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November 2nd, 2011
01:40 PM ET

Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger weighs in on dramatic airplane landing in Poland

A LOT Polish Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey, made a dramatic emergency landing at Warsaw's International airport yesterday after problems with its landing gear forced the Boeing 767 to land on its belly.

Video footage from the scene showed the plane coming in to land without its wheels down and skidding along the tarmac to a halt. Emergency vehicles raced toward the aircraft and appeared to hose it down as passengers disembarked.  Remarkably, all 231 passengers on the flight were safe and uninjured.

On American Morning today, Carol Costello talks with Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, CBS News aviation and safety expert, about the dramatic landing and how pilots prepare for these types of situations.

Filed under: Airline safety
October 24th, 2011
02:02 PM ET

Airline doubted flying ability of pilot involved in 2009 Buffalo crash

New questions are emerging about whether the pilot behind the controls in a deadly 2009 crash near Buffalo, NY could handle the plane he was flying. Lawyers for the victims' families have released emails from Colgan Air that they say are the "smoking gun" – proof that the airline had doubts about this pilot's ability.

On American Morning today, Alina Cho speaks with Hugh Russ, an attorney representing five families of victims to the crash, to discuss these emails and what they mean for the future of this case.

Filed under: Airline safety • Airlines
August 3rd, 2011
11:20 AM ET

FAA funding the latest casualty of political infighting in Washington

The U.S. Senate went on summer recess Tuesday night following the vote on debt ceiling legislation without taking action to fully fund the Federal Aviation Administration.

As a result, 4,000 aviation workers have been furloughed today and the FAA has had to shut down airport construction projects across the country, leaving up to 70,000 workers idle for the next five weeks. The U.S. government is also likely to lose more than $1 billion in airline ticket taxes.

This morning, Michael Goldfarb, former FAA chief of staff, talks with Ali Velshi about why funding the FAA has become a partisan issue and explains if the furloughs will impact airport safety.

Filed under: Airline safety • Money • Politics
April 19th, 2011
03:01 PM ET

Goldfarb: Air traffic controllers 'in a bind'

More problems for the FAA. An air traffic controller and his manager are suspended for watching a movie while on the job in Cleveland, Ohio.

It comes on the heels of incidents of sleeping controllers around the country.

Former FAA chief of staff Michael Goldfarb joined American Morning's Ali Velshi, Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans about why air traffic controllers are having trouble staying awake and focused on the job.

Filed under: Air traffic control • Airline safety
April 13th, 2011
07:32 AM ET

Pilot: JFK collision shows airports need to revisit jumbo jet safety

What likely went wrong when an Air France jumbo jet’s wing plowed into a smaller commuter plane at John F. Kennedy Airport on Monday night?

Can JFK safely coordinate the arrivals and departures of the massive Airbus 380 planes that seat 525 passengers, or are they just too big to land at such a busy airport?

Today on American Morning, John Lucich, a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor who has landed at JFK before, analyzes the incident with Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans. He describes the feasibility of landing jumbo jets at bigger airports.

Filed under: Airline safety • Airlines • Transportation • Travel
March 25th, 2011
07:44 AM ET

Two planes land without guidance as air traffic controller sleeps

Two planes were left to land without guidance Wednesday when they heard no response from the air traffic control tower.

The controller who was on duty is a 20-year veteran of the job, and has admitted he was asleep at the time of the incident. The FAA has suspended the controller while they investigate what happened.

Bob Richards is a former air traffic controller and author of "Secrets from the Tower". Richards talks to Ali Velshi about Wednesday's close call at Reagan National Airport.

Filed under: Airline safety • U.S.
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