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Iconic Pink Floyd pig withdrawn from online auction

Iconic Pink Floyd pig withdrawn from online auction

An inflatable pig that caused chaos at Heathrow airport and was used on the cover of a Pink Floyd album, has been withdrawn f…

  • Spanish Plume Brings Heat And 'Potent' Storms
    Spanish Plume Brings Heat And 'Potent' Storms Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    A so-called "Spanish Plume" has brought heat, flash floods and heavy thunderstorms to parts of the UK. Temperatures across the South East were widely in the upper 20s - the mercury hit 30.7C in London, 30.3 at Heathrow Airport and 30.4 at Gravesend in Kent. But with the heat also came torrential rain in parts of the country - 21.6mm of rain fell in an hour in the village of Bramham, West Yorkshire. More »

  • British Airways Dreamliner makes emergency landing in Siberia after burning …
    British Airways Dreamliner makes emergency landing in Siberia after burning … Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    A British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner, carrying around 200 passengers, has been forced to land in Siberia after a passenger's mobile phone overheated. The aircraft had been flying from Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea, to London's Heathrow airport when it was forced to divert. The plane was a few hours into its 11-hour journey on 21 August when the smartphone triggered the alarm. More »

  • Lithium battery likely behind 2013 Boeing fire at Heathrow
    Lithium battery likely behind 2013 Boeing fire at Heathrow Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    British aviation authorities called Wednesday for a safety review of lithium batteries used in commercial aircraft, saying they were believed responsible for a 2013 fire on an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft at London's Heathrow. More »

  • UK probe blames 787 fire on short circuit, urges more battery tests
    UK probe blames 787 fire on short circuit, urges more battery tests Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Britain's air safety investigator on Wednesday blamed a short-circuit involving a lithium-metal battery for a 2013 fire on a Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner parked at London's Heathrow Airport and called for further scrutiny and testing of lithium batteries on all aircraft. The UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said in its final report on the incident that it believes the fire was probably started by crossed wires in the jet's emergency locator transmitter (ELT). More »

  • Heathrow Plane Fire Caused By Electrical Fault
    Heathrow Plane Fire Caused By Electrical Fault Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    A Boeing 787 Dreamliner that caught fire at Heathrow in 2013 had an electrical fault which probably caused the blaze, an air accident report has revealed. The plane, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, was remotely parked at the time and there was no one on board, but the incident resulted in the temporary closure of both runways at the airport. According to the report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), the blaze was triggered by wires from a lithium battery on the aircraft being crossed and trapped beneath a cover, which most likely caused the battery to short circuit and rapidly discharge. More »

  • Heathrow plane fire started by trapped battery wires
    Heathrow plane fire started by trapped battery wires Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    A blaze on a plane at Heathrow was triggered by trapped battery wires, an air accident report has revealed. More »

  • Plane Stupid activists stage demo ahead of Heathrow runway protest court he …
    Plane Stupid activists stage demo ahead of Heathrow runway protest court he … Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Defiant climate change activists have staged a protest minutes before appearing in court accused of taking part in a demonstration that saw delays and flights grounded at Heathrow Airport. More »

  • Accused U.S. "flash crash" trader wins bail in London
    Accused U.S. "flash crash" trader wins bail in London Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Navinder Sarao, the London-based day-trader accused by the United States of a market manipulation that contributed to a Wall Street "flash crash" in 2010, was freed on bail on Friday after spending four months in prison. Sarao, who lived in a small, nondescript house near London's Heathrow Airport, was arrested by British police on a U.S. extradition warrant in April after being charged with wire fraud, commodities fraud and market manipulation by the U.S. Justice Department. More »

  • Tube Attack: Man Held And Scissors Found
    Tube Attack: Man Held And Scissors Found Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Police have arrested a man at a Heathrow Airport Tube station and recovered a pair of scissors after another man was attacked on the London Underground. Officers began a hunt across the Tube service after the victim suffered cuts to his face and body on a platform at Finsbury Park station in north London. Armed officers later boarded a Tube carriage at King's Cross and it was understood many of the passengers were searched. More »

  • London Underground blade attack: Man arrested at Heathrow Airport Tube stat …
    London Underground blade attack: Man arrested at Heathrow Airport Tube stat … Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Police searching for an underground blade attacker have arrested a man and recovered a pair of scissors at a Heathrow Airport Tube station. More »

  • Finsbury Park stabbing: Man arrested at Heathrow following London Underground …
    Finsbury Park stabbing: Man arrested at Heathrow following London Underground … Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    A suspect has been arrested following an incident on the London Underground that left a 63-year-old man with cuts to his face and body. British Transport Police (BTP) said the man was arrested at Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3 Underground station on suspicion of grievous bodily harm (GBH) after the man in his sixties was reportedly stabbed at Finsbury Park Tube station. Witnesses described seeing a "pool of blood" on the floor following an altercation between two men on the Victoria line service of the London Underground. More »

