Discussion of the more serious side of the Mail's agenda
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By Arnold
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Dramatic moment enormous Airbus A380 is rocked violently while battling severe crosswinds as it come in to land
Fortunately the manoeuvre is successful and the plane lands safely

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/trave ... z4L5tm6TZF" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
 
By Big-Iain
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Prompted by ... nothing at all, the DM continues to frighten the readers with aviation scare stories.
The worst blunders made by pilots before a crash revealed
As usual, the quality of the journalism is matched by the quality of the writing.
(Curiously, it's always furinner pilots - ignoring the brave British Kegworth pilots who shutdown the wrong engine. )
 
By Arnold
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Who's flying this thing? Stunned BA passengers watch in horror as the pilot leaves the cockpit to give a safety demo as his jet taxied to the runway

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... cle-430012" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
By Fozzy
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That entire report is spun out of one tweet from some demented passenger who seems to have been under the impression that BA only has one pilot flying 747s and couldn't cope with the fact that he wasn't in the cabin when all the plane was doing was taxiing. Yet they describe it as a "drama". If the Mail's intrepid reporter found that dramatic, goodness know what adjectives he'd reach for for a real crisis.
By The Rationalist
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Am presuming the other two pilots had it covered - sadly said demented passenger presumably imagines there is still a radio operator, navigator and bomb aimer required.

I suspect the passenger can look forward to a lifetime of downgrades, missing hot meals and spilt drinks for the rest of her BA career.
 
By Arnold
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Dramatic moment frightened passengers pray together and put on oxygen masks on flight from London as cabin loses pressure and plane makes emergency landing in Holland after 'Mayday' call

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... z4brGovtzR" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Apparently they were praying, singing, and filming on their smartphones while breathing through oxygen masks. That's what I call multitasking.
 
By Arnold
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Couple are kicked off a British Airways flight from London to Jamaica at a Portuguese air force base after demanding an upgrade to business class

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... z4fRlSwkIm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Mail readers. Yesterday.

Dress in your 'Sunday best', travel solo and remember to smile: The tricks that could get you UPGRADED on your next flight
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/artic ... z4fRhcFvLO" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
 
By Arnold
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BREAKING NEWS: Air France flight heading from Paris to Birmingham declares a mid-air emergency after it is struck by lightning

BREAKING NEWS?
The aircraft has since landed safely at Birmingham Airport with no emergency response needed and with no injuries to passengers or crew.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... z4hXcE5aGM" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
 
By Arnold
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Unhappy landings! Gut-wrenching moment plane shakes in severe crosswinds as it attempts Madeira Airport landing
In expert fashion, the plane is brought under control - but steam spews out of the wheels as it jolts onto the tarmac of Runway 5


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... z4iCP4FN36" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
 
By Bones McCoy
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Arnold wrote:Unhappy landings! Gut-wrenching moment plane shakes in severe crosswinds as it attempts Madeira Airport landing
In expert fashion, the plane is brought under control - but steam spews out of the wheels as it jolts onto the tarmac of Runway 5


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... z4iCP4FN36" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Who doesn't hark back the romantic steam era of aviation.
So many tears shed when they went over to diesel and overhead electrification.
 
By Daley Mayle
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I experienced landings at Madeira airport three times back in the 80s. It was like something from The Dambusters as the plane zips low over the sea towards the island then, at the last moment, does a 90º turn and you're running alongside the local's houses. There's lots of left-a-bit, right-a-bit, hold-her-steady-Captain and then you're landing on a strip barely long enough for Cessna. Richard Todd throws his weight on the brakes and it skids along the concrete. On every landing the locals on the plane would burst into spontaneous applause and loadsa Hail Marys.

At the time the runway wasn't long enough for a take-off with a full fuel load so going home was always via Faro.
 
By Arnold
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Fozzy wrote:The original report managed to place Madeira in Spain, too.

I like this bit of If-in-doubt-make-it-up technique:
The huge aircraft is seen bumping around - with passengers undoubtedly terrified inside the cabin.

Undoubtedly?
The DM hack didn't doubt it. It's an article of faith that you take your life in your hands when you fly.
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