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September 14, 2007

Preliminary Report On SAS Q400 Gear Failure Points Finger At Loose Bolt

Says Manufacture, Not Maintenance, To Blame

A preliminary report on last Sunday's accident involving a Scandinavian Airlines Bombardier Q400 says a "constructional weakness" led to the collapse of the aircraft's right maingear on landing at Aalborg, and not a maintenance error.

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DTW Tower Controllers File Lawsuit Following Mold Removal

Claim Contractors Failed To Properly Remove Toxic Substance

Tower controllers at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) have filed a lawsuit in Wayne County (MI) Circuit Court regarding a nearly three-year-old problem of toxic black mold that has sickened many controllers, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

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Brazil's TAM Says Changes At Congonhas Will Have Little Impact On Ops

Runway Reduction Allows For Runout Areas

Two months after the fiery crash of a TAM Airlines A320 on landing at Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the airline said Thursday recent changes announced by Brazil's Minister of Defense, Nelson Jobim, concerning runway reductions at Congonhas by 300 meters to establish runout areas will not have much effect on the airline's operations at the airport.

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Southwest Goes From Hot Pants To Cool Reception For Scantily-Clad Women

Is Carrier Getting Crotchety In Middle Age?

Another woman has come forth to complain about the so-called "dress code" on Southwest Airlines.

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Senate Backs Older Airline Pilots

Approves Age 65 Provision To Transportation Bill

Airline pilots hoping to stay in the cockpit past the age of 60 got a big boost this week, as the US Senate approved a provision to the transportations appropriations bill that raises the retirement age to 65.

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US Airways Plans To Hire 350 New Pilots Over 16 Months

Recalls Another 140 Pilots Now Flying For Regionals

US Airways announced Thursday plans to hire more than 350 new pilots, with training dates beginning in November 2007. The airline will also move 140 pilots, who currently fly for US Airways Express carriers, back to the mainline flying seats they were furloughed from several years ago.

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