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Passenger jet skips final destination for lack of air traffic controller, lands in Berlin

22:26 09/03/2010 A passenger jet with some 150 people on board was unable to land at its destination in Leipzig because of the absence of air traffic controllers in the tower, the German Frankfurter Rundshau reported on Tuesday.>>

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AIRLINES STRIKES – Latest news

The Lufthansa’s pilots have suspended their strike meanwhile unions representing French air traffic controllers would have announced – BBC source – a four-day strike, beginning on Tuesday, that would result in hundreds of flights in and out of Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports being cancelled if the strike were confirmed.

As far as the British Airways carrier is concerned, cabin crew would have voted in favour of industrial action over pay and conditions. BA passengers could face the risk of several flights being cancelled. However, no date has been mentioned.

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Hudson river ditching – January 15, 2009

Thanks to both Pierre, and Xavier who shared this link, you can see how the events unfolded, and how – thanks to the pilot Chesley « Sully » Sullenberg, the flight officer Jeffrey Skiles, and the air traffic controller’s self-control – the flight 1549 passengers remained unscathed: (you can read the radiocommunication transcript in the bottom right corner of the video hereafter)

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Serious runway safety event – Educational use only

Charlotte Douglas international airport map

Thanks to the FAA website, and thanks to Xavier (Passion pour l’aviation) for having given the tip.

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