APG 105 – Ethiopian Airlines Flight Hijacked, United Flight Severe Turbulence


Posted on February 23rd, by Capt. Jeff in Podcast. No Comments

APG 105 – Ethiopian Airlines Flight Hijacked, United Flight Severe Turbulence
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Don’t leave hijacking an airliner to the amateurs, not when you can do it yourself. That’s apparently the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 702 co-pilot’s philosophy. Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn felt threatened by the Ethiopian government… enough so that he thought it a good idea to lock the captain out of the cockpit, fly the jet to Geneva instead of Rome, and seek political asylum from the Swiss government. Problem is, it will be hard to overlook the fact that he essentially kidnapped the 202 passengers and the flight’s crew, which is a crime that may leave him in the slammer for 20 years. Oops.

Here’s the ATC audio, courtesy of LiveATC.net.

A Nepal Airlines Twin Otter crashed last week, killing all 18 on board. The investigation continues, but several listeners on frequency reported that the aircraft attempted to divert to Bhairahawa Airport due to icing after the aircraft had flown into freezing rain.

A United Airlines 737 flight from Denver to Billings experienced a severe upset, injuring three cabin crew members and two passengers. While it isn’t yet clear what caused the episode, I suspect it may have been caused by Mountain Wave turbulence, which is common this time of year in the Western US mountain states. Do you still need a reason to always stay seated with your seat belts fastened?

ATC audio of United 1676.

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John – Smoking on private planes?
Renato – Back-side-of-clock flying
Steve – Lufthansa 747
Tom – L1011, Logging Tail Numbers, Differences in airplanes
Tom – Why the MD88? Attitudes in the Cockpit? PHX Layovers?
Rob – Flight Training School Recommendations
Mitch – CTC Update – Chasing My Dream
Harry – Window Wipers?
Ryan – Schedule, Safe Takeoff (performance)
Korhan – Finnish F-18s takeoff and land on highway 2011
Brent – Podcast tips(?)
Josh – What can I convince my parents?
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