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US flight makes emergency landing ‘as pilot spilled coffee’

TORONTO: A US flight from Chicago to the German city of Frankfurt, with 255 people on board, reportedly made an emergency landing in Canada because the pilot spilled his coffee in the cockpit.

The United Airlines Flight 940 was diverted to Toronto just after 10pm on Monday night, after the plane developed a communications problem, according to an airline spokesman.

But, Transport Canada, the agency that regulates transportation in Canada, has claimed that the malfunction was due to the Boeing 777′s pilot dumping his cup of coffee on the plane’s communication equipment, the ‘Daily Mail’ online said.

The spilled liquid caused the plane’s radio to send out transponder code (or ‘squawk’) 7500, denoting highjacking; The crew were able to stop the faulty squawk, but decided to land anyway, the report said.

The 241 passengers and 14 crew members were put in a different aeroplane once on the ground in Toronto, flown back to Chicago, put up in a hotel and then flown to Frankfurt on Tuesday afternoon, it said.

When asked about coffee triggering the diversion and mass delay, United Airlines avoided the subject.

“Our review of the communications issue encountered on flight 940 continues, so it’s too soon to comment on any particulars that led to the captain’s decision to divert,” United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson was quoted as saying.

“But important to note the crew did maintain contact with controllers, and the decision to divert to Toronto was the captain’s,” he added.

The name of the coffee-spilling pilot has not been released.PTI

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46 flights cancelled due to pilot strike in Germany

News4u-News Desk-A German pilots association says 46 flights have been cancelled due to a pilots’ strike at Eurowings airline.

Pilots association Cockpit told German news agency DAPD Friday that flights were cancelled at Berlin’s Tegel airport, in Dresden, Duesseldorf,Hamburg, Cologne and in Nuremberg.

The strike began at 5 am and is expected to last eight hours.

Eurowings, which is a partner of Lufthansa, said that 140 of its 305 pilots were participating in the strike. It was not clear how many passengers were affected by the cancellations.

Eurowings is planning to reduce the number of planes it operates. The striking pilots are demanding better compensation plans for employees who may be affected by layoffs.

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Prince William graduates as search and rescue pilot

News4u-News Desk-LONDON: Prince William will start work as a search and rescue helicopter pilot for Britain’s Royal Air Force after graduating from training on Friday, his office said.

William, second in line to the throne and the eldest son of Prince Charles and his deceased first wife Princess Diana, will co-pilot Sea King helicopters as part of a four-man crew based at RAF Valley in Anglesey on the north-west coast of Wales.

“The course has been challenging, but I have enjoyed it immensely,” said William, 28, who now has the rank of Flight Lieutenant. “I absolutely love flying, so it will be an honour to serve operationally with the search and rescue Force, helping to provide such a vital emergency service.”

The prince completed 70 hours of flying time augmented by 50 hours in a simulator as part of training to get to grips with the helicopter. William’s younger brother Harry has served on the front line in Afghanistan with the British armed forces. Reuters

Prince William at the Royal Air Force base at Shawbury, England

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UK will compensate pilot wrongly linked to 9/11

News4u-News Desk-The London, (AP) Britain’s government says it will compensate an Algerian pilot who was falsely accused of helping the September 11, 2001 hijackers.

The Ministry of Justice says that following Court of Appeal rulings that said Lotfi Raissi was wrongly linked with terrorism, Justice Secretary Jack Straw has notified Raissi that he is eligible for compensation.

Raissi was arrested in 2001 and jailed for almost five months as the United States sought his extradition.

Prosecutors accused him of helping to train the September 11 pilots, but British judges concluded there was no evidence for the charge.

The ministry said today that an independent assessor will consider the amount to be paid.

Raissi told the BBC that his life was “destroyed” by the lengthy legal battle.

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Pilot project soon to identify BPL households

News4u-News Desk-The government on Thursday said it would soon come out with a pilot project to identify the families that are Below Poverty Line (BPL).

“We waiting for the Planning Commission data about the number of poor in the country and as soon we receive it, we will come out with a pilot project,” Rural Development Minister C P Joshi told the Lok Sabha.

Replying to a discussion on demands for grants for his ministry, he said the government would formulate new criteria to ensure that every poor is included in the BPL list.

The Planning Commission is in the process of suggesting the new poverty numbers for implementation of the proposed Food Security Law.

The Commission has adopted the poverty estimation model suggested by the Suresh Tendulkar Committee which estimates poverty on the basis of money spent on health and education besides calorie intake.

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US pilot admits breaking alcohol limit for UK flight

News4u-News Desk-London, (AFP) A US pilot admitted in court today turning up to fly a plane from London’s Heathrow airport while over the legal alcohol limit.

United Airlines pilot Erwin Washington, 51, from Lakewood outside Denver, Colorado, pleaded guilty at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court, west London, to being above the alcohol limit for flying a plane.

He had been due to captain a Boeing 767 bound for Chicago with 124 passengers on board and 11 crew members on November 9 last year when a colleague smelled alcohol on his breath.

He was arrested shortly before the flight’s departure.

The legal limit of alcohol allowed to fly a plane is nine micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath. However, Washington was more than three times over the limit with a breath test reading of 31 micrograms.

