A daring helicopter rescue! A critically ill French Antarctic expeditioner aboard the expedition ship L’Astrolabe was rescued by the Tasmania Police and the Westpac Rescue helicopter, reports Mercury News. The boat was located just outside the range of the helicopter, but the pilots were able to make the rescue.
Asleep at the yoke. An Australian businessman and politician caused flights in Sydney to be diverted after he put his Cessna 210 on autopilot and fell asleep, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Air traffic controllers made the diversion after being unable to wake the pilot.
It was an interesting flight lesson. A student pilot practicing landings at Massachusetts’ Mansfield Municipal Airport made a landing that was too low, hitting a snow bank at the end of the runway, reports WLNE-TV. The student was not injured, but the aircraft damage totaled $45,000.
Emergency landings. A pilot made an emergency landing at Washington’s Newman Airport after experiencing engine failure, reports Australia’s ABC News. A small jet with seven passengers aboard skidded of a runway at Chicago’s DuPage Airport, but no one was injured, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.