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# Air Safety
TD stops pilots from giving testimony after they raise problems with aviation regulator
The chair of the Oireachtas Transport Committee adjourned the meeting to a later date.
# shut down
Flying to the US soon? You may soon be banned from using your laptop
Lat month, the US banned passengers on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in eight countries.
# Forget Paris
It's probably a bad idea to fly to France tomorrow
Air traffic controllers are going on strike – and lots of flights will be affected.
# red eye
Both pilots on British based airline fall asleep during flight
The British Airline Pilots’ Association says the incident comes as “no surprise” to them due to the long shifts and a lack of sleep experienced by pilots.
# Air Rage
Man tries to break into cockpit on flight from Australia
Police say passenger was abusive on Qantas flight yesterday.
# whoa
PHOTOS: Plane crashes into someone's back garden - and somehow, nobody is injured
The 76-year-old pilot used a full-plane parachute to ease the landing into a tree in a garden in Cheltenham.
# Air Safety
Why was a Boeing 727 deliberately crashed in desert?
Experiment for Discovery Channel aims to understand what it takes to survive an air crash.
# Qantas
Qantas flight makes emergency landing after engine trouble
One of the A380′s four engines shut down during the flight from Singapore to London, forcing it to land in Dubai.
# US Air Travel
Sharp increase in errors by US air traffic controllers, says watchdog
A US government report says that mistakes at facilities handling air traffic approaches and departures almost doubled over three years.
# Shannon Airport
Shannon airport reopens following incident
No one was injured in the earlier incident involving an Aer Lingus Regional flight.
# Air Travel
Shannon Airport closed following technical failure on Aer Arann plane
A technical incident involving an Aer Arann plane, which had landed safely, will see Shannon shut until 4pm.
# Autopilot
Untrained wife flies plane to safety after pilot husband takes ill
A wife with no flying experience is given radio guidance by other pilots after her husband developed breathing problems.
# Emergency Landing
BA flight to Boston stops in Shannon following ‘technical fault’
A transatlantic flight from London to Boston is forced to land at Shannon, and is set to take off again this morning.
# Ash Cloud
Report vindicates aviation authorities over ash cloud flight cancellations
The ash cloud from Iceland’s (still unpronounceable) Eyjafjallajökull volcano could have caused engines to fail and seriously scratched up windows.
# US
New air traffic control rules after Michelle Obama's plane aborts landing
Flight carrying US first lady was forced to abort a landing after air traffic controllers mistakenly allowed the place come too close to a military plane.
LIVE
US air traffic controller caught watching DVD on the job
The air traffic controller in question accidentally broadcast the Samuel L Jackson film he was watching over his microphone, blocking incoming calls from planes.
LIVE
US aviation chief resigns after air traffic controllers fall asleep on job
Aviation watchdog has ordered that staff double up on graveyard shifts after series of incidents in which controllers were “unresponsive”.
# 737s
American aviation authority demands inspection of all older Boeing jets
The FAA’s order comes as Southwest Airlines finishes inspecting its entire fleet after a panel burst open mid-flight.
# Air Travel
Southwest cancels 100 flights as cracks found in three planes
After a hole appears – mid-flight – in the roof of one plane, checks show at least three jets with structural problems.
# pilots
Pilots' hours to be limited in new EU law
European safety agency puts forward plans to cap pilot’s duty hours – that’s both flying and waiting time – to a maximum of 14 hours a day, or 12 at night. Pilots’ unions say that is still an exhausting schedule.