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  1. Relatives of a passenger who was believed to have been killed in a plane crash react near the town of Semirom, Iran LONDON: Iran has located a passenger plane that crashed with 65 people on board, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, two days after it disappeared from radar over mountainous terrain, increasing Iranians? fears about the country?s aging fleet of aircraft. The Aseman Airlines flight from Tehran disappeared on Sunday, 50 minutes into its journey to the southwestern city of Yasuj. The spokesman said it had crashed into a mountain. No one is expected to have survived. Glacial temperatures and mountainous terrain hampered search and rescue efforts, adding to the grief and anger felt by families of the victims and wider society in a country that blames decades of sanctions for the poor state of its planes. The twin-engined turboprop ATR 72 was over 24 years old. According to data cited by the Flight Safety Foundation?s aviation-safety.net website, it had been restored to service just three months ago after being in storage for six years. The wreckage was finally spotted by a military drone, Revolutionary Guards spokesman Ramezan Sharif said. ?Two helicopters were sent to the coordinates that the drone had located, and found the wreckage,? told state television. ?The plane had hit top of the mountain before crashing 30 metres (yards) further down.? Emergency and rescue helicopter searches for the plane that crashed in a mountainous area of central Iran After a long wait to locate the plane, families will have to endure further delays until the bodies of their loved ones are returned as helicopters are unable to land in the hostile terrain and the work will have to be carried out on foot, and emergency service official said. More than 100 people demonstrated outside a local government office in Dena Kooh county on Monday, demanding officials step down for their handling of the disaster after announcements that wreckage had been found on Monday were then denied. A video on Tasnim news agency showed an angry man shouting at Iran?s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi: ?Would you have flown on the same plane?? Iran has suffered several plane crashes in the past few decades. Tehran blames US sanctions for preventing it from importing new aircraft or spare parts. A deal with world powers on Iran?s nuclear program has lifted some of those sanctions, opening the way for Iranian airlines to update their fleets but many older planes are still in service, particularly on domestic routes.
  2. LONDON: The wreckage of an Iranian plane that crashed with 65 people on board was found in central Iran, state media said on Monday, but aviation authorities could not confirm the report. The Aseman Airlines flight from Tehran disappeared from radar screens on Sunday 50 minutes into its journey to the southwestern city of Yasuj. It is believed to have gone down in a mountainous area near the town of Semirom. No one is expected to have survived. The deputy governor of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province was quoted by state media as saying the wreckage was found near Dengezlu city, in Semirom county, in Isfahan province. A few minutes later, Iran?s Civil Aviation Organisation said it could not confirm the wreckage had been discovered. ?We are facing a total enigma. We do not know anything about the crash,? Iran?s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency shortly after his arrival in Semirom. Iran asked European countries and China to help the search with satellite imagery, Iranian Space Agency deputy head Mojtaba Saradeghi was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency. A member of the Red Crescent rescue team was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency that ?a dark spot? had been seen near Dengezlu village that ?might be a trace to the crashed plane?. ISNA did not elaborate. Glacial temperatures Glacial temperatures and mountainous terrain hampered rescue teams. Helicopters and mountain rescue personnel from the armed forces and the Red Crescent, as well as local volunteers, were involved in the search, state television reported ?Five units started the search operation in the early hours of the morning, in -16 degrees,? a local Red Crescent official was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency, reporting minus 16 degrees Celsius or 3.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Military reconnaissance drones were also searching the area. The twin-engined turboprop ATR 72 was just over 24 years old. According to data cited by the Flight Safety Foundation?s aviation-safety.net website, it had been restored to service just three months ago after being in storage for six years.
