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Transport Incident

After 'vicious' punch-up, 76yo man arrested on Virgin flight to Barbados Sat 2011 Jun 11, 5:45pm

PlaneA man aged 76 and two members of his family were arrested after a 'vicious' punch-up on a plane that took cabin crew 30 minutes to break up. Derek Edmond, his daughter Zoe King and her husband Martin were on a Virgin Atlantic flight from Gatwick to Barbados when a Danish family sitting nearby accused them of being too noisy. Police said Mrs King, 46, was celebrating her birthday and she and her family had been drinking for much of the eight-hour flight.

Passenger Strips Naked on Flight, Forcing Plane to Turn Around Sat 2011 Jun 11, 5:37pm

PlaneA German passenger stripped naked on an Iberia flight from Madrid to Frankfurt, forcing the pilot to turn the plane around so the man could be arrested

Transport Law

Apple to stop accepting DUI checkpoint apps Sat 2011 Jun 11, 5:40pm

Apple will ban from its online store future applications that inform users of checkpoints not publicized by police. The move comes three months after four Democratic U.S. senators — Charles Schumer of New York, Harry Reid of Nevada, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Tom Udall of New Mexico — asked three smartphone manufacturers to quit selling such downloadable apps or to remove the DUI checkpoint function....

Transport Rights

Dr. David Mandy: Special Needs Son Harassed by TSA at Detroit Metropolitan Airport Fri 2011 Jun 10, 9:02am

The family was going through security when two TSA agents singled Drew Mandy out for a special pat down. Drew is severely mentally disabled. He's 29, but his parents said he has the mental capacity of a two-year-old, which made the experience that followed at metro Detroit's McNamera Terminal that much harder to deal with. "You have got to be kidding me. I honestly felt that those two agents did not know what they were doing,"

Transport Rights

Cruise passengers tell of seven-hour security 'revenge' nightmare Tue 2011 Jun 7, 5:01pm

During their £10,000, two-and-a-half month "Alaska Adventure" tour from the Arctic to the Caribbean, the passengers on the luxury P&O liner Arcadia had become more than accustomed to passing US immigration with little formality. By the time they docked at Los Angeles on May 26, for a one-day visit it was their 10th stop on US soil. But when a handful of them questioned whether the lengthy security checks at the port were strictly necessary for a group of largely elderly travellers officials were not amused. Although they had already been given advance clearance for multiple entries to the country during their trip, all 2,000 passengers were made to go through full security checks in a process which took seven hours to complete. The fingerprints of both hands were taken as well as retina scans and a detailed check of the passport as well as questioning as to their background. Passengers claim that the extra checks were carried out in "revenge" for what had been a minor spat over allegedly overzealous security.

Transport Rights

TSA On The Ropes; Budget Slashed, Texas Grope Ban Returns Sun 2011 Jun 5, 11:50am

Days after a top TSA official conceded that the agency would be forced to reconsider its policies in the aftermath of a nationwide backlash against invasive screening procedures, the agency was dealt another two huge blows yesterday with the news that the TSA budget would be slashed by $270 million, in addition to the return of a bill in Texas that would make grope-downs a felony.

Woman Screams For Help After TSA Molestation Sun 2011 Jun 5, 11:48am

After a woman refused to go through a full body scanner she was pulled aside and made to undergo the pat down procedure. When the TSA agent touched the woman's breasts, she broke down into tears and screamed for a police officer. ... The family was previously subjected to similar scrutiny from the TSA at Sky Harbor earlier in the year, prompting them to voice protest over violation of their Constitutional rights. The previous incident was also captured on video (below) and was evidently remembered by some of the TSA workers who claimed to know that the whole family are routine troublemakers&hellip. [video]

Transport Tragedy

Girl, 11, Dies After Ferris Wheel Fall Sat 2011 Jun 4, 3:25pm

An 11-year-old girl died after falling from the Ferris Wheel at Morey's Mariner's Landing Pier on Friday. She was on a field trip with her school.... about half-way up.... about as high as a five-story building....

Transport Trouble

Two arrested for trying to steal railroad track parts Sat 2011 Jun 4, 3:25pm

Ruskin, Florida -- Two people have been arrested for trying to steal parts of a Ruskin railroad track.

CSX train derails in Taunton; police investigate theft of railroad tracks - Taunton, MA - The Taunton Gazette Sat 2011 Jun 4, 3:24pm

Taunton — A CSX railroad engine en route to a delivery in Taunton's Myles Standish Industrial Park derailed Wednesday afternoon after thieves cut away two 8-foot sections of solid steel track... No one was injured....

Transport Law

10-year-old boy gets ticket for not wearing seat belt properly Sat 2011 Jun 4, 3:15pm

On his way home Tuesday from Jim Plain Elementary School in Leander, fourth-grader Marshall May, sitting in the passenger seat of the family minivan, was ticketed for not wearing his seat belt properly. Problem is, Texas law says a person must be at least 15 years old to commit such an offense. ... "He made me sign my signature, but I don't have a signature because I'm 10 years old." ... Marshall was in the passenger seat when he decided to stick his head out the window for some air, he said. As he stretched, the seat belt slipped up toward his neck and shoulder area, he said. That's when the police officer pulled over the minivan....

