Federal regulators will investigate an incident in which an American Airlines flight collided with approach lights at the Charlotte Douglas Airport in North Carolina while attempting to land during a sudden change in wind patterns on Saturday. While dramatic shifts in wind are exceedingly rare when it comes to affecting an aircraft’s landing, it turns out the incident last week is the second in less than two months for the carrier. [More]
Three commuter jets had what must have been a terrifyingly close call for pilots at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday when two flights trying to take off almost collided directly with another commuter jet coming in to land on the runway. All three planes are operated by US Airways and carried 192 passengers and crew members total, said the airline.
Proving that it really is dangerous to have cell phones on during a flight, an investigation in Australia says a pilot was too distracted by texting on his phone to remember to put the wheels down for landing. Oh, oops. Turns out you need those things.
With all the news and studies out there about how your cell phone might be hurting your health, it’s rare to read a story where a phone actually stops an injury in its tracks. A Colorado woman was saved from a bullet when it hit the cell phone in her pocket instead of her leg.