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Delta Plane Blows Tires On Emergency Landing at JFK

A Delta Air Lines jet that departed New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport Monday evening for Paris, France, made an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City after turning around amid a system failure. Delta Flight 20 was in the air for about an hour and a half before it experienced a hydraulic failure – a potentially critical error that can diminish an aircraft’s ability to fly. Officials investigating the failure did not say how severe the hydraulic failure was, but it caused the Delta airplane to slam onto the runway at JFK and blow ... Read More

Oregon Family Sues Delta, Aeromexico Over Plane Crash Injuries

An Oregon family that survived a July 31 Aeromexico airplane crash is taking the airline and its partner Delta Air Lines to court, alleging they were negligent in decisions pilots made that day. Colleen McCormick, her husband Donald Hudson, and their four children were on Aeromexico Flight 2431 from Durango to Mexico City when a storm moved into the area. Angel Hudson, who was on the Aeromexico flight with her dad, stepmom, and siblings, told Portland, Oregon’s KOIN News that the plane taxied on the runway and stopped. Ms. Hudson said she thought the plane was going to wait out ... Read More

Engine Failure Forces Delta Jet Back to Atlanta

Federal safety investigators are looking into an engine failure that forced a Delta Air Lines jet with 121 Orlando-bound passengers to return to Atlanta shortly after takeoff. The emergency occurred Wednesday, Sept. 5, aboard Delta Flight 1418. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the “uncontained” engine failure in the 27-year-old Boeing 757-200 jet happened at about 18,000 feet. Data from the flight tracking website FlightAware.com shows that Delta 1418 took off shortly after 11 p.m., climbed to 18,000 feet in eight minutes, and then started slowing down. The plane leveled off and began a measured descent back to ... Read More

Engine Fire Forces Delta Emergency Landing in ATL

A Delta Air Lines jet bound for London made an emergency landing in Atlanta Wednesday evening with one of its engines on fire. Delta Flight 30 had departed from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for London Heathrow just minutes earlier when it was forced to turn around with heavy smoke billowing from its engine. The Delta plane had been in the air just 20 minutes when the problem occurred. The airplane, an Airbus A330, landed safely in Atlanta with no injuries. Firefighters were awaiting the returning jet and immediately doused the engine fire when it landed. “Airport response vehicles met the ... Read More

Delta Flight Nearly Landed on Taxiway in Atlanta

A Delta Air Lines plane approaching Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport almost landed on a taxiway that was occupied by another airplane, prompting a federal aviation safety investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that Delta Flight 2196 from Indianapolis had been cleared to land on runway 09R about 11:06 on the morning of Nov. 29. Initially, the Delta plane was lined up properly with the runway, but about one mile from the runway the plane started to drift to the left, lining up with taxiway N where another Delta plane was taxiing. Delta Flight 2196, a Boeing B737, descended ... Read More

NTSB Investigating Three Delta Wing Collisions In 24 Hours at JFK

Federal transportation officials are investigating why Delta Air Lines planes were involved in three separate wingtip collisions over a two-day period while on the tarmac at New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport. Only one man was injured in the collisions, but the number of incidents in such a timeframe may have prompted the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to investigate. It’s also possible that the collisions indicate a pattern that needs to be investigated or they were serious enough to trigger a probe. While It’s unusual for taxiing aircraft to become involved in a low-speed collision with other ... Read More

Delta Bans Hoverboards From Flights Over Fire Concerns

Citing fire-related safety concerns, Delta Airlines announced that it is banning hoverboards from all of its flights starting today, Friday, Dec. 11. “Employee and passenger safety remains the airline’s top priority, driving Delta to disallow hoverboards and all lithium battery powered self-balancing personal transportation devices in carry-on and checked baggage effective Dec. 11,” the airline said in a statement. The decision to ban hoverboards, which resemble Segways without handles, just before the holiday season underscores the seriousness of the airline’s concerns that the lithium-ion batteries used to power the self-balancing transportation gadgets may overheat and start a fire onboard. Delta, ... Read More

Needles found in sandwiches aboard four international Delta flights

American and Dutch authorities are investigating how needles got into sandwiches served aboard four Delta flights from Holland to the U.S., injuring one passenger. Six needles have been found in the turkey and cheese sandwiches served aboard two Sunday flights from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport to Atlanta, Georgia, as well as flights to Seattle and Minneapolis. One passenger, identified by CNN as James Tonjes, was injured when he bit into one of the contaminated sandwiches. Mr. Tonjes said he thought it was a toothpick at first but discovered it was a needle after he pulled it out. He has since been ... Read More

FAA let Northwest Airlines ignore safety rules, government report finds

Federal regulatory agencies have come under fire recently for their “cozy relationships” with large corporations; the Food and Drug Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the now-defunct Minerals Management Service have all been targeted for reform by the Obama Administration for their failure to enforce safety rules and regulations. Now the Federal Aviation Administration is being investigated for turning a blind eye on Northwest Airlines while it ignored federal safety regulations for more than a decade. According to a new report by the Transportation Department’s inspector general’s office, the allegations were first made by Mark Lund, an FAA ... Read More