Transport Tragedy

Woman killed by oncoming subway train after fainting from heat and falling to tracks, then trying to crawl away in futility Thu 2011 Jun 2, 4:53pm

An aspiring doctor was killed in a horrific subway accident yesterday when she passed out on a sweltering Upper East Side platform and fell onto the tracks -- realizing what happened too late to escape an uptown train bearing down on her.

Transport Rights

MTA Officers Detain Man For Taking Pictures Thu 2011 Jun 2, 4:54pm

The Maryland Transit Administration says more training may be called for after three MTA officers detained a man for taking pictures at a light rail station.

Transport Tragedy

2 dead, 21 injured, including three from Spokane, in bus crash Mon 2011 May 30, 6:32am

The bus was filled with soccer fans coming home after watching a match in Seattle.... bus driver tried to change lanes to avoid a disabled pickup truck in the right lane... a passenger car was in the left lane... both the bus and the car then swerved to avoid each other, rolling in the process... Two people in the bus died... 21 injured...


Oil in Shale Sets Off a Boom in Texas Sat 2011 May 28, 4:33pm

More than a dozen companies plan to drill up to 3,000 wells around here in the next 12 months. The Texas field, known as the Eagle Ford, is just one of about 20 new onshore oil fields that advocates say could collectively increase the nation's oil output by 25 percent within a decade — without the dangers of drilling in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico or the delicate coastal areas off Alaska. There is only one catch: the oil from the Eagle Ford and similar fields of tightly packed rock can be extracted only by using hydraulic fracturing

Transport Incident

Delta Jet Blows Tire, Catches Fire Landing in Atlanta Sat 2011 May 28, 7:35pm

PlaneThe pilot of a Delta jet that blew a tire and then caught fire as it landed in Atlanta today is being credited with getting the plane through it with no serious injuries to any of the passengers on board.

Transport Future

Black boxes for vehicles to be compulsory by next month Fri 2011 May 27, 10:11am

"By next month, every driver in the U.S. will be required to have a black box in their vehicle... in order to monitor driving habits..." Somehow, I completely missed this one sneaking up on us in the rear-view mirror. It's one thing to have a crash monitor, but with just the addition of transmitters -- and you know, if they aren't there already they soon will be -- any cop (or robocop automated traffic monitoring device) will be able to look inside your car and pull out everywhere you've been, every turn you took, whether you unbuckled your seat belt for a moment, and anything about your body that can be remotely monitored. If laws were reasonable, this would be offensively invasive. Since cops have increasingly become "[you name it] warriors" instead of peace officers, traffic cops are increasingly required (and some delight) to be unforgiving, and citizens are increasingly seen as "revenue enhancement" sources, this is FRIGHTENING TYRANNY.

Transport Rights

Utah To Follow Texas Lead In TSA Grope-down Revolt Fri 2011 May 27, 5:20pm

Utah looks likely to be the next state to follow the example set by Texas in attempting to make TSA grope downs a felony. Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman has introduced a bill into the Utah House of Representatives that would ensure TSA agents would have to abide by the same Fourth Amendment limits that police do when performing searches on Americans.

TSA Thug Grabs Crotch of Wounded Vet Fri 2011 May 27, 5:19pm

Two injured US military veterans traveling to a ceremony to honor the lives of fallen friends who gave their lives to protect the rights enshrined in the Constitution were harassed by TSA thugs, with one of them having his crotch grabbed... The TSA agents responded to the men having set off metal detectors by interrogating them about what they were hiding in their bodies. "What are you hiding in your face?" screamed one. "My friend told me that one TSA agent came up to him and asked what he was hiding in his leg, but before my friend could answer he said that the TSA agent grabbed him, without notice, right in the crotch area as if trying to find something hidden," writes Bellow. When the TSA goon grabbed his crotch and didn't let go, the veteran felt inclined to lash out violently but was somehow able to control his fury.... But it's not just airports that are being manned by this cadre of cretins — sports stadiums, prom nights, highways, bus terminals and train stations are all being patrolled by this literal occupying army that is turning America into a checkpoint-festooned police state....

Transport Disaster

Air France crash sparks pilot mystery Fri 2011 May 27, 5:14pm

PlaneIn a passage likely to attract particular scrutiny, the BEA said the pilot "maintained" the nose-up command despite fresh stall warnings 46 seconds into the four-minute emergency. "The inputs made by the pilot flying were mainly nose-up," the report added. The Airbus jet climbed 3,000 feet to 38,000 feet despite the crew having decided earlier against a climb, and then began a dramatic descent, with the youngest pilot handing control to the second most senior pilot a minute before impact. The captain returned after "several attempts" to call him back to the cockpit but was not at the controls in the final moments, according to information gleaned from black boxes. By the time the 58-year-old returned, just over a minute into the emergency, the aircraft was in serious trouble: plunging at 10,000 feet a minute with its nose pointing up 15 degrees and at too high an angle to the air to recapture lift.