  • UK court frees Rwandan spy chief wanted in Spain
    UK court frees Rwandan spy chief wanted in Spain Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    A British court on Monday freed Rwanda's intelligence chief Karenzi Karake, who is wanted in Spain over alleged war crimes in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, after being advised that an extradition offence could not be established in British law. British police arrested General Karake, 54, at London's Heathrow Airport on June 22, acting on a European Arrest Warrant issued by Spain. Karake was a commander in the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), the rebel force that swept through Rwanda in 1994 to halt the slaughter of 800,000 minority Tutsis orchestrated by the Hutu government. More »

  • Heathrow trials steeper approaches as runway decision looms
    Heathrow trials steeper approaches as runway decision looms Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    London's Heathrow Airport is to introduce steeper approaches for aircraft coming in to land in a bid to ease noise for local residents, it said Monday More »

  • Heathrow flight paths: Airport to trial steeper arrival to reduce noise pollution …
    Heathrow flight paths: Airport to trial steeper arrival to reduce noise pollution … Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Heathrow Airport will trial a steeper approach for landing planes in a bid to give west London greater respite from noise pollution. Airport bosses believe a steeper angle would lead to quieter approaches to the airport and the trial comes after Frankfurt successfully adopted steeper approach angles to reduce the impact of noise on residents. The trial was given the green light by the Civil Aviation Authority and is planned to run until 16 March 2016. More »

  • United Airlines flight makes emergency return to London Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    LONDON (Reuters) - A United Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles was forced to return to London's Heathrow Airport on Friday after declaring a full emergency, the company and airport said. "The flight returned due to a possible electrical issue with a seat onboard the aircraft," a United Airlines spokeswoman said. "It landed safely." Ralph McLaughlin, one of the passengers on board, said there had been sparks seen in the cabin. "Firefighters assuring us everything is OK despite sparks and smoke on @united 935," he tweeted. (Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison) More »

  • John 'Goldfinger' Palmer Murder: Man Arrested
    John 'Goldfinger' Palmer Murder: Man Arrested Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder notorious conman John "Goldfinger" Palmer, who was found dead at his Essex home in June. Palmer, 64, was found dead by his family but paramedics did not realise he had been shot because he had recently undergone open-heart surgery. Palmer was cleared of handling proceeds from Britain's most notorious gold robbery at the Brink's-Mat warehouse in Heathrow in 1983, but his alleged involvement earned him the nickname "Goldfinger". More »

  • Crisis, what crisis? say tourists flocking to Greece
    Crisis, what crisis? say tourists flocking to Greece Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    By Jeremy Gaunt ATHENS (Reuters) - At London's Heathrow Airport, a traveller to Greece is offered a deal by Aegean Airlines: the flight is booked solid, take a different flight and get 400 euros ($440) and a free round-trip ticket to anywhere in Europe. Some hours later in Athens, a long queue moves slowly forward to passport control, while smiling but harried officials shout out "Santorini", "Mytilene" and the names of other sun-drenched Greek destinations as they try to herd tourists quickly towards connecting flights. Greece, despite all its economic and political strife, is heaving with foreign tourists. More »

  • Embassy Warns Russians of 'Psychological Pressure' at UK Airports
    Embassy Warns Russians of 'Psychological Pressure' at UK Airports Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    The Russian Embassy in London issued a statement on Monday afternoon, warning Russian nationals that Britain could attempt to exercise "political or psychological pressure" on them by detaining and searching them at the airport, regardless of their possession of a valid UK visa. The embassy's statement describes one example of such a detention in which a Russian citizen with a valid UK visa was detained at London's Heathrow airport and, according to the embassy, questioned by officials for "over seven hours," showing particular interest in how money she had. "No one can be certain that such exercises upon Russian citizens at the UK entry points won't be practiced on a regular basis by the British side at any time as a matter of political or psychological pressure within the present context of our bilateral relationship," the statement read. More »

  • Heathrow passengers fly without luggage after power cut hits baggage system
    Heathrow passengers fly without luggage after power cut hits baggage system Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Some passengers had to fly from Heathrow without their luggage today after a power cut affected Terminal 5. More »

  • British Airways-owner CEO opposes new Heathrow runway as too expensive
    British Airways-owner CEO opposes new Heathrow runway as too expensive Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    British Airways-owner IAG does not support the building of a new runway at London's Heathrow Airport, its chief executive said, because the costs of the project does not make sense for the airline. "We think the costs associated with the third runway are outrageous and certainly from an IAG point of view we will not be supporting it and we will not be paying for it," IAG chief executive Willie Walsh told reporters on a call on Friday. British Airways is the biggest airline at Heathrow. More »

  • London-bound BA flight lands in Montreal after bomb threat Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    By Allison Lampert MONTREAL (Reuters) - A British Airways flight from Las Vegas to London made an emergency landing in Montreal early on Wednesday due to concern that a bomb threat had been made, an airport spokesman said. BA flight 274 from Las Vegas to London's Heathrow airport landed safely at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport just before 6 a.m. EDT (1100 London time), airport spokesman Francois Asselin said. More »

