TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

LUFTHANSA CARGO ADDS

FREIGHTER FLIGHTS TO US

NEW YORK - Lufthansa Cargo AG will add three weekly trans-Atlantic freighter flights to its winter schedule from the United States.

The flights will begin Oct. 28 and continue through March 29, between Lufthansa's Frankfurt hub and nine U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Seattle.

The airline, which has the most cargo capacity of any air carrier serving the North Atlantic, will increase its Boeing 747 freighter service from 25 to 28 weekly flights.

CARGO PLANE CRASHES

IN RUSSIA, KILLING 7

MOSCOW - Seven people were killed and six injured when a cargo plane crashed in central Russia after it missed the landing strip and burst into flames, a spokesman for the emergencies ministry said Thursday.

The twin-engine, medium-range AN-32 had to fight darkness and heavy snow on a return flight from the oil town of Tyumen to Ufa in the Southern Urals Wednesday, the Itar-Tass news agency said.

The pilots, who started landing too early, failed to reach the airfield, the agency reported from the scene.

The mostly empty AN-32 cut treetops and burst into flames some 300 yards

from the landing strip, it said.

RAIL ENGINEERS PUSH

TWO-WAY BRAKE SYSTEM

WASHINGTON - The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers is renewing efforts to force the Federal Railroad Administration to adopt new rules the union believes will expand the engineer's ability to stop trains and avoid accidents.

In light of disasters earlier this week in Illinois and California, the union is pressing FRA to authorize use of two-way emergency brakes as a way of increasing safety for the public and the engineer.

Two-way emergency brakes enable the engineer to stop the train by applying the brakes from the front of the train to the back and the back to the front.

To make that happen, a train must have an electronic piece of machinery known as an end-of-train device with expanded technological capabilities beyond those required by the agency.

PENA TO SPEND 16 DAYS

IN ASIA NEXT MONTH

WASHINGTON - Transportation Secretary Federico Pena will make a 16-day swing through Asia next month to promote U.S. interests in aviation, aerospace, and other transportation sectors, DOT spokesmen said.

Mr. Pena is planning to visit Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam from Nov. 6-21. He will be the first cabinet member to visit Vietnam since Secretary of State Warren Christopher opened the U.S. embassy in Hanoi on Aug. 6, and the first administration official to highlight U.S. business opportunities in Vietnam.

During his Asia trip, Mr. Pena plans to press for open aviation markets, discuss airport, mass-transit, and highway development with Asian governments, and promote U.S. transportation goods and services, DOT spokesman Bill Mosley said. Transportation officials hope the trip will lead to bilateral aviation talks with Thailand and Malaysia.

NOVEMBER HEARINGS SET

INTO USAIR CRASH

WASHINGTON - At least two days of public hearings into the crash of USAir Flight 427 outside Pittsburgh will be conducted next month, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

The hearings, to begin Nov. 15 in the Washington suburb of Springfield, Va., are meant to update the public on information uncovered since January, when the agency held weeklong hearings in Pittsburgh, the NTSB said Wednesday.

The Sept. 8, 1994, crash of the Boeing 737 killed all 132 on board, making it the nation's deadliest since 1987 and one of four major unsolved crashes in U.S. aviation history.

Among the issues to be discussed at the hearings are the $1 million airborne flight tests conducted for five days over New Jersey last month.

Investigators were seeking more data to determine whether air turbulence

from another plane about four miles ahead of Flight 427 could have played a part in the crash.