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Pakistan Int'l Airlines suspended in Europe over fake pilot license scandal

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:15 PM

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency tells Pakistan International Airlines 'they have lost their confidence' in the carrier

PLANE. A man looks on as a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane taxis on the runway at the airport in Islamabad. Photo by Farooq Naeem/AFP

EU aviation agency tells airlines to disinfect planes

Mar 14, 2020 - 2:15 AM

The European Aviation Safety Agency says airlines on all routes must 'step up the frequency of cleaning'

DISINFECTING. A crew member of an evacuation flight of French citizens from Wuhan gives passengers disinfectant during the flight to France on February 1, 2020, as they are repatriated from the coronavirus hot zone. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Airbus to ask airlines to check wings of older A380s for cracks

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency says there are reports of cracks found in wings of in-service A380 airplanes

Fatal air crashes and deaths up in 2018 – watchdog

Jan 02, 2019 - 8:08 PM

Aviation Safety Network records more than 500 people killed in 15 plane crashes in 2018

MARCH 12 AIRPLANE CRASH. Nepali rescue workers gather around the debris of an airplane that crashed near the international airport in Kathmandu on March 12, 2018. File photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Cebu Pacific passes IATA safety audit

Apr 12, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The airline says it invested in safety technology, including a system that monitors runway conditions and a system that ensures pilots are fully alert

PAL Express completes IATA safety audit

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Philippine Airlines says the IATA Operational Safety Audit 'is recognized as the gold standard in airline safety assessments'

2017 safest year for post-war civil aviation – industry agencies

Jan 02, 2018 - 8:16 PM

But while last year's statistics were good news, 'a note of caution needs to be sounded'

BUSY AIRPORT. In this file photo, an Aeroflot aircraft takes off at Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport on June 14, 2017. Kiril Kudrayvtsev/AFP

PAL gets new facility for cabin fire training

Nov 05, 2017 - 7:26 PM

The $300,000 investment features simulated fires in an aircraft cabin replica, with the goal of enhancing cabin crews' skills in dealing with in-flight fires

U.S. weighs banning laptop computers on international flights

May 29, 2017 - 1:00 AM

The United States current laptop ban only covers flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa

LAX ARRIVAL. An Emirates Airlines aircraft, flight 215 from Dubai, comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Tagaytay air traffic radar fully operational after repair – CAAP

Mar 11, 2017 - 11:50 PM

The maintenance repair is necessary says CAAP as the radar will be integrated with satellite based communications and air traffic management systems that will be launched later this year

Photo of Tagaytay radar from Facebook page of Department of Transportation

Drilon to DOTr: Stop use of 'stone age' sirens to shoo animals off runways

Sep 14, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon asks transportation officials why sirens are still being used in some provincial airports to drive away cows and other animals that stray into runways

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

PH inauguration, Aquino’s departure, EgyptAir | 6PM wRap

Jun 30, 2016 - 8:18 PM

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Airport protesters accuse Hong Kong leader of breaching safety rules

Apr 18, 2016 - 2:20 AM

The protesters claim that Leung Chun ying s daughter got special treatment and could have jeopardized aviation safety

epa05263117 A large crowd stages a sit-in to demonstrate against hand carry baggage privileges that were allegedly extended by airline staff to Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's daughter, at Hong Kong's International Airport, 17 April 2016. About a week ago, the Chief Executive's daughter allegedly forgot her hand carry-on item at the airline check-in desk, and once realizing her mistake at the gate, she allegedly asked her father to demand airline staff to retrieve it for her. The sit-in was organized by the Hong Kong Cabin Crew Federation. Protester say the incident potentially compromises airline safety and the security of the public. EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

