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  • Jet set to lose loads of luggage

    Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2006

    GENEVA, Switzerland (Reuters) -- Some 30 million pieces of airline luggage -- about one percent of the bags passengers check in -- will go astray this year, the air travel industry's information technology systems provider SITA said on Tuesday.

    Around 204,000 pieces -- a minute proportion of the 3 billion bags expected to be checked in at world airports by around 2 billion passengers in 2006 -- would never be found after getting lost in the system or stolen.

    Francesco Violante, managing director of SITA INC, the commercial arm of SITA, said the air transport industry spent about $2.5 billion a year tracking down and returning luggage and compensating passengers for lost items.

    While the present rapid growth in air travel -- about 6 percent a year -- is welcome, Violante said, "it has to be better managed if airlines and airports want to improve the passenger experience by eliminating delays from the system".

    SITA, which along with the global airlines body IATA operates a baggage-tracing system used by 391 carriers, issued its report for an exhibition in Paris.

    More and more bags are going missing because of airport congestion, short transition times, frequent switches from one airline to another during a journey, tight security rules and rising passenger and baggage volumes, SITA said in the report.

    More sophisticated systems linking bags and owners and more self-service check-in kiosks could help the industry keep better tabs on luggage, SITA added.

    The report said the chief cause of late-arriving bags was mishandling when luggage is transferred between flights. This accounted for 61 percent of hold-ups in 2005.

    Next came failure to load bags at the original departure point, which made up 15 percent of delays. The attaching of incorrect destination tags at check-in accounted for just 3 percent, according to the report.

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    Lost pieces of luggage are used at the Denver International Airport for a baggage-handling system test.
    The Geneva-based company, which tracks baggage in 220 countries and territories, said virtually all missing bags would be returned to their owners within an average of 31 hours after being reported missing.
  • Plane crash in Branson kills four

    Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2006
    Witness: 'You could hear the people screaming'

    BRANSON, Missouri (AP) -- A twin-engine plane crashed and burned Monday in a cluster of theaters near the heart of this resort city, not far from the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, killing all four people aboard.

    The plane went down along the city's main entertainment strip after taking off from Point Lookout, Missouri, for Lubbock, Texas, FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said.

    The pilot reported some kind of difficultly and tried to return to the airport, Molinaro said.

    Terry Ware, who works for a plumbing company near the crash site, said the plane sounded as if it had engine trouble as it passed over her office.

    "My boss saw it in the air, and he said it was making some very erratic movements," said Ware, who ran to the scene but could not get close because of the intense fire.

    "You could hear the people screaming," she said. "You couldn't get close enough to help them before the fuel went off."

    Mike Willett, manager of a storage facility, said the plane struck the corner of the building and burst into flames.

    "The plane shook my house when it hit," said Willett, who lives on the property.

    The tail of the plane was the only part of the wreckage that could be seen on a short tour led by fire officials.

    Skies in the area were overcast, but there were no storms or unusual weather at the time of the crash, the National Weather Service said.

    The aircraft was flying under instrument flight rules and was registered to a dentist, according to Greg Martin, another FAA spokesman.

    Branson, about 185 miles southeast of Kansas City, is a popular tourist destination in the Ozark Mountains.
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