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All news posts from April 01, 2001 to April 30, 2001

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

The Department of Transportation issued its annual report on the state of air travel yesterday, finding that delays and dangerous runway incursions or "ground accidents" have risen sharply. Most of the blame was laid on the increasing popularity and accessibility of air travel. Over 4.7 million commercial flights ope

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

Northwest Airlines, the Nation's fourth largest carrier, fired one of its pilots today after it came to light that the pilot flew a DC-10 loaded with 59 passengers while he was under the influence of alcohol. The two and one-half hour flight from San Antonio, Texas to Minneapolis, Minnesota was otherwise uneventful.

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

On January 15, 2001 a Delta Airlines flight from Kansas City to Orlando, Florida was forced to return to Kansas City and make an emergency landing after smoke was detected in the cockpit. Once on the ground the 87 passengers evacuated in inflatable chutes. One person suffered minor injuries during the evacuation. Cr

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

On January 8, 2001 three families whose loved ones were killed in the July 2000 Air France Concorde crash filed suit against seven companies associated with the crash, including Air France and Continental Airlines. Investigators believe that a piece of metal fell off a Continental DC-10 that departed the Paris airport

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

Now that the criminal trial against the Libyan terrorist who brought down Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie in 1988 is over, more than 40 families of deceased victims are suing the Libyan government for damages. The families allege that Libya helped organize and finance the Pan Am terrorists and as such the country sho

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

Birds and airplanes are a dangerous combination. Unfortunately, with more planes flying in the same amount of sky and a concurrent increase in bird populations, collisions between bird and plane are becoming much more frequent. Estimates reveal that at least 350 people have died as a result of bird - plane collisions

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have discovered that the Beech King Air 200 carrying eight members of the Oklahoma State basketball team was not properly de-iced prior to takeoff from a Denver area airport. "It was not de-iced," said a spokesperson with the National Transportation Safety

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

Recently, a passenger aboard a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Hong Kong was arrested after the 747 aircraft was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Alaska. The Chicago man yelled at fellow passengers and the flight crew and proceeded to rip a telephone from the wall of the plane. Officials characterized

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

A California city official was physically removed from a Northwest Airlines jet after the plane landed in Los Angeles yesterday. Charles Burke, 54, was taken into custody by Los Angeles police officers after the plane's pilot reported that Burke acted bizarrely on the flight from Minneapolis. In an apparent case of a

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

A 19 year old man, apparently drunk, fell overboard from the deck of the Carnival cruise line ship Sensation yesterday. Officials said that the victim's body was found floating in Tampa Bay. Impact with the water caused his death according to the medical examiner. Passengers must be at least 21 years old in order

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

Yesterday a tourist ship carrying 51 people sank in the Black Sea. Officials with the Ukrainian Coastguard report that as many as 19 may have died. The 37 year old ship, the Pamyat Merkuriya, failed to arrive on schedule at the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Yevpatoria. Coastguard officials pulled several people from l

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

On February 5, 2001 an Amtrak train traveling from Niagara Falls to New York City rear-ended a freight train. 68 people were injured. Of the passengers' injuries, 15 were classified as serious and 4 as critical. Most of the train's passengers suffered minor cuts and bruises. The most seriously injured were riding n

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

Two cars of the Angels Flight railway, the historic downtown Los Angeles attraction, malfunctioned today injuring several passengers. The accident occurred near the bottom of the incline when the two wooden cars collided. The cars normally travel in opposite directions and only pass at the center of the incline where

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

Sleep deprived and overworked drivers cause 15% of all auto accidents according to a study issued by the American Automobile Association (AAA). These drivers are responsible for approximately 6,000 auto accident related deaths each year. Researchers found that people who have more than one job, sleep for less than 6

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

A report published in the December 2000 Annals of Emergency Medicine found that Hispanics are 75% more likely to die in an automobile accident than non-Hispanic whites. The study also found that Hispanics are twice as likely to be drunk while driving and twice as likely to drive without a license. Additionally, Hispa

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

An English woman pleaded no contest to charges of air rage and assault after her abusive behavior caused a flight from Orlando, Florida to London to make an emergency landing in Bangor, Maine. The woman received a three-day jail sentence for hitting one passenger and verbally abusing another. After the flight crew sa

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

According to an airline industry spokesperson, deep vein thrombosis or "economy class syndrome," may occur to passengers after traveling long distances aboard airplanes. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, this is the first admission by the airline industry that economy class syndrome may be real and no

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

Doctor Reginald Lord of Sydney, Australia estimates that over 400 people arrive at the city's airport suffering from economy class syndrome, the deadly blood clot condition that strikes passengers on long-haul airline flights. Also known as deep vein thrombosis, economy class syndrome affects those who remain stationa

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

Researchers suspect that the so-called "economy class syndrome" may kill thousands of air travelers each year. Economy class syndrome is characterized by the formation of a blood clot during long-haul airline flights. Researchers say that extended periods of inactivity, such as inactivity experienced on long flights,

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

Medical officials in Hong Kong have joined those around the world expressing concern over deep vein thrombosis or "economy class syndrome." A local doctor reported today that at least 2 people have died at his hospital from blood clots that formed after long-haul flights. Dr. Noritake Hata added that at least 10 othe

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

Some countries, including the United Kingdom, are considering legislation that would require airlines to notify passengers of the risks associated with long-haul flights. The so-called economy class syndrome is believed to have killed hundreds, even thousands of travelers over the years. When people sit for extended

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

Thousands of Northwest Airlines passengers who were stranded at Detroit's airport in a 1999 blizzard will share in a $7.1 million settlement agreed to by the airline. Passengers brought a class action lawsuit against the airline in June 1999 after almost 8,000 of them were forced to sit in planes on the tarmac for ove

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

In an effort to reduce the alarming number of airline delays, the Bush administration is encouraging the construction of new runways across the country. The administration is planning on reducing the complexity of environmental reviews that must accompany runway construction. The FAA has concluded that the fastest wa

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

The latest figures from the Federal government reveal what the traveling public already knows, more flight are delayed than ever before. It should come as no surprise that passenger satisfaction is also at an all time low. According to the Transportation Department's report, airline passenger complaints are up 16% ov

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

On January 30, 2001 12 school children were injured, 2 seriously, when a school bus and car collided in Washington, D.C. The driver of the car and the driver of the bus were also hospitalized. Police are investigating the accident. As the school year begins again, officials remind drivers to be mindful of school buse

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

Recently, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Coalition for Clean Air released a report called "No Breathing in the Aisles: Diesel Exhaust Inside School Buses." The report is highly critical of air quality within the Nation's school buses. The report found that diesel fumes found inside the average school b

Posted by Staff Writer
April 30, 2001 12:00 AM

Before choosing a ship to spend your cruise vacation aboard, look into the ship's sanitation and health record. The Federal government inspects most cruise ships that enter United States' water. Some foreign ships may escape such inspection, yet many follow voluntary guidelines established by the cruise industry. Th

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