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July 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
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.
February 17, 2012 | By Dan Weikel and Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
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.
September 7, 1998 | Reuters
Talks aimed at ending a 9-day-old strike by pilots at Northwest Airlines Corp. that has shut down the nation's fourth-largest airline were recessed for two days without a direct meeting between the two sides. Instead, labor and management met for two days alone and with federal mediators, who shuttled between conference rooms to determine if formal negotiations could resume. About 6,200 pilots struck Northwest, which is based in St. Paul, Minn., Aug.
With terrorists now using aircraft as weapons, a union representing commercial airline pilots is advising its members to act aggressively when confronted by hijackers. Pilots have been taught in annual training sessions to cooperate with hijackers. But that was before Tuesday's terrorist attacks. "We've been guarding against the traditional hijacker who wanted the aircraft on the ground and his monetary or political demands met," said David Richards, a US Airways pilot from Charlotte, N.C.
September 30, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
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 .)
January 16, 1997 | From Associated Press
American Airlines and its pilots passed up a chance Wednesday to have their contract dispute settled by an arbitrator, putting the nation's No. 2 carrier 30 days away from a possible strike. If no settlement is reached during the so-called cooling-off period, the pilots would be allowed to strike Feb. 15 and American would be free to impose the contract it wants. American's parent company, AMR Corp.
June 15, 2001 | From Reuters
Delta Air Lines Inc.'s Comair and its 1,350 striking pilots reached a tentative contract agreement Thursday after three days of negotiations with federal mediators, company and union officials said. Details of the agreement were not released, but pilots have demanded pay and benefits more in line with packages offered by bigger airlines. The accord was facilitated by Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. Cincinnati-based Comair has lost more than $200 million during the 12-week strike.
August 20, 2000
After all the airline safety problems we've seen in the past year, it should be apparent that any wrath with pilots and ground crew is misdirected ["United Forced to Scratch More Flights," Aug. 9] Rather, the consumer public should be in horror that airline management regularly schedules flights that require crews who have already worked a full shift to continue working into the bleary hours of overtime--with our lives depending on them. United: Hire some damn pilots. KEN BURKETT Westwood
June 1, 1997
It is about 4:30 p.m. May 24, and there is a brush fire in the area of the Norwegian Grade between Moorpark and Thousand Oaks. Our Fire Department is out there with trucks, tankers, bulldozers, CDF crews, helicopters and air tankers. Guess who else is out there! Private planes, mostly single-engine ones, whose pilots appear to be playing in the thermals around the fire! I live on the bluff of Peach Hill. My attention was drawn to this when I heard an airplane go over our house--and it sounded low. I guessed that it was probably a Fire Department aircraft, but when I went to look I saw a single-engine plane heading toward the smoke cloud.
May 12, 1989
A federal judge on Thursday acquitted two Salvadoran airline pilots on charges of attempting to smuggle a cache of firearms to El Salvador. Overturning a jury verdict that convicted the two men, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Gadbois Jr. agreed with defense lawyers that the evidence did not support the verdict. Francisco Jerez, 31, and Francisco Panameno, 28, both pilots for TACA International Airlines, were charged with conspiracy, attempted export of unlicensed munitions and furnishing false identification in connection with their attempt to take seven .9 mm pistols and a .12 gauge shotgun aboard a midnight flight from Los Angeles International Airport to El Salvador.
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