The exact JetStar Airbus A300-200 involved in this incident: VH-EBF. Taken 10/08
On June 11th, a Jetstar Airbus A330-200 (same model as the AirFrance flight 447) was at cruising altitude heading from Japan to Australia when a loud bang and a flash of white came from the co-pilot’s windscreen.
Luckily, at the time of the incident, the aircraft was only about 20 minutes from Guam, but getting there wasn’t an easy ride.
The cockpit started to fill with smoke and the pilots put on oxygen masks while trying to put out the fires. After about a minute, it seemed the flames were out.
The passengers had no idea there was an emergency, since both pilots in the cockpit had their masks on and were unable to inform others aboard the plane of their condition.
Source: The Melbourne Herald– which has video interview with Jetstar CEO Bruce Buchanan
At this time, there doesn’t seem to be any similarities between the malfunctions on this flight and those on AirFrance Flight 447. Hopefully people won’t start thinking the Airbus A330 is an unsafe plane.
San Jose Police Department’s Officer Manny Vasquez, left, and Sergeant Luan Nguyen
Two vacationing off-duty San Jose police officers, Luan Nguyen and Manny Vasquez, were on an Eva Air flight from Taipei to San Francisco, when the captain came on the intercom, “I have a situation on board. If there are any law enforcement officers on board, please identify yourselves to a flight attendant.”
The unarmed officers went to give their assistance and found a mentally ill passenger where they had to use force, straps, seat belts, and belts to restrain the man.
The passenger had attacked a sleeping women, choking her until others were able to get him off her. The flight attendants cleared the last few rows, which left the unstable man by himself and also near the galley — which had knives among other items that could be used as a weapon.
When the officers approached the man he started fighting violently, kicking everything around him, including the cabin window. The officers were able to take control of the man and worked with passengers restraining him for the remainder of the 4.5 hours to San Francisco. After landing the man was placed into police custody and the officers received a round of applause.
Although the men didn’t have any of their standard equipment an officer on the ground would have, they did have their training and that was all they needed to resolve a messy and potentially deadly situation.
Source and Image: Mercury News