Posts Tagged ‘plane’

You Got To Be Shitting Me Entry #98

May 6, 2014

By Elizabeth Kreft

How do you call in and explain this one to UPS?

Hey there — I think you just delivered a secret government drone to my house, and it definitely isn’t mine.

Reddit user Seventy_Seven says he tried to do just that when he received a mysterious package that looked a lot more like a drone than the weight set he’d ordered for his new home gym.

Unfortunately, simply sticking a “return to sender” note on this package probably wouldn’t have been the best bet.

When the man opened the unexpected package, he said, he tried to figure out the mystery by contacting UPS, but the man on the other line insisted the package was his to deal with.

“The UPS guy on the phone had said that this had been in storage, and was something that had been lost in transit, or in some other way went undelivered,” the Reddit user posted. “He kept saying that it was mine, and something that was intended to be delivered to me, but didn’t make it originally.”

The package did come with a yellow note indicating who the potential the rightful owner is, but before reaching out to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the man posted pictures of his unique delivery online — and then panic set in.

Due to the apparent severity of this, I called the number in between classes. I got their voicemail. I’m getting a swarm of messages from people who claim they are in the industry, work at UPS, work for the NOAA, etc, but I don’t think I can trust any of these random contacts,” he said in a Reddit update to his original post.

He added: “I’m still alive and well, and if you haven’t read already, it’s not military. Regardless, it’s not mine, and I’ll be sending it to its owner unless I’m told to keep it … Here’s hoping I survive until tomorrow.”

A NOAA representative told TheBlaze they “are aware of this” and are in contact with the man to recover their PUMA Unmanned Aircraft System, which is used for surveying marine wildlife, and which Gizmodo estimates costs around $400,000.

“NOAA’s aircraft center shipped one PUMA unmanned aircraft system in eight separate boxes to NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Massachusetts for use in environmental research,” David Miller, NOAA’s director of digital media said in an email. “It seems UPS delivered one of the eight boxes to the wrong address, a box containing only the wings and a control device. We are in touch with the person that received the package and are working with UPS to get components to its destination.”

You Got To Be Shitting Me Entry #97

May 4, 2014

NBC News

A relic from the Cold War appears to have triggered a software glitch at a major air traffic control center in California Wednesday that led to delays and cancellations of hundreds of flights across the country, sources familiar with the incident told NBC News.

On Wednesday at about 2 p.m., according to sources, a U-2 spy plane, the same type of aircraft that flew high-altitude spy missions over Russia 50 years ago, passed through the airspace monitored by the L.A. Air Route Traffic Control Center in Palmdale, Calif. The L.A. Center handles landings and departures at the region’s major airports, including Los Angeles International (LAX), San Diego and Las Vegas.

The computers at the L.A. Center are programmed to keep commercial airliners and other aircraft from colliding with each other. The U-2 was flying at 60,000 feet, but the computers were attempting to keep it from colliding with planes that were actually miles beneath it.

Though the exact technical causes are not known, the spy plane’s altitude and route apparently overloaded a computer system called ERAM, which generates display data for air-traffic controllers. Back-up computer systems also failed.

As a result, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had to stop accepting flights into airspace managed by the L.A. Center, issuing a nationwide ground stop that lasted for about an hour and affected thousands of passengers.

At LAX, one of the nation’s busiest airports, there were 27 cancellations of arriving flights, as well as 212 delays and 27 diversions to other airports. Twenty-three departing flights were cancelled, while 216 were delayed. There were also delays at the airports in Burbank, Long Beach, Ontario and Orange County and at other airports across the Southwestern U.S.

In a statement to NBC News, the FAA said that it was “investigating a flight-plan processing issue” at the L.A. Air Route Traffic Control Center, but did not elaborate on the reasons for the glitch and did not confirm that it was related to the U-2’s flight.

“FAA technical specialists resolved the specific issue that triggered the problem on Wednesday, and the FAA has put in place mitigation measures as engineers complete development of software changes,” said the agency in a statement. “The FAA will fully analyze the event to resolve any underlying issues that contributed to the incident and prevent a reoccurrence.”

Sources told NBC News that the plane was a U-2 with a Defense Department flight plan. “It was a ‘Dragon Lady,’” said one source, using the nickname for the plane. Edwards Air Force Base is 30 miles north of the L.A. Center. Both Edwards and NASA’s Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center, which is located at Edwards, have been known to host U-2s and similar, successor aircraft.

The U.S. Air Force is still flying U-2s, but plans to retire them within the next few years.