  3. Relatives of passengers onboard a plane that crashed in Iran gather near Tehran's Mehrabad airport TEHRAN: The hunt for a plane that disappeared with 66 people onboard in Iran´s Zagros mountains was stopped until morning as blizzard conditions made progress impossible for rescue teams, state television said Sunday. "With the wind intensifying, and with snow, rain and darkness, it is not possible for rescue and relief teams to reach high altitudes and the search operation has been postponed until tomorrow," broadcaster IRIB announced. "Five helicopters are on alert to resume the search at dawn if the weather conditions are better." Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 disappeared from radar 45 minutes after taking off from Tehran. The ATR-72 twin-engine plane, in service for 25 years, left the capital´s Mehrabad airport at around 8:00 am (0430 GMT) and was heading towards the city of Yasuj, some 500 kilometres (300 miles) to the south. The Red Crescent said 45 teams had been deployed to the Dena mountain of Iran´s southwestern Zagros range, but there was still no sign of any wreckage. "The mountainous terrain is impassable. Thick fog and snow and rain have made it impossible to use helicopters," said Morteza Salimi, head of its rescue and relief section. The airline said 60 passengers, including one child, were on board flight EP3704, as well as six crew. It was the third disaster to strike Iran in recent months, after an earthquake that killed at least 620 people in Kermanshah in November and 30 Iranian sailors were lost in an oil tanker collision off China´s coast last month. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sent a message of condolence, saying the news had "left our hearts overwhelmed with sadness and sorrow", according to state television. Ageing fleets Families of the passengers gathered at a mosque near Mehrabad airport. "I can´t bring myself to believe it," said a woman whose husband was on board. A man who missed the doomed flight told reporters of his conflicting emotions. "God has been really kind to me but I am so sad from the bottom of my heart for all those dear ones who lost their lives," the unnamed man told the Tabnak news website, which showed a picture of his unused ticket. A Greek seismologist was also scheduled to take the flight but missed it after getting stuck in traffic, Greece´s ANA news agency reported. "I had planned to go to Yasouj on this flight, or the next if I missed it, but because of huge traffic jams in Tehran, I didn´t get on board the plane in the end," Akis Tselentis was quoted as saying. Decades of diplomatic isolation have left Iran´s airlines with ageing fleets of passenger planes which they have struggled to maintain and modernise. Aseman´s fleet includes at least three ATR-72s that date back to the early 1990s, according to the IRNA news agency. France´s air safety agency BEA said it would take part in the investigation led by Britain´s Air Accidents Investigation Branch. "Three investigators and our technical advisers will go to the site," a BEA spokesman told AFP. President Hassan Rouhani ordered the transport ministry to set up a crisis group to investigate the crash and coordinate rescue efforts, ISNA reported. Aseman´s three Boeing 727-200s are almost as old as the country´s 1979 Islamic revolution, having made their first flights the following year. Iran has suffered multiple aviation disasters, most recently in 2014 when 39 people were killed when a Sepahan Airlines plane crashed just after take-off from Tehran, narrowly avoiding many more deaths when it plummeted near a busy market. All 66 passengers, crew feared dead in Iran plane crash Aseman Airline?s Tehran-Yasuj flight crashed in Isfahan province, according to reports Lifting sanctions on aviation purchases was a key clause in the nuclear deal Iran signed with world powers in 2015. Following the deal, Aseman Airlines finalised an agreement to buy 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets for $3 billion (2.4 billion euros) last June, with an option to buy 30 more. However, the sale could be scuppered if US President Donald Trump chooses to reimpose sanctions in the coming months, as he has threatened to do. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his condolences over Sunday´s crash, just moments after he launched a blistering attack on Tehran´s government. "I take this opportunity to send condolences to the families of the 66 civilians that lost their lives," Netanyahu said at the Munich Security Conference. "We have no quarrel with the people of Iran, only with the regime that torments them," he added. The US Treasury Department, which must approve aviation sales to Iran, has done so for 80 Boeing jets and 100 Airbus planes for national carrier Iran Air. The first few Airbus jets have already arrived in Tehran.
  4. RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has expressed his condolences on the loss of lives in tragic Iranian plane crash, informed Pakistan Armed Forces spokesperson Major Gen Asif Ghafoor. All 66 passengers and crew aboard a plane that crashed in central Iran on Sunday are believed to have been killed. The plane operated by Iranian carrier Aseman Airlines crashed in a mountainous area near the town of Semirom after taking off from Tehran?s Mehrabad airport, news agency ISNA quoted emergency services spokesman Mojtaba Khaledi as saying. All 66 passengers, crew feared dead in Iran plane crash Aseman Airline?s Tehran-Yasuj flight crashed in Isfahan province, according to reports The ATR-made plane was on a flight to the southwestern city of Yasuj and a spokesman for the airline said there were 60 passengers and six crew aboard. The ISPR spokesperson said that the COAS shared grief of bereaved families and brotherly Iranian nation.
  5. Representational image NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force said two of its pilots were killed Thursday after their plane crashed in a remote northeastern state. The microlight plane crashed soon taking off for a routine sortie from Johrat airbase in Assam state. An air force official said the pilots attempted an emergency landing but the plane crashed and burst into flames. "Both the pilots died in the crash and a court of enquiry has been ordered," the official told AFP. It was not immediately clear what caused the two-seater to crash, but accidents are not uncommon. More than 170 air force pilots have lost their lives in accidents in the past three decades, with crashes blamed on its ageing fleet. Most of the accidents involve Soviet-era MIGs unflatteringly dubbed "flying coffins". Last May two air force pilots were killed in Assam after their Russian-made fighter jet crashed near the border with China. India is investing billions of dollars to modernise its decades-old fleet.
