July 4, 1990 |
A Soviet helicopter pilot who braved poisonous skies over Chernobyl to help douse the reactor's runaway nuclear fires died here late Monday--another victim of the planet's gravest atomic-power disaster. Four years ago, Anatoly Grishchenko was among the first wave of helicopter pilots to fly over the radioactive inferno at Chernobyl, dumping vats of sand--and then huge buckets of wet concrete--to entomb the reactor.
December 16, 2013 |
BOGOTA, Colombia - U.S.-funded anti-coca spraying in Colombia has been suspended indefinitely in the aftermath of the shooting down, apparently by leftist rebels, of two spray planes and the death of one of the American pilots, sources confirmed Monday. One fumigation airplane was shot down Sept. 27, killing the pilot, whose name was not made public. A second crop-duster was brought down Oct. 5, prompting the U.S. Embassy in Bogota to suspend spraying, according to one well-informed source who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2009 |
Vicki Cruse knew of the perils of aerobatics, a sport requiring both the artistry of figure skating and the tenacity to endure pressures of up to nine times Earth's gravity. "You can't fix it" if something goes wrong, the seasoned Santa Paula pilot told The Times in 2002 about the sport she excelled at and loved dearly. "You just try to be as safe as you can." On Saturday, Cruse was competing for the U.S. national team at an international competition in central England when the unthinkable happened.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2012 |
A small private plane carrying a load of marijuana strayed into President Obama's no-fly zone over Los Angeles on Thursday and was forced to land at Long Beach Airport after being intercepted by U.S. Air Force jet fighters, authorities said. The four-seat Cessna entered the restricted airspace about 11 a.m. as the president was flying from Orange County to Los Angeles aboard Marine One, a military helicopter provided for his use. Federal officials said the aircraft was never close enough to endanger Obama.
June 19, 2009 |
The only inkling passengers had that something was wrong on the Continental Airlines flight over the Atlantic Ocean was when a crew member asked over the loudspeaker whether a doctor was on board. Otherwise, flight attendants continued to serve snacks. Passengers read magazines and watched movies. And the flight stayed on schedule. But in the cockpit, the 60-year-old captain had died of a suspected heart attack and two co-pilots took over the controls.
December 2, 2003
I am disappointed in Thomas Curwen's "Where Wings Meet the Wild" (Nov. 18). My husband, an experienced bush pilot for Arctic Circle Air and a non-drinker, was not in the story. Arctic Circle's reputation was tarnished. [Many] Alaskan bush pilots are ... respected family men. Janet Gray Bethel, Alaska
September 30, 2013 |
Although American Airlines' parent company is still in bankruptcy and a merger with US Airways is on hold, the Fort Worth-based airline is moving forward with plans to grow. American Airlines announced Monday that it plans to recruit and hire 1,500 pilots over the next five years, with the job openings to be posted Oct. 1. The new pilots are in addition to the 1,500 new flight attendants and 1,200 agents the airline has begun to recruit this year. (Interested candidates are encouraged to visit aacareers.com .)
June 9, 2001 |
Delta Air Lines Inc.'s Comair commuter carrier and the union representing 1,400 striking pilots agreed to start 72 hours of talks Tuesday aimed at ending a walkout that began March 26. The agreement to hold the first talks since the union rejected a contract proposal May 12 came after the two sides met with Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta. The members of the Air Line Pilots Assn. are striking over pay, benefits and work rules.
July 3, 2008 |
China Eastern Airlines Corp., the Asian nation's third-largest carrier, canceled the licenses of some of the 13 pilots who aborted flights in southwestern Yunnan province earlier this year to protest work conditions. Some pilots were demoted and others' licenses were suspended, China Eastern said. Eight company officials also were punished for mismanagement because of the incidents, the statement said. A total of 21 flights from Yunnan returned to their departing airports March 31 and April 1 without flying to their destinations, affecting more than 1,000 passengers.
July 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Under political pressure to act in the wake of the San Francisco jet crash, federal authorities announced Wednesday they will enact new aviation safety rules, including a requirement for increased training of U.S. pilots. While the new rules would apply only to pilots on U.S. passenger and cargo airlines, a group of lawmakers sought to use Saturday's crash-landing of a South Korean jetliner to call attention to aviation safety and put pressure on the FAA to complete work on rules that grew out of a 2009 plane crash near Buffalo, N.Y. "Flying in America has never been safer, but the tragic crash of Asiana Flight 214 is an urgent reminder that we must still constantly look for ways to make it even safer,” Rep. Rick Larsen of Washington state, top Democrat on the House aviation subcommittee, said in praising the FAA announcement. The new rule, which becomes effective by early next week, would require first officers who fly U.S. passenger and cargo planes to have 1,500 hours of flight time - the same as captains - rather than 250 hours.