Aviation News

January 18, 2013

Fighter Jets Escort Alaska Airlines Plane to Seattle After Hijack Warning



Fighter jets escort US plane after hijack warning (via AFP)

Two F-15 fighter jets escorted an Alaska Airlines flight into Seattle’s main airport Thursday after an anonymous caller told the FBI that a male passenger could be a hijacker, authorities said. The Boeing 737 was escorted until it landed without incident in Seattle at about 7:00 pm (0300 GMT Friday…










 
 

 
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West Coast Powerhouse: Alaska Airlines To Buy Virgin America

Early Monday morning, Alaska Airlines announced its intention to buy Virgin America in a cash purchase totaling $2.6 billion USD.Employees from Alaska Airlines, Delta and Southwest, along with an airport service contractor all worked together in the intense Colorado sun to sort bags and get them to the right airlines...
by Paul Thompson
 

 

 
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Total Turbulence Helps Guide Flights To Smoother Skies

Real-time turbulence reports are now crowdsourced directly from flights en route. However, it's the planes -- not the passengers -- doing the talking.<...
by Paul Thompson
 

 
 
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Today in Aviation History: October 28th

The Cuban Missile Crisis comes to an end, the Airbus A300 flies for the first time, an Air China pilot hijacks his own plane, a Continental 757 lands on a taxiway, and more...Laser attacks on aircraft are on the rise. To combat this problem, the FAA and FBI have taken strong steps to find and prosecute those guilty of pointing lasers at aircraft.
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