  6. STEPANOVSKOYE: Rescuers on Monday searched through deep snow for body parts and debris after a Russian passenger plane crashed near Moscow minutes after take-off, killing all 71 people on board, in the country's deadliest air crash since 2016. The Antonov An-148 plane went down in a snow-covered field, making it difficult to access, with emergency workers forced to reach the wreckage by foot or on snowmobiles. The accident happened in Ramensky district around 70 kilometres southeast of Moscow on Sunday at 2:28 pm after the plane departed from Domodedovo airport outside the Russian capital. Sixty-five passengers and six crew members were on board and all of them died, Russia's Investigative Committee said. The flight was operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines and was headed for the city of Orsk in the Orenburg region close to Russia's border with Kazakhstan. On Monday, rescuers in dark uniforms trudged across the site in formation, using shovels to shift snow around 40 centimetres (16 inches) deep, an AFP video journalist saw. The Investigative Committee, which takes charge of major incidents and is probing the crash of the eight-year-old plane, said that the aircraft caught fire on the ground after crashing. "At the moment of falling, the aeroplane was intact, without a fire. An explosion took place after the plane crashed," it said, adding that it is looking into factors including the pilots' training and the plane's technical state. A Swiss citizen and a citizen of Azerbaijan were among the dead listed by the emergency services ministry. A Kazakh citizen may also have died, transport minister Maxim Sokolov said. Three victims were children, including a five-year-old girl. The victims' remains were so damaged that genetic testing is required, investigators said. Russian President Vladimir Putin sent condolences and "is constantly receiving information" about the crash, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. Putin cancelled plans to travel to the Black Sea resort of Sochi to meet Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Monday. Instead, the meeting was to take place in Moscow. Fragments over wide area With the wreckage of the plane spread over more than 30 hectares, it will take a week to inspect the whole area, the emergency services ministry said. "We plan to carry out the main stage of the search operation in seven days because the plane debris is scattered over a very large area," emergency services minister Vladimir Puchkov said, quoted by Interfax news agency. He added that "heavy snow" and difficult terrain hampered searchers. By noon on Monday (0900 GMT) eight hectares had been examined, turning up numerous body fragments and plane debris, TASS news agency reported, citing the rescue team. One black box has been found, containing flight data but not voice recordings, the Investigative Committee said. It will be examined by the Interstate Aviation Committee, which probes air crashes in the region. Witnesses said they heard a crash or felt an explosive force when the plane came down. "When it hit the ground we heard a loud bang. We saw a large fiery ball rise up from the spot... We thought it was a meteorite," said Tatiana Zhukova, a housewife living in the nearby village of Stepanovskoye. The plane was built in Ukraine in 2010 and bought by Saratov Airlines from another Russian airline a year ago, the carrier said. It said it was suspending all flights using that model of plane. Saratov Airlines was founded in the 1930s and flies to 35 Russian cities. Its hub is the central airport of Saratov on the Volga river. Numerous plane crashes The governor of the Orenburg region where the plane was heading and most passengers lived, declared Monday a day of mourning with flags lowered and entertainment events cancelled. Russia has suffered numerous plane crashes, with airlines often operating ageing aircraft in dangerous flying conditions. A light aircraft crashed in November in Russia's far east, killing six people on board. In December 2016, a military plane carrying Russia´s famed Red Army Choir crashed after taking off from Sochi, killing all 92 people on board. Pilot error was blamed for that crash. In March 2016, all 62 passengers died when a FlyDubai jet crashed in bad weather during an aborted landing at Rostov-on-Don airport.
  7. MOSCOW: A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed in the outskirts of Moscow on Sunday after taking off from the capital´s Domodedovo airport, Russian media reported. The Antonov An-148 plane operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals, and crashed in the Ramensky district outside Moscow. Russian news agencies reported 65 passengers and 6 crew were on board. News agencies said witnesses in the village of Argunovo saw a burning plane falling from the sky. A source from Russia´s emergency services told Interfax that the 71 people on board "had no chance" of survival. The same news agency reported that the wreckage of the plane was spread over a wide area around the crash site.
  8. A Russian Air Force Sukhoi-25 fighter jet flying over the Syrian city of Saraqib, southwest of Aleppo. BEIRUT: Militant fighters shot down a Russian plane over Syria's northwest Idlib province on Saturday and captured its pilot, a monitor said. "Rebel factions shot down a Sukhoi 25. The Russian pilot came down in a parachute, before being captured," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. He could not immediately confirm which faction had downed the plane but the militant Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other terrorist groups are active in Idlib. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Syrian troops launched a fierce offensive on Idlib in late December, with backing by Russian warplanes. "There have been dozens of Russian air strikes in the area over the past 24 hours. This plane was also carrying out raids there," said Abdel Rahman. Militant factions have shot Syrian regime planes in the past, but downing Russian warplanes is much rarer. In August 2016, a Russian military helicopter was shot down over Syria and all five people on board were killed. Moscow began conducting air strikes in Syria in September 2015. Two months later, Turkey shot down a Russian warplane, leading to the worst crisis in ties between the two countries since the end of the Cold War.
