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Heads Roll After Pilots Let Playmate Fly a Plane

Surprise: Both pilots are now out of a job

(Newser) - Two pilots for Argentine carrier Austral Lineas Aereas are out of a job after they acted a little too generously with a passenger who just so happened to be a Playboy model. Victoria Xipolitakis tweeted photos, since removed, showing her sandwiched between pilots Patricio Zocchi Molina, 33, and Federico Matias... More »

Pilots May Have to Fly Jetliners All Alone

NASA funds study to consider historic change

(Newser) - Imagine peeking into a jetliner cockpit and seeing a single pilot in there, responsible for flying all of those people. Well, NASA wants to seriously consider that option with a new $4 million study, the Wall Street Journal reports. Contract winner Rockwell Collins Inc. will look at whether a second... More »

Pilot's Bathroom Break Forces Landing

Door jammed so he couldn't get back inside cockpit

(Newser) - A sillier reason to ground a plane than a woman singing Whitney Houston songs ? How about the pilot locking himself out of the cockpit? An Air India flight was forced to divert and land after a pilot went for a bathroom break ... and couldn't get back to his... More »

Minutes After Takeoff, Flight Returns to New Orleans

United Airlines pilot reported smoke in cockpit

(Newser) - And the airline mishaps continue —luckily, with more safe endings. United Airlines Flight 497 to San Francisco returned to New Orleans minutes after takeoff today after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit, the FAA said. As soon as the plane was on the ground, flight attendants shouted "... More »

Man Tries to Storm Cockpit on Flight from UK

Passenger believed to be suffering from panic attack

(Newser) - A Spanish man was arrested after trying to force his way into the cockpit of a Thomson Airways flight from Cardiff to the Canary Islands. The man was overpowered and restrained by passengers and crew until the flight safely reached its destination, the BBC reports. Spanish authorities say the man... More »

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