URAL AIRLINES A321 BIRD STRIKES INTO BOTH ENGINES ON DEPARTURE

All on board survive Ural Airlines Airbus A321, which carried out an emergency landing in a field, after a severe bird-strike into both engines on departure from Moscow Zhukovsky. According to Avherald, An Ural Airlines Airbus A321-100, registration VQ-BOZ performing flight U6-178 from Moscow Zhukovsky (Russia) to Simferopol (Crimean Peninsula) with 226 passengers and 7 crew, was in the initial climb through 750 feet out of Zkukovsky’s runway 12 at about 06:15L (03:15Z) when the aircraft flew through a flock of birds and ingested birds into both engines (CFM56). Both engines failed,…

Norway’s first electric plane crash-lands on lake

Norway’s first battery-powered aircraft crash-landed on a lake on Wednesday, in a setback for the country’s aviation strategy, although police said the pilot and passenger both escaped unhurt. The plane’s owner, airport operator Avinor, told Reuters last year it hoped to see commercial passenger flights on electric planes by 2025. The two-seater plane was piloted by Avinor Chief Executive Dag Falk-Petersen, who had invited a string of high-profile passengers to showcase the opportunities of electrification. Photographs published by Norwegian media showed the Alpha Electro G2 plane, produced by Slovenia’s Pipistrel,…

Damaged tail of Norwegian Air Dreamliner after it hit a FENCE at Gatwick Airport

A Norweigan Air plane crashed into a fence while being moved from its departure gate at London Gatwick Airport today. Passengers said ground crews manoeuvring the 300-seater Boeing 787 Dreamliner around the Sussex airport pushed it so far back it hit a perimeter fence. As it was being pushed back ahead of flight DI7017 at 9.50am, it collided with the fence, damaging a cone which contains the auxiliary power unit at its rear. The Norwegian plane was pushed into the noise mitigation barrier and passengers took to social media to…

U.S. MQ-1C Gray Eagle aircraft reportedly crashed in Iraq

The MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has reportedly crashed near Bagdad, Iraq. The U.S. military’s spokesman for operations in Iraq and Syria has confirmed that a coalition Unmanned Aerial Vehicle made an unscheduled landing in Baghdad Wednesday due to a mechanical problem. “The aircraft landed safely and was successfully recovered by Iraqi Security Force troops. No one was injured and no property was damaged in the landing or recovery,” a spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, said on Friday. No further details on…

Brexit Has No Effect On British Airways Bookings

Brexit has did not affect the number of bookings according to IAG’s CEO Willie Walsh. As the UK’s new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has pledged to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union on the 31st Of October, much uncertainty remains as to what will happen. Despite the uncertainty, Mr Walsh seems confident with his company’s ability to handle Brexit, whatever that may mean. The news comes at the same time Ryanair’s CEO is claiming that uncertainty surrounding Brexit has the potential to be damaging to his airline.…

34 Years Of Low Cost Flights – How Ryanair Built An Empire

Ryanair is like Marmite. Some people love it, and others hate it. However, did you know that Ryanair this week celebrated their 34th birthday? Simple Flying takes a look at the airline’s history from humble beginnings to a European empire. Humble beginnings Although Ryanair was founded in November 1984, it didn’t take its first flight until the 8th July 1985. The story of how the airline came to be named isn’t particularly exciting, as it simply stems from the name of airline’s founders, the Ryan family. Using a 15-seater Embraer Bandeirante, …

Airlines Are Continuing To Suffer From Boeing 737 MAX Grounding

Since the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX series earlier this year, airlines that have relied heavily on the type have struggled to replace capacity, fulfill routes and even maintain a profit. As there is no end in sight for the Boeing 737 MAX problems, many airlines are facing troubling financial results well into next year. What are the details? According to various sources, many airlines have had to increase their losses estimate or issue profit warnings due to the Boeing 737 MAX groundings. These airlines are affected either by…