Spokesman James Garrow of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health said that banking executive Jennifer Riordan's death was ruled accidental. Riordan was killed and seven others injured after the twin-engine 737 blew an engine at 30,000 feet on Tuesday, throwing shrapnel into a window of the plane. National Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt said Ms Riordan, who was sitting next to a window, was wearing a seatbelt before she was partially sucked out of the plane. The Federal Aviation Administration plans to order inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off and triggered the accident. Federal investigators are still trying to figure out how the window came out of the plane. The two pilots who made the emergency landing in Philadelphia after the engine blew apart said that their "hearts are heavy". Captain Tammie Jo Shults and First Officer Darren Ellisor issued a statement through the airline. They said they appreciate the outpouring of … [Read more...] about Woman partly sucked out of plane had seat belt on but died from traumatic injuries
THE Shoreham Airshow disaster happened in August 2015 and left 11 people dead. Cops have spent more than two years investigating the crash and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) found in March 2017 that the pilot, Andy Hill, had been flying too low and too slow. Here's what we know about the tragedy... What was the Shoreham air crash disaster? Eleven men died when a vintage single-seater Hawker Hunter jet failed to pull out of a loop-the-loop stunt during the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex on August 22, 2015. The 1955 plane, piloted by Andrew Hill, who survived the crash, plummeted into a fireball on the busy A27, hitting vehicles and pedestrians. Sussex Police revealed in 2016 that Mr Hill was being investigated for possible endangerment pursuant to Article 138 Air Navigation Order 2009 and also manslaughter by gross negligence. Following an investigation, police and CPS officials met with families of the victims on Wednesday, March 21, to discuss the case. It was … [Read more...] about When was the Shoreham Airshow crash disaster, how many people died and has pilot Andy Hill been charged?
The woman who was killed when she was partially blown out of a Southwest Airlines plane was wearing a seatbelt at the time, but died from blunt impact trauma, according to authorities. Spokesman James Garrow of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health said Wednesday evening that banking executive Jennifer Riordan's death was ruled accidental. Riordan was killed and seven others were injured after the twin-engine 737 blew an engine at 30,000 feet Tuesday throwing shrapnel into a window of the plane. National Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt said Ms Riordan, who was sitting next to a window, was wearing a seatbelt before she was partially sucked out of the plane. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Wednesday that it would order inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off and triggered the accident. Federal investigators are still trying to figure out how the window came out of the plane. The two pilots who made the emergency … [Read more...] about Woman sucked out of Southwest plane window ‘was wearing seatbelt’ and died from blunt impact trauma
By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) – Ryanair <RYA.I> has cut the price of a course for new pilots to fly its 737 planes, the Irish budget airline’s operations chief said on Wednesday, as it tries to avoid more staffing problems. Ryanair was forced to cancel thousands of flights last year as it did not have enough standby pilots to ensure the smooth running of its schedule. While Ryanair has denied there was a pilot shortage, chief operations officer Peter Bellew told reporters the move would help Ryanair grow without fresh problems. “What we’re going to do now for the next couple of years is we’re going to get ahead of the game,” he said, adding that even if Ryanair chose to expand a bit quicker than planned, “we’re not going to have any limiting resource around pilots.” Pilots wishing to join Ryanair will have to pay 5,000 euros (4,472.51 pounds)for their so-called type rating course to fly the 737, down from 29,500 euros. A … [Read more...] about Ryanair offers cheaper training to pilots after staffing troubles
By Jamie Freed and Tim Hepher SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Once there were three on the flight deck. Then the number of flight crew fell to two when the Boeing 757 changed the way cockpit were designed in the 1980s. Now, jetmakers are studying what it would take to go down to a single pilot, starting with cargo flights. The motivation is simple: saving airlines tens of billions of dollars a year in pilot salaries and training costs if the change can be rolled out to passenger jets after it is demonstrated safely in the freight business. But with the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and a deliberate crash by a Germanwings pilot in the last few years, earning public trust and ensuring safety is key. The issues loom large as single-pilot flying concepts are fleshed out at the Singapore Airshow this week. “We are studying that, and where you will first see that is probably in cargo transport, so the passenger question is off the table,” Boeing Research & … [Read more...] about Freight first as jetmakers study single-pilot airplanes