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A mysterious ice chunk fell on a Chicago home around 7:52pm. The house happens to be in the flight plan for one of O’Hare’s runway. So, the obvious culprit – a leaking plane? There are other possible theories like meteorite, alien space ship, etc. but obviously a leaking plane makes the most sense.

My first question – did the ice come from the lavatory wastes? Since it doesn’t have the blue color, I would assume no!

From Mizozo.com

“The whole house shook,” she said outside the North Wolcott Avenue home, while her son held up baseball-size ice chunks in a plastic bag. The falling object caved in the corner of their 5-year-old roof dormer and showered ice through their front yard as they watched TV a few feet away. “I thought the chimney fell. My husband thought maybe the ‘L’ fell off the tracks.”

FAA is looking into it.

What do you guys think?

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Today, Obama came to Phoenix to speak at ASU. Following is the video of Air Force One Landing at the Sky Harbor Airport –

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It is a scary video, but this is probably what happened with the US Airways flight 1549 that crash landed in the Hudson River –

Details from youtube –
Wide Body, Blade-Out Jet Engine Test
Short video showing what
happens when a foreign object such as a large bird is ingested in a jet
engine. You don’t want to be onboard!!!!
The joke during training
was that you could ingest a 5 lb. bird at 250 kts………. or a 250 lb
bird at 5 kts. They actually have a “chicken gun” they use to fire the
chickens into the engines for these tests.

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Following are the CCTV videos for the flight number 1549’s crash landing that have been released to public –

This is an interesting video with simulations and edits from other videos –

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Kingfisher Airlines recently announced the start of its new service between Mumbai and London (Heathrow Airport) starting January 5th 2009. The airline will use an Airbus A330-200 (28 seats in First and 169 seats in Kingfisher Class).

Mumbai – London Flight Schedule IT 007
Departure from Mumbai – 13:45 Mumbai Local Time
Arrival at London – 17:55 London Local Time (Terminal 4)

London – Mumbai Flight Schedule IT008
Departure from London – 20:30 London Local Time
Arrival at Mumbai – 11:00 Mumbai Local Time (next day)

Other Services Launch –
Kingfisher also plans to launch Mumbai-Hong Kong operations from January 12 and Mumbai-Singapore flight from January 16. In addition, its flights from Bangalore and Chennai to Sri Lanka capital, Colombo, will start from January 19.
(from Hindu)

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January 17th 2009, Mexicana (or Compañía Mexicana de Aviación) will launch twice-weekly flights from Mexico City to London’s Gatwick Ariport (return flight leaves London at 10:30am and arrives in Mexico City at 17:35p). The airline will be using a Boeing 767-200ER for the service. Mexicana’s plans are to fly to Sao Paulo Grarulhos (GRU), London (LGW)
and Madrid (MAD). “The arrival of a second -200 the following month will allow it to
double the frequency. The aircraft also will be used on a new
five-times-weekly Sao Paulo Guarulhos service scheduled to start Dec.
10.
” The Madrid flight is supposed to start in February
2009 (on Airbus A330).

“Passengers on these flights will enjoy bed seats, an exclusive
in-flight meal prepared by Mexican chef Enrique Olvera and a select
list of handpicked Mexican wines.”

Mexicana is Mexico’s largest airline and is the first airline that was established in the country. It has been Mexico’s national airline since 1924.

From ATWOnline

Mexicana has been hit by the current industry downturn like many
carriers, but it remains in “adequate” financial health and is focused
on a long-term plan that includes oneworld entry and the launch of its
first European services early next year, CEO Manuel Borja said
yesterday at the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum in Cancun.
All three routes are underserved, he said. The GRU and LGW flights
largely will cater to corporate customers, with a “small percentage” of
leisure travelers, while MAD is “more of a mix.” He conceded that MX
will post a “small” loss in 2008 but expects a “neutral” 2009.

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Qantas Airlines named its future fleet of 20 Airbus A380 aircrafts after famous Australians in aviation.

From Asia Travel Tips

The full list of people who will have an A380 named after them are:

Nancy-Bird Walton – the first woman to fly a commercial aviation service in Australia.
Hudson Fysh – one of the founders of Qantas and the airline’s first Managing Director.
Paul McGinness – one of the founders of Qantas.
Fergus McMaster – one of the founders of Qantas and the first Chairman of the Company.
Lawrence Hargrave – inventor of the box kite, linking four of these together in 1894 to fly 16 feet.
Charles Kingsford Smith – Australia’s most famous aviator, who made the first trans-Pacific flight from the USA to Australia in 1928, and founded Australian National Airways Limited.
• Charles Ulm – Co-pilot, on Kingsford Smith’s record-breaking trans-Pacific flight between the USA and Australia in 1928 and co-founder of Australian National Airways Limited.
Reginald Ansett – Founder of Ansett Airways Pty Ltd.
David Warren – Inventor of the Black Box Flight Recorder.
Bert Hinkler – Pilot of first solo flight from Britain to Australia in 1928.
John and Reginald Duigan – First Australians to design, construct and fly a powered aircraft, in 1910.
Phyllis Arnott – First Australian woman to gain a commercial pilot’s license.
Keith McPherson Smith and Ross McPherson Smith – winners of the famous ‘Air Race’ between London and Australia in 1919.
Lester Brain – Piloted one of the first Qantas routes in 1925 and ferried the first wartime Catalina Flying Boat delivered by Qantas Empire Airways in 1941. Later appointed General Manager of Trans-Australia Airlines in 1946.
Lores Bonney – First woman to fly solo around Australia in 1932 and the first woman to fly solo from Australia to England, in 1933.
Norman Brearley – Founder of Western Australian Airways Limited, which operated Australia’s first scheduled air service on 5 December 1921.
P G Taylor – Navigator and co-pilot alongside Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm on many record-breaking flights between Australia and the United States and England and Australia. Taylor was awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal in 1937 for one of the most revered acts of bravery in the history of aviation.
Scotty Allan – Co-pilot alongside Charles Ulm and P G Taylor on the 1933 record-breaking flight from England to Australia and later joined Qantas and flew DH86 aircraft on the Brisbane-Singapore route.
John Flynn – Founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Gaby Kennard – First Australian woman to fly solo around the world in 1989.

 

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