Hey, I was born in 1966 also! I can't help you about British Airways as I don't have any knowledge. But, for memory's sake, I flew from Belfast BFS into Tenerife North / Los Rodeos TFN on Aviaco DC-9-34 EC-DGC flight AO1701 on Sunday 16th December 1979. My logbook even states that our family of five...Jump to post
Lets not be too hard on Iran. We are being biased and hypocritical without looking at our own countries. I live in the UK and it appears to be normal protocol for authorities / companies / government to deny it when something happens, then after a few days announce what we generally knew all along. ...Jump to post
So I think there are two unsolved mysteries: What was that possible missile strike caught on video and verified by the NYT, which doesn't seem to match the location of the missile strike we were told of by the aviation military? What was the very final explosion while the plane was about to hit the...Jump to post
I would like to re-iterate some points already made and give my reaction to recent events: Iran has moved up in my estimation. The statement by Hassan Rouhani is very well worded, honest, and commendable. Indeed it contrasts with the continued flat denial by Russia regarding MH17. I would not be har...Jump to post
It seems like everything would have to be just right to catch that so quickly. But if the missile is moving away from him, and he already had a smartphone out and open doing something else why he was walking, then when the glow of a boost motor only a mile or two away on a hazy night may have motiv...Jump to post
The probability of a missile is still way overrated in this thread. Yes, it's a distinct possibility that the plane was shot down, but the likelyhood is far smaller than many here make it out to be. In the history of aviation, only a small number of civil airliners were actually downed by missiles....Jump to post
I don't have time to read every page to see if someone has corrected you here, but I feel it necessary to point out that the Air France Concorde was NOT brought down by an engine explosion. The flames in the infamous Concorde video were NOT coming from an engine but were burning fuel which was spill...Jump to post
pugman211 wrote:If they reduced the dive from 49 degrees to 20 degrees then I don't think it was an intentional dive, just something that caught them off guard/ disoriented.
. What seems to be central at this point is that the aircraft didn't climb much, its altitude was erratic, then it impacted terrain. The crash site is around 60km (37 miles) south-east of the Ethiopian capital. How do you know it didnt climb much? Available data shows the aircraft only climbed 1400...Jump to post
Some posters are very severe on others. This forum is generally open to the public once they have signed in so are free to make their comments, however uninformed they may be. Please kindly assist uninformed posters, steering them in the right direction so they can learn, avoiding the nastiness. Mos...Jump to post
From what I can see, we need to disregard the graphical representation of the flight. It is indeed smoothed out as it exists for the purpose of looking at the profile of longer flights. Looking alone at the data table for the short period that it is available, the aircraft only climbed 1400ft (above...Jump to post
MCAS strikes again? This is...deeply disturbing. It's one thing to have an electronic system that aids an already stable aircraft...but the MAX8 seems to be the commercial equivalent of a military aircraft with relaxed stability...the difference being the MAX8 has been released to commercial airlin...Jump to post
What about a sudden cockpit intrusion? A flock of geese through the windows? Rapid decompression? My guess is #1 mechanical, #2 environmental, (combination of the two).......#3 suicide/intentional deployment of the TR......#4 act of terror or sabotage. RIP to the crew and peace be with the families...Jump to post
The weather at FUL says little about the inflight conditions, if it’s an LOC in IMC accident. GF Must have been a massive G-force to break a wing mid flight. Looks like both sheared off however for sure once of them broke in-flight. Possible LOC due to one engine out with IMC being a factor ot like...Jump to post
I live in the small country of Northern Ireland and I know of at least three incidents where airliners landed at wrong airports here. On 29th March 2006, an Eirjet A320 operating for Ryanair (flight FR9884) from Liverpool landed at Ballykelly airfield mistaking it for Londonderry / City of Derry (LD...Jump to post
You have all missed the next route on the QR list (UK at least). At the Cardiff launch Mr. Baker said that the next UK / Irish airport he wants to launch is Belfast International BFS. This has been reported in local media again recently, we are just awaiting confirmation unless something has changed...Jump to post
My question is how did they make it back? Does the A330 have some sort of backup that doesn't rely on the pitot tubes (and if so, what does it rely on?) or did they just fly by the seat of their pants? I have no idea how it all works, but in the AF 447 tragedy the comment was made (likely by Zeke a...Jump to post
I cannot understand why the plane flew into the ground and a building like that. Yes the port engine was giving trouble and likely loosing power, maybe failed completely, but there was plenty of speed towards the end, no stall or anything like that. How come I can hear at least one engine increase R...Jump to post
They only said 'destinations', not daily flights.
Belfast and other similar cities might only get once or twice a week (well maybe thrice max) so that would certainly increase the number of airports.
