American Airlines fixes a technology problem that grounded flights. The Federal Aviation Administration says the airline had requested to halt service to Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami airports. A spokesman for the carrier has cited a “connectivity issue” for the halt in service to the three airports.
We have resolved connectivity issues that led to a ground stop today. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to get our customers on their way as soon as possible.
A fire breaks out at the Las Vegas airport on Flight 2276 heading for Gatwick Airport in London. 14 people are transported for medical care for minor injuries. One of the injured says the plane was getting ready to take off when he heard a big thud. He lifted the window shade and saw flames on the engine. The plane stopped and the captain told the passengers there was an emergency and they needed to evacuate. When one of the emergency doors opened, smoke poured in. Flight attendants directed passengers to safety. The Federal Aviation Administration says the aircraft’s left engine caught fire, prompting the crew to abort the take-off. The flight had 159 passengers and 13 crew members aboard.
FAA approves the PowerUp 3.0 paper airplane drone to fly commercially. The smartphone-controlled paper airplane has a flight time of five to 10 minutes and a range of 180 feet. It has also been used and endorsed by NASA scientists. The petition was filed by a lawyer with a concentration in drone law and pilot who wants to use the paper airplane drone to take aerial videos and photos.
I intend to operate my UA [Unmanned Aircraft] commercially by conducting aerial photography and videography, both at the request of others and absent anyone’d request, but in either with the intent to create salable art.
A computer system glitch grounds and delays 3500 United Airlines flights, causing a ripple effect of heavy delays throughout major airports. Aviation experts said that delays of even 90 minutes could have a snowball effect triggering flight delays at each late flight’s destination. The FAA specifically blames the ground stop on “automation issues”. Passengers complain of system backups and long lines. Gate agents at some locations are forced to write tickets by hand.
We experienced a network connectivity issue this morning. We are working to resolve this and apologize to our customers for any inconvenience.
FAA looks into the SkyWest emergency landing due to contradictory statements. FAA:
The flight crew reported a pressurization problem and declared an emergency before landing safely. While a SkyWest spokeswoman said one passenger lost consciousness during the flight, the airline disputed news reports that a door had opened on the aircraft [also stating] there was no indication that the plane lost cabin pressure.