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In Memoriam: Black Adder

“I haven’t flown at all this year and I have no plans to fly at all anytime in the near future. I obtained my status with JAL when I was single and flying solely for pleasure. Now I’m married and am battling a serious illness so there is no money for flying or hotels. No regrets here, I had a great run.” That prophetic statement was posted on October 10, 2013 by FlyerTalk member Black Adder, whose real name was…

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In Memoriam: UNITED863

“I feel fortunate with only having a 2 hour departure delay on my recent SYD trip. SFO departures seem to get hit less as they have ‘spare’ 747s sitting over at the hangar, which is the only reason why my SFO-SYD flight didn’t cancel on 11/28. This route is just amazing to monitor with the frequency of delays/cancellations.” The comment quoted above was posted by FlyerTalk member UNITED863 — whose real name is Darren Booth — on December 8, 2013 at 1:28 in the afternoon Eastern Standard Time. Sadly, it was the last time he will ever post on FlyerTalk, as he passed away at the age of…

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In Memoriam: clacko

The last time FlyerTalk member clacko posted on FlyerTalk, he wrote “mid jan thru feb can be good…..” in response to a question posted by FlyerTalk member BradnerBoy: “For those that have been at this for a long time, any guesses as to what we can we expect for the first few months of 2014 or do most good MRs deal come about in the last quarter of the year?” Don Clark — the actual real name of clacko — was apparently doing what he enjoyed to do the last time he participated on FlyerTalk on October 19, 2013 at 6:27 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time: he assisted a fellow FlyerTalk member before succumbing to esophageal cancer on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Although…

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In Memoriam: chemist661

“Bottom line: In spite of my advanced stages of cancer, my journey (travels, life, etc) have been alot of fun. FT taught me how to travel for very cheap/free. Attending the various DO’s, travelling around the world for next to nothing, going in intl Biz/F has been superb!! I hope to ‘lick’ this cancer by chemotherapy and be able to take to the skies again and see more of the world. I am a ‘born again’ Christian and I am at peace. For me, my positive attitude comes from my faith. I have never put anyone down because of religion/politics. Never had put anyone down to my knowledge. (Note: If I had put someone down by mistake, I apologize in advance–not intentional!!) On FT, the wide variety of topics talked about is where it is at. For this old timer on FT, I became much informed about travels, plus other areas and for that I am thankful!!!” Those were the words posted on March 20, 2013 at 1:19 in the morning Eastern Standard Time by FlyerTalk member chemist661, who sadly passed away earlier this month…

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Pilot Dies After Suffering From Heart Attack; Flight Diverted

The captain of a Boeing 737-900 aircraft which operated as United Airlines flight 1603 from Houston to Seattle suffered from a heart attack during the flight, causing the aircraft to be diverted to Boise where it safely landed — and FlyerTalk members who were amongst the 161 people aboard that aircraft post their first-hand experiences., which included one FlyerTalk member who supposedly performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the captain. Two doctors and an off-duty pilot…

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New Strain of Bird Flu Virus Kills 4 People: Should You Travel To or From Asia?

A new strain of the bird flu — classified as the A(H7N9) avian influenza virus — has reportedly claimed the lives of four people in China out of at least seven people who have already tested positive. Interestingly, the majority of the people diagnosed with H7N9 — those who are still alive are supposedly in critical condition — are reportedly from the Jiangsu Province just north of Shanghai in the region of China where greater than 13,000 dead pigs were found…

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Flight Information Cabinet Kills Boy; Seriously Injures Mother and Two Sons

A cabinet weighing at least 300 pounds which housed housed flight information monitors fell on several members of a family of seven people at the international airport of the largest city in Alabama as they were traveling back home to Overland Park, Kansas from a vacation in Destin, Florida. Luke Bresette — who was ten years of age — was pronounced dead at Children’s of Alabama Hospital. His mother supposedly still does not know about his death at this time. Heather Bresette reportedly remains in serious condition after…

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Flight Delayed For Passenger to Visit Dying Mother

With all of the bad news and complaints pertaining to airlines these days, it is nice to know that common sense and compassion still prevails — and this is a story which has touched the hearts of FlyerTalk members. The brother of Kerry Drake called to let him know that their mother Dolores in Lubbock was dying, and the time had come to see her one last time and say goodbye, as well as anything else he wanted about which he wanted her to know. Drake immediately booked himself on the next flight out…

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In Memoriam: SWABrian of Southwest Airlines

FlyerTalk has lost its first member who was an official company representative. Brian Lusk — also known as FlyerTalk member SWABrian — passed away this morning, according to Rob Hahn of Southwest Airlines, who is also known as FlyerTalk member SouthwestRob. Brian was the corporate historian for the airline, and he was well liked by FlyerTalk members who are now mourning his loss. He…

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Airlines Sued After Woman — Too Overweight to Fly Home — Died

Janos Soltesz has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Lufthansa, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta Air Lines seeking $5.7 million in damages, claiming that the airlines refused to allow his wife to fly home to New York from Hungary. The attorney of the couple claims that the airlines violated laws protecting the disabled, contributing to the cause of the death of Vilma, who is the wife of Janos. Vilma Soltesz — who was 56 years old, weighed 425 pounds, had only one leg and used a wheelchair — died this past October from…

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