A Qantas A380 flight is grounded in Los Angeles following a failure in its hydraulic system. There appears to be a contamination of the fluid in the system. Engineers find thick contaminants clogging the filters. Passengers are being flown back in a Boeing 747 and alternative arrangements are being made till the problem is sorted.
An Airbus A320 operated by Germanwings, the budget carrier of Germany’s Lufthansa crashes in a remote area of the French Alps Tuesday, near the ski resort of Barcelonnette, killing all 150 on board in the worst plane disaster in mainland France for four decades. The Airbus A320 plunged for eight minutes into a snowbound inaccessible mountain area in southeastern France. French officials say no distress signal had been issued. The plane, carrying 144 mainly Spanish and German passengers and six crew, was travelling from Barcelona to the western German city of Duesseldorf when it came down. Civil aviation authorities
The crew did not send a Mayday. It was air traffic control that decided to declare the plane was in distress because there was no contact with the crew of the plane
We’ve never had a total loss of aircraft in the company’s history until now.