HI: Man Dies After Forcing His Way Past Airport Checkpoint

Feb. 19–A man in his 40s died Saturday after breaching security at Honolulu Airport and becoming unresponsive during a struggle with responders, an airport spokesman said.

The man initially used force to make his way through the exit of a security checkpoint at the Island Air and Mokulele Airlines commuter terminal at about 5:48 a.m., said state Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara at a news conference.

“He did manage to force his way into the secured area, but seconds later he was apprehended and taken into custody,” Sakahara said.

Before security was able to capture the man, he apparently broke through a secured door to a restricted area for ticketed passengers and employees with badges.

Sakahara said the man, who was not a ticketed traveler, was detained outside the terminal building in a walkway that leads to where the planes are parked.

It was not clear what the man’s intent was, and he did not say where he was trying to go, but he was combative and continued struggling after security detained him, Sakahara said. Multiple agencies including state deputy sheriffs, Honolulu police and Honolulu firefighters responded, and when the man became unresponsive, lifesaving measures were initiated by the fire department, paramedics and airport rescue firefighters.

The man, who was not armed and appeared to be acting alone, was taken to a hospital where he died, Sakahara said. An autopsy will be performed, and police said homicide detectives were investigating.

Sakahara said airport officials will hold debriefings to determine if improvements in response can be made, but it appeared procedures were followed.

“All security protocols were followed as directed in this case,” he said. “Everything did go as planned.”

During the altercation, a Securitas law enforcement officer sustained head injuries and remained hospitalized Saturday afternoon, Sakahara said.

Airport authorities also notified the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security about the incident.

Sakahara said checkpoint operations were suspended during the incident but resumed shortly after and no flights were delayed.

He said the top priority for airport officials is the safety of passengers and employees, and passengers did the right thing by staying calm and following instructions during the incident.

Airport procedures were not changed Saturday after the incident because it appeared to be isolated, Sakahara said.

Todd Knight, a Mokulele Airlines aircraft mechanic, said he heard the man was ramming doors to exit the terminal until one gave way. He said the doors are locked by a magnet that airline employees open to escort passengers out to the planes.

Mona, a customer service representative at Mokulele Airlines who declined to give her last name, said she was preparing a flight for departure when she heard someone yelling to call the sheriffs. Before she could find out what happened, police cars swarmed around the terminal building and fence line.

“Kind of exciting,” she said. “Nothing ever happens here.”

She said the airline had eight passengers scheduled for a flight at the time, and the passengers were able to depart on time at about 6 a.m.

“It all happened in a matter of 15 minutes,” she said. “It was real quick.”

Sakahara said security breaches at Honolulu Airport are rare. In April 2013, a homeless woman attacked a Transportation Security Administration officer before being detained by a vacationing California policeman, local media reports said.

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TX: Cowboys DT Crawford Says He Was Kicked Off American Airlines Flight

Feb. 17–Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford said he was kicked off an American Airlines flight Thursday after a dispute over a carry-on bag, local affiliate CBS 11 reported on its website.

Crawford told the “Ben and Skin Show” on 105.3 The Fan that he was sitting in an exit row when he was asked by a flight attendant to check his bag because it was more than one inch too big.

Crawford said he didn’t want to check the bag because it was expensive, and he asked to speak to a manager. When the manager didn’t appear, Crawford decided to check his bag because he didn’t want to further delay passengers.

But then the defensive tackle said he called the employee a “bum” and refused to move out of the flight attendant’s way for “a minute.”

The crew then asked Crawford to come to the front of the plane, where he was removed.

Crawford also told “Ben and Skin” that people on the flight booed the employee. Crawford, who is from Canada, said he was returning to watch his cousin play in a sporting event, CBS 11 reported.

American Airlines replied to Crawford via Twitter and said it would look into the matter.

Crawford later responded, saying American got him on the next flight and that it was still his favorite airline.

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FL: Where Did These Valentine’s Day Flowers Come From? The Airport, Sweetheart

Feb. 13–Behind the bouquet from your valentine, the single rose from a crush and the elaborate arrangement from a significant other, there’s a multibillion-dollar flower industry that thrives around this time each year.

Right on cue, billions of flowers are flowing into the U.S. to prepare for the big Valentine’s Day demand. Most arrive in Miami from Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and the Netherlands.

More than 90 percent of imported flowers move through Miami International Airport, according to UPS. The package delivery company is the largest air cargo carrier flying into MIA.

Domingo Mendez, UPS’s cargo marketing manager for the Americas, said in a statement that the increased demand for flowers means UPS has to allocate more resources in the days leading up to V-Day.

