communications failure sparked a hijacking scare on a JetBlue flight at JFK Airport on Tuesday, setting off a frenzy from first responders over what turned out to be a false alarm. JetBlue Flight 1623, an Airbus 320 bound for Los Angeles, lost contact with the air traffic control tower while taxiing for takeoff …

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Object On Tracks May Be Cause Of Amtrak Crash

The Associated Press reports: Monday’s deadly Amtrak train derailment appears to have been caused by an object on the railway, according to a government official briefed on the crash. A preliminary investigation suggests maintenance problems are unlikely to blame because the incident took place on brand-new tracks, the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. At least six …

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Good Morning From The Canary Islands

Yup. I’m presently in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain thanks to my longtime buddy Aaron, who surprised me a few weeks ago with a gift trip to accompany him before his vacation days from the company he calls “the algorithm” evaporate at the end of the year. I told Aaron that the Canary Islands were not remotely on my list of …

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Atlanta’s Busiest Interstate Collapses In Fire [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: A massive fire caused a bridge to collapse Thursday night on Interstate 85 in Atlanta, one of the busiest stretches of roadway in America, backing up rush hour traffic for several miles and creating what the mayor called a long-term “transportation crisis.” The huge fire was reported at 6:21 p.m. ET underneath the bridge on the northbound …

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