  9. A Pegasus Airlines aircraft is pictured after it skidded off the runway at Trabzon airport by the Black Sea in Trabzon, Turkey, January 14, 2018. Ihlas News Agency (IHA) via REUTERS ISTANBUL: A Pegasus Airlines flight skidded off the runway of a Turkish coastal airport and plunged down a steep slope on the edge of the Black Sea, ending up only meters from the water?s edge. None of the 168 people on board was hurt in the incident, but passengers spoke of panic as the aircraft tipped nose first towards the sea. Just after the flight from Ankara landed at the Black Sea city of Trabzon there was a loud noise, Fatma Gordu was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency. ?We tilted on the side and the front of the plane went down and the back of went up,? she said. ?There was a huge panic, people were shouting.? When the plane came to a halt in thick mud, passengers smelt fuel. ?We thought there would be fire,? Gordu said. ?People panicked - there were pregnant women and children.? Video on social media showed fire crews pumping water over the plane on Saturday night. ?It was a miracle,? said another passenger, Yuksel Gordu. ?We could have burned, we could have exploded or we could have gone into the sea.? Trabzon governor Yucel Yavuz said all passengers were safely taken off the plane and some had gone to hospital as a precaution. ?They were all OK,? he told Anadolu. Pegasus Airlines said in a statement that the Boeing 737-800 aircraft ?had a runway excursion incident? as it landed but the 162 passengers, two pilots and four cabin crew were unhurt.
  10. A Pegasus Airlines aircraft is pictured after it skidded off the runway at Trabzon airport by the Black Sea in Trabzon, Turkey, January 14, 2018. ? Muhammed Kacar/Dogan News Agency handout via Reuters ANKARA: A passenger plane late Saturday skidded off the runway just metres away from the sea as it landed at an airport in northern Turkey, local media images showed. The Pegasus Airlines flight had taken off smoothly from the capital Ankara and landed in Trabzon, but skidded off the runway in the northern airport. No one was injured or killed in the landing. Dramatic images from CNN Turk broadcaster showed the plane dangerously hanging off a cliff several metres (feet) from the Black Sea, its wheels stuck in the mud. Other images from Dogan news agency showed smoke emanating from the trapped plane. Pegasus Airlines confirmed in a statement Sunday there were no injuries among the 162 passengers onboard as well as two pilots and four cabin crew after they were evacuated. The cause of the incident was not known but an investigation is under way, the Trabzon governor's office said. One of the passengers, Fatma Gordu, panic erupted onboard during the landing. "We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane´s rear was up. There was panic; people shouting, screaming," she told state-run news agency Anadolu. The airport was temporarily shut before reopening on Sunday morning.
  11. Smoke rises from the wreckage after a plane crashed in the mountainous area of Punta Islita, Guanacaste province, Costa Rica, December 31, 2017. Ministerio de Seguridad Publica de Costa Rica/via REUTERS A family of five from the New York City suburb of Scarsdale was aboard a plane that crashed minutes after takeoff from a popular beach resort in Costa Rica on Sunday, killing all 12 people aboard, a relative and the family?s rabbi said. Ten U.S. citizens and two Costa Rican pilots were killed when the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircraft crashed into a mountainous area off the beach town of Punta Islita, the Costa Rican government said. The town is in the province of Guanacaste, about 230 km (140 miles) west of the capital of San Jose. The dead included the Steinberg family, consisting of a couple and their three sons. ?We are in utter shock and disbelief right now,? Tamara Steinberg Jacobsen, the sister of the father, Bruce Steinberg, said on Facebook, where she posted pictures of the family and thanked people for their condolences. She also asked for privacy. Rabbi Jonathan Blake of the Westchester Reform Temple identified the family as Bruce and Irene Steinberg and their sons William, Zachary and Matthew. ?This tragedy hits our community very hard,? Blake said on Facebook, saying the family had belonged to the temple since 2001. The family had been involved in causes such as UJA-Federation of New York, the American Jewish Committee and Seeds of Peace, the rabbi said. Nature Air, the Costa Rican company that operated the flight, identified the five Steinbergs and five other passengers: Thibault Astruc, Amanda Geissler, Charles Palmer, Leslie Weiss and Sherry Wuu. All 10 passengers were U.S. citizens, the State Department confirmed on Monday. They all died along with Costa Rican pilots Juan Manuel Retana and Emma Ramos, Nature Air said. Bruce Steinberg worked in investment banking and Irene Steinberg volunteered for many nonprofit groups, The Times said, citing a family friend, Lyn Kaller. Matthew was an eighth-grader at a private school, William attended the University of Pennsylvania and Zachary was at Johns Hopkins University, the Times reported. ?They were a very loving, close family. They were devoted to their children. Any picture you see of them, it was full of smiles,? Kaller was quoted as saying by The Journal News, which covers the Lower Hudson Valley area of New York state. Reached by Reuters on Sunday, Kaller declined to comment. Punta Islita, on Costa Rica?s Pacific Coast, is popular among North American and European tourists for its pristine beaches and lush landscape.
