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A Snorkeling Adventure Goes Terribly Wrong in Cabo

March 13, 2015 at 3:45 PM | by | ()

A freak accident happened the other day in the otherwise idyllic Cabo San Lucas when a Canadian tourist died after the boat she was on was hit by a breaching grey whale. The woman was tossed into the water by the hit, and rescued by her fellow passengers. They attempted CPR but the woman died later from her injuries at the hospital. Two other people on the boat were injured as well.

The incident happened as the boat was returning from a Snorkel and Sea excursion run by Cabo Adventures. We've actually done this excursion that the woman was on and it is by no means a dangerous one.

After getting fitted for snorkel gear at the Dolphin Center in the marina, the trip takes the snorkelers on a high-speed Apex boat ride around the famous Arch in Cabo while detailing the history of the area and the marine life. Everyone is required to wear life vests while on the boat.

After a short ride, the boat drops anchor in a relatively enclosed spot for snorkeling (the ocean off the beach in Cabo is too rough for swimming or snorkeling) where people can snorkel, paddle board and kayak for over an hour. Then it's back to the marina.

Dolphins and whales are highlighted as an "attraction" for the excursion but not always guaranteed. Unfortunately, this surprise sighting ended in a terribly tragic way.

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Harrison Ford May Have Ruined the Santa Monica Airport For Good

March 6, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

So this was kind of weird, even for Los Angeles.

Harrison Ford, a pilot in his own right, crashed landed on a small public golf course in near Venice yesterday after the engine in his World War II-era plane stalled.

The accident happened just a few blocks away from the Santa Monica Airport, a municipal airport where mostly private planes takeoff and land. Apparently, Ford knew he needed to make a crash landing but wouldn't reach the airport in time, so he headed for the open space of the golf course. Reports say he hurt his head bad, but is otherwise ok.

What's not ok is the future of the airport, since residents have been asking the city to close it because of noise, pollution and yes, scary accidents like these.

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Why Asiana Won't Land at SFO for 45 Days

November 17, 2014 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

It’s been over a year since the crash of Asiana 214 over at San Francisco International Airport, and now it looks like the government of South Korea is penalizing the carrier for its missteps that day.

The country’s transport ministry has made the call to suspend the airline’s ability to from Seoul over to San Francisco. The flight ban will last 45 days, and things will automatically kick in after six months. There is a chance for the airline to appeal and what not, so we just kind of need to stay tuned to see how things shake out.

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Virgin Galactic Vows to Continue and is Already Building Another SpaceShipTwo

November 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM | by | ()

The accident immediately killed test co-pilot Michael Tyner Alsbury [memorial fund] and wounded pilot Peter Siebold, who emergency ejected and parachuted to the ground.

Preliminary NTSB reports note that no explosion occurred, and that an early deployment of the craft's feathering system—a function that adjusts SS2 into something of a shuttlecock shape for re-entry—may have been the cause of the spacecraft's breaking apart.

Many are wondering if this will shut down the program, but Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides are clear in their statements that this tragedy is an obstacle, not an end. "Space is hard—but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together."

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Destroyed During Test Flight

October 31, 2014 at 3:01 PM | by | ()


Above: SpaceShipTwo (center) hangs from her carrier plane, WhiteKnightTwo, as they prepare for today's test flight at MHV

BREAKING NEWS

[Update: California Highway Patrol verifies that, of the two SpaceShipTwo pilots, one is confirmed dead and the other suffered serious injuries and was transported from the scene by helicopter. The names of the pilots have not been released.]

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo was destroyed during a test flight today, shortly after setting out under its own rocket power over the California desert.

The spacecraft first left the runway under its carrier plane, WhiteKnightTwo, at 9:19am PST this morning. SpaceShipTwo was then released and fired up her rocket engine around 10:07am, which is when Virgin Galactic tweeted, "Ignition! #SpaceShipTwo is flying under rocket power again. Stay tuned for updates."

Tragically the next update, only 6 minutes later, announced that the craft had experienced an "in-flight anomaly."

SpaceShipTwo currently only seats two pilots, both of whom are equipped with parachutes for emergency ejection. Early reports indicate that at least one parachute was observed after the mid-air explosion, although the status of the pilots hasn't yet been ascertained (see updates at top of story). Wreckage of the craft is visible on the ground.

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What's the Deal with Passengers Grabbing Luggage During Emergency Evacuations?

March 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM | by | ()

"One is an example. Two is a coincidence. Three is a trend."

Something has been troubling us lately. Recent footage and images of emergency aircraft evacuations show passengers consciously disobeying flight crew commands to leave their luggage onboard. Fools are grabbing carry-ons and shopping bags, hopping down the emergency slides with them, and running for their lives.