The company added “34 temperature-controlled flights to deliver the 236,000 boxes of blooms expected to flow through our network in the two weeks prior to Valentine’s Day,” he said.

Not all is paradise in the world of flowers. UPS aircraft mechanics planned a protest Monday morning at The UPS Store at 936 SW First Ave. in Miami over company benefits.

LATAM Cargo transported more than 9,000 tons of flowers worldwide, or about 16 million bouquets, from Colombia and Ecuador in the past month. Eighty-seven percent of these were transported to the U.S, and the majority landed in Miami.

At Miami International, LATAM owns the largest cold-storage warehouse operated by a foreign air carrier at an airport in the country.

After touching down in Miami, the flowers are kept in a refrigerated warehouse the size of five basketball courts. While the flowers stay fresh there, agriculture specialists from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) examine the millions of blooms for any stowaways — plant pests clinging to the stems. Officials want to prevent insects and plant diseases from spreading.

“From Jan. 24 through Feb. 14, our peak season for Valentine’s Day, we process a lot of cut flowers,” said Christopher Maston, the CBP Port Director. “Miami International Airport receives 88 percent of the imported cut flowers that come into the United States. The cut flower industry is a $15 billion industry in the United States, 200,000 jobs.”

Maston said the specialists will find about 1,800 pests.

Christine Boldt, executive vice president of the Association of Floral Importers of Florida, said her organization estimates that 80 percent of flowers that people purchase in the U.S. are imported.

Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are two huge days for the industry. Flowers of all types sell easily for the latter, but on February’s most affectionate day the holiday’s signature flower is king.

“Valentine’s Day is really focused on one flower: the rose,” Boldt said.

Roses are in such demand that farmers increase their yields significantly, creating a need to hire more workers and allocate more resources all along the supply chain, from the farm to the trucks that carry to the imported flowers to wholesalers.

“There’s an additional cost all along the way,” she said, which is why roses are more expensive around Valentine’s Day.

Miami, in particular, gets kissed from the rose more than anyone else. Year after year, Miami International Airport consistently receives the most flower imports of any other U.S. port. Flowers rank seventh among all imports, according to WorldCity, a Coral Gables media and data research company.

Miami Herald staff writer Mimi Whitefield contributed to this report.

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FL: Plane Was Too Close to Air Force One as Trump Came to Palm Beach

Feb. 08–A plane flew too close to Air Force One as it carried President Donald Trump to Palm Beach International Airport for the president’s visit last week, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

One source told the news agency that the two planes were within about 2 nautical miles of each when they were about 30 miles from PBIA, where Trump arrived about 4:30 p.m. Friday for his first visit to his Mar-a-Lago Club since his Jan. 20 inauguration.

Despite how close the planes were, there was “no risk of collision as the planes were flying on parallel courses,” Bloomberg reported.

The other aircraft in the incident was a private jet, not a commercial flight. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, and the National Transportation Safety Board also was notified, according to Bloomberg.

Trump plans to return to Palm Beach County this coming weekend, where he will talk trade and possibly play golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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SgtPizza and Uno’s March Forward For Operation Pizza Bowl 2017

The Non-For-Profit organization, Pizzas4Patriots will once again team up with Chicago’s famous UNO’s pizza to deliver over 1,000 pounds of Uno’s Chicago deep-dish style pizza to the troops serving overseas in Afghanistan and Kandahar just in time for the big game.

Using a philosophy of providing for military members both at home and away; service members here in the states will also be looked after through the “Adopt-AVA program”; with the steady goal of providing pizza parties at V.A’s in all 50 States.

The pizzas will be delivered to the Kabul airport, where they will be delivered to the overseas locations through military personnel. Retired Air Force Master Sargent Mark Evans personally recalls service persons who have had the pizza, and says that “…it’s the emotions, and feeling they get when they get the pizza that really makes it all worth it…They are all doing so much for our country, and to let them know that they are recognized is one of the best feelings in the world.”

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NH: Landing Gear Collapses On Plane at Nashua Airport; No One Injured

Jan. 21–NASHUA — A pilot and his passenger were not injured Friday afternoon when their prop plane’s nose landing gear collapsed on landing, sending the aircraft skidding about 150 feet at Nashua Airport.

Nashua Fire Rescue was called about 12:50 p.m. for a report of the inbound aircraft with a landing gear problem.

Fire crews arrived at the airport, also known as Boire Airfield, and stood by as the plane attempted to land. On landing, the twin engine plane’s nose landing gear collapsed and the plane skidded on its nose for about 150 feet until it came to a stop.

