Latest Air traffic control News

Unsupported ‘sickout’ claims take flight amid Southwest woes

Oct. 13, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — When Southwest Airlines canceled more than 2,000 flights over the weekend, citing bad weather and air traffic control issues, unsupported claims blaming vaccine mandates began taking off. Conservative politicians and pundits, including Republican Sen. Ted...

Pilot in deadly California crash repeatedly warned to climb

Oct. 13, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

The air traffic controller repeated the warnings to the pilot more than a half-dozen times. Stop drifting, keep on course and a chilling, urgent plea: “Low altitude alert, climb immediately, climb the airplane.” Instead, the twin-engine plane plowed into a San Diego...

'Climb the airplane,' pilot told before California crash

Oct. 12, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

SANTEE, Calif. (AP) — Before a twin-engine plane nose-dived into a San Diego suburb, an increasingly concerned air traffic controller told the pilot more than a half-dozen times that he needed to gain altitude, a recording that will be among the evidence examined by federal investigators...

Southwest cancels hundreds more flights; passengers stranded

Oct. 11, 2021 21:23 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines canceled more than 350 flights Monday following a weekend of major disruptions that it blamed on bad weather and air traffic control issues. The pilots union accused the company of a botched response to what it said would have been a minor challenge for...

Southwest Airlines cancels more than 1,000 Sunday flights

Oct. 10, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Southwest Airlines canceled hundreds of flights over the weekend, blaming the woes on air traffic control issues and weather. The airline canceled more than 1,000 flights in total, or 29% of its schedule, as of 7 p.m. ET Sunday, according to flight...

Virgin Galactic says FAA has cleared it for further flights

Sep. 29, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virgin Galactic said Wednesday that the Federal Aviation Administration has cleared it to resume launches after an investigation into why its spaceship veered off course while descending during a July flight with founder Richard Branson aboard. The...

Group: Turkish drones in Cyprus endanger commercial flights

Sep. 14, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Turkish drone base in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus could increase safety risks for thousands of commercial flights that cross the airspace around the eastern Mediterranean island, a flight safety group warned Tuesday. ...

Los Angeles air traffic control warns 'jetpack guy is back'

Jul. 30, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI is investigating what one commercial airline pilot said might have been an airborne person with a jetpack, high in the busy skies near Los Angeles International Airport. The Los Angeles Times reported that the Boeing 747 pilot radioed to...