  12. SAN JOSE: A Costa Rican plane crashed into woodland off a popular tourist beach on Sunday, killing 10 US citizens and two local pilots, the Costa Rican government said. The accident occurred in the mountainous area off the Punta Islita beach town in the province of Guanacaste, about 230 km (140 miles) west of the capital of San Jose. Enio Cubillo, director of Costa Rica?s civil aviation agency, said the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircraft operated by local company Nature Air had crashed minutes after take-off, but that officials had not yet determined the cause of the crash. The plane had passed a safety inspection about a month ago and was authorized to fly, Cubillo said. Although strong winds in the morning had forced the pilots to alter their itinerary, they had flown safely to Punto Islita to pick up passengers headed to San Jose. Nature Air said in a statement that it lamented the accident, without explaining the cause. The flight was part of a special charter service for 20 people, relying on two planes. The first plane, carrying 10 passengers, arrived safely in San Jose at 11:40 a.m. The second, with 10 passengers and two pilots, departed 20 minutes later. ?Regrettably this plane crashed a few minutes after taking off,? Nature Air said. A video of the crash site obtained from Costa Rica?s Security Ministry shows orange flames consuming a pile of blackened ruins, with plane parts scattered in an area thick with trees. Laura Chinchilla, who was president of Costa Rica from 2010 to 2014, said on Twitter that her cousin, one of the pilots, had died in the accident. A US State Department official confirmed that multiple U.S. citizens had died, but said the agency would not provide further details out of respect for the affected families. ?There are no people alive,? Costa Rica?s Security Minister Gustavo Mata said, adding that autopsies would be needed to confirm the total number and identities of victims because their remains were badly burned. Punta Islita, on Costa Rica?s Pacific Coast, is popular among North American and European tourists for its pristine beaches and lush landscape.
  13. The aircraft has been in operation for more than five decades and is due to be replaced by the long-range tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft-Reuters (File Photo) TOKYO: A US Navy transport plane carrying 11 people crashed in waters southeast of Japan?s Okinawa island on Wednesday as it flew to the aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan, the US Seventh Fleet said. ?USS Ronald Reagan is conducting search and rescue operations. The cause of the crash is not yet known,? it said in a press release. Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera told reporters the US Navy had informed him that the crash in the Philippine Sea may have been a result of engine trouble. The propeller powered transport plane, a C-2 Greyhound, carries personnel, mail and other cargo from mainland bases to carriers operating at sea. The aircraft has been in operation for more than five decades and is due to be replaced by the long-range tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft.
  14. LONDON: Several people are feared killed after a helicopter and an aircraft collided mid-air over Buckinghamshire on Friday. According to British media reports, wreckage from both aircraft fell from the sky near the historic Waddesdon Manor. The mid-air collision took place over the woodland, according to Daily Mail. As many as seven firefighting appliances accompanied by urban search vehicles were deployed to the area with locals also supporting the rescue efforts. Members of the Air Accident Investigation Branch were also deployed to the area to launch an inquiry into the crash. The Thames Valley Police said, "officers are currently at the scene of an air accident near the village of Waddesdon near Aylesbury."
  15. The image shows a Cessna 208 Caravan that crashed in Canaima, Bolivar, Venezuela, on April 17, 2009. Image Courtesy: B3A NAIROBI: Eleven people have died after a plane belonging to a safari company crashed in northern Tanzania, according to the aircraft's owners, Coastal Aviation. "We are deeply saddened to report that eleven people have died after a single-plane accident this morning in Northern Tanzania," the company said in a statement published on its website. Coastal Aviation, which conducts flying safaris in East Africa, said the Cessna Caravan, carrying a pilot and 10 passengers, had crashed in the Empakaai crater area. The names of the passengers and crew were being withheld so their families could be informed. "Obviously, we are in shock. This is devastating," said Coastal Aviation managing director Julian Edmunds. "I fly our planes regularly. I have the utmost faith in our crew and our equipment. On behalf of the entire team at Coastal, we will be doing everything we can to assist the pending investigation." The company said the accident took place at 11 AM (0800 GMT), and access to the remote site had been difficult. An official at the nearby Serengeti National Park, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that the bodies of all the victims had been retrieved except for the pilot's. "There are some foreigners among the dead, but also Tanzanians working in the tourism industry," he said.
  16. Eleven people have died after a plane belonging to a safari company crashed in northern Tanzania. Photo: AFP file NAIROBI: Eleven people have died after a plane belonging to a safari company crashed in northern Tanzania, according to the aircraft?s owners, Coastal Aviation. ?We are deeply saddened to report that eleven people have died after a single-plane accident this morning in Northern Tanzania,? the company said in a statement published on its website. Coastal Aviation, which conducts flying safaris in East Africa, said the Cessna Caravan, carrying a pilot and 10 passengers, had crashed in the Empakaai crater area. The names of passengers and crew were being withheld so their families could be informed. ?Obviously, we are in shock. This is devastating,? said Coastal Aviation managing director Julian Edmunds. ?I fly our planes regularly. I have the utmost faith in our crew and our equipment. On behalf of the entire team at Coastal, we will be doing everything we can to assist the pending investigation.? The company said the accident took place at 11:00am (0800 GMT), and access to the remote site had been difficult.
