On This Day Pre-Y2K

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January 17, 2000 Permalink

here is a summary of airline events. some do not appear to be y2k, some may be. just to keep a perspective on things. links provided when possible.

05-06-99 The Federal Aviation Administration Wednesday warned that an order slowing traffic at O’Hare International and Midway Airports could lead to serious disruptions in air travel as the agency addresses problems with two radar systems that forced flight cancellations and may have contributed to a near-collision between two planes. (link expired, from Chicago Tribune)

05-06-99 “An air traffic control computer on Long Island that is the first of a new generation being installed nationwide failed early Thursday, creating havoc at La Guardia, Newark and Philadelphia Airports... (link expired, from New York Times)

05-08-99 Philly Airport Hit by Power Outage. A power failure knocked out air traffic controllers’ radar displays and radio communications for 23 minutes at Philadelphia International Airport. AP-NY-05-08-99 1338EDT (no link)

11-12-99 PRISTINA, Kosovo (CNN) -- A World Food Program (WFP) plane with 24 people aboard crashed Friday just outside of Pristina, Kosovo, said United Nations and WFP officials. (no link)

11-19-99 JET LANDS SAFELY AFTER CABIN LOSES AIR PRESSURE (Associated Press)- Passengers gasped and prayed as an American Airlines jetliner lost cabin pressure at 31,000 feet on Thursday, but the Boeing 767 made a safe emergency landing. Six people, including actor Abe Vigoda, were slightly injured. (no link)

12-24-99 AnAir Canada Air bus commuter plan from Calgary to Vancouver had to turn back afte 20 minutes in flight as their was a “power surge”. Passengers were emergency exited and a fire broke out in one engine after a safe landing. (from Time Bomb 2000, greenspun: no link)

12-27-99 INDIANAPOLIS) -- A computer glitch at Indianapolis International Airport’s Control Center may have caused a few flight delays for holiday travelers. (link expired, from excite.com/news)

12-31-99 KCCI-TV in Des Moines reports that two dozen airports in SW Iowa lost all communication ability at 0 GMT, this evening. Officials from Iowa’s Department of Transportation and the FFA are swiftly investigating the source of the Y2K-related glitch. http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a386d8277152f.htm

12-31-99 The radar at Palm Springs International Airport remained out-of-order on Friday, causing concerns among some air traffic controllers who work there....The radar was shut down Dec. 19, and 25 specialists from the FAAs national technical center were sent to evaluate and repair the system. Air traffic controllers have reported at least six close calls between planes flying in local airspace, including several that reportedly came within 400 feet of each other. (link expired, from MSNBC)

01-02-00 The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau is investigating an incident on a Qantas flight from Melbourne to Sydney last Sunday. A Qantas spokeswoman says halfway through flight QF472 the lights in the cabin went out, and the emergency strip lighting in the floor came on. Just over a minute later the lights came back on. Qantas says the fault was in a control panel and a part was replaced when the plane landed in Sydney. The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau is investigating an incident on a Qantas flight from Melbourne to Sydney last Sunday. A Qantas spokeswoman says halfway through flight QF472 the lights in the cabin went out, and the emergency strip lighting in the floor came on. Just over a minute later the lights came back on. Qantas says the fault was in a control panel and a part was replaced when the plane landed in Sydney. (link expired, from Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

01-03-00 A computer malfunction at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Boston Center here delayed flights at airports in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York Monday night. AP-NY-01-03-00 2322EST (no link)

01-03-00 A Turkish Airlines plane was forced to return to Istanbul airport twice Monday because of technical problems.... (link expired, ) 01-06-00 A software “patch” that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) installed on its host computers before the Y2K rollover may have ponsible for the computer system crash that grounded planes all over the East Coast today, according to a specialist that supervises work on the FAA’s computer systems.....The system failure at the Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center in Leesburg, Va. earlier this morning comes on the heels of a similar breakdown at an air traffic control center in Boston earlier this week where a crashed computer hard drive held planes in limbo for hours and delayed flights at nearby airports. (link expired, from Newsbytes)

