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Escape Raft Falls Out as Air India Passenger Opens the Door at Moscow Airport

airindia2Last week, the escape raft of an Air India Dreamliner fell out while it was preparing to take off at Moscow airport, Russia.

The plane was being pushed back for takeoff when a passenger opened a door, resulting in the raft falling onto the aerobridge. The passenger later told the airline officials, “I was about to take my seat when I heard a staffer knocking on the window asking to open the door. So I opened the door without realizing that I shouldn’t have opened it.” Another passenger said, “As the door opened, there was a sudden hissing sound, followed by a loud thud, and that was when the flight attendants noticed the passenger’s errant behaviour. It was too late to stop him.”

The incident could cause serious injuries to the on-ground crew and vehicles if the rift had not fallen on the aerobridge.

U2 Singer Bono in Mid-Air Scare

U2 singer Bono had a midair mishap on November 12 when the luggage-compartment door of his private Learjet 60 fell off over Germany.

The incident happened when rockstar was on his way from Dublin to Berlin, to perform at the Bambi Awards.

The plane landed safely at the Berlin Schonefeld Airport at around 12:26 a.m. Besides Bono, there were 4 passengers and 2 pilots in the plane. None of them was harmed.

Germout Freitag, from the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation, said, “The ground crew realized the door was gone and two suitcases had fallen out…Officials have not yet located the two suitcases or the hatch door, but they have been able to pinpoint the area where they are likely to have landed by the radar.”

The cause of accident is under investigation.

Week of Mishaps for Israel’s El AL Airline

EL ALEl Al Israel Airlines has probably had the toughest week in its history due to a series of consecutive unfortunate incidents.

On May 15, the EL Al flight 289, en route from Tel Aviv to Venice, had to make emergency landing in Dubrovnik, Croatia, after its first officer passed out on the controls.

A few hours later on the same day, it was reported that another EL AL flight, bound from New York to Tel Aviv, was delayed by 4 hours. The delay was caused after some kids damaged the aircraft’s door.

In another incident, a cracked windshield forced the Brussels-bound EL AL flight 333 to return and make emergency landing at Tel Aviv.

The latest in the series is the May 20’s incident when unexpectedly, the oxygen masks deployed in a plane operated by El Al’s subsidiary ‘Up’, shortly before it took off. The passengers were then shifted to another plane which left the airport after a 3 hours delay.

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