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Russian air traffic controller accused of causing death of Total oil chief 'loses her baby due to stress of case'

The young female Russian air traffic controller accused of causing the death of French oil boss Christophe de Margerie has has lost her baby due to stress, her lawyer has revealed.

Trainee Svetlana Krivsun, 23, currently under house arrest, faces up to seven years in jail if found guilty of giving the order to Total boss's Falcon business jet to takeoff at a Moscow airport when a snowplough was on the runway.

The plane clipped the vehicle moments after leaving the ground, exploding in a fireball and killing de Margerie and the three crew.

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Strip NATS boss of bonuses, says UK MP

An MP has called for bonuses to be “stripped” from a top boss after an unprecedented systems failure at the UK’s national air traffic control centre.

The problem, involving computer code written a quarter of a century ago, was responsible for widespread disruption at British airports.

Richard Deakin, chief executive of Nats, the company responsible for controlling British airspace, said the software glitch was “buried” among millions of lines of code at the site in Swanwick, Hampshire.

Paul Flynn, a Labour MP, spoke out about Deakin’s role.

He told the Sunday Times: “I hope after the chaos, which was dreadful, though a rare event, he will have his bonuses stripped from him.”

Deakin earns more than £1m after receiving a 45% pay rise this year, according to the Sunday Times.

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Flights disrupted after computer failure at UK control centre

Passengers are facing widespread flight disruption after a computer failure at the UK's air traffic control centre.

National Air Traffic Services (Nats) said a technical fault in the flight data system at its Swanwick centre had caused the problem.

It had now been restored to "full operational capacity", the air traffic control company said.

The government said the disruption was "unacceptable" and demanded a "full explanation" of what had gone wrong.

The glitch caused problems at airports around the country - including delays at Heathrow and Gatwick, where departing flights were grounded for a time. Other UK airports reported knock-on effects.

It comes a year after a telephone failure at the Hampshire control room caused huge disruption - one of a number of technical hitches to hit the part-privatised Nats since the centre opened in 2002.

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Heathrow Airbus in near miss with drone

A passenger plane had a near miss with a drone as it landed at Heathrow, in the first such incident recorded at Britain’s biggest airport.
The incident involved an Airbus A320, which can carry up to 180 passengers, and was rated by investigators as among the most serious near-collisions.
The aircraft was at just 700ft at 2.16pm on July 22 when the pilot saw the drone, which had not shown up on air traffic control radar.

In May the pilot of a 74-seat ATR 72 reported a quadcopter drone within 80ft of his aircraft at about 1,500ft as he was approaching Southend Airport.

The incident came as authorities revealed last night that two British Midland jets carrying 152 people were within six seconds of a collision over Kent. 
The pilots of the Boeing 737s were ordered to take emergency evasive action when they were only one and a half miles apart.

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Australian ATC didn’t know Melbourne flights were at risk for two years

A disturbing dossier of evidence as to the unsatisfactory and abjectly incompetent state of public administration of air safety in Australia is being assembled by the hard core membership of the Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport.

On Friday afternoon one of its key members, Senator Nick Xenophon (Independent SA) took a longer running exposure of dangerous practices by AirServices Australia at Melbourne Airport to a new level.

Plane Talking was unable to cover that hearing, but ABC journalist  Melissa Clarke filed an outstandingly good report at to what happened here, and cut through the baffling complexities of the issue to render it understandable to lay readers.

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Vietnam suspends three aviation officials for air traffic control blackout

The Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation has suspended three high-ranking officials pending the results of its investigation into last Thursday's 90-minute blackout at Tan Son Nhat Airport's air traffic control tower.

Investigators will recommend punishments for the officials after determining the role they played in the blackout at the Ho Chi Minh Area Control Center at 11:11AM on November 20.

The incident affected nearly 100 flights at Ho Chi Minh City’s international airport.

Following the loss of power, an emergency back-up plan went into effect for the first time in the country’s aviation history wherein 54 aircraft in Ho Chi Minh City’s Flight Information Region were directed from Hanoi.

Incoming pilots were forced to circle or land at nearby airports and many flights at Tan Son Nhat had to delay taking off by up to several hours.

NATS unveils real-time flight efficiency tool

Air traffic controllers are now able to analyse the environmental efficiency of flights in near real-time, thanks to a new tool developed by NATS.

The Flight Optimisation System, or ‘FLOSYS’, takes real radar data, updated every three minutes, and combines it with NATS’ 3Di airspace efficiency metric to produce a graphical representation of every flight in UK airspace.

Controllers can then analyse the efficiency of an individual aircraft through every phase of flight and airspace sector, as well as compare it against other flights along the same route up to 12 months ago, including the average and best performing.

By having access to this granularity of data for the first time, controllers and airspace managers will be able to better identify the opportunities for operational improvements that will save airlines fuel and cut carbon emissions.

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Near miss at Metro Airport lesson in split-second skill

In May, a Boeing 737 was speeding down the runway for takeoff at Detroit Metro Airport when a CRJ regional jet crossed the runway directly in front of it.

The regional jet had driven onto an active runway, unaware of the danger.

Abort takeoff, urged the air traffic control tower. Too late. The 737 was going too fast. The captain took the plane nose-up and barely over the top of the CRJ, clearing it by only 75 to 100 feet.

It was a dire, split-second near miss.

Followed by a complete return to normal.

We know this story because of a federal program called the Aviation Reporting Safety System, in which crews and controllers can report near-miss situations without investigation or repercussions, in order to make flying safer.

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LFV first in the world to have an operating licence for remote towers

LFV has received an operating licence for remote tower services from the Swedish Transport Agency. This will make Örnsköldsvik Airport the first airport in the world to have remote air traffic control services.

“Remotely controlled towers are a world-first that is the result of close cooperation between LFV, the airports in Örnsköldsvik and Sundsvall and Saab and the engagement of a whole region. The issuing of the operating licence means that we have passed a quite crucial milestone on the path to commissioning. The objective is to go live during the first quarter of 2015. I want to thank everyone who has helped to make remotely controlled towers a reality through their knowledge, ideas and commitment,” says LFV’s Director General Olle Sundin.

Trainee air traffic controller indicted in Total CEO plane crash, says Investigative Committee

The investigation has indicted trainee air traffic controller Svetlana Krivsun in the criminal case concerning the crash of a Dassault Falcon 50 aircraft at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport.

"Trainee air traffic controller Svetlana Krivsun was indicted today for committing a crime covered by Russian Criminal Code Article 263 Part 3 (violation of aircraft safe operation rules involving the deaths of two or more people through carelessness). She has been questioned as a defendant," Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on Wednesday.

The Investigative Committee earlier detained chief airfield service engineer Vladimir Ledenev, flight operations officer Roman Dunayev, air traffic controller Alexander Kruglov, and snowplow driver Vladimir Martynenko, Markin said.

"The investigation into the criminal case is continuing," he said.

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