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American Airlines admits ‘soap spill’ did not divert flight

American Airlines admits ‘soap spill’ did not divert flight

Business
American Airlines now says a spilled cleaning product did not cause an odour that led to a flight being diverted when two cabin crew members passed out. The airline initially made the claim after a flight from London Heathrow was diverted to Dublin on 21 October. However, the aircraft's maintenance records and other evidence, obtained by BBC News, cast doubt on that theory. Now American Airlines says its maintenance team has established that a cleaning solution was not the cause. The odour was so serious that a passenger and both of the crew members who fell unconscious were taken to hospital when the plane landed in Dublin. Did a 'soap spill' really divert a flight? Records show part of the aircraft had been leaking oil prior to...
Keel laid for U.S. Navy’s first Arleigh Burke Flight III destroyer

Keel laid for U.S. Navy’s first Arleigh Burke Flight III destroyer

Business
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The keel has been laid for the first Arleigh Burke-class Flight III destroyer, the USS Jack H. Lucas, representing the ceremonial start of ship construction. A keel-laying ceremony was held Thursday at Huntington Ingalls Industries' shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., with ship sponsors Ruby Lucas, widow of the ship's namesake, and philanthropist Catherine B. Reynolds etching their initials into the keel plate. The vessel, designated DDG 125, will be the first of the Navy's new Burke-class ships in the Flight III configuration, which includes the new SPY-6 radar system and Aegis Baseline 10, both of which are said to be significant upgrades. "The Flight III ships will bring increased lethality and warfighting capacity to our warfighters, and today's milestone is the first of m...
German airline Lufthansa grounds 1,300 flights amid flight attendant strike

German airline Lufthansa grounds 1,300 flights amid flight attendant strike

World
Nov. 7 (UPI) -- German airline Lufthansa grounded 1,300 flights on Thursday as thousands of flight attendants launched a strike. The strike over pay, pensions and working conditions is expected to last through Friday evening and affects about 180,000 passengers, NPR reported. The flight attendants' union, UFO, agreed to preliminary talks over the weekend but was not expected to end the strike early. UFO issued a statement accusing the airline of not working with them earlier to avoid the need for a strike. "Instead of averting the strike, plans were changed on a massive scale and additional standby services were acquired for the day of the strike," the union said. Lufthansa condemned the strike in a statement before it took effect and offered affected customers the opportunity to rebook ...
After 10,000 miles and 19 hours, world’s longest flight lands in Sydney

After 10,000 miles and 19 hours, world’s longest flight lands in Sydney

Technology
The world's longest flight has successfully been tested - with 50 passengers and crew travelling non-stop for nearly 20 hours from New York to Sydney.Qantas Flight 7879 travelled 16,200km (10,066 miles) in 19 hours and 16 minutes - touching down in Australia early on Sunday morning with fuel to spare. The journey on a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was an experiment to see how ultra-long-haul travel affects those on board. Image: Only a handful of people travelled on the 19-hour flight It currently is not possible for commercial aircraft to fly such a distance with a full load of passengers and cargo.To ensure the plane could go the distance, the flight had maximum fuel, a restricted baggage load and no cargo. ...