Germanwings probe seeks 'clearer rules' on pilots' mental health

Mar 13, 2016 - 9:30 PM

3rd UPDATE Investigators also recommend that pilots be regularly checked for psychological or psychiatric problems

epa05209234 Arnaud Desjardin, deputy head of the investigations unit dedicated to the Germanwings crash at the Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses (BEA) - the French Aviation Investigation and Analysis Office - presents the final report on the Germanwings air crash the the BEA headquarters in Le Bourget, outside Paris, France, 13 March 2016. The investigators revealed that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had been urged by his doctor to seek psychiatric hospitalisation, just weeks before he is believed to have deliberately crashed Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf into the Alps, killing 150 people on board on 24 March 2015. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

Pilots blamed for 2014 TransAsia crash on Taiwan island

Jan 29, 2016 - 3:36 PM

The company s pilots were flying without abiding by standard procedures part of a workplace culture which endangered flight safety an official of the Aviation Safety Council says

2015 is safest year in aviation – Statistics

Dec 30, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Data from the Aviation Safety Network reveal that there are less aviation mishaps in the world in 2015 compared to past years

ACCIDENT. A view of the private plane that skidded off the runway of the Tacloban airport on January 17, 2015, as viewed on a live feed from the site. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Aquino-Xi meeting, high court rules, Myanmar’s transition | 6PM wRap

Nov 12, 2015 - 6:14 PM

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EU watchdog urges expanded pilot mental health checks

Jul 18, 2015 - 1:21 AM

Europe s aviation watchdog on Friday July 17 recommended expanded mental health and medical checks of pilots after a rogue airman apparently deliberately crashed a Germanwings jet in March killing all 150 people on board

MOURNING. The unnamed partner of Eyal Baum cries on Eyal's coffin at his funeral in Kfar Saba, Israel, 11 June 2015. Eyal Baum was the only Israeli onboard the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps on route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf on 24 March 2015. Photo by Jim Hollander / EPA

Taiwan pilot shut off engine before air crash – report

Jul 02, 2015 - 2:25 PM

Based on a black box the pilot said these words seconds before the crash: Wow pulled back wrong throttle

ENGINE MALFUNCTIONED. A file photograph released on July 2, 2015 shows the wreckage of TransAsia Airways ATR 72 plane after it crashed into a river in Taipei, Taiwan, February 4, 2015, killing 43 people. File photo by David Chang/EPA

PH carriers to know by July if they can fly to Europe

Apr 27, 2015 - 4:14 PM

The European Union wraps up its safety audit of 6 low cost carriers from the Philippines

S. Korea prosecutors seek 3-year jail term for nut rage heiress

Apr 20, 2015 - 9:15 PM

Many South Koreans see Cho Hyun Ah s behaviour as emblematic of a generation of spoilt and arrogant offspring of owners of the giant family run conglomerates or chaebols that dominate the national economy

SORRY. In this file photo, former Korean Air vice president Cho Hyun-Ah appears at the Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board in western Seoul, South Korea, 12 December 2014. Kim Chul-Soo/EPA

EU team in PH to assess local carriers’ safety system

Apr 16, 2015 - 10:03 PM

Currently only PAL and Cebu Pacific are out of the EU list of airlines that fail to meet international aviation standards

AirAsia plane search, Seniang death toll, Bilibid probe | The wRap

Dec 31, 2014 - 6:45 PM

The story of 2 families who missed that fatal AirAsia flight Seniang death toll rises to at least 53 The justice department orders: demolish VIP jail cells in the Philippines

FAST FACTS: Aviation disasters in Indonesia

Dec 29, 2014 - 1:10 PM

The case of the missing AirAsia flight is the 4th aviation disaster in Indonesia in 2014 and could be among the country s worst aircraft disasters

'Papa, come home': Relatives of AirAsia passengers wait in agony

Dec 28, 2014 - 10:03 PM

Relatives of people aboard missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501 are getting anxious as the search for the plane is suspended on Sunday evening December 28

WAITING. A relative holds up a phone showing a photo that was allegedly taken and sent before by the person in the photo before boarding the missing Malaysian carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Malang, East Java, Indonesia. Photo by Aman/AFP

Malaysian carrier makes emergency landing in Thailand

Nov 03, 2014 - 6:26 PM

None of the 129 people aboard was hurt says Malindo Air of its flight from New Delhi Monday November 3 but it is still investigating the incident

