A Chinese aircraft carrier conducted 260 takeoff, landing drills near Okinawa’s coast, Japan

Aircraft based on the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning conducted a total of about 260 takeoff and landing drills this month while the vessel sailed in waters near Okinawa Prefecture and elsewhere, the Defense Ministry announced Wednesday. Air Self-Defense Force fighter aircraft were scrambled in response to these drills, and the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s helicopter-carrying destroyer…

INCIDENT A Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 makes emergency landing in Chicago after a laptop catches fire

Two flight attendants were treated on-site for smoke inhalation, and passengers were rebooked onto other flights. Two flight attendants were treated for smoke inhalation after a Lufthansa plane made an emergency landing in Chicago on Monday night following a “small fire” from a passenger’s overheated laptop. Pilots made the precautionary decision to land the plane…

Amazon begins drone deliveries in California and Texas

Amazon has begun delivering orders by drone. Amazon Prime Air is now operating in Lockeford, Calif. and College Station, Texas, delivering a small number of packages just in time for Christmas. In August of this year, the retail giant received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones for package deliveries. The maximum payload…

Southwest CEO apologized to frustrated Southwest customers

Bob Jordan apologized to frustrated Southwest customers, and thanked employees working to get travelers where they need to go. Southwest Airlines pilots blamed poor planning for thousands of flights being delayed or cancelled over the weekend, resulting in massive frustration among passengers. No other airlines faced a large number of delays or cancellations.   Bob…

‘My power’s really low, so this may be the last image I can send, don’t worry about me though’

NASA’s InSight mission has ended after more than four years of collecting unique science on Mars. Mission controllers at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California were unable to contact the lander after two consecutive attempts, leading them to conclude the spacecraft’s solar-powered batteries have run out of energy – a state engineers…