Fire crews immediately accessed the plane and deployed a foam line to protect the occupants and put out a fire in the event there was one; there wasn’t.

The two uninjured occupants, who were not identified in a news release issued by the fire department, were able to get out of the plane on their own.

The airport was closed as a result of the incident.

Damage to the plane’s nose and props was estimated at several thousand dollars.

According to FlightAware, the plane is a 1973 Beech 95-B55 (T42A) fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft registered to ETW Holdings Inc. of Owego, N.Y.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the incident.

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CT: Windsor Locks Casino Could Be At Airport Or Tobacco Farm

Jan. 20–A casino in the Hartford area could be built at Bradley International Airport or on dormant tobacco fields along Route 20 in Windsor Locks if the town is chosen to host the gambling venue.

The operators of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun said Thursday they have narrowed their choices in Windsor Locks to the two sites. The leaders of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes will meet with residents on Thursday to explain their vision for the casino.

The tribes, which formed a joint venture to pursue a Hartford-area casino, are now considering a casino in just two locations — Windsor Locks and East Windsor. East Hartford, Hartford and South Windsor were eliminated from the running earlier this month.

A satellite casino in north-central Connecticut is being pushed by supporters as part of a strategy to compete with a $950 million casino and entertainment complex under construction in Springfield. The idea is to retain jobs in Connecticut tied to the gambling industry and preserve funds the state gets monthly from slot revenue at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.

Any site and the expansion of casino gambling off tribal lands in Connecticut will need approval from the legislature.

A specific site at Bradley has not been chosen, a spokesman for the joint venture said.

Two prime sites at the airport — the new transportation center and the site of the now-demolished Terminal B — are now no longer in contention. Planning for the sites had to get underway, and the tribes had not made a decision where they wanted to locate the casino.

Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, said Thursday the airport has 300 acres where a casino could be located.

“We haven’t gotten to a point of talking about a specific location,” Dillon said.

The other possible site in Windsor Locks is more than 70 acres of tobacco fields owned by the Thrall family that is near the I-91 interchange. The site was previously considered as a location for the Simon retail shopping outlets. Those plans have now been scrapped.

In East Windsor, the tribes are evaluating the long-vacant, 27-acre Showcase Cinemas property along I-91.

The meeting in Windsor Locks will be held at Windsor Locks High School, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday.

“As we evaluate this opportunity, it is important that the citizens of Windsor Locks have access to detailed and accurate information,” Windsor Locks First Selectman Chris Kervick said. “This meeting will provide all of us with an opportunity to become better informed and I appreciate willingness of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes to share their vision with the people of Windsor Locks.”

Windsor Locks has pledged to hold a townwide referendum. East Windsor officials say the Showcase site does not require a referendum as did an earlier, now-defunct proposal for 33 acres at Wagner Lane and Route 5.

A lawmaker from Windsor Locks has proposed requiring a referendum for any town or city that wants to host a casino.

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FL: Plane Flips While Landing in Pierson

Jan. 17–PIERSON — A single engine airplane had a hard landing and flipped at the Pierson airport on Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Volusia Sheriff’s Office spokesman Gary Davidson said the female pilot was airlifted to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach while the male passenger was taken by ground to a hospital in Ormond Beach.

Later, around 12:43 p.m. another airplane was reported as landing in the middle of the road at State Road 11 and Lake Hires Road due to an engine problem. No injuries were reported in that incident.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the Pierson crash but rescue workers at the site said federal investigators had no need to come to the scene since the airplane was undamaged.

Rescue workers also reported that the pair in Pierson airport landing suffered minor injuries.

Davidson said the call about the flipped airplane was made at 10:51 a.m. Reports made to dispatchers indicated that the airplane landed hard and tipped over, Davidson said.

The airplane, which appeared to have no damage, was turned upright and towed and parked at the airport.

According to a News-Journal analysis, there have been 55 aviation accidents at local airports in the past decade. In that same time period, there have been 24 people killed in plane crashes. This is partially the result of the sheer number of general aviation flights–defined as every aircraft but commercial airlines and “air taxis,” or shuttles–in the greater Daytona Beach area.

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Kyrgyzstan plane crash: ‘Crew error’ might be cause

CNN)“Crew error” appears to have caused the deadly crash of the Turkish cargo plane that barreled into a Kyrgyzstan village on Monday, a top Kyrgyz official told state-run news.

