Barrister disbarred for endangering police helicopter – Bar Standards Board

“A public disciplinary tribunal has ordered the disbarment of a barrister for acting in a manner likely to endanger a police helicopter and its passengers.”

Full press release

Bar Standards Board, 12th November 2013


Saudi prince loses £6.5m Gaddafi claim – The Independent

Posted August 1st, 2013 in aircraft, news, royal family, sale of goods by sally

“A billionaire Saudi prince has lost a High Court fight with a Jordanian businesswoman.”

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The Independent, 31st July 2013


Leadership & culture, principles & professionalism, simplicity & safety – lessons from the Nimrod Review – Speech by The Hon. Sir Charles Haddon-Cave

Posted June 24th, 2013 in accidents, aircraft, armed forces, health & safety, news by sally

Leadership & culture, principles & professionalism, simplicity & safety – lessons from the Nimrod Review (PDF)

Speech by The Hon. Sir Charles Haddon-Cave

“Piper 25” Oil & Gas UK Conference, 19th June 2013


Bart Simpson faces Mr Burns in court – but this is real-life Warwick, not Springfield – The Independent

Posted March 21st, 2013 in aircraft, community service, firearms, news by sally

“Judge Mr Recorder Burns gives company director Barton Simpson community order for attempting to board flight with antique hand gun.”

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The Independent, 21st March 2013


Fatal helicopter flight instructor Ian King found guilty – BBC News

Posted January 10th, 2013 in aircraft, fraud, news, teachers by sally

“A flying instructor whose student died in a helicopter crash has been found guilty of lying to get him a licence.”

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BBC News, 9th January 2013


Regina v Smith (Mark) – WLR Daily

Regina v Smith (Mark) [2012] EWCA Crim 2566; [2012] WLR (D) 362

“The court had to identify the potential victim in a restraining order under section 5A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 to reflect the underlying purpose of the provision to protect that person or class of persons from an acquitted defendant and could only impose an order if satisfied that the defendant was likely to pursue a course of conduct which amounted to harassment within the meaning of section 1 of the Act.”

WLR Daily, 29th November 2012


Nelson and others v Deutsche Lufthansa AG Regina (TUI Travel plc and others) v Civil Aviation Authority (Joined Cases C-581/10–C-629/10) – WLR Daily

Posted October 29th, 2012 in aircraft, carriage by air, compensation, delay, EC law, international law, law reports by sally

Nelson and others v Deutsche Lufthansa AG Regina (TUI Travel plc and others) v Civil Aviation Authority (Joined Cases C-581/10–C-629/10); [2012] WLR (D) 293

“Passengers whose flights were delayed were entitled, under certain circumstances, to compensation pursuant to article 5 to 7 of Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 of 11 February 2004 establishing common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delay of flights, and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 295/91.”

WLR Daily, 23rd October 2012


Stansted hijacker wins Home Office challenge – The Independent

Posted July 16th, 2012 in aircraft, appeals, asylum, news by sally

“An Iraqi man arrested at Stansted Airport after taking part in the hijack of an airliner today won the latest round of a 16-year fight to stay in the UK.”

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The Independent, 13th July 2012


Jet bomb plotter Nezar Hindawi loses parole bid – BBC News

Posted January 6th, 2012 in aircraft, conspiracy, murder, news, parole by tracey

“A terrorist jailed for 45 years for plotting to blow up an Israeli airliner has lost a legal battle to secure his release, the BBC understands.”

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BBC News, 6th January 2012


Air Transport Association of America v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (International Air Transport Association and others, intervening – WLR Daily

Posted January 3rd, 2012 in aircraft, carbon dioxide emissions, EC law, law reports, news by tracey

Air Transport Association of America v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (International Air Transport Association and others, intervening); (Case C-366/10);  [2011] WLR (D)  386

“Certain principles and provisions of international law could be relied upon to assess the validity of Parliament and Council Directive 2008/101/EC amending Directive 2003/87/EC so as to include aviation activities in the scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community. Examination of Directive 2008/101 in the light of those principles and provisions disclosed no factor affecting the Directive’s validity.”

