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David Ibbotson: Emiliano Sala pilot’s family in underwater search plea

Image copyright Getty Images/David Ibbotson Image caption Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson The family of missing pilot David Ibbotson have said they don’t want him left “out there on his own”. Mr Ibbotson, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, was flying Cardiff City’s Emiliano Sala from Nantes to the UK when their plane crashed near Guernsey on 21 January. The footballer’s body was recovered from the wreck on the seabed, but Mr Ibbotson’s body has not been found. An inquest into the death of…

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Leicester City helicopter ‘did not respond to pilot’s command’

Image copyright Pete White Image caption The AW169 helicopter, pictured here landing at the stadium after the game The helicopter that crashed outside Leicester City’s stadium, killing five people, did not respond to the pilot’s command, initial findings show. Club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others died when the aircraft came down after a match on 27 October. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said the helicopter started to turn right “contrary to the pilot’s left pedal command”. It added the cause of the apparent loss of control is still…

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Female pilots: Which airline has the highest number?

Image copyright Hindustan Times Airlines have been stepping up their efforts to recruit more female pilots to meet the increasing demand for travel. Spending on travel and tourism has spiked in recent years, with customers keen to spend their money on new experiences. There were nearly 350 million more international tourists in 2017 than in 2010, according to the World Tourism Organization. Which airline employs the most female pilots? Globally, just 5.18% of commercial pilots are women, according to the Air Line Pilots Association International trade union. Indian airlines employ…

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Jet Airways: Passengers hurt as pilots ‘forget’ cabin pressure

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage shows passengers on the flight reaching for oxygen masks More than 30 Indian passengers, some bleeding from their noses and ears, have received treatment after pilots “forgot” to turn on a switch regulating cabin pressure, officials said. Jet Airways flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur turned back shortly after take off. Videos tweeted by passengers aboard the plane showed oxygen masks deployed inside the aircraft. The Boeing 737, which was carrying 166 passengers, landed safely. The aviation ministry said the…

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Ryanair pilots ‘reach deal to end strike’

Image copyright Reuters Ryanair and pilots’ union Fórsa have reached an agreement, the trade union has said. It comes after a 22-hour session which began on Wednesday morning and ended at 07:30 BST on Thursday. The proposed agreement will now be balloted by members with the union recommending that it is accepted. Fórsa say they have been asked by talks facilitator Kieran Mulvey not to make any further comment while the ballot takes place. Third day of pilot strikes at Ryanair Ryanair threatened by fresh strikes The dispute between the…

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Ryanair pilots agree to third-party mediation

Image copyright Reuters Ryanair pilots who have been staging a series of strikes have accepted the airline’s proposal for mediation. The Ireland-based pilots staged a fourth one-day strike on Friday and announced another for Friday 10 August. They are in dispute with the airline over issues including annual leave, seniority and base transfers. They have now agreed that a former head of the Republic of Ireland’s Workplace Relations Commission should act as a third-party mediator. In a statement, pilots’ union Fórsa said it looked forward to talking to Kieran Mulvey…

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