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17-03-2008
The holiday flight where both pilots fell asleep
By David Gardner

It’s one thing for passengers on a short flight to grab 40 winks.

But it’s quite another for both the captain and his co-pilot to take a power nap at 21,000 feet.

Last night, two pilots were accused of falling asleep at the controls of a passenger jet and overshooting the airport by 15 miles.


17-03-2008
BA flies jumbos for 15,000 miles with no passengers
By Stephen Adams

British Airways has been criticised for operating at least three long-haul "ghost flights" totalling 15,000 miles with no passengers on board in little over a week.· \'Sleeping pilots\' overshoot destination It flew empty 747-400s - the biggest planes in its fleet - to Hong Kong and Mumbai despite having nobody but the aircrafts\' crews on board.


14-03-2008
Airline Medical Care must be improved - INBRIEF
Guidance on dealing with medical emergencies in the air should be upgraded, a doctor said yesterday after he witnessed a catalogue of failures by a reputable airline.

Osman Dar, a clinical fellow at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, told how it was every man for himself as he treated an elderly man on a flight to Africa. The man was suffering crushing chest pain – a sign of a heart attack.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, Mr Dar said staff failed to ask for a doctor early on, failed to arrange an ambulance and failed to tell passengers that there was a sick patient when it was time to disembark.

Extracted from The Daily Telegraph – 14th March 2008

01-03-2008
Hidden homeless who haunt Britains airports
Up to 30 people a night are thought to gravitate towards Gatwick’s warmth.
By Rachel Williams
Anthony Delaney left court yesterday clutching a bag full of belongings. He had escaped prison, but reaped the wrath of the judge at Lewes crown court for breaching an asbo which banned him from Gatwick airport where he had lived for more than three years.

27-02-2008
Air Travel and Health An Update
House of Lords, Session 2007-08
Science & Technology - First Report
HL 7, 1st Report of Session 2007-08 - Report with Evidence
21-02-2008
BA unveils its new £60m lounge as it tells thousands of passengers they cannot
By Colin Fernandez

Passengers forced to abandon bags at Heathrow by a computer failure were told by British Airways to send them on by courier.




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