Pilot role in focus in Air France crash Fri 2011 May 27, 4:55pm

PlaneAviation industry sources told Reuters pilots appeared to have acted contrary to normal procedures in raising, rather than lowering, its nose in response to an alert that the plane was about to lose lift or, in technical parlance, 'stall'. But they said information from black boxes hauled up from the Atlantic floor earlier this month was still incomplete. The 2009 emergency began with a stall warning two and a half hours into the Rio-Paris flight and nine minutes after the captain had left the cockpit for a rest period. Shortly before, a junior pilot had told flight attendants to prepare for a "little bit of turbulence"

Transport Rights

GOP lawmaker: I saw TSA pat down 'little old lady,' child, but not Arab man - The Hill's Transportation Report Wed 2011 May 25, 6:55pm

Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said TSA is too politically correct when it chooses which passengers to search at airport security checkpoints. ... "I walked through … right behind me there was a grandmother — little old lady, and she was was patted down," Broun said on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal." "Right behind her was a little kid who was patted down. And then right behind him was a guy in Arabian dress who just walked right through. Why are we patting down grandma and kids?" ... Broun did not specify any other reasons the man looked suspicious other than his dress. [Ummmm.... the point is the CONTRAST of Gramma with Osamma.]

Boisterous protest over airport-groping bill Wed 2011 May 25, 6:52pm

A boisterous group of protesters angry over the Texas Senate's failure to vote on the airport groping bill tried to enter the public gallery this afternoon and were blocked by state troopers. Shouting "treason" and "cowards" and carrying signs and placards, the group of perhaps as many as 100 people entered the State Capitol shortly after 3 p.m. and first went to the House chamber. There, House members quickly informed the shouting group that it was the Senate that had failed to take action late Tuesday on House Bill 1937, which would have made it a crime for security checkpoint screeners to handle the private parts of anyone they screened. The group then marched to the Senate side of the Capitol and tried to enter the third-floor public gallery. Troopers with arms folded blocked them from entry. They stood outside for several minutes, chanting: "Co-wards, co-wards," Trea-son, trea-son," and shouted slogans accusing senators and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst of being "federal pimps" and "scallawag trash." They vowed to vote out of office Dewhurst and the senators who opposed passage of the bill. After shouting chants for about 30 minutes, the group left and troopers reopened the gallery doors. The activists then went to other parts of the Capitol to continue their protest.

Transport Future

The Ford Story: Could Your Vehicle Seat Predict a Heart Attack? Tue 2011 May 24, 9:34pm

Engineers at Ford have developed a prototype car seat that uses electrocardiograph (ECG) technology to monitor the heart's electrical impulses and detect signs of irregularity, resulting in an early warning that a driver should seek medical assistance, such as for a heart attack, high blood pressure, electrolyte imbalances or other cardiovascular issue.

Transport Trouble

Long commutes 'bad for marriage': Swedish study Tue 2011 May 24, 9:31pm

A long commute to work might further job prospects and put more money in the bank but it could also increase the risk for divorce by 40 percent

Transport Incident

Oops. Bomb at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was only a drill Thu 2011 May 19, 4:40pm

Within seconds, TSA officials notified police that the bomb was fake and the incident was merely a drill to test the response of screeners and the communication system. For security reasons, Hogan declined to say how many officers responded to the incident.

Transport Incident

NYC Political Strategist Says Southwest Airlines Told Her And Mother They Must Buy 4 Seats Wed 2011 May 18, 9:18pm

Southwest Airlines has apologized to a mother and daughter... were told by a gate agent they each had to purchase two seats. "And said that we were, in fact, too fat to fly, without an additional ticket,"

Transport Trouble

Passengers Injured When Elevator Drops Three Floors In Chelsea Wed 2011 May 18, 9:06pm

Nearly two dozen men were injured in an elevator accident Wednesday morning in Chelsea. It happened around 7 a.m. at the Bed, Bath and Beyond on 6th Avenue near 18th Street. Authorities said a freight elevator dropped three floors to the ground when cables supporting the elevator snapped.

Transport Incident

Unruly passenger tried to kill himself, feds say Tue 2011 May 17, 7:06pm

PlaneThirty-four-year-old Reynel Alcaide of Burbank, Illinois, faces federal charges, including interfering with a flight crew, for the incident on May 8. Alcaide was on a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Chicago when he allegedly tried to open the jet door. The flight was diverted to St. Louis.

Blazing jet makes emergency landing Tue 2011 May 17, 6:55am

PlaneSINGAPORE — Terrified passengers aboard a blazing jetliner prayed together before the plane made an emergency landing on Monday... landed back in Singapore "without incident" just before 2 a.m. It said the crew shut down the engine after receiving a "stall warning."..

Transport Tragedy

Western Ky. school bus crash kills 6-year-old boy Tue 2011 May 17, 6:45am

LOUISVILLE, Ky - One child is dead and more than 20 hurt after a school bus crash... bus swerved to miss a deer in the road, then overturned in a ditch... the 29 children aboard were returning from a field trip to Paducah...

Transport Safety

Scientists Cast Doubt on TSA Tests of Full-Body Scanners Tue 2011 May 17, 6:47am

some scientists with expertise in imaging and cancer... question why the TSA won't make the scanners available for independent testing by outside scientists....

Transport Disaster

Black boxes yield Airbus crash data Tue 2011 May 17, 6:45am

PlaneFrance's BEA air crash investigation agency said yesterday it had managed to transfer all the information stored in the devices hauled from the seabed two weeks ago, almost two years after the Airbus A330 vanished.