The plane slammed into the village of Dacha-Suu on the outskirts of the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, killed 37 people, and destroyed at least 15 houses, Kyrgyzstan’s emergency situations ministry said.
Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Muhammetkaly Abulgaziev drew the conclusion that “crew error” had led to the crash citing preliminary information, Kyrgyzstan’s state-run news agency, Kabar, said.
Poor visibility had been cited as a possible factor in the crash but Abulgaziev said other planes landed safely at Manas airport before the crash.
Pictures of the immediate aftermath of the accident showed a portion of the village badly damaged. In one image, the plane’s smoldering fuselage could be seen jutting out of the snow and the remnants of destroyed buildings. A car’s roof was completely ripped off in another.
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev signed a decree declaring Tuesday a day of mourning.
The tail of a crashed  Boeing 747 cargo plane lies in a residential area outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The Boeing 747 was headed from Hong Kong to Kyrgyzstan’s capital of Bishkek, according to data from the tracking website FlightRadar24. It crashed at 7:18 a.m. local time, about two kilometers (1.2 miles) away from the Manas airport, according to Kyrgyzstan’s state-run Kabar Agency.
It’s not clear how many people were on board, but the freighter had seating for 10 — including two pilots, two observers and six additional passengers, according to a description on the airline’s website. The precise breakdown of how many villagers and crew members were killed has not yet been released.
One of the plane’s black boxes was found at the scene and it will be examined by experts from Moscow, Kubatbek Boronov, the minister of emergency situations, told Kabar.
The cargo plane was operated by ACT airlines, an Istanbul-based freight airline, but was flown for Turkish Airlines — the country’s national carrier — under its flight number. The flight’s ultimate destination was Istanbul, Turkey, Abulgaziev said, according to Turkey’s Anadolu news agency..
Poor visibility was likely a factor.

ACT Airlines, which operated the plane, confirmed the news of the crash on its website.
“The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and further details will be provided as they become available,” the statement said.
“Boeing extends its deepest condolences to the families of those who perished in the Turkish Airlines cargo Flight TK6491 accident near Manas Airport Kyrgyzstan, operated by ACT Airlines, as well as its wishes for the recovery of those injured,” Boeing said in an emailed statement.
“A Boeing technical team stands ready to provide assistance at the request and under the direction of government investigating authorities.”
Turkish Airlines expressed its condolences to ACT in a tweet.
A Kyrgyz firefighter inspects the plane crash site.

ACT Airlines, which according to its website operates a fleet entirely made up of jumbo 747s, also operates as myCargo Airlines.
The plane that crashed was manufactured in 2003 and it first flew for Singapore Airlines Cargo, according to flight tracking from Flightradar24 and a detailed description of the aircraft on the company’s website.
Airlines have cut back on their use of the Boeing 747 as full-fledged passenger aircraft in recent years, but the jumbo airliner makes up the backbone of the global freight fleet.
The 747’s enormous size and unique rising nose cargo door have made it the aircraft of choice for many cargo airlines.
The wreckage of a Turkish cargo plane is seen after it crashed in a village outside Bishkek.

The aircraft model has been involved in several crashes over the past decade, including a pair of accidents in 2010 and 2011 attributed to on board fires involving the shipment of lithium ion batteries. Shifting cargo aboard a National Airlines 747 was blamed for a crash in 2012 when the jumbo airliner was taking off from Kabul, Afghanistan, killing all seven aboard.

Snake on Dubai-bound Emirates Flight Grounds Plane

Jan. 09–DUBAI — In a scene reminiscent of actor Samuel L. Jackson’s 2006 cult classic “Snakes on a Plane”, an Emirates flight from Muscat to Dubai was cancelled because of a serpentine stowaway discovered in the cargo hold.

“Emirates can confirm that flight EK0863 from Muscat to Dubai on 8 January 2017, was cancelled due to a detection of a snake in the cargo hold prior to passengers boarding,” an Emirates spokesperson said in a statement.

“Engineering and cleaning teams are working to clear the aircraft to re-enter service,” the spokesperson added. “We apologise for the inconvience caused.”

The aircraft re-entered service soon after the reptile was removed.

Emirates is not the only airline to have experienced a case of “snakes on a plane” in recent months.

In November 2016, passengers on an Aeromexico flight between the northern Mexican city of Torreon and Mexico City were shocked to find a large green snake slithering out from behind an overhead luggage compartment while in flight. The serpent was eventually trapped by passengers using blankets provided by cabin crew.

Once the plane landed, the aircraft’s passengers left the plane through the rear exit while animal control personnel came on board to take the wayward snake into custody.


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