air travel http://michiganradio.org en Sole survivor of NW Flight 255 breaks silence on 25th anniversary of crash http://michiganradio.org/post/sole-survivor-nw-flight-255-breaks-silence-25th-anniversary-crash <p>At 4 years old, she was the sole survivor of one of the worst aviation disasters in U.S. history.</p><p>On August 16, 1987, one hundred and fifty-six people were killed when Northwest Flight 255 out of Detroit Metro Airport did not put out its wing flaps and slats, which resulted in dangerously low altitude on takeoff.</p><p>The plane clipped a light pole, then a building, and crashed to the ground at about 8:46 p.m. killing all of the crew and passengers except for 4-year-old Cecelia Cichan from Tempe, Arizona.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 19:41:21 +0000 Mark Brush 8660 at http://michiganradio.org Sole survivor of NW Flight 255 breaks silence on 25th anniversary of crash Detroit Metro Airport lands good ranking in "Best and Worst" list http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-metro-airport-lands-good-ranking-best-and-worst-list <p>You gotta give them a lot of clicks to find the ranking on their page (can someone say pageviews!), but once you finally get there, you&#39;ll see that readers of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-and-worst-airports/15">Travel and Leisure</a> ranked Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) as the 3rd best airport in the country.</p><blockquote><p>Detroit&rsquo;s airport is at the top of its game, ranked No. 1 in terminal cleanliness, design, location, lounges, and business centers. It came in third for service and staff communication and fourth in baggage handling. As Delta&rsquo;s second largest hub and the carrier&rsquo;s primary gateway for Asia, that&rsquo;s no mean feat. The airport fell short only when it came to public transportation options&mdash;not surprising considering you&rsquo;ve landed in the Motor City.</p></blockquote><p>Viable public transport to Detroit Metro has always been a problem. Some are making attempts to improve the situation.</p><p>Just recently, the public transportation system in Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/new-airride-bus-travels-between-ann-arbor-and-detroit-metro">announced a partnership</a> with a private company, Michigan Flyer, to provide cheaper transit to the airport.</p><p>Twelve bucks will get you from A2 to DTW. That&#39;s better than a typical $40 to $50 cab ride.</p><p>The best airport named by readers was Minneapolis (MSP)... the worst was New York&#39;s LaGuardia (LGA) - JFK and Newark airports also ranked poorly.</p><p>Sound about right to you? Thu, 03 May 2012 14:46:24 +0000 Mark Brush 7317 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Metro Airport lands good ranking in "Best and Worst" list Small plane clips a FedEx truck, crashes and kills pilot http://michiganradio.org/post/small-plane-clips-fedex-truck-crashes-and-kills-pilot <p>A small plane crashed in Allegan County this morning.</p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2011/09/plane_that_crashed_into_fedex.html">The Kalamazoo Gazette</a> reports that construction workers working on a bridge over U.S. 131 saw the plane approaching the Plainwell Municipal Airport and noticed that it was too low.</p><p>The plane clipped the back of a FedEx semi traveling on U.S. 131 before crashing. Chuck Wiersma was one of the construction crew members:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We said, &#39;He&#39;s not going to make it,&quot; Wiersma said. &quot;And he didn&#39;t make it.&quot;</p><p>The plane clipped the truck&#39;s trailer and crashed. Paul Brindley, who runs the airport, said the pilot was killed. Police said the truck driver was not hurt.</p><p>After the plane crashed, Wiersma said he drove onto northbound U.S. 131 and attempted to stop traffic. He also went to the crash site to see if he could help.</p><p>Asked what he saw, Wiersma said, &quot;It was a mess.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>At around 9 a.m. this morning, <a href="http://www.wzzm13.com/news/article/179983/14/UPDATE-Pilot-killed-in-Allegan-County-plane-crash-US-131-closed">WZZM</a> reported that a stretch of U.S. 131 was closed:</p><blockquote><p>Allegan County Sheriff&#39;s Deputies have closed the northbound side of the highway, from M-89 to M-222. It is unclear how long U.S. 131 will remain closed. Drivers are advised to avoid the area. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:43:32 +0000 Mark Brush 4276 at http://michiganradio.org Small plane clips a FedEx truck, crashes and kills pilot Ohio woman describes being detained after Detroit flight last Sunday http://michiganradio.org/post/ohio-woman-describes-being-detained-after-detroit-flight-last-sunday <p>An Ohio woman said Tuesday that she endured nearly four hours in police custody that included being forced off an airplane in handcuffs, strip-searched and interrogated at Detroit&#39;s airport on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks _ all, she believes, because of her Middle Eastern appearance.</p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 03:27:41 +0000 The Associated Press 4144 at http://michiganradio.org Ohio woman describes being detained after Detroit flight last Sunday Delta discontinues service to five Michigan cities http://michiganradio.org/post/delta-discontinues-service-five-michigan-cities <p>Delta Airlines is discontinuing service to five airports in Michigan, including Alpena, Iron Mountain, Escanaba, Pellston and Sault Ste. Marie, according to the <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110715/BIZ/107150429/1001/biz">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Delta Air Lines said today it plans to discontinue flight service in 24 underperforming markets around the country, including at five airports in Michigan.&quot;</p><p>&quot;&#39;While Delta would prefer to continue serving these communities, the new reality of mounting cost pressures faced by our industry means we can no longer afford to provide this service,&#39; Delta said in a statement.&quot;</p><p>&quot;Delta, which said it also plans to <a class="itxtrst itxtrsta itxthook" href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110715/BIZ/107150429/1001/biz#" id="itxthook0" rel="nofollow" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 100%; text-decoration: underline; border-bottom: 0.075em solid darkgreen; padding-bottom: 1px; color: darkgreen; background-color: transparent;"><span class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan" id="itxthook0w0" style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent; font-size: inherit; font-weight: inherit; color: darkgreen;">retire</span></a> its Saab fleet of aircraft and halt $14 million in annual losses, said it would notify the Department of Transportation of its plans, which would affect Essential Air Service markets.&quot;</p><p>&quot;The EAS program ensures small communities have access to passenger air service and includes subsidies by the government to airlines.&quot;</p></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">-Brian Short, <em>Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 19:00:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3336 at http://michiganradio.org Delta discontinues service to five Michigan cities