August 1, 2013 |
Dorene Butler received what looked like a check for $1,198 the other day, but it didn't pass the smell test. For one thing, the accompanying letter said that "we have attempted contacting you on several occasions. " There had been no such attempts. For another, the check seemed to be sent from "US Airlines. " There's no such airline. Finally, the check was apparently intended to cover two free plane tickets to any domestic destination. "That sure sounded too good to be true," Butler, 73, of Laguna Beach, told me. She wasn't alone in receiving the mailer.
May 9, 2011
Firebird spy plane Operates with or without onboard pilot Wingspan: 65 feet Length: 34 feet Height: 9.7 feet Top speed: About 230 mph Altitude: 30,000 feet Maximum endurance: 40 hours Payload capacity: 1,240 pounds Source: Northrop Grumman
March 15, 2014 |
BEIJING -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 was diverted due to “deliberate action” by either a passenger or crew member. He also said the Boeing 777 might have flown for as long as eight hours after its takeoff at 12:20 a.m. March 9, meaning that in theory it could have traveled thousands of miles. Najib said investigators were focusing their search now on two air traffic corridors -- a southern one heading from Indonesia to the south Indian Ocean, and a northern one that would have taken the flight toward Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
November 16, 2012 |
Apparently Rihanna took the chorus of her new single "Diamonds" to heart -- her latest promotional gambit for her album "Unapologetic" is the shiniest, booziest thing in the friendly skies this week . The Barbados-born singer has chartered a private jet to schlep around 250 comrades, contest winners and media folks for seven stops on her "777" world tour of small clubs that includes stops in Mexico City, London and elsewhere. Though this just sounds like a dreary, Dickensian hell, the passengers are doing their best to fight through the pulverizing boredom of being plied with Armand de Brignac champagne, tequila shots and Courvoisier in the company of one of the world's most famous and beautiful pop stars while jetting to exotic locales.
May 3, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- A U.S. fueling plane crashed in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan on Friday, a local official said. The Boeing 707 took off from the U.S. air base at Manas International Airport near Bishkek, officials said. The base is a key installation for transit operations to and from Afghanistan. "At about 15:20 [local time], we received information that a U.S. fueling plane disappeared off the radar," Azamat Mambetov, an official of Kyrgyzstan's emergency ministry, said in a phone interview from Bishkek.
March 27, 2012
AMARILLO, Texas — A JetBlue captain who screamed that Iraq or Afghanistan had planted a bomb on a Las Vegas-bound flight was locked out of the cockpit, tackled and restrained by passengers Tuesday, passengers said. The captain of Flight 191 from New York JFK International Airport had a "medical situation" and that the pilot, who subsequently took command of the aircraft, elected to land in Amarillo, Texas about 10 a.m., JetBlue Airways said in a statement. Josh Redick, a passenger sitting near the middle of the plane, said the pilot "stormed out" of the cockpit.