Granted, emergency landings and evacuations are an extremely rare occurrence and it's likely you'll never have to experience one. Still, should you find yourself queuing up to shimmy out an emergency exit, please remember to put the well-being of fellow passengers before that of your duty-free impulse buys.

Take, for instance, the tragic incidence of the Asiana 214 crash landing at SFO last year. Video footage of the evacuation (as the plane burns!) has passengers running with armloads of bags. Several bags are clearly from duty-free shops. To say this is embarrassing is a gross understatement, especially considering three passengers lost their lives.

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Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 Missing with 239 Onboard

March 7, 2014 at 9:16 PM | by | ()


Above: 9M-MRO, the aircraft involved

BREAKING NEWS

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER has disappeared over where the Gulf of Thailand becomes the South China Sea, and neither the airline nor authorities are sure of its whereabouts or fate.

Flight MH370 left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 12:41am local time Saturday and disappeared at 2:40am. It was meant to land in Beijing at 6:30am local time but, as we write this, it is already past 10am without any sign of the aircraft. The last radio contact and position on FlightRadar24 shows it traveling on course at 35,000 feet.

Malaysia Airlines hosted a press conference to confirm that there is a search and rescue operation underway. Fuad Sharuji, Malaysia Airlines VP of Operations, on CNN's AC360, states the only definite: "at the moment we have no idea where this aircraft is right now."

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This is Not the Month to Be a German Tourist

August 19, 2013 at 10:15 AM | by | ()

No matter where you go, what destination you cross off the bucket list, there'll likely be other tourists there enjoying the sights alongside you. Among those tourists, you'll find certain nationalities more prevalent than others. In fact, it seems as thought a quarter of the percentage of the populations of Japan, Australia and Germany are out there, circling the globe to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites or cheese museums.

Unfortunately for German tourists, August seems to be the most dangerous month. Not one, not two, not even three horrible accidents have befallen them this month, but four:

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Southwest 737 Nose Gear Collapses on Landing, Closes LaGuardia Airport

July 22, 2013 at 6:41 PM | by | ()

BREAKING

[Update 07/23] The runways at LGA are open again and flights are progressing normally as possibly, although keep an eye out for the plane if you're flying in, as it's still sitting where the nose collapsed.

[Update 7:30pm] Southwest has issued an updated statement regarding the incident. View it on their site (if the site is down, view screenshot). It reports there are five minor passengers and three flight attendants with injuries currently being treated. All passengers are safely in the terminal.

[Update 7:00pm] Flights departing for LaGuardia this evening will be held at their origin until 8pm at the earliest. Double-check the status of your flights and those for anyone you're due to pick up from LGA.

Around 5:45pm EST this evening, a Southwest Air Boeing 737 landed at New York's LaGuardia Airport and suffered a landing gear failure at the nose. The plane tipped forward, and the crew and passengers evacuated via the emergency slides. There were 150 people total onboard.

There was no fire or explosion.

The jet is tail number N753SW, operating as Southwest flight 345, originating in Nashville, TN. The individual plane was first delivered from Boeing to Southwest on June 10, 1999, which makes it just over 14 years old.

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Another Day, Another Incorrect News Report on Asiana 214

July 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM | by | ()

Who's ready for another round of the newest game sweeping the travel journalism world, "How Racist Can Reporters Get About The Crash Of Asiana Airlines Flight 214" (it's not the world's pithiest name, but it gets the point across). Last round's big winner was the Chicago Sun Times. The Sun Times got into trouble for headlining their story on the crash "FRIGHT 214," which more than one person thought was a not-very-clever reference to the stereotype of Asians being unable to pronounce L's. The paper apologized and that seems to have been that.

Our newest winner, however, may have gone so far over the line that they're probably going to get sued by the airline. And it's not impossible, given the schoolyard racism of the incident, that the airline will win.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Suffers Fire at London's Heathrow Airport, Investigation Underway

July 12, 2013 at 1:29 PM | by | ()

What a week of ups and down in aviation, and there's one more in store as news hit earlier than an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner suffered a fire while on the ground at London-Heathrow International Airport.

Details of the circumstances are scarce as the investigating agencies look into exactly what happened, but the important preliminary questions (like 'was anyone killed?') have been answered. Here's what we know right now:

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Is This the Stupidest Asiana Airlines 214 Headline Yet?

July 10, 2013 at 6:05 PM | by | ()

We've now reached the point in the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 tragedy where coverage shifts from being about the story itself, to coverage being about the coverage of the story. Before we continue we want to emphasize that there are some actual angles being covered, from the substantive updates to the actual investigation to the reported heroics of members of the crew.

Then there's travel journalism scandal, which has been covered everywhere from top journalism blogs to international news wires.

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