Travel Safety Update.Jul 23, 2007
Radar Failure Adds To Brazil Air Travel Problems. Radar that tracks planes over the vast Amazon jungle failed for several hours on Saturday, forcing a dozen international flights to change course, Brazil's airports authority said. The radar glitch A temporary or random hardware malfunction. It is possible that a bug in a program may cause the hardware to appear as if it had a glitch in it and vice versa. At times it can be extremely difficult to determine whether a problem lies within the hardware or the software. See glitch attack. came just four days after the country's worst plane crash and hours after President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva promised swift action to improve air safety. Four American Airlines American Airlines
Major U.S. airline. American was created through a merger of several smaller U.S. airlines and incorporated in 1934. It continued to buy the routes of other airlines, becoming an international carrier in the 1970s; its routes include South America, the flights headed for Brazil turned back to Miami and two of the company's aircraft en route to the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. were grounded in the city of Manaus for several hours before the radar was restored, local media reported. Jul 22, 2007
Air travel in Brazil has been chaotic since a GOL GOL - General Operating Language. Subsystem of DOCUS. [Sammet 1969, p.678]. Linhas Aereas Boeing 737 clipped wings with a private jet last September at 37,000 feet over the Amazon jungle. All 154 people on the Boeing were killed. That crash occurred in the region tracked by the radar that malfunctioned on Saturday. Air traffic controllers, fearing they were being made scapegoats for the Boeing crash, have staged periodic work slowdowns to protest what they call deficient radar and radio equipment and poor salaries. Delays and cancellations have become routine, prompting some frustrated passengers to storm airfields and ticket counters in protest. Jul 22, 2007
A man who died while traveling from China in the wheel well of a jetliner likely fell victim to asphyxiation asphyxiation /as·phyx·i·a·tion/ (as-fix?e-a´shun) suffocation; the stoppage of respiration.
Oxygen starvation of tissues. or hypothermia hypothermia
Abnormally low body temperature, with slowing of physiological activity. It is artificially induced (usually with ice baths) for certain surgical procedures and cancer treatments. during the 11-hour flight, officials said. Jul 19, 2007
The National Transportation Safety Board plans to release its final report next Thursday on the cause of the Comair flight that crashed in Kentucky last summer. Jul 19, 2007
Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Ft. Lauderdale
A Delta jet that was involved in a near collision on an airport runway had already landed when controllers ordered it to take off again to avoid a United Airlines plane in its path, federal investigators said. The tower controller noted that the Airbus A320 was going too fast to hold short of 9L and told the ground controller to tell it to stop. The aircraft stopped on 9L 30 ft. from the runway centerline cen·ter·line
1. A line that bisects something into equal parts.
2. A painted line running along the center of a road or highway that divides it into two sections for traffic moving in opposite directions, or, in the case of . The Delta flight that was touching down was ordered to do a go-around and became airborne, clearing the United jet by less than 100 ft., tower controllers reported. NTSB NTSB
National Transportation Safety Board said that the United crew claimed they missed the turn on Taxiway taxiway: see airport. B. US FAA classified the incident a pilot deviation. The wheels of Delta Airlines Flight 1489 had already touched down when an air traffic controller at Ft. Lauderdale runway warned the pilot to pull up. The pilot accelerated and was able to get back in the air, narrowly missing United Flight 1544. Pilot error by the United crew was the cause of the near collision, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the FAA. Jul 19, 2007
GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, Boeing, ExcelAire, Embraer
Brasil[sup.1]s aviation network is overloaded and is due for an overhaul. In September 2006, 154 people were killed when a Brazilian GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes Boeing 737-800 collided with a small US based ExcelAire Embraer Legacy 600 executive jet and crashed in the Amazon jungle in what was the worst air accident in the country's history. Congonhas Airport, located in the heart of South America's largest city, has had runway problems for years and recently repaved one of its landing strips. Earlier this year, officials tried to ban wide-bodied jets from the airport because of fears they could skid off its short landing strips. Air travel in Brazil has repeatedly been disrupted since the September crash unveiled a series of problems, including insufficient infrastructure and overburdened, underpaid staff. Last month, two passenger planes clipped wings while taxiing at Congonhas, increasing concerns about safety. Jul 18, 2007
A damaged P&O Cruises' ship left 1,200 passengers stranded and seasick over the weekend near Auckland, New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. , as gale force winds shattered windows and knocked out satellite systems. Jul 16, 2007
TAM Linhas Aereas, Airbus
Scores Of Bodies Pulled From Brazil Plane Crash. Rescue workers in Brazil pulled burned bodies from smoking wreckage and collapsed buildings on Wednesday after about 200 people were killed in the country's worst air disaster. The TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A320 was carrying 186 passengers and crew when it slid off a short, rain-soaked runway at Sao Paulo's Congonhas Airport late on Tuesday, hurdling a busy road before slamming into a gas station and cargo terminal. An acrid haze hung over the crowded neighborhood near Brazil's busiest airport as rescuers wearing masks put bodies in refrigerated re·frig·er·ate
