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Plane Returns to SF After Wall Panels Crack Loose

Passengers watched in horror as panels fell from walls

(Newser) - A Dallas-bound American Airlines flight that departed from San Francisco International Airport turned around and made an emergency landing after some of the cabin's wall panels cracked loose, terrifying passengers, aviation and airlines officials say. The captain of the Boeing 757 decided to turn around an hour into the... More »

Cops: Drunk Banker Posed as Airport Screener

He singled out female passengers for pat-downs

(Newser) - Federal authorities are investigating how a man who had been boozing at an airport lounge was apparently able to pass himself off as an airport screener and bring women into a private booth for pat-downs. Law enforcement tell the San Francisco Chronicle that the man's outfit of khaki pants,... More »

Family of Girl Run Over After Plane Crash Sues

It accuses SF firefighters of recklessness

(Newser) - The parents of a teenage girl run over and killed by two emergency vehicles after an Asiana Airlines crash have filed a claim against the city of San Francisco, saying rescuers were reckless and poorly trained. Attorneys for the parents of 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan say firefighters who first saw... More »

NTSB: Asiana Crash Looking Like Pilot Error

Top concern is slow speed during descent; still no sign of mechanical failure

(Newser) - The continuing investigation into the crash of an Asiana Airlines plane still hasn't spotted any mechanical trouble—meaning it's likely that pilot mistakes were to blame for the disaster, Sky News reports. National Transportation Safety Board chair Deborah Hersman offered new information about investigators' findings, with concern centered... More »

Asiana Pilot: Light Blinded Me at 500 Feet

Investigators unsure of its source

(Newser) - Clues to what may have caused the Asiana Airlines crash this weekend continue to emerge . The latest: The plane's pilot said that while flying at 500 feet, he was blinded by light, investigators say. "It was a temporary issue," says National Transportation Safety Board chair Deborah Hersman,... More »

2 Flight Attendants Were Thrown From Plane, Survived

Crew says it was relying on automated cockpit equipment for speed

(Newser) - An amazing detail emerged today from the NTSB about the Asiana Airlines crash over the weekend: Two female flight attendants working in the rear of the plane weren't in their seats when it slammed into a seawall, and both were ejected upon impact, reports NBC News . "They were... More »

You Are Not Going to Die In a Plane Crash, Period

San Francisco crash only underscores how rare airline fatalities are

(Newser) - Statistically speaking, you are not going to die in a plane crash. "People are understandably troubled by the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214," management science and statistics professor Arnold Barnett writes at CNN , and it is tragic that two teens died. But "it is remarkable that... More »

Pilot, Co-Pilot Didn't Talk About Unfolding SF Disaster

Cockpit voice recordings show no communication until seconds before crash

(Newser) - As Asiana Airlines Flight 214 descended toward San Francisco International Airport— too low , too slow , and with a pilot who had never landed a Boeing 777 at the tricky airport before—cockpit voice recordings show that pilot Lee Hang-kook and the co-pilot supervising him, who was more experienced, did not... More »

Seat Belts, Safety Changes Saved Lives in SF Crash

But many survivors suffered spinal injuries

(Newser) - If Saturday's plane crash in San Francisco had happened 25 years ago—or if passengers hadn't been wearing seat belts—the death toll would have been a lot higher than two out of the 307 passengers and crew, experts say. FAA mandates in the late 1980s forced manufacturers... More »

Pilots: SF Airport Was a Crash Waiting to Happen

Landing system had been down for weeks

(Newser) - "It was only a matter of time before something like this happened." That's one pilot's take on the headline-grabbing Asiana Airlines crash that left two people dead and 182 injured. The San Francisco International Airport was primed for disaster, pilots tell Der Spiegel , because a landing... More »

'Hero' Crew Member: SF Evacuation Began Badly

Slides inflated inside, pinning flight attendants down

(Newser) - A 20-year Asiana veteran is the first crew member of the doomed Flight 214 to speak, and according to Lee Yoon-hye, the evacuation did not begin smoothly. But first came the hard landing, which the cabin manager describes as "a bang ... afterward, there was another shock and the plane... More »

Pilot in SF Crash Was Still Training

It was his first attempt to land 777 at SFO

(Newser) - The pilot in Saturday's plane crash in San Francisco was a veteran with almost 10,000 hours of flying experience—but just 43 of them were in a Boeing 777 and the disaster that killed two people and injured 182 others was his first attempt to land that type... More »

Did Emergency Vehicle Kill SF Crash Victim?

Investigators suspect teen victim was run over

(Newser) - Investigators fear that one of the two teenage girls from China killed in Saturday's San Francisco plane crash may have survived the impact only to be fatally run over by a fire rig, reports Reuters . The 16-year-old did not suffer extensive burns but has injuries consistent with being run... More »

2 Left Paralyzed in SF Plane Crash

19 still at SF General Hospital, 6 in critical condition

(Newser) - Two passengers have been left paralyzed in the San Francisco plane crash , which also killed two others—now identified as Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan, both 16-year-old girls from China . Nineteen victims of the crash remain at San Francisco General Hospital, six of them in critical condition, says Chief of... More »

Man With World's Biggest Penis Gets TSA Patdown

Jonah Falcon's 9-incher leaves TSA agents befuddled

(Newser) - Jonah Falcon is used to delays at airport security. After all, he has the world's largest penis—9 inches flaccid and 13.5 inches at full staff. So his frisking at San Francisco International Airport last week was hardly a surprise, the Huffington Post reports. "One of the... More »

Yoga Room in ... an Airport?

Travelers can breathe deeply in San Francisco

(Newser) - Air travelers in San Francisco, rejoice: You can now relax between the dreaded security pat-down and the slow shuffle onboard your flight. San Francisco International Airport has set up a yoga room that includes a soothing blue light and loaner floor mats, MSNBC reports. “The room gives modern travelers... More »

Newark Tops Worst Airport List

(Newser) - With summer vacations increasing your chances of an extended stay at an airport, Travel + Leisure offers its annual list of airports likely to leave you grounded. The good news? Airports are getting better; even this year’s “winner” improved its delays by 3%. The list:
  1. Newark: That 3%
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