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Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:28 PM
— The technical problems that canceled hundreds of American Airlines flights in the past week are becoming more regular as airlines consolidate and “patch together” their systems instead of creating a new cohesive one, an aviation expert told the Dayton Daily News.
American Airlines canceled or delayed at least 745 total flights after two “technical issues” on Thursday and Sunday at PSA Airlines, a regional carrier for American based in Dayton.
About 675 flights serviced by American Airlines regional carrier PSA were canceled Thursday and Friday, followed by another 70 more after a second “technical issue” Sunday morning. Flights Monday were also on a reduced schedule until noon. At least 30 flights through the Dayton International Airport were affected since Thursday.
Both issues at PSA Airlines are related to a crew scheduling and tracking system, which the Dayton-based airline uses to assign crews to each aircraft, Katie Cody, a spokeswoman with American Airlines told the Charlotte Observer.
Technical issue in Dayton cancels 675 flights, impact could be felt through Sunday. https://t.co/mRtSzLZKGB— DaytonB2B.com (@daytonb2b) June 15, 2018
American Airlines has dispatched a group of technical workers to PSA’s headquarters in Dayton to resolve the “technical issue,” according to media reports.
“It isn’t really a glowing recommendation of the confidence level American has in the carrier,” aviation expert Jay Ratliff said.
While Ratliff recognized that PSA is receiving a lot of negative national attention as the airline attempts to take care of the problems, he said it won’t be remembered negatively forever.
“They’ve been doing so well for so long that they’re just flying under the radar,” he said.
The quickly growing airline doesn’t have a history of issues, he said, and while passengers may remember this experience, others nationally will not.
“A week from now people will forget about it, especially when another airline comes up with another computer issue,” Ratliff said.
What to do if your flight is canceled
1. Check for an online reroute that arrives or departs at different airports with different regional carriers
2. Ask about interline agreements that allow you to switch airlines when one has cancelled flights.
3. Don’t be picky. Let the airline know if you’re willing to fly to a different airport in the state that isn’t experiencing as many issues.
American Airlines isn’t the only one to experience computer issues, with Delta, Southwest, United and Allegiant also suffering big cancellations and delays due to computer issues in recent years.
American Airline flights were first halted at 4 p.m. Thursday after problems emerged at PSA’s local operations center in Dayton. The outage affected about 4 percent of American’s global flight operations, primarily shorter routes from its hub in Charlotte, N.C., American Airlines officials said.
“We understand that these cancellations have been frustrating for our customers, and we are doing everything in our power to get things back to normal as quickly as possible,” American spokesman Ross Feinstein said.
With the summer months being some of the most traveled times for vacation and business, Ratliff said flights across airlines are at a 90 percent load capacity right now, making it hard to put displaced passengers on later flights.
“We’re talking about a lot of displaced passengers that we can look at two or three days before everyone’s going to make it to their destination,” he said.
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Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 5:33 AM
Updated: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 2:19 AM
TORONTO — One person was killed and the suspect is dead after a gunman shot 14 people in Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood Sunday, police said. A child was among the injured, police said.
The Latest: 1 victim dead after man shoots 14 in Toronto. https://t.co/INIevyyU4c— The Associated Press (@AP) July 23, 2018
Here are the latest updates:
Update 2:01 a.m. EDT July 23: Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said the child in critical condition is an 8- or 9-year-old girl, the Washington Post reported. He described the victim who was killed as a “young lady,” according to The Associated Press.
No further information about the condition of the victims was immediately available.
Saunders said the shooter used a handgun in the rampage and was killed after exchanging gunfire with officers. The shooting did not appear to be random, Saunders said.
One witness, John Tulloch, said he heard as many as 30 gunshots, the AP reported.
A video circulating on Twitter appeared to capture the sound of gunfire.
>> Click here to watch (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.)
My evening was nice until I heard shooting right out of my place on the danforth. So scary!! The gun violence in Toronto is crazy. pic.twitter.com/eNHLlUlp6r— n💫 (@nsxoxoii) July 23, 2018
Update 1:06 a.m. EDT July 23: The child who was shot, a young girl, is currently in critical condition, according to Toronto police.
One city official, Councillor Paula Fletcher, said the shooting was not gang-related. Fletcher and Councillor Mary Fragedakis also said the gunman was emotionally disturbed.
Toronto Police Chief Saunders has updated media from scene. 14 victims were shot with a handgun. 1 female adult has died. 1 young girl in critical condition. Suspect is dead (not included in 14 victim total) Witnesses call 416-808-2222 Anonymous tips 1-800-222-8477 #GO1341286 ^sm— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) July 23, 2018
Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 3:21 PM
EAST HANOVER, N.J. — Some Ritz products are being voluntarily recalled due to the potential presence of salmonella.
Mondelez Global LLC announced the voluntary recall in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands Saturday.
The affected products are some Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products. According to a news release, the products contain whey powder as an ingredient, and the whey powder supplier has recalled the ingredient due to potential salmonella.
Salmonella infection can lead to death for young children, frail people, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms of infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.
The specific products under recall are below. Images and UPC numbers of specific products are at the Mondelez International website.
Customers with the impacted products should discard the products. There have been no illnesses reported to the company related to the recalled products.
Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 3:05 AM
TODAY: Lots of clouds around this morning with a stray shower possible and temperatures rising out of the 60s. Some isolated areas of fog are also possible.
“The Miami Valley is still under the influence of a low pressure system to our south, so a few hit or miss showers are likely today, mainly in the afternoon”, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.
It will be a cooler than normal afternoon in the upper 70s, but still quite muggy. Chance for showers diminish tonight, but clouds linger. Staying mild and muggy with lows in the middle 60s and the possibility of a few areas of patchy fog redeveloping.
TOMORROW: Tuesday will be very similar to Monday with mostly cloudy skies and the slight chance for a few passing showers, mainly in the afternoon. Highs for the day around 80 degrees and muggy.
WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies with the slight chance of a passing shower again, especially east. A few rumbles of thunder are also a possibility with any shower. Highs for the day reach into the lower 80s and still muggy.
THURSDAY: Sun and some clouds for the day, a bit warmer and muggy with highs in the middle 80s. An approaching cold front may bring a few showers or storms later in the day.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny and warm with lowering humidity. Highs peak around 80 degrees.
Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 5:08 AM
XENIA — We are responding to a report of a house fire on Omard Drive in Xenia.