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    Woman molested on Delta Air Lines flight files $10 million lawsuit

    by CBS News on Jun 13, 16:53

    DETROIT — A Detroit-area woman is suing Delta Air Lines, claiming it could have prevented a man from molesting her on a flight from South Carolina in 2016. Christopher Finkley, 41, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was sentenced in March to a week in jail after pleading guilty to simple assault, a misdemeanor. The woman […]

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    Blind man says Frontier Airlines refused to let him board flight

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jun 02, 16:39

    TAMPA, Fla. — A legally blind man says an airline refused to allow him to board a flight with his 18-month-old granddaughter. The Tampa Bay Times reports Kliphton Miller tried to board a Frontier flight from Tampa to Las Vegas with the child on May 23. The 44-year-old Miller asked for help getting on the […]

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    Video shows ‘unruly’ Southwest Airlines passenger pinned to floor

    by CBSNews.com Staff on May 30, 16:41

    CHICAGO — A Southwest Airlines passenger who the airline said appeared to be drunk ran screaming onto a Chicago-bound flight in Las Vegas, after having been kicked off the plane, and he was zip-tied to a seat until police arrived Cellphone video of the incident on Flight 3630 shows an airline employee pinning the man […]

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    Equipment outages force delays at Sea-Tac

    by KTVA Web Staff on May 30, 15:24

    Alaska Airlines said in a statement Tuesday that Air Traffic Control equipment outages and low ceilings were contributing factors in a number of delays in and out of Sea-Tac. Approximately 90 Alaska Airlines and Virgin America flights scheduled to depart Seattle through noon were delayed up to two hours, affecting roughly 10,000 passengers, according to […]

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    Historic planes head to Dutch Harbor to mark 75th anniversary of Aleutians battle

    by Dave Leval on May 27, 18:43

    John Pletcher’s invitation is too good to ignore — a chance for myself to get back in the sky for the first time in a while. It takes his JRF-5 Grumman Goose just seconds to take flight at Anchorage’s Merrill Field, then it’s off to Dutch Harbor, to take part in the 75th anniversary of […]

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    Delta offers seasonal flights to Capitol city; Juneauites hope to keep competition

    by Liz Raines on May 25, 19:29

    It’s been one week since Delta Airlines started offering daily flights between Juneau and Seattle, breaking the Alaska Airlines monopoly, at least for the summer. Over the years, the capital city’s small population and harsh weather conditions have made it hard for companies to compete in Juneau’s skies. For year-round service between big cities and […]

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    NTSB: Body of Grant Aviation pilot recovered from remote crash site

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 05, 11:00

    The body of a Grant Aviation pilot who was killed when the plane he was flying crashed on a mountainside in a remote location in Southwest Alaska Monday has been recovered. The Alaska State Troopers, in coordination with the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group and the U.S. Coast Guard, successfully recovered the body of 54-year-old Gabriele Cianetti, of Anchorage, […]

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    NTSB: Pilot killed in Hillside crash had high amounts of carbon monoxide in his body

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 02, 8:45

    A 75-year-old pilot who died when his plane crashed on the Anchorage hillside last fall had extremely high amounts of carbon monoxide in his system, according to a factual report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) this week. A toxicology report showed that James Hefty had 48 percent carbon monoxide in his blood when […]

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    Update: Pilot killed in Southwest Alaska plane crash

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 01, 18:33

    Last updated at 11:36 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2 Troopers have identified the deceased as 54-year-old Gabriele Cianetti, of Anchorage. His next of kin has been notified. Updated at 10:05 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2 The pilot and sole occupant in a Cessna 208B operated by Grant Aviation was found dead south of Chignik Monday evening, […]

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    Kenai plane crash survivors meet rescuers who saved their lives

    by Melissa Frey on Apr 14, 19:20

    When a plane crashed and went missing in January on a flight from Anchorage to Kenai, the three survivors had faith people were looking for them. They were right. After eventually being rescued, they were surprised to hear just how large the search effort to find them became. Recently, the survivors got the chance to meet and say thank […]

