NTSB studies near collision, Air Canada to update 777s, new theme park attractions


NTSB: Air traffic controllers set altitudes of planes that nearly collided off Hawaii

The NTSB is investigating why two airplanes were put at the same altitude north of Hawaii, which resulted in a near collision.

The incident was brought to public attention when a passenger on one of the planes wrote a blog titled: “Two Weeks Ago, I Almost Died in the Deadliest Plane Crash Ever.”

In the incident, United Airlines Flight 1205, which was headed east to Los Angeles from Kona International Aiport on the Big Island of Hawaii, had to descend quickly to avoid a westbound US Airways jet, approximately 200 miles northeast of Kona.

Air Canada to refurbish 777 Fleet, add premium economy

Air Canada announced it is refurbishing its 777 fleet and keeping its Embraer jets.

The airline will add a premium-economy cabin and refurbish the business-class cabins on 12 Boeing 777-300ER and six 777-200LR aircraft to “Boeing 787 state-of-the-art standards.” The reconfiguration will start later this year and be completed by the end of 2016.

12 game-changing theme park attractions

CNN asked top industry experts for its list of game-changing attractions at the nation’s theme parks.

It’s a Small World, Disneyland (California, 1971)

It’s painfully upbeat, fabulously kitsch and impossible to forget, but what exactly makes It’s a Small World so special?

“The ride demonstrates the power of employing artists to create an experience rather than simply asking engineers to build a ride,” says Robert Niles, editor of ThemeParkInsider.com.

“The combination of Mary Blair’s iconic design work combined with the Sherman Brothers’ enduring theme song made It’s a Small World the first true theme park ride.

“This wasn’t some generic tunnel of love ride — it inspired Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion and the new generation of theme park dark rides that followed.”

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