British Airways Suffers From Staffing Shortages And A French Pilot Loses Control Of A Boeing Airplane!

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British Airways Staffing Shortages!

Battling a staffing crisis, British Airways is now offering a sign-on bonus of £1,000 ($1,300) for four in demand roles including cabin crew, ramp staff, bus drivers, and telephone customer service agents. 

The airline has come under intense pressure over the last few weeks as staffing shortages have resulted in mass disruption at its Heathrow hub.  Stranded passengers have faced further problems in trying to get in touch with BA’s customer service reps despite promises to hire more staff.

British Airways has also taken flak for canceling hundreds of flights, some of which have been proactively axed from schedules because the airline has now realized it doesn’t have enough staff to keep its operation going as planned.

French Pilot Loses Control Of Boeing Airplane!

French aircraft accident investigators have opened a probe into what has been described as a ‘serious incident’ involving an Air France operated Boeing 777-300 passenger plane that allegedly stopped reacting to the commands of the two pilots as it came into land at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on Tuesday.

The Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses or BEA as it is more often known said on its official Twitter account that a safety investigation was now underway due to the ‘instability of flight controls’ of the 17-year-old aircraft.

French aircraft accident investigators have opened a probe into what has been described as a ‘serious incident’ involving an Air France operated Boeing 777-300 passenger plane that allegedly stopped reacting to the commands of the two pilots as it came into land at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on Tuesday.

The Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses or BEA as it is more often known said on its official Twitter account that a safety investigation was now underway due to the ‘instability of flight controls’ of the 17-year-old aircraft.

The BEA will also be looking at the ‘hard controls’ and ‘flight path oscillations’ that prompted a go-around at Paris’ main airport yesterday morning.

Air France flight AF11 from New York JFK landed safely on its second attempt after performing a go-around when the aircraft seemingly stopped responding to the commands of the pilots and started to ‘significantly veer left’ on its initial final approach.

One of the pilots can be heard shouting “Stop! Stop!” in a recording between the flight and air traffic control that has been publicly released.  The pilot, who sounds distressed in the audio recording, goes on to shout “Stop it!” as various flight control alarms ring in the background.

According to the Aviation Herald, air traffic controllers instructed the crew to discontinue the approach as the plane reached 1,500 feet but the pilots didn’t actually manage to disconnect the autopilot until 1,200 feet and the go-around was only initiated when the aircraft was a mere 1,150 feet above the ground.

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