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Strangeness At Altitude (Planes, Aircraft & Balloons)

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I thought I'd inaugurate this thread as a home for plane/aircraft/high-flying oddness and strange stories in the news.

I'm kicking off with a emergency landing made today on the main A40 road near Cheltenham as reported on https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-66468326

A light aircraft has made a forced landing on a main commuter road in Gloucestershire after a suspected engine failure.
Emergency services are at the scene on the A40 Golden Valley close to the village of Churchdown, near Cheltenham.
Gloucestershire Police are in attendance and confirmed the plane came down shortly before 18:00 BST.
A spokesperson for the force said: "No-one was injured and it is understood that no other vehicles were involved."
It is understood people got out of the aircraft and made it to safety....


Somehow the pilot managed to land on the central reservation of the dual carriageway at the tail end of rush hour!

For some reason the embedded Twitter media player is not appearing but a video is at the link :)

 
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Two crew flying a Mig-23 aircraft in an air show in Michigan, USA, eject safely before their craft crashes in an explosion near an apartment building with (thankfully) no injuries reported, caught on video!

From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-66469620

Two people aboard a Soviet-era warplane ejected to safety just before it crashed and "burst into a raging fireball" during a Michigan air show, officials said.
The pilot and passenger sitting tandem in the MiG-23 jet were operating the plane as part of the Thunder Over Michigan air show on Sunday.
Parachutes carried them safely to the ground, where they were then sent to the hospital out of precaution.
There have been no reported injuries.
The crash occurred shortly after 16:00 ET (21:00 BST) on Sunday in Belleville, Michigan, during the Yankee Air Museum's Thunder over Michigan air show, according to a Wayne County Airport Authority statement.....

 
Mystery surrounds the failure of air traffic control systems affecting UK airports - no definitive reason has yet been found although some news reports cite a possible data entry error by French Air Traffic Services.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-66644369

...The air traffic control issue that led to widespread disruption to UK air travel was not caused by a cyber-attack, the UK government has said.
More than a quarter of all UK flights were axed on Monday after a fault with National Air Traffic Services.
Delays and cancellations are continuing on Tuesday, as passengers scramble to get on flights.
The PM's official spokesperson said the incident will be investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority.
"The information we have is that there was not a cyber-attack," they added...
 
This was on American news and according to UK airplane control, a French plane enter a nonsensical flight plan that instead of being rejected, it crashed the system.

The French did it.

Is this really logical as a explanations ?
 
This was on American news and according to UK airplane control, a French plane enter a nonsensical flight plan that instead of being rejected, it crashed the system.

The French did it.

Is this really logical as a explanations ?
There's a certain logic to it, but it has the implication that the French are using some very poor software that doesn't do any validation of a data entry, or handle an incorrect data entry in an intelligent manner. It might be a pretty old system that needs updating.
 
Two crew flying a Mig-23 aircraft in an air show in Michigan, USA, eject safely before their craft crashes in an explosion near an apartment building with (thankfully) no injuries reported, caught on video!

From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-66469620

Two people aboard a Soviet-era warplane ejected to safety just before it crashed and "burst into a raging fireball" during a Michigan air show, officials said.
The pilot and passenger sitting tandem in the MiG-23 jet were operating the plane as part of the Thunder Over Michigan air show on Sunday.
Parachutes carried them safely to the ground, where they were then sent to the hospital out of precaution.
There have been no reported injuries.
The crash occurred shortly after 16:00 ET (21:00 BST) on Sunday in Belleville, Michigan, during the Yankee Air Museum's Thunder over Michigan air show, according to a Wayne County Airport Authority statement.....


Preliminary Investigation Report For MiG-23UB Crash In Michigan

https://theaviationist.com/2023/08/25/ntsb-report-mig23-crash/

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DJ Dan Pearce, AKA DJ Eats Everything(!) plays a 45 minute set hundreds of feet up between Bath and Bristol in a hot air balloon.

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[photo credit: Eats Everything]

From: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/eats-everything-djs-hot-air-201401203.html

"...Eats Everything, whose real name is Dan Pearce, performed for 45-minutes up in the air to mark the release of his new single.
The Bristol-based DJ and music producer is known for playing in unusual places, including an ice cream van, a chip shop, a gondola and a bakery.
He said: "I think I may just have outdone myself with a hot balloon ride."
The DJ was approached by The Hot Air Balloon Company who asked if he wanted to try DJing in one of their balloons.
Mr Pearce said it was an opportunity to do something a bit different because the track is "not such a club banger" as his other releases...
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When I read the title of the thread, I thought it meant people freaking out while the plane was in flight. I guess there's a thread for that....
 
I have a goodly selection of such headwear! Shall I choose the Dweeb Trilby, Pedant's Panama or Student Sombrero... :)

I tend to go with the Nitpickers Titfer.
 
Man arrives at Los Angeles International Airport minus a passport, visa, ticket or reservation. He can't remember how or why he got there!

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/ne...d-can-t-remember-how-he-got-there/ar-AA1lny6m

"...Sergey Vladimirovich Ochigava, a Russian-Israeli dual national, departed Copenhagen on a Scandinavian Airlines flight and landed at Los Angeles International Airport on 4 November without any identification or a boarding pass, according to court documents.

In a further twist, officers at a customs and border check in California discovered he wasn’t listed on the passenger manifest for the flight from Denmark – or any other flights into the States.

The report into the incident states that “most” of the flight crew noticed Mr Ochigava because he “wandered around the plane and kept changing his seat”. He also asked for two meals during each meal service, and “at one point attempted to eat the chocolate that belonged to members of the cabin crew”.

Crew members did not see his boarding pass and noted that the seat he first took during boarding was supposed to be an unoccupied seat.

“Some members of the crew conducted head counts for their specific sections, but only to make sure that the aircraft was balanced for take-off and landing. They did not tally the numbers up,” the report stated. How the passenger was able to make it from Denmark to the US is being investigated by the FBI, with an agent confirming that the suspect – who has been charged with stowing away on an aircraft – is being held in custody, reports Fox News.

The agent who filed the complaint, Caroline Walling, wrote that Mr Ochigava claimed “he had not been sleeping for three days and did not understand what was going on.”

He “stated he might have had a plane ticket to come to the United States but he was not sure”, and “did not remember how he got on the plane in Copenhagen”.

He also was unable to recall how he got through security at the Danish airport, she added..."
 
Oh dear, it's another 'Man from Taured'.

Oooh oh oh can I write another article?

The chap does have a similarly complex name to the MFT!

Mr Ochigava has been charged with 'stowing away' - although it sounds as if he did it in plain full view!

From: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/stowaway-flight-suspected-russian-copenhagen-lax/index.html

" A man has been indicted for being a stowaway on a flight from Copenhagen, Denmark, to LAX on November 4, according to court documents obtained by CNN.

Sergey Vladimirovich Ochigava, believed to be a Russian citizen, has been charged with being a “Stowaway on Aircraft.”
According the complaint, Ochigava arrived at the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport and “gave false and misleading information about his travel to the United States, including initially telling CBP that he left his passport on the airplane,” according to the complaint.

CBP officers were unable to find Ochigava’s name on the flight manifest for the Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) flight or any other international incoming flight, according to the complaint, which says Ochigava didn’t have a passport or visa to enter the United States.

Ochigava pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment in the US District Court Central District of California on December 5, according to court documents. He is being housed in federal prison at MCD Los Angeles, according to inmate records...
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