tr.v. re·frig·er·at·ed, re·frig·er·at·ing, re·frig·er·ates
1. To cool or chill (a substance).
2. To preserve (food) by chilling. trucks bound for the morgue morgue (morg) a place where dead bodies may be kept for identification or until claimed for burial.
n. . Dental records Dental Records is a small, independent metal record label, based in Ipswich, UK. Artists
TAM Linhas Aereas, Airbus
An Airbus A320 operated by Brazilian carrier TAM Linhas Aereas crashed on landing in Sao Paulo, killing nearly 200 people, including all 176 passengers and some people on the ground as the aircraft skidded off the runway onto a busy road, slamming into a building. Rescue workers recovered bodies on the street at the site where the TAM airlines commercial jet crashed at Sao Paulo's busiest airport, Congonhas. Departing Porto Alegre's Salgado Filho International Airport Salgado Filho International Airport (IATA: POA, ICAO: SBPA) is the airport in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
The passenger terminals are 37,600 m² and have 32 check-in counters. The airport is 6 km from downtown. at 17:16LT, Airbus A320-233 PR-MBK was finishing TAM flight JJ3054 to Congonhas airport, landing there at 18:45LT. Jul 18, 2007
TAM Linhas Aereas, Airbus
The TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A320 that crashed, was flying from Porto Alegre Porto Alegre
Port and city(pop., 2005 est.: city, 1,386,900; metro. area, 3,978,263), southern Brazil. Located along the Guaíba River near the Atlantic Ocean coast, it was founded c. 1742 by immigrants from the Azores. It was first known as Porto dos Casais. in southern Brazil, lost control on landing in Sao Paulo's Congonhas Airport. It skidded off the rain-soaked runway and flew over a bustling avenue just below, crashing into a fuel station and cargo terminal where people were working. "The plane came spinning and passed over our heads at the level of the street lights. We could hear the engine noise getting louder and the plane growing in front of us. When it hit the ground it exploded sending pieces all around," said Luis Santos, who was in his car at the station at the time. Dozens of ambulances raced to the crash site and television images showed the plane's tail sticking out Adj. 1. sticking out - extending out above or beyond a surface or boundary; "the jutting limb of a tree"; "massive projected buttresses"; "his protruding ribs"; "a pile of boards sticking over the end of his truck" from the cargo terminal in flames In Flames is a melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden founded in 1990. Along with Dark Tranquillity and At the Gates, they pioneered what is now known as melodic death metal. as firefighters tried to put out the blaze, which spread to a nearby building. Jul 18, 2007
United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International
US National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a runway incursion involving United Airlines and Delta Air Lines jets that took place July 11 in Fort Lauderdale in which the aircraft came within less than 100 ft. vertically of each other. According to NTSB, the event occurred at about 2:30 p.m. The crew of UA Flight 1544, an A320, received taxi clearance from the terminal to Runway 9L via Taxiway T7. At the same time, DL 1489, a 757, was inbound from Atlanta for a landing on 9L. Jul 16, 2007
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