Airplanes

  • IAF scrambles fighter jets as Turkish plane sparks alert July 13, 2014

    The Indian Air Force on Sunday scrambled fighter planes from air base here after two commercial passenger aircraft sought to enter Indian territory from Pakistan side using similar identification codes, sparking a security alert. Two MiG-21 fighter aircraft were sent from Jodhpur air base to investigate a Turkish Airlines plane over Jaisalmer on Sunday morning when...
  • Snapshot: Mallika Sherawat tweets photo from her first class airplane suite June 3, 2014

    Actress Mallika Sherawat recently faced severe criticism due to the controversial poster of her upcoming film 'Dirty Politics'. But early this morning, she seemed casual and cool, as she posed for a photograph in her private suite in a first class flight. Dressed in a pale pink V neck sweater...
  • Pilots may soon use thoughts to control airplanes May 30, 2014

    Berlin: Pilots of the future may be able to control their aircraft by merely thinking commands, scientists say. Researchers at the Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) in Germany have demonstrated the feasibility of flying via brain control - with astonishing accuracy. Scientists led by Professor Florian Holzapfel at the Institute for Flight System...
  • AirAsia India to begin operations from June 12, ticket sales from Friday May 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The much awaited airline AirAsia India will begin its flight operations in the country on June 12. AirAsia's Group CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted that the ticket sales for the flights will open on Friday, May 30. "Very very proud to announce AirAsia India open for sale tomorrow. Wow. First...
  • Shape-changing wings for airplanes may soon be a reality May 26, 2014

    Berlin: Researchers are developing next-generation wing flaps for airplanes that can change shape like a bird's wing for greater efficiency. The Europe's Smart Intelligent Aircraft Structures (SARISTU) programme aims to reduce kerosene consumption by six per cent, and integrating flexible landing devices into aircraft wings is one step towards that...
  • World's first electric airplane takes maiden flight, could bring down air travel cost by more than a third May 12, 2014

    London: The world's first airplane completely powered by electricity has successfully taken to the skies for its maiden flight, and could bring down air travel cost by more than a third, its developer Airbus said. The small experimental aircraft called 'E-Fan' carried its first flight at an airport near...
  • World's first electric aircraft takes maiden flight May 12, 2014

    The world's first airplane completely powered by electricity has successfully taken to the skies for its maiden flight, and could bring down air travel cost by more than a third, its developer Airbus said. The small experimental aircraft called 'E-Fan' carried its first flight at an airport near Bordeaux in southwestern...
  • Real time tracking of all passenger and cargo flights made mandatory May 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The DGCA has issued guidelines to all flight operators making real time tracking of all aircraft that carry passengers and cargo mandatory. The ACARS or Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System/Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) will be used for this purpose. This will significantly help in search...
  • Vasundhara government to launch intrastate air taxi service soon May 3, 2014

    The Rajasthan government is set to soon launch an air taxi service which will help connect major industrial and tourism points in the state, officials said. "As per the plan, approved by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje before the (Lok Sabha) election code of conduct came into effect (March 5), we will...
  • Close shave for Japanese plane, pilot flies it 75 metre above the sea April 29, 2014

    Tokyo: Fifty-nine people aboard a Japanese budget carrier had a lucky escape after the pilot "misunderstood" instructions from air traffic controllers and allowed the jet to fly just 75 meters above the sea while trying to land in Okinawa, authorities said on Tuesday. Japan's transport ministry said a plane of...
  • Passenger tries to open plane's door mid-air, flight diverted April 14, 2014

    Sacramento, California: A California-bound Southwest Airlines flight was diverted to Omaha, Neb. on Sunday after witnesses said a passenger tried to open a door. The captain of the Chicago-to-Sacramento flight landed on Eppley Airfield to "have an unruly passenger removed" before continuing on to Sacramento, the airlines said in a...
  • Search planes scour sea for missing Malaysian jetliner March 10, 2014

    Search and rescue planes scoured waters off the southern tip of Vietnam on Monday, searching for any trace of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner 48 hours after it vanished from radar screens with 239 people on board. Questions mounted over possible security lapses and whether a bomb or hijacking could have brought...
  • Watch: A camera falls from an airplane and lands in a pig pen; we are not giving out the ending February 15, 2014

    What happens when a camera falls from a sky diving airplane and lands on a property's pig pen? This camera was found eight months later and viewed. Hilarious footage, but we are not giving out the ending. ...
  • New technology lets you control paper airplane with smartphone December 1, 2013

    Washington: Researchers have developed new technology that turns your self-made paper airplane into a smartphone-controlled flying machine capable of twisting and turning through open skies. PowerUp 3.0, built by US-based designer Shai Goitein, promises to give the basic paper model an upgrade, using a small attachable propeller and rudder for...
  • Manchester United squad in air scare after 'frightening' plane landing November 27, 2013

