Aviation News

October 14, 2011

Rick Ross Health Scare Forces Emergency Landing, LaHood to Quit DOT and More: Final Call

Final Call is a new daily wrapup of news that we think readers will be interested in but that we didn’t get to cover ourselves. -Ed

  • It’s common knowledge that buyers rarely pay list price for airliners, but the price they actually pay is usually a closely guarded secret. Why, then, did an investment fund publish exactly what they paid for the new A380 they just received which they’ll be leasing to Emirates? [Wall Street Journal, h/t Flightblogger]
  • Emirates Airbus A380 A6-EDA makes its first approach to JFK in New York, August 1, 2008

    How much is that whalejet in the window? (Photo by John Musolino)

  • Florida Rapper Rick Ross fell unconscious on a Delta flight shortly after taking off from Fort Lauderdale for Memphis this afternoon. The plane made a quick return to FLL, where Ross was taken to the hospital and is said to be in good condition. [FlightAware/TMZ]
  • US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he will resign at the end of President Obama’s first term, whether or not he is reelected. LaHood did not elaborate on his motivation for leaving. [NY Times]
  • A researcher at the South Pole who has been waiting since August for a medical evacuation will finally be taken to New Zealand aboard a Kenn Borek Air DC-3. [ABC News]
  • Some drunk idiot allegedly hit a flight attendant on an American Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles Thursday evening, forcing an emergency landing in Denver and his spending the night in the slammer. [MSNBC]