The president of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos, told mourning
families Wednesday the crash of a Helios 737-300 in Greece Sunday
was "peculiar," saying there was only one other aviation mishap
like it to his knowledge. This, as the investigation into the
bizarre crash continued to turn up more questions than answers.
We're at something of a loss to explain how this happened.
A United Airlines 747 headed for Tokyo diverted to San Francisco
Monday with a hydraulic problem. The passengers were long gone
eleven hours after the aircraft landed when its engines were being
checked out by a crew of mechanics.
As was reported last month, an 18-month investigation called
Operation Safe Pilot resulted, so far, with grand juries in
California indicting 40 pilots for fraud after they falsified
medical records to conceal disabilities ranging from severe heart
problems to schizophrenia.
It was a first for the head of the FAA's air traffic control
organization - spending a good part of the day visiting AOPA's
headquarters and speaking with Phil Boyer, members of the AOPA
management team, and seeing some of the new technology in light
general aviation aircraft.
It's been 60 years since the end of World War II, and the
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is commemorating the end of
that conflict and honoring those who sacrificed during that time.
EAA's salute to the men, women and aircraft of that time includes a
national "Allied Victory Tour" by one of the greatest military
airplanes ever built, a B-17 "Flying Fortress" bomber.
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"It's odd. It's a very rare event to even have a pressurization
problem, and in general crews are very well trained to deal with
Source: ALPA Executrive Air Safety Chairman Terry
McVenes, in an interview with the Associated Press, on the demise
of a Helios Airways 737-300. The aircraft went down near Athens,
Greece, Sunday. Initial speculation on the cause of the mishap has
centered on the plane's pressurization problems.
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