01-09-00 Sunday 1-09-99 a computer failure left a Boeing 777 stranded at London’s Heathrow airport. “Any suggestion that it was due to a millennium bug is complete nonsense,” said a BA spokeswoman. http://www.go.com/Content?arn=a1788LBY862reulb-20000109&qt=glitch&sv=IS&lk=noframes&col=NX&kt=A&ak=news1486 : 01-10-00 Monday, January 10, 2000 Collision Warning Alarms Passengers Canadian Airlines flight Rene Pollett National Post”OTTAWA - Passengers on an international Canadian Airlines flight experienced a series of scares when a mid-air collision warning forced the airliner’s captain to take evasive action three times. “The 212 passengers and crew on Canadian Flight 41 were about one hour into their nine-hour flight from Rome to Toronto when the pilot suddenly put the Boeing 767 into a series of emergency climbs that forced passengers deep into their seats and buckled flight attendants’ knees.” http://www.nationalpost.com/news.asp?f=000110/172894.html 01-10-00 Ten die in plane crash near Zurich. Witnesses say they saw the twin engine turboprop plane turn into a fireball and dive into a field after leaving Zurich Airport. http://www.foxnews.com/world/011000/swisscrash.sml

01-11-00 OSLO, Norway (AP)--Two Boeing 737-500s made almost simultaneous emergency landings in two countries when their cockpit indicators gave virtual identical faulty readings....A third Braathen’s 737-500 experienced the same problem after it had landed and parked. http://flash.oregonlive.com/cgi-bin/or_nview.pl?/home1/wire/AP/Stream-Parsed/OREGON_NEWS/o1958_PM_Norway-BraathensLandi

01-11-00 Washington, D.C., airport experiences another breakdown. All of the main frequencies and voice circuits at the control tower of Washington, D.C.’s Ronald Reagan National Airport failed for nearly an hour. http://www.fcw.com/fcw/articles/web-airport-01-13-00.asp

01-13-00 Thursday January 13 1:16 PM ET Swiss Plane Crashes Off Libya, 15 Feared Dead (41 aboard) Before the crash the plane had tried to land at the Tripoli airport....for unknown reasons it then tried to ditch in the sea. http://www.excite.com.au/news/story/aap/20000114/08/international/libya-plane-afr.inp

01-13-00 A twin engine plane crashed in a remote region of northern Quebec on Thursday, killing the pilot and two french tourists, and injuring another three tourists. http://news.excite.com/news/ap/000113/21/int-canada-plane-crash

**************** 01-14-00 Jan 14, 2000 - 08:18 PM Pressurization Problem Forces America West Flight to Land in Boise The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Oxygen masks deployed and a few passengers experienced nausea Friday when an America West Airlines plane lost cabin pressure en route from Seattle to Phoenix and was forced to land in Boise. The Boeing 737-300 with 134 passengers aboard landed about 11 a.m. A crew was trying to determine what caused the decompression as the plane was cruising at 33,000 feet.....) Copyright 2000 Associated Press. All rights reserved. Brought to you by the Tampa Bay Online Networkhttp://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGIMK4NIG3C.html 01-16-99 Ex-CIA Head, Wife Aboard Plane Crash By ERIC NUNEZ Associated Press Writer SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) - Former CIA director Adm. Stansfield Turner was among 17 people injured in a weekend airplane crash that killed his wife, a U.S. couple and a Spaniard, Costa Rican authorities said Sunday....Turner and 16 other people, most of them Spaniards, were injured when the Czech-built LET 410 plowed into a house in an upscale neighborhood near the Tobias Bolanos airport, Red Cross officials said. Three people were in the house, including a Nicaraguan housekeeper who suffered minor injuries....The cause of the accident was under investigation. It was unclear whether heavy winds at the time played a role. ``I was coming up the street when suddenly I saw the plane start to fishtail,’’ one witness, Pedro Chinchilla, told the daily La Republica. ``It fell, and then I heard a loud noise, like a hurricane. When I reached the site I could hear screams coming from inside the house.’’ Copyright 2000 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

—boop, Time Bomb 2000 Forums (LUSENET), 01/17/00

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