WLR Daily, 21st December 2011


RAF helicopter crash co-pilot spared jail – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2011 in aircraft, courts martial, news, sentencing by tracey

“The co-pilot of an RAF helicopter that crashed during a ‘jolly’, killing the pilot and two others, has avoided jail.”

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BBC News, 16th December 2011


Rodríguez and Others v Air France SA (Case C-83/10) – WLR Daily

Posted December 6th, 2011 in aircraft, airlines, compensation, EC law, interpretation, law reports by sally

Rodríguez and Others v Air France SA (Case C-83/10); [2011] WLR (D) 348

“‘Cancellation’, in article 2(1) of Parliament and Council Regulation 261/2004/EC was not limited to the situation in which an aeroplane failed to take off at all, but also covered the case in which it took off but, for whatever reason, was subsequently forced to return to the airport of departure where the passengers were transferred to other flights. ‘Further compensation’ in article 12 of the Regulation allowed the national court to award compensation under the Montreal Convention for damage arising from breach of the contract of carriage by air. However that meaning was not the legal basis for the national court to order an air carrier to reimburse to passengers whose flight had been delayed or cancelled the expenses the latter had incurred because of the failure of that carrier to fulfil its obligations to assist and provide care under articles 8 and 9 of the Regulation.”

WLR Daily, 13th October 2011


Timothy Bradley jailed for drunken rant on BA flight – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2011 in aircraft, alcohol abuse, assault, news, sentencing by sally

“A US businessman who drunkenly abused staff on a British Airways flight to London has been jailed for three months.”

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BBC News, 23rd September 2011


Liam Fox apologises over cleared pilots – The Independent

Posted July 13th, 2011 in accidents, aircraft, negligence, news by tracey

“Defence Secretary Liam Fox apologised today to the families of the pilots in the Mull of Kintyre helicopter crash after a new report cleared them of an earlier finding of negligence. The fresh review concluded that Flight Lieutenants Jonathan Tapper and Richard Cook should not have been blamed for the accident in 1994.”

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The Independent, 13th July 2011


Chinook pilots ‘did not cause fatal helicopter crash’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 12th, 2011 in accidents, aircraft, negligence, news, reports by tracey
 “An official review into a Chinook helicopter crash in Scotland that killed 29 people has ruled the two pilots should not have been blamed.”
Daily Telegraph, 11th July 2011



Nigel Farage crash pilot given two-year community order – The Guardian

Posted June 10th, 2011 in aircraft, community service, news, sentencing, threatening behaviour by michael

“The pilot of a plane that crashed on election day, injuring Ukip leader Nigel Farage, was given a two-year community order today after a court heard his threats to kill the politician were ‘a cry for help’. ”

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The Guardian, 10th June 2011


Nigel Farage death threats crash pilot guilty – BBC News

Posted April 15th, 2011 in accidents, aircraft, news, threatening behaviour by sally

“A pilot has been convicted of threatening to kill UKIP leader Nigel Farage following a plane crash.”

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BBC News, 14th April 2011


Terrorist jailed in 1986 contests minister’s refusal to release him – The Guardian

Posted November 26th, 2010 in aircraft, explosives, news, parole, terrorism by sally

“A man jailed for 45 years for plotting to blow up an Israeli airliner flying out of Heathrow today challenged the government’s refusal to accept a parole board recommendation to release him.”

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The Guardian, 25th November 2010


Jimmy Mubenga: Questions raised over flight guidelines for deportations – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2010 in aircraft, deportation, news, restraint by sally

“The use of commercial aircraft to transport deportees has been called into question by a British Airways pilot following the death of Jimmy Mubenga.”

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The Guardian, 15th October 2010


New inquiry into Chinook crash which killed intelligence officers – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 9th, 2010 in aircraft, inquiries, intelligence services, news by sally

“An independent review is to be conducted into the crash of an RAF Chinook on the Mull of Kintyre which killed 25 senior intelligence officers and the aircraft crew, the government has announced.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th September 2010