  • Heathrow says focus is on airport expansion
    Heathrow says focus is on airport expansion Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Britain's busiest airport Heathrow [FERHT.UL] said it was focused on its campaign to build a new runway after being named by a government-appointed commission as the preferred site for expansion. Publishing its first-half results on Friday, Heathrow said passenger numbers rose 1.3 percent, boosting its adjusted core earnings to 748 million pounds, a rise of 6.3 percent compared with the year-earlier period. The airport has for years been campaigning to be allowed to expand because it is already operating at full capacity, but faces opposition from some prominent politicians, local residents and environmental groups. More »

  • Heathrow runway: MPs to probe climate, pollution and noise impacts
    Heathrow runway: MPs to probe climate, pollution and noise impacts Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Climate change, air pollution and noise impacts of a third runway at Heathrow will be scrutinised by the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee. More »

  • Drone Pilots Warned After Near Miss With Jet
    Drone Pilots Warned After Near Miss With Jet Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Collisions between drones and planes are becoming "increasingly likely" and could have "extremely serious consequences", the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has warned. It comes after a series of near misses between unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and passenger jets between May 2014 and March this year. In July 2014, an Airbus A320 coming into land at Heathrow nearly hit a drone. More »

  • Heathrow expansion is just a sticking plaster solution
    Heathrow expansion is just a sticking plaster solution Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    This is, in my view, a sticking plaster solution for the short term. According to figures published last month in the Global Destination Cities Index, London is once again the number one city to visit in the world. The report claims something like 18.82 million international visitors will visit London during 2015, which puts us ahead of Paris, Singapore and even Dubai. More »

  • Munich airport gets clearance for third runway; environmentalists fight on
    Munich airport gets clearance for third runway; environmentalists fight on Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Munich airport, Germany's second largest and a key base for Lufthansa, won approval on Wednesday for its plans to build a third runway when a federal court rejected the remaining appeals against it. Airport expansion is a hot topic in Europe, pitting local residents and environmentalists against carriers and airports facing increased global competition. Protesters this week disrupted flights at London's Heathrow after a commission recommended the government to build a third runway there to end decades of wrangling and indecision. More »

  • London's Gatwick Airport attacks Heathrow expansion report
    London's Gatwick Airport attacks Heathrow expansion report Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - London's Gatwick Airport said it was still in contention to be chosen as the site for a much-needed new runway in southeast England, dismissing a report recommending expansion at Heathrow as flawed and stoking a political battle over the issue. Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will make a decision on whether a new runway should be built at Britain's largest airport Heathrow [FERHT.UL] or Gatwick by the end of the year, an issue which divides the ruling Conservative party. Heathrow was recommended as the site for a new runway by an independent government-appointed commission earlier in July, but Gatwick said on Tuesday that the numbers in the report were flawed and it would be writing to Cameron. More »

  • Fuel leak alert ignored by air crew
    Fuel leak alert ignored by air crew Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Aircraft technicians for a flight which was forced to conduct an emergency landing at Heathrow might have been fatigued, while cabin crew failed to act on concerns from alarmed passengers about the state of the plane, an investigation has shown. More »

  • 13 charged over Heathrow runway climate protest
    13 charged over Heathrow runway climate protest Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Thirteen people were charged Tuesday after climate change protesters accessed a runway at Heathrow Airport and staged a demonstration against a proposed airport expansion that caused flight cancellations and delays. More »

  • Heathrow runway demo - 13 charged
    Heathrow runway demo - 13 charged Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Thirteen people have been charged in connection with a climate change protest which caused delays at Heathrow Airport. More »

  • 13 detained in Heathrow airport protest over expansion
    13 detained in Heathrow airport protest over expansion Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Police detained more than a dozen climate change activists at London's Heathrow Airport on Monday after the demonstrators breached the perimeter fence to stage a protest on the northern runway. More »

  • Climate change activists protest on Heathrow runway
    Climate change activists protest on Heathrow runway Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    A group of climate change activists cut through a perimeter fence at London Heathrow airport on Monday to stage a protest on one of its two runways, causing cancellations and delays to flights, officials said. More »

  • Heathrow Flights Hit By Protesters On Runway
    Heathrow Flights Hit By Protesters On Runway Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Climate change activists caused delays and cancellations at Heathrow after they got onto the north runway and locked themselves together in protest at airport expansion. A spokesman for direct action group Plane Stupid said around 13 demonstrators cut through the airport perimeter fence to occupy the runway at 3.30am on Monday. The other protesters were moved to a safe area. More »

  • Demonstrators at Heathrow protest airport expansion
    Demonstrators at Heathrow protest airport expansion Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Police removed climate change activists at London's Heathrow Airport on Monday after the demonstrators breached the perimeter fence to stage a protest on the northern runway. More »

  • Delays to Irish flights after protesters occupy Heathrow runway
    Delays to Irish flights after protesters occupy Heathrow runway Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Services have been disrupted by a runway demonstration. More »