LED bulbs hit 100 watts as federal ban looms Mon 2011 May 16, 11:04pm

Two leading makers of lighting products are showcasing LED bulbs that are bright enough to replace energy-guzzling 100-watt light bulbs set to disappear from stores in January. ... The new bulbs will also be expensive — about $50 each — so the development may not prevent consumers from hoarding traditional bulbs.

Transport Business

Used car prices nearly double in quake's wake Mon 2011 May 16, 11:07pm

Earthquake"The new paradigm is $10,000. Anything under $10,000 is considered an inexpensive car." Low supply and high demand, a flat economy and a rush to trade in larger vehicles that consume a lot of gas for smaller ones are all reasons for the shortage of used cars, several local dealers said. ... The nation's Cash for Clunkers program took almost 1 million vehicles off the road. People who got $3,500 for the cars they turned in would probably get $5,000 to $7,000 for the same trade today ... The Cash for Clunkers program was an example of government shortsightedness, which contributed to the lack of used cars on the market today, Lookingbill said. The 800,000 vehicles that were junked through the clunkers program would have been sold three to five times for a total of 3 million sales, Lookingbill said. The number of available older cars on the market used to peak at about 20 million, but the number is nowhere near that today ...

Transport Rights

Baby Food and Juice Box Confiscated at Airport Security Checkpoint Sat 2011 May 14, 8:01am

FlyerTalk members are outraged not so much because the baby food and juice box were taken away from their rightful owners, but rather that if they indeed tested positive for trace amounts of explosive materials, why was further testing not performed by the Transportation Security Administration personnel — or, at least, treat the items as if they were indeed dangerous?

Transport Future

'JetMan' Yves Rossy makes 8-minute flight over Grand Canyon Tue 2011 May 10, 8:41pm

Swiss adventurer, Yves Rossy, has finally completed his flight over the Grand Canyon in a custom-made jet suit after being forced to cancel last week due to red tape.

Transport Incident

Fun City: Crazed Naked Guy Terrorizes New York City Subway Passengers Tue 2011 May 10, 8:41pm

A crazed naked man seen menacing New York City subway passengers on a scary new viral video was handcuffed and transported to a Bronx hospital last week, but not charged in connection with the bizarre incident

Transport Threat

Schumer demands "Do Not Ride" list for Amtrak after OBL intel Tue 2011 May 10, 12:35pm

Does it really come as a surprise to anyone that al-Qaeda targets train and subway systems? As far back as seven years ago, AQ killed almost 200 people in Madrid, and the next year killed dozens in London by attacking public rail systems. Now, however, Senator Chuck Schumer wants Homeland Security to step up screening at rail stations with a "do not ride" list after discovering that Osama bin Laden had planned to attack our train systems....

Transport Incident

Suspicious Package Forces Evacuation Of Mockingbird DART Station In Dallas Mon 2011 May 9, 1:32pm

DALLAS — The Mockingbird DART station and the surrounding area, including the Angelika Theater, were evacuated Saturday after a police dog alerted authorities to a passenger onboard with two suspicious packages.... Riders traveling through downtown stations reportedly expressed alarm after a man asked them for help carrying a duffel bag and a large box..... determined the packages were not a threat.... "He was actually trying to pay people to help him get packages on and off the train...."

Passengers, Flight Crew Subdue Unruly Man on SFO-Bound Plane Mon 2011 May 9, 1:27pm

PlaneAt the time of his arrest, Almurisi was in possession of a Yemeni passport as well as a California identification card

Transport Threat

4 Arrested After Suspicious Incident At DIA Mon 2011 May 9, 1:34pm

Four people were arrested after a suspicious incident at Denver International Airport.... Airport personnel noticed someone videotaping the security lines. Police then confronted the person with the camera and the three people in line who were being taped. Two of those people did not have IDs or boarding passes. Police arrested the man with the camera and the three people in line. Police say they don't know what the group was doing. They were arrested on suspicion of interfering with a transportation facility....

"Threatening Note" Diverts Plane Departing Detroit « CBS Detroit Mon 2011 May 9, 1:30pm

PlaneA friend of three of the passengers on Flight 1706 told WWJ that the plane was evacuated after a threatening note was found in the bathroom. ... "The first time the captain came on, he said that there was a threat. The next time he came on to give us more details he said that there had been a note left in one of the lavatories...."

Two separate weekend rail terror scares have city officials on edge Mon 2011 May 9, 1:22pm

Two terrifying rail security breaches occurred within hours of each other in the city yesterday -- including one at the World Trade Center, where a man slipped into the PATH tunnel and walked all the way to Jersey before saying he had left a bomb in the tunnel. That scare -- and an unrelated escapade involving four "urban explorers" infiltrating the under-construction Second Avenue Subway tunnel -- come just days after the feds warned that al Qaeda could be targeting US trains.