Gary Hatch, spokesman for Edwards Air Force Base, would not comment on the Wednesday incident, but said, “There are no U-2 planes assigned to Edwards.”

A spokesperson for the Armstrong Flight Research Center did not immediately return a call for comment.

Developed more than a half-century ago, the U-2 was once a workhorse of U.S. airborne surveillance. The plane’s “operational ceiling” is 70,000 feet. In 1960, Francis Gary Powers was flying a U-2 for the CIA over the Soviet Union when he was shot down. He was held captive by the Russians for two years before being exchanged for a KGB colonel in U.S. custody. A second U.S. U-2 was shot down over Cuba in 1962, killing the pilot.

You Got To Be Shitting Me Entry #94
December 21, 2013
By FoxNews.com

Sometimes a man just needs a sandwich.

On Sunday, a New York-bound flight was reportedly delayed for more than two hours as the pilot waited for a sandwich to be delivered to him.

Pakistani newspaper The Nation reported that Pakistan International Airlines pilot, identified as Flight Captain Noushad, refused to leave Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore until his sandwich arrived from a five-star hotel in the city.

Noushad reportedly stated that he “needed sandwiches at any cost”– after learning that the inflight menu did not include the gourmet treats and had only peanuts, chips and cookies. The pilot continued to demand the sandwich even after he was informed that it could take as long as two hours to get one from the hotel.

Flight 711 from Lahore to New York, via Manchester, was all set for an on-time departure at 6:45 on Dec. 15. Due to the pilot’s food craving, the flight did not leave until 9:15 a.m. — a two-and-a-half hour delay.

Airline spokesman Mashhood Tajwar told The Nation that “management had taken a serious notice of the delay of an international flight” and an investigation has been ordered and action will be taken against those responsible for it.

Although, from the looks of it, it seems to be a pretty open-and-shut case of a man and his sandwich.

You Got To Be Shitting Me Entry #87

November 15, 2013

By  JOSH HASKELL ABC News

A passenger fell out of small plane and plummeted into the water in Miami’s Biscayne Bay today, police said.

The plane was flying at 1,800 feet at the time.

Air traffic control received a “mayday” call around 1:30 p.m. ET when the Piper PA 46 was flying roughly eight miles southeast of Tamiami Executive Airport.

“Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! I have a door ajar and I’m heading toward Tamiami,” the pilot told air traffic control. “I have a door ajar and a passenger that fell down. I’m six miles from Tamiami.”

“You said you’ve got a passenger that fell out of your plane?” the air traffic controller asks the pilot.

“That’s correct, sir. He opened the backdoor and he just fell out the plane,” said the unidentified pilot.

The aircraft continued onto Tamiami Airport and landed.

Miami-Dade Police tell ABCNews.com that their homicide unit was dispatched to the airport Thursday afternoon to question the pilot. The only people aboard the plane had been the pilot and the passenger, police said.

Detectives are currently at the Tamiami Airport “talking to the pilot to see what transpired before the passenger fell from the plane.”

Divers with the Miami-Dade police department are searching the area where the man is believed to have fallen into the water. That area is between the Cape Florida Lighthouse on Key Biscayne and the seashore so some-where in that section of Biscayne Bay.

The Coast Guard station Miami Beach sent a search and rescue boat to search the waters and Miami-Dade County Air Rescue dispatched one of their helicopters as well. That helicopter has since been called off.

You Got To Be Shitting Me Entry #84

October 7, 2013

By ALEXIS SHAW | Good Morning America

A “very street smart” nine-year-old boy managed to pass through a security checkpoint at a Minnesota airport and hop on a flight to Las Vegas without a boarding pass, authorities said.

The boy arrived alone at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Thursday morning, airport spokesman Patrick Hogan told ABC News.

He was screened by TSA officials and then headed to an airport concourse, where he boarded an 11:15 a.m. flight on Delta to Sin City.

The flight crew became suspicious of the nine-year-old’s travel circumstances and called the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, who took the boy into custody upon landing, Hogan said. He was then transferred into the care of child protective services.

“The fact that the child’s actions weren’t detected until he was in flight is concerning,” he said. “More than 33 million people travel through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport every year, and I don’t know of another instance in my 13 years at the airport in which anything similar has happened.

“Fortunately, the flight crew took appropriate actions to ensure the child’s safety, so the story does have a good ending,” Hogan said.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesman Bill Cassell told ABC News the boy was “more worldly than most nine-year-old kids.”

“He was able to get onto an airline where he didn’t have a ticket and made it five states across the U.S.,” he said. “If it hadn’t been for alert airline employees on our end, he probably never would have been discovered.”