  17. It's always a little cringeworthy to see couples fight in public places. But, the worst thing would be if that place turned out to be an airplane, where there is literally no escape. Just stuck in a weird situation, and just watching someone else's drama. Unfortunately, this became a reality for the passengers of a Qatar Airways flight going from Doha to Bali. But, before the flight could complete its 10-hour journey, a married couple got into such a bad fight that the pilots were forced to make an emergency landing in India. So, basically what went down was that after a few drinks, a woman ended up unlocking her husband's phone using his thumbprint when he was fast asleep. First of all, snooping through someone's phone is not cool, seriously. But, as it turns out, the wife was right in not trusting her partner, as she made quite an unpleasant discovery. She found out that her husband was cheating on her and obviously she lost her mind. She, unsurprisingly, made a scene and honestly, we feel so bad for each and every single person on the flight who were now witnessing a very personal fight. Reportedly, the woman started misbehaving when the cabin crew staff tried to intervene and calm down the situation. Well, because of all that rowdiness, the pilots had no choice other than throwing the couple, and their young kid, off the flight altogether. The family was dropped off in Chennai, which is about halfway between Doha and Bali. Apparently, the woman has still a little drunk, so the authorities in Chennai kept the family at the airport until she sobered up. Later, they were put on a plane to Kuala Lumpur and taken to Doha by a connecting flight from there. To be honest, the whole thing sounds like a nightmare, especially for the woman. Just imagine finding out that your partner is cheating on you and then being stuck in an unknown place with them. Moreover, they still had another long flight before they reached back home. Refusing to go into all the details of the matter, Qatar Airways, in a statement just said, “In respect of passenger privacy we do not comment on individual cases.”
  18. The control tower, nicknamed Goldorak, is pictured at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo GENEVA: A seven-year-old girl who ran away from her parents managed to take a train to Geneva airport and board a plane despite having no ticket. The girl gave her parents the slip near Geneva?s central railway station on Sunday, then took the one-stop ride to the airport. Her parents rang the Swiss police, who tracked her progress through the airport on security videos, airport spokesman Bertrand Staempfli said. She went through the security gate and managed to pass herself off as the child of adults around her, before using her small stature to slip through the departure gate without being noticed and boarding a plane, the airport said in a statement. On her first attempt she followed a crew toward the plane and was turned back. She melted into the crowd and pretended to look for her parents. The second time, she managed to get into a plane, was spotted by an official, stopped, and handed over to police. Staempfli declined to say which airline was involved or where it was flying to, but he said it was leaving from the airport?s French sector and the destination was in France. Geneva airport straddles the French-Swiss border and passengers can leave from France or Switzerland. The airport said in the statement it would tighten safety rules and boarding procedures as a result of what it called the ?highly regrettable incident?. ?This should never have happened,? Staempfli said.
  19. Sabbir Emam, a pilot with state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines, was detained in Dhaka with three others suspected of links to a militant group. Photo: AFP file. DHAKA: Bangladesh on Tuesday arrested a pilot from the national airline accused of plotting with terrorists to hijack or crash a plane in a spectacular attack, police said. Sabbir Emam, a pilot with state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines, was detained in Dhaka with three others suspected of links to a militant group blamed for a cafe siege last year that left 22 people dead, including 18 foreigners. The Rapid Action Battalion police unit said Sabbir plotted with senior extremists from Bangladesh to crash a plane into the homes of politicians or to take passengers hostage. ?He is a dangerous person and is working at a sensitive place like Bangladesh Biman, which the country?s important individuals use,? the battalion said in a statement. Sabbir, a pilot since 2014, flew a Boeing 737 passenger jet as recently as Monday for Bangladesh?s flag carrier, the battalion said. Neither Sabbir?s family or lawyers could be immediately reached for comment. Sabbir allegedly had ties to senior militants including Sarwar Jahan, the head of a new JMB faction, before he was killed in a police raid. Police say Sabbir and Sarwar plotted a plane attack with another man, Abdullah, who was killed in a raid in September along with six others, including his wife and children, in an apartment building in Dhaka. The building was owned by Sabbir?s father, who was questioned by police. The homegrown JMB group has been blamed for a string of deadly attacks on foreigners, atheist bloggers, rights activists and religious minorities in Bangladesh. The most prominent was in July last year when militants stormed an upmarket cafe in Dhaka and massacred 22 hostages. The attack was claimed by a terrorist group but the government denied any role by the international militants. JMB remains active despite efforts to decapitate its leadership by Bangladesh police, who have while killed more than 70 alleged militants since the cafe attack. Police have warned of new cells and plots to stage attacks in Bangladesh.