Transport Near-Tragedy

Midair security scares on 3 U.S. flights Mon 2011 May 9, 1:26pm

PlaneSAN FRANCISCO - Crew members and passengers wrestled a 28-year-old man to the cabin floor after he began pounding on the cockpit as an American Airlines flight approached San Francisco.... yelling unintelligibly... 28-year-old Rageit Almurisi. He carried a Yemen passport, but it wasn't clear if his nationality was also Yemeni... no clear or known ties to terrorism.... A Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Chicago diverted in St. Louis after a 34-year-old man from Illinois tried to open a plane door during the flight... a Delta Air Lines flight from Detroit to San Diego was landed instead in Albuquerque, New Mexico, because of a security scare but authorities found "no suspicious devices" on the plane ... declined to clarify the nature of the "potential security threat" ...

Transport Future

Swiss 'JetMan' To Fly Over Grand Canyon Sat 2011 May 7, 7:15am

A Swiss adventurer dubbed "JetMan" told a TV station in Los Angeles that his planned flight over the Grand Canyon was canceled Friday. It would have been the first time he made the attempt in the U.S. and three years after he flew into the record books by crossing the Channel between Britain and France.

Digital Future is Now

PaperPhone: The smartphone made out of paper that will shape with your pocket Sat 2011 May 7, 7:16am

The PaperPhone has a flexible electronic display that is set to herald a new generation of computers. Extremely lightweight and made out of a thin-film, the prototype device can do everything a smartphone currently does.

Transport Threat

Muslim leaders say they were taken off Tenn flight Sat 2011 May 7, 11:28am

PlaneTwo Muslim religious leaders say they were asked to leave a commercial airliner in Memphis on Friday and were told it was because the pilot refused to fly with them aboard. [There's more to the story]

Transport Liberty

Obama administration floats draft plan to tax cars by the mile Thu 2011 May 5, 3:41pm

The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.

Transport Disaster

Air France crash: black box recovered by search team Mon 2011 May 2, 3:05pm

PlaneA black box flight recorder from an Air France plane that crashed off the coast of Brazil in 2009, killing 228 people, has been recovered by a deep-sea search team, reviving hopes of understanding what caused the crash. French investigators said one of the plane's two data recorders had been located by a robot submarine about 3,900 metres (12,800ft) below the Atlantic ocean's surface.

Transport Rights

Ky. parents: TSA frisked our 6-year-old daughter Wed 2011 Apr 13, 8:10am

The girl's father, Todd Drexel, says Anna was confused by the search and started crying afterward because she thought she'd done something wrong. Selena Drexel says such searches are inappropriate for children because they're usually told not to let adults touch them in sensitive areas.

Transport Disaster

Tail of Air France jet found in Atlantic Wed 2011 Apr 13, 8:27am

PlaneSearch teams have found the tail section of Air France Flight 447, two years after the jet plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, victims' families say.

Transport Near-Tragedy

Superjumbo clips and spins jet at airport Tue 2011 Apr 12, 1:22pm

A superjumbo jet taxiing out to the runway clipped the tail of another plane at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday night, spinning it like a toy.

Transport Law

85 mph on some Texas roads gets first OK Mon 2011 Apr 11, 6:22pm

The speed limit on some highways in Texas may be raised to 85 mph, the highest in the nation, under legislation the Texas House approved Wednesday. The measure passed on a voice vote was part of a larger transportation bill. It would authorize the Texas Department of Transportation to raise the speed limit on designated lanes or entire stretches of roads after doing engineering and traffic studies,

Transport Incident

737 strikes bird, lands safely in Calif. Sat 2011 Apr 9, 7:25pm

CrowAn Alaska Airlines flight Saturday from Sacramento to Hawaii returned to Sacramento safely after suffering engine trouble from a bird strike...

Transport Trouble

Small Plane Crashes into Calif. Storage Facility Sat 2011 Apr 9, 7:24pm

Authorities say a small plane carrying four people has crashed into a storage facility in Ventura County.... caught fire after going down... Three... with minor injuries. One... in serious condition....

Transport Tragedy

Two die in Broken Arrow head-on collision Thu 2011 Apr 7, 9:32am

Okla FlagI didnt see it happen but drove by immediately after.. the dump truck was in the right lane stopped and she hit it head-on. She would have had to drive out of her lane, over the center turn lane, over the north bound left lane, and into the northbound right lane to hit this dump truck.

Woman, boy killed in collision with Broken Arrow sanitation truck Thu 2011 Apr 7, 9:30am

Okla FlagA woman and a young boy were killed Monday in a head-on collision... drifted left of center and struck the sanitation truck... [mother] and the boy dead at the scene. A 7-year-old girl was admitted in critical condition to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa

Transport Future

Branson Unveils Single-Person Submarine Tue 2011 Apr 5, 9:19pm

Billionaire adventurer Richard Branson on Tuesday unveiled a new single-person submarine that he said will be used to set new world records by exploring the five deepest parts of the world's oceans.


Space junk threatening space station, 3 residents Tue 2011 Apr 5, 9:21pm

The debris is from a Chinese satellite that was deliberately destroyed in 2007 as part of a weapons test. It's projected to pass within a couple miles of the space station. It's possible the risk of a collision will diminish. If that happens, the three station residents won't have to close themselves off in the Soyuz spacecraft.

Transport Incident

Turbulent takeoff preceded emergency landing for United Airlines flight Tue 2011 Apr 5, 7:14am

PlaneA United Airlines flight that left Louis Armstrong International Airport Monday morning was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing minutes after takeoff when smoke was reported in the cockpit... Passengers reported an unusual amount of turbulence that never subsided....

