Several Injured in Qantas Incident

Qantas said today in a news release that a number of passengers and crew sustained injuries, including fractures and lacerations, on board QF72 Tuesday afternoon en route from Singapore to Perth following a sudden change in altitude.

The flight, operated by an A330-300 aircraft with 303 passengers and 10 crew, diverted to Learmonth in Western Australia and landed at approximately 1.45pm local time.

The flight landed in Learmonth at 1.45pm (local time) and had been due to land in Perth at 2.10pm (local time).

Emergency services, including medical attendants, met the aircraft on landing.

Qantas said there were no details available at this stage as to what caused the altitude change.

Source: Qantas


Safety Report – 10/06/2008

Date & Time:10/04/2008 11:25
Location: Miami, FL
Aircraft Type: Boeing 757-223 Registration: N610AA
Operator: American Airlines Flight: 2185
Phase: Landing
Damage: Minor
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: American Airlines flight 2185 on lnading blew 3 left main tyres – taxied to the gate without incident

Source: FAA
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Avianca receives its first Airbus A330-200

On Friday the Colombian flag carrier Avianca took delivery of its first Airbus A330-200. This A330 is the first of ten aircraft of this type to be delivered to the airline. This aircraft is part of an Avianca order for 57 Airbus aircraft, which was signed in May 2007, and includes 47 Airbus A320 Family aircraft and ten A330-200s. Avianca also ordered another three A320s via leasing companies. Avianca’s main shareholder, the Synergy Group, has furthermore purchased ten A350XWBs.

The airline will operate the A330 on its intercontinental network to Europe, and on routes in the Americas. The aircraft will be able to accommodate 280 passengers in a spacious two-class configuration, and will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent772B engines.

Avianca, Colombia’s largest airline, already received one A320 and three A319s this year as start of a complete fleet renewal programme. Until the end of 2008, Avianca will still receive another A319, one more A320 and one additional A330-200.

Source: Airbus

Steve Fossett Plane Found

Several sources are reporting that the wreckage of Steve Fossett’s plane has been found. A Sheriff told reporters at a news conference that they did locate an aircraft which is confirmed to be the one Steve Fossett was flying when he disappeared last year. The plane apparently crashed head-on into the side of a mountain. Human remains have not been found on the crash site yet. The wreckage was spotted during an aerial search of the area where a hiker had discovered items belonging to the missing aviator a few days ago.

Video – Madera County sheriff says search teams have found the wreckage of missing adventurer Steve Fossett’s airplane- by AP


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Possible Fossett items found in California

A hiker in rugged eastern California may have stumbled upon belongings of Steve Fossett near Mammoth Lakes. An ID with the missing adventurer’s name and about $1000 in cash were found, but no wreckage was located. According to KNBC an official investigation is now been launched.
The multimillionaire adventurer disappeared last September while flying a Bellanca Citabria Super Decathlon, tail number N240R and was declared legally dead in February.

*Update* Photo – Found Items: (by AP)
Photo - Found Fossett Items - FAA ID

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Arik Air orders Airbus A340-500

Arik Air, the growing private airline based in Lagos, Nigeria, has signed a firm contract for the purchase of three Airbus A340-500s. This order makes Arik Air the 10th and latest customer for the A340-500.

The acquisition of the new A340s is an important step in the airline’s growth strategy to develop Lagos and Abuja as hubs. These aircraft will be used on new routes towards London, New York and Houston. These aircraft are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engines and will provide the best possible passenger comfort in a two-class configuration. All the aircraft will be delivered by the end of November 2008.

Source: Airbus

NATO Consortium to buy Boeing C-17s

Boeing today announced that an international consortium of 10 NATO members – joined by Partnership for Peace nations Sweden and Finland – signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Sept. 24 to acquire three Boeing C-17 Globemaster III long-range cargo jets. The agreement sets the stage for NATO’s first major defense purchase in 30 years.
Under the agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense and the NATO Airlift Management Agency, two of the advanced airlifters would be purchased from Boeing, while a third would be provided by the U.S. Air Force. The aircraft would be assigned to NATO’s Heavy Airlift Wing and jointly operated by the nations from Pápa Air Base, Hungary. Delivery of the first aircraft could take place as early as spring 2009.
Each participating nation would pay for a portion of a C-17 rather than an entire aircraft, allowing them to share a pooled fleet. The 12 countries participating in NATO’s Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) program are Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden and the United States.

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

The C-17 fleet will allow each nation to meet its airlift requirements to support sovereign and multinational mission requirements. NATO does not currently own a heavy airlift capability and frequently contracts with nations such as the United States and Russia for assistance with its heavy airlift requirements. The MOU calls for Boeing to establish a facility at Pápa Air Base to provide C-17 logistics support under the current Globemaster Support Partnership.

There are 192 operational C-17s worldwide – 178 with the U.S. Air Force; six with the Royal Air Force (UK); four with the Royal Australian Air Force, and four with the Canadian Forces. Boeing received a contract in July to provide the C-17 to Qatar, with deliveries starting in late summer 2009.

Source: Boeing