TFR Issued for Natural Gas Well Blowout
Issued: 12/27/2003 03:47
Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice
Facility: ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX.
Description: WESTFIELD, LA.
After cancelling six flights into and out of Los Angeles, Air
France has resumed its normal schedule. Investigators say they've
found no evidence of a Christmas Day plot to use Air France
aircraft as human-guided weapons.
French officials said they cancelled the flights at the request of
the American embassy in Paris. Sources within the French government
cited "a variety of sources" indicating a threat "sufficiently
specific enough to be taken seriously."
Beagle 2, the European Mars lander, remains eerily silent, two
days after it supposedly touched down. The American Mars Odyssey
orbiter continues to listen for sign that the 143-pound European
machine is alive, but has so far heard nothing.
"It's like sending somebody a love letter, and you know they got it
and you're waiting for a response," said Beagle Mission Leader,
Professor Colin Pillinger, the day after the small lander was
supposed to open its solar panels and call home.
It was a grisly Christmas day discovery. American Airlines
ground personnel found the body of a man Thursday in the wheel well
of Flight 1190, which departed Montego Bay, Jamaica on
There was no immediate indication of where or how the 25-year old
man got onto the A300 aircraft. Airline officials speculated the
man may have been there for several days.
Why did so many Delta flight attendants call in sick Christmas
day? More than 30 flights were cancelled because there simply
weren't enough of them to go around.
Was it a job action? At least on the surface, that doesn't seem
likely. Delta's flight attendants don't belong to any union.
Less than a week after he was honored as one of aviation's top
100 pioneers, the founder of AMR/Combs died at a Phoenix (AZ)
hospice of apparent heart failure. He was 90 years old.
"He was a very dynamic individual -- a perfectionist, really, in
everything he did," said close friend Jim Greenwood, a former
aviation public relations executive in Wichita (KS). "He was a real
"You have to liken this to the early days of mobile phones.
We've got one mobile phone, one mobile phone mast and one
satellite, and we have to match these things up and it's not that
Source: Beagle 2 Chief Scientist Professor Colin
Pillinger, the day after the small lander was supposed to open its
solar panels and call home. It hasn't done so for three days now,
fueling speculation that the lander has either crashed or is
Authorities in North Las Vegas (NV) are trying to discover why a
Beechcraft B-36 went down shortly after take-off, killing all six
It happened Christmas day. On Friday, the B-36 still rested in a
concrete wash just south of the North Las Vegas Airport.
The Pentagon has so far spent $1.2 billion dollars on commercial
flights ferrying troops and equipment to Iraq. It's a sort of
lifeline thrown to an industry battered by the war on terror and
the SARS outbreak earlier this year.
The military says it split the money this way: Ten airlines shared
$636.2 million to get troops to the battlefront between February
and June. Another 14 cargo carriers got $574 million for the
dangerous privilege of flying freight into the combat zone and
neighboring countries during the same period.