Cassell did not know if the boy had been reunited with his family, but said that the boy’s mother, child protective services and Delta Airlines were working to develop a plan to bring him home after the incident occurred.

A spokesman for Delta Airlines said the incident was under investigation, but would not elaborate on the details of the case.

You Got To Be Shitting Me Entry #60

August 9, 2012

By Alexis Shaw | ABC News

Alaska Airlines Passenger's Confidence Shaken by Handwritten Message on Wing (ABC News)

While aboard an Alaska Airlines flight leaving Burbank, Calif. bound for Seattle, Wash., a passenger looked out a window to see a handwritten message scrawled on what appeared to be a damaged area of the plane’s wing.

“We know about this,” the note said. Below the message, an arrow pointed down to a portion of the wing that appeared to be missing.

The passenger took a picture and uploaded it to     social news website Reddit under the name Boeing247.

“The maintenance team for this Alaska Airlines 737 sure knows how to instill passenger confidence,” Boeing247 said. “The method of communication here shows a unique level of professionalism.”

Commentors on the posting weighed in on the airlines’ unorthodox policy, including one Delta airlines operations employee.

“This is for the ground personnel meeting the arriving aircraft (parkers), who are required to inspect the ship and document any damage found on arrival. Marking apparent damage prevents reports from being filed at each station at which the aircraft arrives,” the employee said. “Delta does not do this and we inefficiently file a report tens of times for damage that has already been documented, creating needless redundant emails and work.”

Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said that the photo showed a permanent approved trim repair to the corner flap of the right wing, and that the plane was absolutely safe to fly.

“The small indent shown in the photo was reported multiple times in multiple flight crew reports. A maintenance technician wrote on the wing to acknowledge to flight crews that the repair was made, documented and that the plane was airworthy,” she said.

Egan said the airline immediately removed the message from the wing upon hearing about it, and apologized for any alarm it may have caused.

 

You Got To Be Shitting Me Entry #56

July 17, 2012

By  RICHARD ESPOSITO and MARK SCHONE ABC News

Two passengers suffered minor injuries from needles found in the meat of sandwiches served aboard four Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to the United States Sunday, federal officials report. And the FBI is now investigating those incidents.

The sandwiches were served to business class passengers, crew members and government employees flying from Amsterdam to the United States.

At least one batch of 17 sandwiches appeared to be made by a U.S. company based at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. Those sandwiches were served board Delta’s flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul Sunday afternoon.

Two passengers aboard the flight found needles in their sandwiches, officials confirmed. The sandwiches were turned over by Delta to Customs and Border Patrol.

Two passengers sustained minor injuries after biting into the sandwiches and CBP officials found a third needle after confiscating the sandwiches, according to an official report.

According to Delta, the contaminated sandwiches were turkey sandwiches that were served in the business elite cabin to a small number of passengers. Since the incident, turkey sandwiches have been removed from flights out of Amsterdam and have been replaced by pre-packaged pizza, Delta said.

“Delta is taking this matter extremely seriously and is cooperating with local and federal authorities who are investigating the incident,” Delta spokeswoman Kristin Bauer said in a statement to ABC News. “Delta has taken immediate action with our in-flight caterer at Amsterdam to ensure the safety and quality of the food we provide onboard our aircraft.”

Delta told authorities that Gate Gourmet, a U.S. company operating in Amsterdam, made the sandwiches.

Gate Gourmet said it is treating the incident “as a criminal act.”

“Gate Gourmet immediately launched a full investigation to determine the root cause of this disturbing incident, and we are treating this as a criminal act,” Gate Gourmet spokeswoman Christina Ulosevich said in a statement. “Nothing is more important to Gate Gourmet than the safety and well-being of the traveling public. The company also is cooperating fully with investigations by local and federal authorities and by our customer.”

Although federal air marshals were aboard the flight, they were not notified of the incident by the crew, authorities said, until deplaning. At that point the air marshals turned the incident over to the FBI, which was working with CBP and local police to investigate how the needles were put in the meat.

In addition to the Minneapolis flight, a needle was discovered by a teenage passenger aboard a Delta flight from Amsterdam to Atlanta. The teen would not surrender the needle to authorities, who noted he told them that he planned to use it as evidence in a lawsuit.

In a federal report on the incidents, it was noted that the teen was the son of a passenger aboard the flight to Minneapolis who also found a needle in his sandwich.

Additional needles were reported found on two other flights, one by a crew member and another by a federal air marshal.