Are Port Vale fans really going to fly a plane over Stoke City on Saturday, celebrating the Potters' misfortunes? It sounds like an urban myth, but is one that has been all over supporters' social media this week...with some fans claiming they know the mystery supporters behind the plan, and others simply wondering if this can really be true. Revelling in rivals' misfortunes is a football tradition. The excellent leading fans' websites of both clubs, Stoke City's The Oatcake' and Port Vale's 'onevalefan' have carried popular relegation watch threads about the other lot. But flying a plane? Maybe it's just an urban myth, to be filed next to the case of 'Terry Henfleet' a player made up by fans but whose supposed transfer from Stoke to Sheffield Wednesday was actually picked up by the media. Then again, some stories that sound like urban myths are true...Stoke City mascot Pottermus really did come seventh in City's player of the year votes in 1997/98, despite not being on the voting … [Read more...] about Are Port Vale fans really going to fly a banner over Stoke City?
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AN easyJet captain who fooled around on a Snapchat game while flying a plane full of passengers at 30,000ft has been sacked. The co-pilot, filmed dancing in the cockpit with a cartoon character created by the daft app, resigned before he could be axed. The Sun exposed the shocking incident last month - during which neither man was looking at the controls or out through the cockpit windscreen. The airline’s chief executive Johan Lundgren said: “We have clear policies on how we use social media and that is not part of that policy. It was very disappointing.” He warned all easyJet staff about the importance of using social media responsibly and added: “This is causing unnecessary difficulties and it shouldn’t have happened.” After suspending the guilty pilots, captain Michel Castellucci was quietly dismissed. One aviation insider yesterday told The Sun: “EasyJet cannot allow passengers to think it’s fun and games in the cockpit. … [Read more...] about EasyJet captain who played on Snapchat at 30,000ft with a plane full of passengers sacked while co-pilot resigns
Over the weekend, events have been held all over the country to commemorate the centenary of the Royal Air Force. The RAF was created in 1918, towards the end of World War One , and amalgamated the army and the navy’s flying teams but it was in the Second World War where the RAF really came into its own. But it is a little known fact that a Hull pilot played an integral part in the RAF’s war effort, being the first person to fly perhaps the air force’s most iconic plane. Here, Dr Robb Robinson, who has been researching the life of Captain Joseph ‘Mutt’ Summers with leading East Riding historian Peter Chapman, talks about Capt. Summers' life. It is quite widely known that ‘Mutt’ Summers flew the first Spitfire but few people know he came from Hull. He was one of many people who made a global impact from this unique port city, of whom we should probably have made more of in 2017 . His real name was Joseph Summers and was born in 1904. Born in … [Read more...] about The Hull man who became the first person to ever to fly a Spitfire
MANY dramas can unfold in the air - and often people are taken ill when they're on board a plane. But what happens if someone dies when they are on a flight and what will happen to the body? Last year a British woman died on UK-bound plane from Pakistan and in another case, a dead body was laid in aisle after a diabetic woman died on flight home from Turkey. Travellers have shared their own experiences of people passing away in the air and some say their planes had “corpse cupboards” to store dead passengers until landing. This was true of Singapore Airlines’ fleet of now-discontinued Airbus A340-500 aircraft, which all had a locker able to transport an average sized body. But while not all aircraft have this space on board, staff are trained to discreetly handle the situation if it arises. A Ryanair spokesperson told the Sun Online: “All Ryanair aircraft carry first aid equipment, in full compliance with EU safety regulations, and all crew are trained … [Read more...] about What happens when a passenger dies on a plane? Cabin crew procedure for mid-flight deaths revealed – and it’s not pleasant
Two pilots flying different aircraft above Arizona have reported close encounters with an unidentified flying object (UFO). The sightings occurred within minutes of each other on Saturday near the US-Mexico border. ABC News obtained an audio clip of a conversation between the two pilots and the Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Centre. Read more US government is ignoring UFO sightings, says former Pentagon insider While around 37,000 feet above the ground, a pilot flying a small aircraft manufactured by Canadian firm Learjet asks the controller: “Was anybody above us that passed us like 30 seconds ago?” He responds: “Negative.” “OK, something did,” says the pilot of the Learjet plane. Another pilot then says: “It’s a UFO.” Minutes later, the controller contacts an American Airlines pilot flying an Airbus aircraft to look out for anything “passing over” in … [Read more...] about Two pilots flying different planes report seeing a UFO within minutes of each other