  20. KATHMANDU: A Turkish Airlines plane that crash landed at Kathmandu airport two years ago will be welcoming ticket holders on board again -- not for a flight but as the Nepali capital´s first aviation museum. The Airbus A330 was carrying 224 passengers when it skidded off the runway at Kathmandu´s airport in March 2015, coming to a stop with its nose buried in the grassy verge on the edge of the tarmac. No one was hurt, but the crash shut Nepal´s only international airport for four days as technicians struggled to move the plane. It was eventually dragged to a disused corner of the airport where it sat rusting for two years -- until pilot Bed Upreti had an idea. "It is unfortunate that the aircraft (had) an accident and was grounded, but I saw a perfect opportunity," Upreti told AFP. He bought the metal carcass and has invested $600,000 to turn it into an aviation museum. Upreti´s first task was moving the 63-metre plane across the road from the airport to the museum´s lot -- which proved harder than expected. He previously brought an abandoned Fokker 100 -- which is about half the size of an Airbus A330 -- and transported it 500 kilometres to Dhangadi in Nepal´s far west where he also set up a museum, though on a smaller scale that this one. "Transporting that plane across districts was much easier than relocating the Airbus metres away from the airport," Upreti said. Working only at night when the airport was closed, it took a team of engineers from Turkey six weeks to dismantle the plane into 10 pieces, before loading them onto trucks for the 500 metre journey across the road. It took another two months to put all the pieces back together. With all the seat stripped out of the belly of the plane, the new museum feels surprisingly spacious. The business class section of the plane will feature a model of the Wright Brothers´ first aircraft -- the first machine to successfully take to the sky -- and in the tail there will be a cafe. More than 150 miniature display planes will chart the history of aviation as well as the story of Nepal´s flying industry. Himalayan Nepal is heavily reliant on a network of domestic air routes to compensate for its limited road network, though the country´s airlines have a poor safety record. For many in the impoverished country, the airfares are also beyond their means. "It (the museum) will give a chance to some Nepalis who might never fly to step into a plane," said engineering student Shyam Rauniyar, 22, who was part of the team that put together the replica of the Wright Brother´s plane. Upreti hopes that the museum will inspire young minds to become pilots and engineers, and is confident that it will be a hit with visitors. "Passers by are already peeking to get a glimpse," he said.
  21. ISLAMABAD: An airport fuel vehicle on Saturday collided with the engine of a Pakistan International Airlines plane during refuelling at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. According to PIA spokesman, flight PK-789 sustained minor damage and has been transferred to the hangar for the necessary maintenance. PIA plane cleared for flight after technical landing at Lahore airport Flight PK-755 was en route to Riyadh from Sialkot when the a smoke alarm was triggered, leading him to suspect a fire onboard. The flight, which was to take off from Toronto to Lahore, is expected to be delayed by 16 hours. Passengers have been transferred to hotels. The spokesman said that PIA has informed the local service-providing company of the incident and sought an explanation.
  22. With companies like Uber and Ola making travelling as convenient as possible for people, a similar structure will soon be implemented for flying as well; aircraft charter companies are planning on using an aggregator model to make chartered flights up to 50% cheaper for customers. According to The Times of India, working as an aggregator to optimize the use of the planes, a company would offer flyers all available aircraft on one platform. Most charter companies usually offer customers all the cost related to hiring an aircraft – everything from the fare from the home base to the cost of the trip to the empty return. © Charter Jet Airlines Now, honestly that would cost a hell lot of money, but thanks to this aggregator model chartering charges will drop significantly. This will be done by planning and strategically positioning the aircrafts across the country according to the demand and supply, which will in return reduce the overall flying time. This will obviously lower the costs for customers vis-a-vis the rate charged by a standalone charter company, according to Kanika Tekriwal, co-founder of Jet-SetGo, a New Delhi-based business charter company with cricketer Yuvraj Singh as one of its investors. “The cost differential can, hence, even be as high as 50%,” said Tekriwal. © Can Charter Aviation As of now, the cost of chartering an aircraft with about six to nine seats, can range from Rs. 1,50,000 to Rs. 2,00,000 an hour. Moreover, another aircraft charter company, Air One Aviation Pvt has offered up to 500 planes through its subsidiary Ezee Charter Pvt. One of its promoters, former president of Air Sahara Alok Sharma, said, “At a later stage, we want to launch holiday packages, which will have on offer flights according to passenger convenience and hotels to a group of people flying to a particular destination. Going ahead, I see a lot of charter flights being used for leisure travel and a big market is waiting to be tapped.” © Sun Air Charter In addition to the leisure travel, New Delhi-based Flaps Aviation is also about to launch an exclusive air ambulance service by the end of this month, which will be a first for the country.