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Major airlines avoid Iraqi skies after US airstrikes

Aug 09, 2014 - 8:38 AM

Flights to and from the Gulf and beyond which typically would have taken airways through Iraq now favor parallel routes via Iran instead according to real time flight tracking websites

Gaza rocket halts Israel flights as foes resist truce efforts

Jul 23, 2014 - 11:31 AM

UPDATED As the violence entered its 16th day neither Israel or Islamist movement Hamas appeared willing to end hostilities despite days of diplomatic efforts to coax them into a truce

UNDER ATTACK. Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Al Shejaeiya neighborhood during a military operation in eastern Gaza City, 22 July 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Airlines cancel Israel flights over Gaza rocket threat

Jul 23, 2014 - 8:02 AM

Prompting the rush of cancellations was a rocket fired from Gaza which according to Israeli police struck north of the airport

FLIGHT STATUS. Passengers check the information board as it changes from English to Hebrew listing cancelled flights (in red) at the departure area of Ben Gurion Airport, in Lod, Israel, outside Tel Aviv, 22 July 2014. Jim Hollander/EPA

IATA says aviation safety remains high

Jun 03, 2014 - 7:47 PM

The International Air Transport Association says safety in global aviation remains high as it seeks to improve in flight tracking after the disappearance of the MH370 in March

A Qatar Airways Airbus A 340 airplane leaves contrails in the clear sky of Altenmarkt Zauchensee on January 11, 2014. Photo by Alexander Klein / AFP

Malaysia Airlines jet in emergency landing after tire bursts

Apr 21, 2014 - 9:52 AM

The airline says tire debris discovered on the runway had led to the decision to bring the Boeing 737 800 aircraft back

Malacañang vows to keep Category 1 aviation status

Apr 12, 2014 - 5:13 PM

Malacañang vows to make sure the country complies with international aviation safety standards

Philippine Airlines (PAL) planes at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City, Philippines. File/AFP

Malaysian plane drama fuels aviation security rethink

Mar 23, 2014 - 3:46 PM

Rekindled debate over aviation security was always an important and constructive by product of events like the disappearance of MH370

World's deadliest aviation disasters

Mar 09, 2014 - 4:11 PM

Aviation Safety Network lists the world s worst aviation incidents based on the number of casualties

SAFETY ISSUES. Regulators and investigators look into Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Photo by Anthony Devlin/EPA

PH may get US aviation upgrade next week

Nov 20, 2013 - 3:09 PM

The upgrade to Category 1 status will allow local airlines to open new routes and mount additional flights to the US

VERY SOON. The Philippines will likely win an aviation status upgrade from US authorities as early as November 25. AFP PHOTO

17 bodies found after Laos air disaster: minister

Oct 18, 2013 - 5:03 PM

Rescuers recovered 17 bodies after a plane crash in Laos killed all of its passengers

RECOVERING THE DEAD. 17 bodies have been recovered after a plane crash kills all passengers onboard

Zest Air losing P70M a day due to suspension

Aug 18, 2013 - 5:25 PM

Zest Air to appeal the suspension order Monday

GROUNDED. CAAP suspends Zest Air's permit to fly due to safety breaches. Photo by AFP

Japan not discriminating vs PH in air deal — envoy

Jun 25, 2013 - 7:17 PM

The Japanese ambassador to the Philippines stresses they are still looking into the latest proposals to revoke the Air Services Agreement between the two countries

AVIATION CONCERNS Japan ambassador to the Philippines says they will honor the ASA. Photo by Aya Lowe/Rappler

Abaya: PH passed aviation audit

Feb 23, 2013 - 3:17 PM

Abaya says ICAO team will recommend lifting of the Significant Safety Concerns issued to the Philippines

Passengers form a long line in front of airlines check in counters at the terminal building of Manila international airport on June 16, 2008. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE

PAL increases flights to Toronto

Dec 02, 2012 - 1:08 PM

PAL plans to offer daily direct Manila Toronto flights in March 2013