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Category Archives: Safety and Security

2019 is the 3rd or 7th safest year in aviation

Crash landingIn 2019, 20 fatal airliner accidents with fatalities occurred. The number of fatalities is 283, reports the Aviation Safety Network. The number of accidents is higher than the 5-year average of 14 accidents. But the number of fatalities is considerably lower than the 5-year average of 480 fatalities.

Fatal airliner accidents

Thirteen accidents involved passenger flights, 6 were cargo flights. One out of the 20 accident airplanes was operated by an airline on the EU blacklist, down by 2 compared to 2018. Despite the increased number of accidents...
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Hijack alert at Amsterdam airport

AirEuropaFlight UX1094 of the Spanish carrier Air Europa is scheduled for departure at 7:10 pm on November 6, 2019. The plane is parked at Amsterdam Schiphol’s D concourse and passengers are boarding. Suddenly, the plane sets off a hijack alert, while 27 passengers already are on board.

Special forces

As a result, large scale emergency services turn out, including special forces, military police, the fire department, and helicopters. Moreover, pier D is evacuated. However, 2 hours later the alarm appears to be false. How is that possible?

Trainee

The captain is in the...
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Baby in shoulder bag

Jennifer Erin Talbot Jennifer Erin Talbot is an American woman from Ohio. She is on her way to board a Delta Air Lines flight from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila, Philippines to the USA. Without any problem she passes passport control, so there is no obvious sign of human trafficking. At the gate there is a final security check, which she tries to pass as well, but this time she fails.

Newborn baby

A security officer discovers a 6-days-old baby in her carry-on bag. Ms. Talbot cannot show...
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Rare incident in California hotel

KTVUFairmont Hotel San jose has reported a hazmat incident in the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose in Northern California. It happened on August 31, 2019 and it has cost 1 woman’s life. It is unclear whether she was a guest or a hotel employee. Nine others have been injured: 2 hotel guests and 7 hotel employees.

Nine injured

One of the 9 injured persons is reportedly in life-threatening condition. However, the other 8 injured persons are fortunately considered to be in non life-threatening condition. Authorities believe the hazmat incident...
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Possible new case of suicidal pilot

EasyJet easyJet has prevented a possible repetition of the germanwings drama. The low-cost carrier is alerted by messages that 1 of their pilots sends to a WhatsApp group. The pilot writes he is probably going to kill himself. And a pilot with mental problems in the cockpit is very dangerous to all on board.

Pilot’s friends do the right thing

EasyJet becomes aware of those messages because the pilot’s friends alert the airline. Immediate action by easyJet follows by grounding the pilot. According to the British newspaper The...
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