Transport Incident

Large hole tears into plane, 118 on board Mon 2011 Apr 4, 8:15am

PlaneFederal officials said it was a "fuselage rupture" -- a large hole on the top of the Boeing 737 -- that led to a drop in cabin pressure and a terrifying descent from 36,000 feet to an emergency landing at a military base in the Arizona desert. No serious injuries were reported among the 118 aboard, according to Southwest Airlines, and the FBI said it was a "mechanical failure," not an act of terror or other foul play. The cause of the hole was not immediately known.

Transport Safety

Southwest may cancel another 300 flights Sunday Mon 2011 Apr 4, 8:15am

Southwest Airlines could cancel 300 flights on Sunday as it continues to inspect 79 aircraft from its Boeing 737 fleet, after one of its planes with a gaping hole in the fuselage made an emergency landing, a company spokeswoman said.

Transport Incident

Plane with sick passengers makes emergency landing in Dayton Sat 2011 Apr 2, 7:01am

PlaneDAYTON — Pilots on an American Airlines flight headed to Chicago declared an emergency then landed in Dayton after several of the 140 people aboard complained of illnesses Friday morning.

Transport Incident

Massive fire at MIA fuel tank farm cancels flights Thu 2011 Mar 24, 10:15am

An intense fire that broke out Wednesday night at a fuel tank farm at the Miami International Airport has canceled 36 flights. The blaze broke out at 11 p.m. at the airport's fuel farm, an area where fuel is stored for planes. Six fuel tanks, with the total capacity to hold six million gallons of fuel, were at the center of the blaze. However, it is not known how much fuel those tanks contained when the fire broke out. "Preliminary information that we're gathering is that, it was a malfunction,"

Transport Safety

Tower at Reagan National goes silent as planes attempt to land Thu 2011 Mar 24, 8:10am

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has ordered a second air traffic controller to be on duty overnight at Reagan National Airport, after the lone controller was unavailable as two planes were trying to land. LaHood alsoordered a review of staffing levels at other airports around the country.

Transport Threat

Flight Crew Alarmed by Praying Jews Mon 2011 Mar 14, 1:00am

PlanePilots on an Alaska Airlines flight from Mexico City to Los Angeles locked down the cockpit and alerted authorities Sunday when a flight crew grew alarmed at the behavior of three men who turned out to be conducting an elaborate orthodox Jewish prayer ritual, officials said.


French greens call for end to nuclear energy Sun 2011 Mar 13, 7:25am

French green groups renewed a call on Saturday for France to end its dependence on nuclear power, saying a radiation leak at a Japanese atomic power plant showed there were no safety guarantees in the industry. [Oooof course they do....]

Transport Tragedy

Bus Crash Horror Sat 2011 Mar 12, 12:30pm

A bus crash in the Bronx killed at least 14 people on its way back from a casino.

Transport Incident

Teens arrested after van crashes into casino Thu 2011 Mar 10, 11:12pm

The keys were left with the teens so they could listen to the radio, he said. One girl went to the casino while the daughter stayed behind and began huffing compressed air from a can, O'Mara said. The girl told deputies she was circling the parking lot in the van when she blacked out. The van jumped three curbs, hit a security car and then hit the casino building about 3 p.m., O'Mara said. No one was injured, he said. The girl who drove the van told deputies that she had taken an unknown number of prescription pills, not knowing what effect the pills would have

Transport Law

Inhofe criticizes highway bill proposal Thu 2011 Mar 10, 11:12pm

Inhofe called the administration's $556 billion proposal for the next rewrite of the nation's massive transportation bill the most unusual budget request for highways he has seen in his 20-plus years in Congress. "What is unusual is that it ignores the fact that there is no money to fund it," the Oklahoma Republican said.

Transport Safety

'Huffing' Teens Crash Van Into Will Rogers Casino Thu 2011 Mar 10, 10:19pm

Two teenage girls were arrested Wednesday after crashing a van into the Will Rogers Casino near Claremore... Deputies said the girls, both 15, had been huffing compressed air....

Transport Law

OCPA - Oklahoma's Bridge to Nowhere Tue 2011 Mar 8, 9:22pm

The last two years have seen unprecedented attempts by Washington to socially engineer people away from the lifestyles that modern conditions make necessary. One such effort was to attract people away from cars to intercity rail services and transit instead. Never mind that there is no U.S. evidence that material diversion is possible (at any expense), and never mind that such programs would make travel more expensive and usually slower. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been a willing participant in these efforts [h/t Cuz BD]


EPA wants three state coal plants to convert Mon 2011 Mar 7, 6:37pm

Inhofe viewed the move as over-reaching by a federal government.

Transport Incident

DUI Suspect Tells Police Erratic Driving Caused By Oral Sex Mon 2011 Mar 7, 1:59pm

Speeding, driving erratically, smelled of booze, open container, and possibly getting BJ while driving. YOU BE THE JUDGE! [Thx2 News of the Weird and Weird Universe]

Digital Future is Now

House panel passes bill on publishing of notices Thu 2011 Mar 3, 10:33am

The bill, which would require only that the notices appear on newspaper websites, is similar to a Senate bill that would demand only that the notices appear on county-controlled websites.