Also the Canary Islands are at (or even beyond) tourist capacity and there are already moves to cap numbers of tourists to these islands. Local Spanish authorities are not currently exploring new inbound markets for this reason.Jump to post
Update, my friend just texted me after arrival in Havana to say he woke up (business class) to eat and just as grilled fish arrived he turned on the map and couldn't believe he was over Lough Neagh! His return trip will also be fun as TK183 (same flight number all the way back to IST) makes a stop i...Jump to post
Stunning photo, I wonder what altitude she's at. Didn't they cruise at FL600? Without getting too technical (you can search the details), Concord did not fly at a set cruise altitude. Concorde did what was referred to as a 'cruise climb' on transatlantic flights where the autopilot was set to allow...Jump to post
On the subject of strange connections...in November 1971, Amtrak (the USA passenger railroad) published in their national timetable, a connection between San Diego and Los Angeles (~120 miles) that operated via Kansas City and took 4 days! He he, a bit of sightseeing perhaps if you had the time and...Jump to post
To answer a few posts further up without quoting them all, I had to go to Tel Aviv for a 3 day conference with my work (from UK). Not being either Israeli or Jewish (AFAIK !!!), but welcoming of unusual or 'out of the norm' travel experiences, it was a no-brainer for me to choose El AL LHR-TEL-LHR g...Jump to post
Oh dear, I’d go nuts thinking of the time wasted! It’s one of my biggest nightmares. Going nowhere, fast. I always pay extra for a direct routing, and I consider great circle mapper each time to make sure if I have to connect it’s as efficient as possible. Time is way more valuable than money! You ...Jump to post
As you pointed it out: of the price is right and time/schedule permits, people will go out of their way and even allow for detours. On the orher hand, what are the options from DUB to HAV - probably quite limited? Indeed, not many. Think they had to route DUB-MAD-HAV in the past. Albeit Cubana did ...Jump to post
Some may find this topic fascinating and others may find the subject just a routine occurrence. Living in Northern Ireland I've seen many similar occurrences to the one I am about to describe, but this one I did not expect. Friends of mine left home (Northern Ireland) early Wednesday morning to trav...Jump to post
I flew Cathay Pacific MAN - HKG - CEB - HKG - MAN in mid January which I would have called low season. Service was great. All four flights were packed. HKG airport was thriving. On a world scale I am a lowish earner, yet I found the fares quite acceptable. I wouldn't consider using an LCC from UK to...Jump to post
Someone has already now answered my question about Cathay Dragon. I know it is not comparable with Singapore's Scoot but earlier comments were completely ignoring Cathay Dragon as if it didn't exist.Jump to post
janders wrote:Ironic to see top carriers like CX and SQ suffer.
Largely I see it due their lack of evolution and sticking to old 1990s businesses plan.
Atleast SIA has things like Scoot to try to better segment marketplace but CX only has itself.
So far - and of course nothing is confirmed - it appears this plane hit the ground at a very high rate of descent based on the wreckage. Eyewitnesses also have said a wing appeared to dip sharply before it crashed, and indeed the whole plane may have been struggling to gain altitude. Doing what a.n...Jump to post
Hmmmm my personal opinion is that It cannot be found. It disintergrated on impact similar to how there was little left from the germanwings crash. I don't mean to be argumentative with you but MH370 did not completely disintegrate as did the Germanwings A320. Already a flaperon from MH370 was found...Jump to post
A witness in a speedboat watched the Tu-154 hit the water. He stated that he saw the aircraft in a very high nose up attitude which he described as abnormal (he likened it to a motorbike doing a wheelie), wings generally level and aircraft descending towards sea. Tail area hit the water first which ...Jump to post
The real question here is why on earth does BA allow a flight crew member to be alone in the flight deck? I thought that the GermanWings tragedy last year had demonstrated fairly clearly that it's not a good idea. If this airliner is airborne, then he most certainly was not alone. This was not done...Jump to post
Can't believe it. This was the only DC-10 I ever flew on. I flew N1809U from Chicago to the old Denver Stapleton Airport on Wednesday 23rd July 1980, flight UA463. At 45 years old I guess its luck had to run out at some stage. My log shows that me, my dad and my brother sat at seats 23D, 23E and 23F...Jump to post
The mystery deepens. A controlled ditching with half success, putting the hulk of 9M-MRO on the ocean bed in a reasonably intact condition is now looking very unlikely. Looking at the piece of tail fin recently found, from just behind the leading edge about half way up the fin, it is clear the the t...Jump to post
Folks, how could chutes on the port side have been too steep? The aircraft has no gear, it is resting on its belly. Regardless of the fact that it is resting starboard side down, the port doors still remain closer to the ground than they would if the aircraft was standing at normal height on its ext...Jump to post
<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Moose135" class="quote" target="_blank">Moose135</a> (<a href="#186" class="quote">Reply 186</a>):<br/><i> Quoting DocLightning (Reply 181): The...Jump to post
<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/DIRECTFLT" class="quote" target="_blank">DIRECTFLT</a> (<a href="#151" class="quote">Reply 151</a>):<br/><i>A possibility that this was death by...Jump to post
Luxair Unfortunately you may be correct in your assertions. <table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/runway23" class="quote" target="_blank">runway23</a> (<a href="#116" class="quote">R...Jump to post
<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/lugie" class="quote" target="_blank">lugie</a> (<a href="#95" class="quote">Reply 95</a>):<br/><i>But why would they wait to detonate the bomb u...Jump to post
The bomb that brought down the Russian A321 en route from Sharm El Sheihk was only the size of a soft drink can and was placed under a seat around row 30 or 31, possibly exchanged for the life vest. Do staff turning around flights at Paris or any airport for that matter check carefully under every s...Jump to post
<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Amiga500" class="quote" target="_blank">Amiga500</a> (<a href="#6" class="quote">Reply 6</a>):<br/><i> Quoting blacksoviet (Thread starter): Sho...Jump to post
Aeroflot777 Thanks for making the effort to post those old photos of <acronym title="Moscow - Sheremetyevo (SVO / UUEE), Russia">SVO</acronym> with Russian types parked, great stuff! For those here who may not have tried Aeroflot in recent years, I suggest if you have the wherewithal and inclination...Jump to post
On another thread recently we were discussing which was the highest hours Boeing 747 and we came to the conclusion it had to be either of KLM's <acronym title="Polynesian Airlines (Samoa)">PH</acronym>-BUH or <acronym title="Polynesian Airlines (Samoa)">PH</acronym>-BUI at around 135,000 hours befor...Jump to post
I flew once on G-BN<acronym title="Lufthansa Cargo India">LF</acronym> from Vancouver back to <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym> on 11th Dec 1999 as <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> 084, that seems ages ago! I was so tired that I considered pay...Jump to post