  23. Rescue workers have removed two bodies from the plane while a further two could be seen in the wreckage, the agency says. Other reports suggest that several members of the crew survived. Photo: Reuters ABIDJAN: At least four people were killed in a plane crash off Ivory Coast near Abidjan on Saturday, security sources said. Six others were believed to have been injured in the crash of the Antonov aircraft which police said had 10 people on board. French military sources said that French nationals were among the injured. "The aircraft failed to land and crashed into the water... Firefighters and security forces are on the scene," said police commissioner Charlemagne Bleu.
  24. Subsequent inspection by the authorities, however, found no fire, the PIA spokesman said in a statement LAHORE: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight made an emergency landing at the Allama Iqbal airport after the pilot suspected fire in the engine. Flight PK-755 was enroute to Riyadh from Sialkot when the pilot observed smoke in the cockpit, leading him to suspect the engine had caught fire. Subsequent inspection by the authorities, however, found no fire, the PIA spokesman said in a statement. Over 300 passengers onboard the plane were evacuated and safely moved to the airport?s lounge. The spokesman said that a thorough inspection of the plane is underway. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/458cd800915ac55fe75353e472daadfb.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTAvMTEvMjAxNyA0OjExOjA0IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9ZkdtS3ZKdHNqQnl3SFlBSlFiSjg2Zz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center]
  25. Zunum Aero's hybrid-electric aircraft, due to enter service in 2022, is seen in this undated artist's rendering released by Zunum Aero on October 5, 2017-Reuters NEW YORK: A Seattle-area startup, backed by the venture capital arms of Boeing Co (BA.N) and JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O) announced plans on Thursday to bring a small hybrid-electric commuter aircraft to market by 2022. The small airliner is the first of several planes planned by Zunum Aero, which said it would seat up to 12 passengers and be powered by two electric motors, dramatically reducing the travel time and cost of trips under 1,000 miles (1,600 km). Zunum?s plans and timetable underscore a rush to develop small electric aircraft based on rapidly evolving battery technology and artificial intelligence systems that avoid obstacles on a road or in the sky. In a separate but related development, Boeing said on Thursday it plans to acquire a company that specializes in electric and autonomous flight to help its own efforts to develop such aircraft. Several companies, including Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and European planemaker Airbus (AIR.PA), are working on electric-powered self-flying cars. Zunum does not expect to be the first to certify an electric-powered aircraft with regulators. Rather, it is aiming to fill a market gap for regional travel by airlines, where private jets and commercial jetliners are too costly for many to use. Zunum?s planes would fly from thousands of small airports around big cities to cut regional travel times and costs. ?Airlines are very keen to know how to fly a shorter distance and make money on it,? Matt Knapp, co-founder and chief aeronautic engineer of the Kirkland, Washington-based company, said in an interview. A flight from Silicon Valley to Los Angeles, for instance, would leave from Palo Alto, San Carlos, Hayward or Reid Hillview airports and arrive in Santa Monica, Burbank, Hawthorne or San Gabriel Valley airports. The cost would be about $120 one way, the company said. The travel time of over four hours would be cut in half by avoiding the crowds and security lines at big hubs that are required for larger planes. About 96 percent of US air traffic travels through 1 percent of its airports, leaving thousands of small airports virtually untapped, Knapp said. Electric-vehicle batteries, such as those made by Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) and Panasonic Corp (6752.T), would power Zunum?s motors, although Zunum has no commitment with either company. A supplemental jet-fuel engine and electrical generator would be used to give the plane a range of 700 miles and ensure it stays aloft after the batteries are exhausted, Knapp said Zunum plans to make a larger plane seating up to 50 passengers at the end of the next decade, and the range of both would increase to about 1,000 miles as battery technology improves, Knapp said. The planes eventually would fly solely on battery power, and are being designed to fly with one pilot and to eventually be remotely piloted, he added. Recent advances in battery technology, lightweight electric motors and carbon composite airframes would cut the cost of flying Zunum?s aircraft to about eight cents per seat-mile, about one-fifth that of a small jet or turboprop plane, Knapp said. ?We?re getting airline pricing down on a small plane and doing it for short distances,? Knapp said. ?That kind of aircraft doesn?t currently exist.? Zunum first announced its plans for hybrid-electric aircraft in April, and revealed that Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue Technology Ventures had invested in its initial round of venture funding. On Thursday it disclosed specifications and a timetable for the vehicle entering service. Zunum says the plane would cruise at about 340 miles an hour and at altitudes of about 25,000 feet (7,600 meters) - slower and lower than conventional jets. The motor, which Zunum is designing, will drive a fan similar to the bypass fan on a jet engine, but without a jet?s combustion. Zunum has started talks with plane makers about building the airframe, and it is building non-flying prototypes of the powertrain to test batteries, the electrical system, software and other components, Knapp said. Current battery technology can only power the plane for about 100 miles so a gas-powered engine would be used to generate electricity to power the motors for additional range.