Benet Wilson

Strange But True General Aviation News

November 30, 2012 by Benét Wilson

 Everyone loves a successful ditching!  All 29 passengers on an Embraer Brasilia turboprop were OK after the crew of charter operator Inter-Iles Air was forced to ditch the aircraft off the coast of Mozambique after a reported fuel leak, reports AvWeb.   The passengers and crew were rescued by fishermen in the area.

Why wasn’t he flying private in the first place?  Pittsburgh-based rapper Wiz Khalifa and his entourage were forced to charter a private jet to make it on time for a show in West Virginia, reports AllHipHop.com. The rapper was among 50 passengers on a US Airways Express jet departing from LaGuardia Airport that experienced a landing gear malfunction.

Get your birds straight.  A Philadelphia area animal rights group had a drone it was using to secretly film pigeon shoots at the Wing Point hunting grounds shot down, reports NBC10. The group claims a hunter shot down the camera, which sustained $4,000 in damage.

Case closed! Back on Oct. 19, I posted an item on an age discrimination lawsuit filed by a former pilot against Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael Jeffries, which included an embarrassing set of rules for those flying on the company’s Gulfstream G550.  The Columbus Dispatch reports that the sides reached a settlement right after the judge in the case ordered Jeffries to undergo a second deposition. No further details were released.

Pelicans hitch airplane ride home.  A set of pelicans that were blown from their home in Florida up to Rhode Island during Hurricane Sandy will not have to fly back, reports the Boston Globe.  After a stint at the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island, local residents raised enough money to fly the birds back to Daytona Beach, Fla., on a private aircraft.

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