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San Francisco airline crash highlights issues with cockpit culture, confidence, communication

WASHINGTON - The investigation into the crash-landing of an Asiana Airlines flight at San Francisco's airport last summer has highlighted problems with cockpit culture and the trainee pilot's lack of confidence in his ability to safely land the Boeing 777.

Pilots of fatal Asiana Airlines crash knew speed was low

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pilots of an Asiana Airlines plane that crash-landed in San Francisco in July were aware that the plane was traveling too slowly and tried to correct it in the final seconds before impact, documents released on Wednesday by U.S. aviation safety investigators show.

Accident investigators: Pilot who crash-landed at San Francisco airport was ill-prepared

WASHINGTON - The pilot of the jet that crash-landed at San Francisco's airport last summer worried privately before takeoff about handling the Boeing 777, especially because runway construction meant he would have to land without any help from a common type of guidance system. And neither the trainee nor an instructor pilot in the cockpit said anything when the first officer raised concerns four times about the plane's rapid descent.

EU edges toward flight use of tablets, smartphones

Long overdue in an increasingly connected world -- or the end of a precious oasis of peace -- the European Union on Monday took a first step to allowing expanded use of smartphones and tablets on aircraft. The EU's Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) judged airline passengers would now be able to use portable electronic devices if they are put in "Flight Mode," that is not transmitting, throughout the journey, from take-off to landing.

Flights cancelled after glitch with UK air traffic control

A "technical problem" in Britain's air traffic control systems caused widespread flight delays and cancellations across the country's airspace on Saturday. London's Heathrow airport cancelled 60 morning flights, 20 percent of flights were delayed at Gatwick, while airports from Dublin to Glasgow also reported problems. "Engineers are working to rectify the problem as soon as possible, but this is resulting in some delays," said air traffic control agency NATS, which is part owned between the government and a group of airlines.

Russia crash pilot may have had dubious license: investigators

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The pilot of an airliner that crashed near the Russian city of Kazan last month, killing 50 people, may have received his license from a training centre that was later closed on suspicion of operating illegally, investigators said on Friday. The November 17 crash killed all 44 passengers and six crew, and highlighted the poor safety record of regional airlines that ply internal routes across the world's largest nation.

Investigators unable to pinpoint cause of crash that killed Mexican singer

Mexico City, Dec 4 (EFE).- Investigators found numerous irregularities, including a pilot who was older than the allowable age limit, in the plane crash that killed Mexican singer Jenni Rivera last year, but they were unable to identify the cause of accident "in an indubitable manner," officials said. The 43-year-old singer and six other people were killed on Dec. 9, 2012, in the crash of a Learjet in northern Mexico.

Families remember lives lost in one of Canada's worst air disasters

STE-THERESE-DE-BLAINVILLE, Que. - These days, it's nothing more than a quiet, snow-lined residential corner of this suburb north of Montreal. But 50 years ago, long before the subdivision was built, it was the site of one of Canada's worst air disasters. All 118 people on board, including 111 passengers and seven crew, died when a Trans-Canada Air Lines flight crashed into a muddy field. Witnesses reported seeing the plane, which was headed for Toronto, catch fire and explode shortly after takeoff from Montreal's Dorval airport.

S. Korea to prohibit operation of airlines in case of accident

SEJONG, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will move to significantly improve its aviation safety that will include a temporary halt of operations for airlines involved in accidents, the government said Tuesday. Following its final decision, expected at the end of the year, the country will also prohibit the operation of airlines on the blacklist of unsafe airlines, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

FCC head says he personally opposes cellphone use on planes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A day after his proposal that in-flight phone calls be allowed on airliners, the head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday he personally opposed cellphone use on planes but the decision would be up to airlines. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler triggered a storm of criticism on Thursday when he said the agency was considering letting airplane passengers use cellphones for calls and text messaging during flights.
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