China, Indonesia, and Ethiopia grounded their Boeing 737 MAX-8 fleets on Monday while investigators found the black box from a crash that killed 157 people in the second disaster involving that airplane model in six months. India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also said it is reviewing safety issues related to Boeing’s 737 MAX-8 aircraft operating in the country. The 737 line is the world’s best selling modern passenger aircraft and viewed as one of the industry’s most reliable.
Thousands of travelers were stranded in Bangkok on Thursday when Thai Airways International canceled more than a dozen flights to and from Europe after Pakistan closed its airspace amid rising tensions with India. Thai Airways flights resumed by Thursday afternoon after the airline secured permission to reroute flights over Chinese airspace, but it could take up to three days to clear a backlog of 3,000 passengers, an airline official said.
European aerospace behemoth Airbus has announced it will stop building its A380 superjumbo jet after the plane’s biggest customer, Dubai-based Emirates Airline, cut its order by 39 planes. After a stronger than expected start, Airbus struggled to sell the $446 million plane that can seat more than 800 passengers — the largest and most expensive commercial passenger aircraft ever made, and the first to have two full decks. Most airlines preferred smaller aircraft that were more economical to operate.
Last year saw a sharp rise in fatalities from air crashes compared with 2017 but 2018 was still the ninth safest year on record, figures show. Airliner accidents killed 556 people last year compared with 44 in 2017, the Aviation Safety Network (ASN) reports. Last year’s worst civilian accident was in October when a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia, killing 189. The year 2017 was the safest in history for commercial airlines with no passenger jet crashes recorded.
Nineteen people were reported ill after an Emirates airplane was quarantined at JFK Airport in New York. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that of the 521 passengers aboard the flight from Dubai, about 100 initially complained of a flu-like illness. Eleven people went to the hospital while others declined treatment.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been compiling a secret list of ‘unruly’ passengers who may pose a threat to TSA staff at airport checkpoints. Actions that pose a physical threat or are described as ‘offensive and without legal justification’ can land a person on the list. The list is being called ‘The 95 List.’