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Pilot Gaffes

USA: Commercial air carriers have either landed at the wrong airport or started to land and realised their mistake in time on at least 150 flights, an AP search through US government safety databases and media reports since the early 1990s found.

The list of landing mistakes includes six reports of pilots preparing to land at California’s Moffett Field, a joint civilian-military airport, when they meant to go to Mineta San Jose International Airport, about 16km to the south-east.

In nearly all the incidents, the pilots were cleared by controllers to guide the plane based on what they could see rather than relying on automation. Many incidents occurred at night.

Valentino apologises for Amy Adams bag-gate

USA: The fashion house Valentino has apologised for touting in an email blast to journalists that one of their pricey bags was carried by Amy Adams as she stepped from a car at the wake of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Much was made of the promotional email, complete with two photos of Adams outside the wake. Valentino said in a statement that quickly followed that the company didn’t realise the photos were snapped at the gathering of loved ones for Hoffman, who was found dead on February 2 of an apparent heroin overdose in his apartment.

Hoffman, 46, co-starred with Adams in The Master, and both his wake and funeral the next day were attended by numerous celebrities, Adams included.

“We sincerely regret releasing a photo to the media... of Amy Adams with a Valentino bag. We were not aware the photograph was taken while she was attending the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was an innocent mistake and we apologise to Ms Adams who was not aware, or a part of, our PR efforts,” said the statement signed by Mona Swanson, vice-president of communications for Valentino USA.

The New York Post splashed the Valentino-toting actress in sunglasses and a sad expression over its front page with the headline “Dead carpet” after putting up the gaffe online, apparently prompting the apology.

Cup Winner

ENGLAND: A 10-year-old Merseyside football fan has impressed friends by winning a sleepover with the FA Cup.

Daniel Griffin, from Formby, spent almost 24 hours with the famous trophy after entering a prize draw, the BBC reported.

The Everton fan, who plays for Formby Junior Sports Club, said he had been “lifting it and putting it on my head”. The FA said the competition was launched to introduce “a new generation to the magic of the world’s oldest domestic football competition”.

Former Everton striker Graeme Sharp presented Daniel with the trophy. Sharp scored in Everton’s 2-0 win over Watford in the 1984 FA Cup Final. During the cup’s stay with Daniel, two security guards were stationed outside the house.

Thick as Thieves

USA: Denver police have arrested four suspects accused of unwittingly trying to sell items they stole back to the burglary victim.

Lacinda Robinson discovered the items missing at her home and drove to the car park of a nearby fast-food restaurant to report the theft, KMGH-TV reported. That is where she says she was approached by two people asking if she wanted to buy a video game console.

Robinson said she was startled when another person walked up wearing her jacket. She went next door to a petrol station and found two off-duty police officers, who made the arrests.

Robinson told police that she was still missing an iPad, a flat-screen television, and some cash.

Bathroom Browsers

USA: A study of media consumption habits has revealed a growing trend among young adults — using social media in the bathroom.

Some 40% of US adults between the ages of 18 and 24 said they use social media in the bathroom, the survey by Nielsen’s found.

On average, US consumers own four digital devices, the report found. The majority of households own high-definition televisions, internet-connected computers, and smartphones, while nearly half also own digital video recorders and games consoles.


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