Aviation News

October 31, 2011

JetBlue and American Could Face Millions in Fines Over Snowtober-Stranded Flights: Final Call

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Airbus Military A400M during water ingestion testing in Istres, France on October 27th, 2011.

Airbus Military A400M during water ingestion testing in Istres, France on October 27th, 2011. (Photo by Airbus)

• JetBlue Airways and American Airlines both stranded passengers for up to seven-and-a-half hours on at least one JetBlue flight and one American Airlines jet which diverted to Bradley International Airport in Conn. during Saturday’s freak snowstorm, and now the US Dept. of Transportation is investigating. It is not clear how long some of the other dozens of flights were stuck, but some quick math reveals JetBlue and American could be on the hook for nearly $10 million in tarmac delay penalties just for those two flights. [MarketWatch]

Frightening photos of a Delta 747-400 that suffered an uncontained engine failure on a flight to Tokyo from Detroit last week. [Aviation Week]

• A JetBlue employee was run over by a jetway in Fort Lauderdale, pinning his legs. [Sun Sentinel]

Fort Lauderdale will soon build an additional runway. Built on a 1.3% grade to allow for a highway to pass beneath it, one end will be 65 feet higher than the other. [ENR Southeast]