What we’re reading: Kid with no ticket or passport flies from Manchester to Rome, aborted 737 landing video, Heathrow and Olympic influx


Liam Corcoran, 11-year-old boy, flies from Manchester to Rome without passport, ticket

An 11-year old boy managed to sneak away from his mother during a shopping trip, head over to Manchester (UK) airport, and board a flight without a ticket or a passport.

Liam Corcoran was able to board a flight to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport by “mingling with families” going through security, without having a passport or boarding pass, according to the BBC.

Corcoran ran to the nearest departing flight gate and was able to evade a head count before getting on a Jet2 flight.

Passenger video shows terrifying aborted landing on Boeing 737

A Sky Airlines 737 had to abort its landing after its right wing struck the runway and damaged it.

Skip to minute 2:11 to see the moment of the landing. You will see the plane tilting heavily to the right, moving to the left of the runway as if it were being pushed by extreme crosswind. You can then see the bump when the wing hits the runway. At that moment, the pilot throttles up and starts going up and to the right in a very dangerous maneuver.

Heathrow to cope with growing Olympics influx

Heathrow airport is handling the growing influx of passengers well and it expects to be able to handle Thursday’s arrivals.

London Heathrow — Europe’s busiest airport — expects to handle around 250,000 passengers on Thursday, including around 125,000 arrivals. Some 1,200 athletes are due to fly into Heathrow as part of around 4,000 Games-related arrivals.

(Photo: Andy_Mitchell_UK/Flickr Creative Commons)

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  • Graham

    Hmm, well I’m not a pilot (are you?) but I’m not entirely convinced the wingtip touched. I’d suggest the bump is landing gear touching. The main problem, in my view, is the failure to establish what is known as a stabilised approach. The aircraft is in an almost continuous right turn through the video and still in the turn at the point where the pilot tries to line up with the runway. At least he had the sense to go-around rather than trying to continue the landing and allow for the fact that the spool up time for a 737-200 is a bit slower than modern 737s for the fact that he actually touched. I take it this is Sky in Chile? If you want to get down to somewhere like Torres del Paine the choice is fly (Sky or LAN), use a road through Argentina (and I use the word “road” because I can’t think of a better one) and despite the video I’ll take a plane over that road journey on a safety basis or use the ferry which can be an adventure. Sometimes the alternatives are worse than a scary landing.

  • http://profiles.google.com/saucywench S E Tammela

    There’s a followup video here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAGAzvNi594 showing the spectators who clearly knew the plane had made a sudden flip motion. It’s not easy to see, but the plane appears to have narrowly avoided cartwheeling. The spectators probably wouldn’t have freaked out at a plane which had had one side of the landing gear touch down then did a TOGO.

  • Anonymous

    I was just going by what the article says. If you click on the link, you can actually see the damage.