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August 15, 2005 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
High in the skies above the Aegean Sea, two Greek fighter pilots nudged their F-16s to either side of a Cypriot passenger jet and quickly discerned the disaster that was unfolding. They saw a cockpit in turmoil. One of the Cypriot pilots sat slumped over the instrument panel. The other was not visible at all. Two other people desperately tried to gain control of the plane. Oxygen masks dangled in the cabin.
February 26, 2012 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
Question : In January, my husband and I flew to Rio de Janeiro from LAX, as we have done many times. But this time, something unusual happened. We had never had jet lag like this before, and we had it at both ends of the trip. If it had been just one of us, I might have thought one of us was coming down with something. The fact that it happened to both of us, both ways, same symptoms, makes me wonder whether they might be pressurizing the plane differently. Is it possible that caused our jet lag?
November 17, 1991 | HARRY NELSON, Nelson is a former Times medical writer.
While the stresses of flying pose few serious problems for healthy travelers, cruising long distances at 30,000 feet or higher can, in some instances, cause complications for passengers with health problems. This does not mean that everyone with a chronic illness should think that they can't fly, said Dr. Terri L. Rock, a Santa Monica physician who specializes in travel medicine. "I see many people who are always on the go despite the fact that most of them have some sort of medical problem.
June 29, 1986 | Associated Press
A Midway Airlines DC-9 with 55 people aboard made an emergency landing after a malfunction caused cabin pressure to fluctuate, officials said. No injuries were reported in the Friday night incident involving Flight 141, en route to Chicago from Cleveland. The cause of the malfunction was being investigated.
July 8, 1985 | Associated Press
A corporate jet carrying Billy Carter, brother of former President Jimmy Carter, and members of his family was forced to make an emergency landing here after losing cabin pressure, Billy Carter said today. He said at a news conference that one of the pilots of the Gulfstream One turbo-prop told everyone in the aircraft that "we're losing pressure and I am taking the plane down fast." "Everyone got terribly sick," Carter said.
February 6, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
There were a few tense moments Sunday as the Nevada Las Vegas basketball team flew home after its 99-98 Big West Conference loss at UC Irvine Saturday night. The team's America West Flight 573 lost cabin pressure midway through the flight followed by severe, but brief, vibrations and a loss of altitude. Some passengers complained of a shortness of breath, severe ear pressure and hearing problems. But others didn't notice anything.
January 17, 2010 | By ON THE SPOT, Catharine Hamm
Question: My family is planning a vacation to Hawaii this year. I wear an ostomy pouch and wonder how cabin pressure might affect it. I'm sure ostomy patients do fly, but I really don't want any surprises. Should I mail my ostomy supplies to our destination? Also, what kind of hassle can I expect from the Transportation Security Administration about my ostomy supplies? John Vash Santa Ana Answer: Those who live with an ostomy -- which the United Ostomy Assns. of America describes as a urinary or intestinal diversion that affects as many as 750,000 in the U.S. -- say strict planning is key to no surprises, which really applies to all travelers.
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