For comparison, the British legal limit for driving a car in breath is 35 micrograms.

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Sexual harassment case : Pilot gets clean chit

News4u-News Desk-New Delhi,  Air India pilots today got a clean chit in the Komal Singh sexual harassment case today with the National Commission for Women saying the air hostess was not molested but only “pushed”.
Though Singh was not available for comment, her family said the NCW decision was “absolutely disgusting”.
NCW member Wansuk Syiem, who was a part of the probe committee, said, “there is no sexual harassment by the commander of Komal Singh”.
“It is just a misbehaviour from both sides. I must say some arguments were there, which caused this physical push by the commander to her,” she said.
Syiem said in the report, which has been submitted last night, the committee has written that during the flight, the captain had called the purser Amit Khanna inside the cockpit and an argument ensued.

News4u-News Desk-New Delhi,  Air India pilots today got a clean chit in the Komal Singh sexual harassment case today with the National Commission for Women saying the air hostess was not molested but only “pushed”.

Though Singh was not available for comment, her family said the NCW decision was “absolutely disgusting”.

NCW member Wansuk Syiem, who was a part of the probe committee, said, “there is no sexual harassment by the commander of Komal Singh”.

“It is just a misbehaviour from both sides. I must say some arguments were there, which caused this physical push by the commander to her,” she said.

Syiem said in the report, which has been submitted last night, the committee has written that during the flight, the captain had called the purser Amit Khanna inside the cockpit and an argument ensued.

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Pilot found dead at his house

News4u-News Desk-Chennai, A young pliot of a private airlines was today found dead at his house here, police said.
Krishna Narayanan, 28, was found dead at his Thiruvanmiur house after police broke open the door following his neighbours’ complaint about foul smell emanating from there.
“The body was lying on a cot and it was suspected that the death occurred some five to six days ago,” police said.

News4u-News Desk-Chennai, A young pliot of a private airlines was today found dead at his house here, police said.

Krishna Narayanan, 28, was found dead at his Thiruvanmiur house after police broke open the door following his neighbours’ complaint about foul smell emanating from there.

“The body was lying on a cot and it was suspected that the death occurred some five to six days ago,” police said.


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Pilot killed in chopper crash, search on for the rest

News4u-News Desk-The pilot of an IAF chopper was killed and three other personnel on board were feared dead on Friday when the MI-17 helicopter crashed into Chenab river in Doda district, 145 kms from Jammu.
The transport helicopter, which was on an exercise-cum-sortie in Chanderkote-Nawapanchi mountainous belt, was flying low over Chenab when it got caught in a cable-wire of a bridge and crashed into the water reservoir of the Baglihar hydro-electric power project at 1320 hours, defence sources said.
Four IAF men including the pilot Wing Commander S K Garg, Co-pilot flt Lt S Tomar, one technician and one crew member were aboard the chopper when it sank into the river, they said.
While the pilot’s body has been recovered, a joint search and rescue operation is on by the police and the army to trace the missing personnel, they said.

News4u-News Desk-The pilot of an IAF chopper was killed and three other personnel on board were feared dead on Friday when the MI-17 helicopter crashed into Chenab river in Doda district, 145 kms from Jammu.

The transport helicopter, which was on an exercise-cum-sortie in Chanderkote-Nawapanchi mountainous belt, was flying low over Chenab when it got caught in a cable-wire of a bridge and crashed into the water reservoir of the Baglihar hydro-electric power project at 1320 hours, defence sources said.

Four IAF men including the pilot Wing Commander S K Garg, Co-pilot flt Lt S Tomar, one technician and one crew member were aboard the chopper when it sank into the river, they said.

While the pilot’s body has been recovered, a joint search and rescue operation is on by the police and the army to trace the missing personnel, they said.


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Rahman Khan’s pilot vehicle stolen in Delhi

News4u-News Desk-New Delhi,  A pilot vehicle of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chair K Rahman Khan, which has a radio tag allowing its entry into Parliament, was stolen from the residence of his driver in the national capital early this morning.
The SUV was stolen from R K Puram Sector-V residence of driver Niranjan Mohanty at around 5:15 am by an unidentified man who drove away with it despite the former giving a chase for some distance.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) H G S Dhaliwal said the Police Control Room received a call about the theft and they immediately flashed a wireless message. However, the vehicle — a Bolera with registration number DL2CQ 3678 — could not be traced.
“Mohanty heard someone starting the vehicle and when he came out, he saw someone fleeing with it.

News4u-News Desk-New Delhi,  A pilot vehicle of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chair K Rahman Khan, which has a radio tag allowing its entry into Parliament, was stolen from the residence of his driver in the national capital early this morning.

The SUV was stolen from R K Puram Sector-V residence of driver Niranjan Mohanty at around 5:15 am by an unidentified man who drove away with it despite the former giving a chase for some distance.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) H G S Dhaliwal said the Police Control Room received a call about the theft and they immediately flashed a wireless message. However, the vehicle — a Bolera with registration number DL2CQ 3678 — could not be traced.

“Mohanty heard someone starting the vehicle and when he came out, he saw someone fleeing with it.


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