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Air France 447 Revisited by Air France 471

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
By George Hatcher
Air France 447 Revisited by Air France 471

What: Air France Airbus A340-300 en route from Caracas Venezuela to Paris Where: NW of Point A Pitre Guadeloupe When: Jul 22nd 2011 Why: In an experience that is being compared to Air France Flight 447, in night/instrument conditions, the AF Airbus flew through turbulence (reported by pilots, not on METAR) at 35,000 feet,... »

Faulty Autopilot Forces LAX Landing

Monday, April 18, 2011
By George Hatcher

What: United Airlines en route to San Francisco Where: LAX When: April 17, 2011 Why: After takeoff, the autopilot took control and would not relinquish it. The pilot had no control over the plane, but then was able to turn off autopilot and return to the airport. The news release of this event does... »

Continental Emergency Landing in the Azores

Monday, March 1, 2010
By George Hatcher
Continental Emergency Landing in the Azores

Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net Contact photographer Joel Vogt What: Continental Airlines Boeing 757-200 en route from Newark to Lisbon Where: west of the Azores When: Feb 27th 2010 Why: While en route, after experiencing unreliable airspeed and losing communication (briefly), the flight again made radio contact and diverted to Lajes... »

Wonky Air France Airbus Autopilot Delays Flight

Sunday, November 29, 2009
By George Hatcher
Wonky Air France Airbus Autopilot Delays Flight

Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net Contact photographer Vincent Edlinger What: Air France Airbus A380-800 en route from New York to Paris Where: Long Island When: Nov 27th 2009 Who: not available Why: After takeoff, the plane indicated an autopilot problem. They returned to the airport where the plane landed, was repaired... »

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