This is yet another example of people that, in the English idiom developed since World War II, are referred to as ‘Little Hitlers’, although I usually prefer to call them ‘tin pot dictators’. The pilots’ union refused the offer and this led to the company calling their bluff, so to say, and discharge 108 pilots. Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French defence minister, said the plane was a reconnaissance aircraft planned to fly over the Mediterranean. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Even the ‘coincidence’ of a large number of pilots reporting sick would put Air Malta’s schedules in disarray - let alone an official strike. It bounced back into the air some 20 feet or so and it then hit the runway again some 600 feet after the impact,â âinstead of staying put and waiting for the fire engines to extinguish any possible fire, the captain decided â it must have been a split second decision â to climb away again and attempt to do a circuit and crash â¦ The government reacted by declaring that children of non-EU families facing deportation will not be sent home and that the letters they had received from Identity Malta should never have been issued. The light aircraft went down during take-off from Malta International Airport at around 7.20am local time (6.20am BST) on Monday morning. Local reports initially said the twin-propeller Fairchild Metroliner was carrying officials from the EU border agency Frontex, but a spokesperson later said no staff were on board. Malta A320 at Malta on Sep 27th 2019, rejected takeoff due to bird strike. A witness told the Times of Malta newspaper the propeller plane suddenly tipped to its right side and “went straight down to the ground”. Note: Air Malta flight KM394 from Valetta on short final for runway 18R. From up-to-the-minute information about new destinations and international developments to practical information about our special events with partners, we always have something to report. More so when it is publicly known that average gross salaries are €140,000 annually for captains and an average of €80,000 for first officers. Consistently, we meet these tedious functionaries who take advantage of whatever power they have in order to annoy and to frustrate others just for their personal gratification. Air Malta offered unions representing different sections of company employees, the minimum floor of the average pay of the last twelve months, capped at €1,200, as basic monthly income which would be applicable for all those on indefinite and definite contracts, meaning that all employees, including staff at head office, engineers, cabin crew, and pilots would get a minimum income of €1,200 monthly even if they are not required to operate and stay at home. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Air Malta has taken what has been described as ‘an unprecedented step’ by discharging - on redundancy grounds - 108 pilots from its staff of 134, after the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) refused to take a radical pay cut of €1,200 a month due to the coronavirus grounding all flights. Passengers were taken off the plane for another security check. Live information can be found here. “Our thoughts are with families of people involved in this accident. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. The Maltese government said the plane was leased to a Luxembourg company and that witnesses reported no explosion before it hit the ground. The plane crashed shortly after taking off for the city of Misrata in Libya More Info. Admittedly, these conditions signify a drastic reduction in pilots’ income - but they would also have meant that no pilots would lose their job. 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Updated October 25, 2016 â 1.11am first published October 24, 2016 â 9.22pm. Tuchel on PSG's chances in the Champions League, Barcelona first ever Champions League penalty kick in 5 consecutive rounds, Almost pregnant doesn't mean pregnant. Subscribe to our newsletter for the the best deals, delivered to your inbox! We are all a bit stunned.”. These people are found in so many places: it could be a traffic warden flaunting his ticket producing machine or some Planning Authority case or enforcement officer trying to be clever by half. The plane crashed shortly after taking off for the city of Misrata in Libya, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Malta air crash: Five dead after military aircraft crashes after take-off. Subsection Europe. More Info. Footage taken from another plane on the tarmac showed the wreckage burning in a field, sending a large plume of black smoke into the air as passengers could be heard crying.