In a live interview, Robert Sumwalt, board member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), offers an update on the launch of a NTSB “Go-Team,” which has been expedited to Birmingham, Alabama to investigate this morning’s crash of a UPS cargo plane and the death of two people. Sumwalt advised that the agency’s website, ntsb.gov and Twitter account, @NTSB, will post up-to-the-minute information on the crash.
Read the full story and view video here: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/faa-ups-jet-crashes-birmingham-ala-19954797
According to Flightstats.com, 80% of flights departing from Beijing airport are late. In a recent story by Business Insider, questions loom over China’s ability to cope with its booming aviation market. A quick fix has recently been put in place by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Dubbed ”unrestricted takeoff,” the policy is designed to reduce the stress of waiting at the airport.
“Under the new rules, in place at eight major airports, once all the passengers are on board a plane and the doors are shut, the plane is cleared to take off — whether or not a landing spot will be available at its destination. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/chinas-new-unrestricted-takeoff-policy-shows-market-problem-2013-8#ixzz2bmBbUqDR
Marriott xPLOR Adventure App
In keeping with the company’s mission to reach new social and mobile heights, Marriott International launched today, a mobile travel game called xPLOR that customers can download for free on the iOS App Store. Gamers will visit five gateway cities, accomplish sightseeing challenges, solve puzzles and trivia questions, and compete to win Marriott Rewards® points. Players from around the world can also friend one other, live chat and closely collaborate to solve xPLOR’s many challenges.
A first in the hotel industry, the game appeals to next gen travelers who play games to decompress in between meetings, while waiting to board a flight or while hanging at the pool. While this is the first social adventure app from a hotel company, it’s part of a concerted strategy that began with My Marriott Hotel in 2009 and continues with long-term investments in gamification as both a customer engagement and internal communication/training tool.
According to a breaking post from FlyerTalk, a leading online travel community, Southwest flight 345 from Nashville landed at New York-LaGuardia without its front wheels. CNN is reporting that LaGuardia is temporarily allowing other planes to land.
According to an NBC News report, California station KTVU aired four erroneous names for the pilots of Flight 214 after a National Transportation Safety Board intern mistakenly confirmed them as being correct.
“The phony names, which could be seen as Asian-stereotype spellings of phrases like “Something Wrong” and “We Too Low,” were read by an anchor during KTVU’s noon broadcast Friday.”
View broadcast video and read the full story here.