Transport Future

Supercars and Special Editions Send Mixed Message Wed 2011 Mar 2, 7:29pm

Is a greener future just around the corner for the automobile? Or is it last call — and while you're pouring, let's make it a double — at the horsepower party?

Digital Future is Now

Look At This! Eye Controlled Laptop A Reality Wed 2011 Mar 2, 7:27pm

A laptop that will recognize your eyes and the movement you make with them, to open emails, browse online, scroll through websites, among other small tasks. There is also a green feature built in that would brighten the screen once the user looks at it.

Transport Threat

JetBlue passenger sparks terror scare after boarding plane with 3 boxcutters at JFK airport Wed 2011 Mar 2, 12:10pm

PlaneA passenger managed to waltz past JFK's ramped-up security gantlet with three boxcutters in his carry-on luggage -- easily boarding an international flight while carrying the weapon of choice of the 9/11 hijackers... Once aboard Santiago-bound Flight 837, flight attendant Fausto Penaloda, 40, asked him to stow his luggage in the overhead storage bin. As Peraltalajara's shoved it into the compartment, Penaloda saw the boxcutters fall out of the bag, according to a police report. He grabbed the boxcutters and alerted the captain and first officer.... told authorities that he used the boxcutters for work at a Secaucus manufacturing plant and simply forgot that they were in his luggage. He was not charged..

Transport Tragedy

Woman Crushed, Killed By Her Own Car During Repo Wed 2011 Mar 2, 12:12pm

He said he assumed Via had moved away when he began to pull the car, but the woman's husband approached him and said his wife was trapped under the Buick.

Transport Near-Tragedy

Wife Holds Onto Minivan Hood From Manteca To Pleasanton Wed 2011 Mar 2, 12:13pm

His wife clung to the minivan's windshield wiper and side mirror as the vehicle accelerated to more than 100 MPH. Carroll allegedly didn't slow down until he reached Pleasanton, more than 40 miles away, according to witness reports to police "There's a purpose that I'm still alive, because it was a miracle," the victim said. The woman was able to roll off the hood safely when Carroll finally pulled over, and due to the 45 degree temperatures and high speeds, she was suffering from hypothermia when emergency crews found her.


Robotics shutdown briefly strands astronaut Tue 2011 Mar 1, 1:15pm

...stuck with an 800-pound pump in his hands for nearly a half-hour... Good thing it was weightless.... "I'm fine as long as it's not too much longer," Bowen radioed. "How much longer?"... perched on a small platform at the end of the 58-foot robotic arm... [All part of the job....]

Transport Business

Consumer Reports: GM's Volt 'doesn't really make a lot of sense' Tue 2011 Mar 1, 9:06pm

"When you are looking at purely dollars and cents, it doesn't really make a lot of sense. The Volt isn't particularly efficient as an electric vehicle and it's not particularly good as a gas vehicle either in terms of fuel economy," said David Champion, the senior director of Consumer Reports auto testing center at a meeting with reporters here. "This is going to be a tough sell to the average consumer."

Transport Law

Oklahoma House panel passes illegal immigrant bill Tue 2011 Mar 1, 1:11pm

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma House committee has approved anti-illegal immigrant legislation that would give Oklahoma law enforcement officials new authority to assess the immigration status of motorists.

Nature vs Transport

Authorities Investigating How Goat Herd Ran Into Traffic Tue 2011 Mar 1, 1:36pm

GoatSome surprised drivers were unable to avoid the nearly 200 goats that walked onto the southbound lanes of traffic near the Twin Cities Road off-ramp, causing several accidents and inflicting non-life threatening injuries to one driver.


Crocodile brings down plane, kills 20
The Telegraph, UK Sat 2010 Oct 23, 10:17pm

Congo.... A small airliner crashed into a house, killing a British pilot and 19 others after a crocodile smuggled into the aircraft in a sports bag escaped and started a panic.... lone survivor... "The terrified air hostess hurried towards the cockpit, followed by the passengers." The plane was then sent off-balance "despite the desperate efforts of the pilot...." crocodile survived the crash, only to be dispatched with a blow from a machete....


Inventor of the 'Club' car-theft device dies in car wreck
USAToday.DriveOn Mon 2010 Oct 4, 10:40pm

James Winner, who came up with the famous steering-wheel lock that's known simply as "The Club," died earlier this week in a car accident...

It's ironic, in an Alanis Morisset kind of way...

Manned copter crashes, driverless Audi OK
USAToday.DriveOn Mon 2010 Oct 4, 10:33pm

So the manned helicopter crashes but the driverless Audi went through its paces just fine and wasn't involved in the mishap? Hmm. So maybe robots really are taking over the world. They certainly seem to work better sometimes....

Watch out for farm vehicles during harvest
Des Moines Register (not public or not available now) Mon 2010 Oct 4, 10:24pm

Not all transportation is about speed!