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    Anchorage air traffic controller awarded for helping save fighter jet pilot

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 13, 18:05

    An Anchorage air traffic controller is being recognized nationally for her part in helping the pilot of a Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet land his plane safely on the ground after one of his engines failed over the Bering Sea. In an audio recording from July 25, 2016, you can hear Capt. Jesse Simmermon tell controller […]

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    3 pilots inducted into Alaska Aviation Hall of Fame

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 26, 13:20

    Last updated at 12:19 p.m. on Monday, March 27 Three pilots were inducted into the Alaska Aviation Hall of Fame Saturday night. KTVA’s Joe Vigil was the master of ceremonies at the event, which honored pilots Holger “Jorgy” Jorgenson, Sam White and J. Vic Brown Jr. The ceremony is a major fundraiser for the Alaska […]

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    Alaska Airlines customers can now earn miles on trips to Europe

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 20, 19:57

    Alaska Airlines announced Monday that it has partnered with Condor Airlines, allowing its customers to earn miles on trips to Europe. The two airlines already had an interline agreement, which allowed passengers to make connecting flights with less hassle. The agreement has since expanded to include mileage plan earnings. Redemption for award travel will begin at a […]

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    NTSB report on fatal Nome plane crash released

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 14, 21:45

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its report Tuesday on a fatal crash just outside of Nome on March 5. The crash claimed the life of the pilot, 28-year-old Thomas Grainger, who was from Wasilla. His Cessna 172K plane was located nose-down in the area of Hastings Creek, east of Nome, the morning after […]

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    FAA records show pilot killed in Nome-area crash was not permitted to fly at night

    by Eric Ruble on Mar 07, 19:00

    The Alaska pilot killed when his plane crashed about 10 miles east of Nome should not have been flying at the time, according to records from the Federal Aviation Administration. Thomas Grainger’s last communication was at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Alaska State Troopers. Grainger, 28, has been a licensed private pilot since 2006, according […]

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    Pilot killed in plane crash outside of Nome identified

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 06, 14:49

    Last updated at 4:03 p.m. on Monday, March 6 Alaska Sate Troopers say a pilot was killed when his plane went down near Nome. The pilot, identified as 28-year-old Wasilla resident Thomas Grainger, was flying from Wasilla to Nome, trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters wrote. The Cessna 172 was unable to land in Nome due to weather, […]

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    Troopers: Pilot injured in plane crash on the Kenai River

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 08, 19:05

    Last updated at 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 Alaska State Troopers say a Sterling pilot was injured but survived a plane crash on the Kenai River Wednesday. Troopers, Central Emergency Services and Alaska State Parks personnel responded to the crash scene near Sterling just before 3 p.m., according to an online trooper dispatch. A […]

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    Delta offers change fee waiver for customers affected by computer outage, delays

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 30, 22:01

    Following a systemwide outage Sunday, Delta Airlines is working on getting their customers to their destinations. The outage, which began around 6:30 p.m. Eastern time, led to delays for a number of flights in the U.S., according to a company statement. Roughly 170 flights were canceled by Sunday night, followed by another 110 on Monday. Other […]

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    US Coast Guard: Missing plane found 24 hours later with all 3 occupants alive

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 29, 21:43

    Last updated at 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31 The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center has confirmed that a missing Cessna bound for the Kenai Peninsula was found Monday. All aboard were alive when rescuers found them, a spokesman confirmed. The U.S. Coast Guard was contacted for assistance with the search on Monday, according to USCG Petty […]

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    Delta computers experience systemwide outage, departing flights delayed

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 29, 16:14

    Last updated at 4:26 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 A Delta Airlines representative confirmed that the company’s computers were malfunctioning Saturday afternoon. On the company’s website, an alert was issued saying all departing flights would be delayed as a result of the systemwide failure. “Departing flights delayed. We are working quickly to resolve a systemwide […]