    Manchester United's plane had to abort its landing seconds from touchdown as the squad flew to Germany for Wednesday's Champions League match with Bayer Leverkusen, British media reported. The chartered 185-seater Monarch Airlines Airbus 321 jet circled before landing safely at the second attempt, 10 minutes late at Cologne's Konrad Adenauer...
  • Boeing airliner crashes in Russian city of Kazan, 50 killed November 17, 2013

    Moscow: A Boeing 737 airliner crashed on landing in the Russian city of Kazan on Sunday, killing all 50 people on board, the Emergencies Ministry said. The flight from Moscow's Domodedovo airport was making a second attempt to land and exploded when it hit the runway, killing all 44 passengers and...
  • 5-year-old Chinese boy youngest pilot to fly a light airplane: Report September 3, 2013

    A five-year-old Chinese boy has become the youngest person ever to fly a light airplane single-handed, covering a distance of 30 km, it has been claimed. The boy nicknamed Duoduo, flew a total 47 minutes in two flights around the Beijing Wildlife Zoo in Gu'an county, Hebei province, on Saturday afternoon,...
  • DGCA puts a cap on the number of preferential seats to 25 pc June 30, 2013

    New Delhi: The Director General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) has put a cap on the number of preferential seats in an aircraft. The aviation regulator has capped the number of preferential seats through pre booking to 25 per cent. The aviation regulator has also asked the airlines to inform passengers...
  • Myanmar: 2 injured as plane overshoots runway May 16, 2013

    Yangon: Two passengers have been injured when a plane landing in Myanmar shot past the end of the runway when its brakes failed. The Facebook page of Myanmar state radio and TV reported that a Fokker plane of Myanmar Airways carrying 55 passengers went 200 meters past the end of...
  • Nepal: 22 injured as plane skids off runway May 16, 2013

    Kathmandu: All 22 people, including eight Japanese tourists on board a Nepal Airlines aircraft on Thursday escaped with minor injuries after the small plane skidded off the runway while trying to land and plunged into a river in northwestern Nepal. The accident occurred as the Twin Otter airplane on a...
  • Plane forced to abort landing after deer spotted at airport April 14, 2013

    London: A passenger jet had to abort its landing at the last minute at Glasgow's Prestwick Airport after a deer was spotted on the airfield. A spokesman for the Ayrshire airport said the crew of the Ryanair passenger jet, which had flown from Faro in Portugal, were ordered to perform...
  • AAI to develop 20 airports in next five years March 28, 2013

    Tiruchirapalli: Airport Authority of India (AAI) is considering developing 20 airports in the next five years, according to a senior official. "Subject to cooperation from the respective state governments and access to suitable sites free of cost, AAI is hopeful of developing 20 airports in the next five years," GK...
  • Bangkok: Tyre of Thai Airways plane from India explodes while landing March 16, 2013

    Bangkok: A tyre of the Thai Airways International aircraft from India exploded while landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok early on Saturday morning. All 287 passengers and crew members were evacuated from the twin-engine Airbus 330-300 aircraft that had left Kolkata at 2.48 am, the Bangkok Post online reported. The...
  • US to allow small knives on flights from April 25 March 6, 2013

    Washington: Airline passengers in the US will be allowed to carry small pocket knives and an array of sports equipment, banned in aircraft cabins after the 9/11 terror attacks, from April 25, authorities have announced. While razor blades and box cutters will still not permitted, passengers will be able to...
  • Kazakhstan: Passenger plane crash kills 21 January 29, 2013

    Kyzyl Tu: A passenger plane crashed in thick fog near Kazakhstan's commercial capital Almaty on Tuesday and broke into pieces when it hit the ground, killing all 21 people on board. After several hours, rescue teams recovered the plane's flight recorder, the central communications service for Kazakhstan's president said on...
  • Air India puts Dreamliner planes for sale, leaseback January 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Air India has put all its newly-acquired Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner planes for sale and leaseback, and invited bids from prospective lessors by February first week, even as all of these aircraft remained grounded across the world. Air India and other Dreamliner operators across the world have grounded their...
  • Japan: Chinese plane spotted over disputed islands December 13, 2012

    Tokyo: A Japanese government spokesman says a Chinese airplane has been spotted in Japanese airspace above southwestern islands controlled by Tokyo but also claimed by Beijing. The Defense Agency said four Japanese F-15 jets headed to the area Thursday morning, but no further action was taken. The islands known as Senkaku...
  • 'Army official flouting aviation norms must be penalised' June 7, 2012

    Aviation Safety Consultant Captain Mohan Ranganathan says the army official must be penalisd. ...
  • Army officer flouts aviation safety norms June 7, 2012

    New Delhi: In a shocking incident, aviation rules were being flouted by a senior Army official. The incident took place on a GoAir flight from Leh to Jammu on Wednesday when Lt General Ravi Dastane entered the cockpit during the flight. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has reacted to...