State officials are urging motorists to be careful as the fall harvest begins....
State officials are urging motorists to be careful as the fall harvest begins. .. The Iowa Department of Transportation said there were 208 crashes last year involving farm equipment. ...six people died ...14 major injuries reported. .. Officials said motorists must be patient....
Fly-in shows off a new breed of airplane
Laura Summers, Tulsa World Mon 2010 Oct 4, 10:07pm

BARTLESVILLE — Valter Dellanebbia wants to make the skies friendly and affordable for younger aviation enthusiasts... “We are trying to bring young people back to aviation,” Dellanebbia said as he showed off a Jabiru J-230 LSA model... This is made in Tennessee and the engine is from Australia. We wanted to make aviation affordable. You can buy one of these aircraft for one-tenth the price of others." .. For those looking to buy aircraft, the Jabiru model in Bartlesville carries a price tag of about $100,000. .. If the price is too steep, don’t worry. Dellanebbia has models available from $50,000 on up....


Segway owner Jimi Heselden dies riding Segway off cliff
Daily Mail via Drudge Report Mon 2010 Sep 27, 3:28pm

Walking through a park in Chicago a few years back we saw a police officer on a Segway. How cool we thought, until she reached up with both hands to try to adjust her helmet. She ended up on the ground while the Segway took off on its own, luckily only running into a wall in that crowded park. That scene sure came back to me today when I read this story!

The multi-millionaire owner of the Segway company died in a freak accident yesterday when he rode one of the high-tech two-wheel machines off a cliff and into a river...Jimi Heselden, 62, plunged into the River Wharfe while riding around his West Yorkshire estate on a rugged country version of the Segway...He bought the firm last December...Mr Heselden was worth £166million thanks to his defence company Hesco Bastion


the world's leading manufacturer of protective 1990 pioneered 'blast walls'...initially meant to help prevent land erosion...which replaced sandbags as protection for soldiers on the frontline in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Best known for his charity work with Leeds Community Foundation and Help for Heroes, a military charity.He said 'We often get thank-you letters from troops, saying how one of our walls saved their lives when a bomb went off and (Help for Heroes)is our way of showing them how much we appreciate what they do.'

His death comes just a week after he became one of the UK's most generous philanthropists, having given £10million to the Leeds Community Foundation a charity foundation he set up in 2008 which helps disadvantaged youngsters, vulnerable elderly people and health improvement projects in the south and east of the city of Leeds.

The company's latest innovation is the R-House, a new style of temporary housing or shelter that provides protection and comfortable living space for up to eight people in the aftermath of disasters.


Two Muslim Men on United Flight from Chicago Arrested on 'Preparation of a Terrorist Attack' in Amsterdam
ABC News Mon 2010 Aug 30, 7:44pm

...charged by Dutch police with 'preparation of a terrorist attack....' Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi... and Hezem al Murisi... appeared to be travelling with what were termed "mock bombs" in their luggage. "This was almost certainly a dry run, a test...."

Passengers removed from flight after 'comment' to crew member
CNN Mon 2010 Aug 30, 6:09pm

Tense times continue.

On Sunday night, on a flight from Dulles in the Washington, D.C., area to Tampa, Florida, a passenger's comment to a crew member resulted in nine passengers being removed from the plane. No word on what the comment was.

Transport Tragedy

Oklahoma: OK means only white fundamentalists who think Jesus was a Christian and hate gays Tue 2009 Jun 30, 7:33pm

Okla FlagOklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern (R.) has proposed the "Oklahoma Citizen's Proclamation for Morality," an almost hilarious document but one that, nonetheless, deserves some scrutiny in the vicinity of the nation's capital; … [A long, boring, ill-parsed rant more sanguine than anything Kern produced by Laura Harrison-McBride, "DC Ethical Issues"]

Driver in 10-death Okla. wreck had clean record Tue 2009 Jun 30, 7:30pm

A similar accident last week in Indiana crushed a pickup truck between two semis, killing a family of five.

Transport Safety

Tulsa Construction Signs Confuse Some Drivers Tue 2009 Jun 30, 5:53pm

ODOT admits the scope of the IDL construction project made signage for it a challenge - but they believe once everything is in place - drivers will be able to understand what's ahead.

Transport Tragedy

Yemen jet crashes in Indian Ocean Mon 2009 Jun 29, 10:31pm

A Yemeni airliner with 150 people on board has crashed in the Indian Ocean near the Comoros archipelago.

10th pike crash victim dies Mon 2009 Jun 29, 3:44pm

All of the dead were from family groups, including a set of four in Oklahoma City.


Ulysses Hears the Siren's Song Sat 2009 Jun 27, 2:42pm

SunUlysses, a joint NASA and European Space Agency mission, will officially cease operations Monday, June 30, when the command to switch off the transmitter is uplinked to the spacecraft. Ulysses, which operated for more than 18 years, had charted the unexplored regions of space above the poles of the sun.

Transport Tragedy

9 people killed on turnpike: Cars, trucks crash northeast of Miami Sat 2009 Jun 27, 1:50pm

Okla Flag...tractor-trailer slammed into a line of cars stopped by an earlier accident... about 1 p.m. on the Will Rogers Turnpike northeast of Miami.... "quite possibly the largest death toll in a single crash" in state history... Investigators don't think the truck driver tried to stop before the crash... Three more accidents happened in the eastbound lanes as cars slowed following the tractor-trailer wreck, and later a four-car crash occurred on the westbound side of the turnpike... wreckage and emergency vehicles covered an estimated three-quarters of a mile....