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  1. 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.
  2. 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."
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.”
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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= style=center]
  13. 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.
  14. KINHASA: A military transport plane belonging to the Congolese army crashed near Kinshasa on Saturday, killing "several dozen" people, military and airport sources told AFP. The Antonov transport plane had just taken off and had "several dozen people" on board, an airport source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. The plane went down in Nsele, about 100 kilometres to the east of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the source said. A local official in the area of the crash told AFP there were "no survivors". The plane, which had a Russian crew, was carrying "two vehicles and weapons" and military personnel, a source at the army's headquarters told AFP, also speaking on condition of anonymity. He said there were "between 20 and 30 people" on board when it took off from Ndolo airport in Kinshasa. A witness at the crash site told AFP he had seen the plane "falling" out the sky shortly before 9:00 am but said there was no sign of any smoke coming from the aircraft.
  15. DOHA: Qatar Airways announced Tuesday it has placed an order worth more than $2 billion for six Boeing planes, which it said reflected the airline's continued expansion in the United States. A statement on the Gulf carrier's website said it had placed an order for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters and four 777-300ERs. It added that the order was valued at $2.16 billion "at list prices". "The order, a sign of the airline's continued expansion and contribution to the US economy, adds to the airline's current fleet of nearly 100 Boeing widebody airplanes and its more than 100 additional Boeing aircraft on order," read the Qatar Airways statement. The announcement was made at Boeing´s manufacturing plant in Everett, Washington, in the US. The decision to buy the new planes may be seen as strategically as well economically important. Gas-rich Qatar has made it clear it is seeking further investment opportunities in the US. In 2015, it said it would invest up to $35 billion in the United States over the following five years, after targeting high-profile acquisitions in Europe. Last December, Doha also announced the fund would invest $10 billion in US infrastructure projects. The purchase also comes at a time of high political tensions within the Gulf. Qatar has found itself regionally isolated since June 5 after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut all ties, accusing Doha of bankrolling extremists and being too close to Iran. As part of the sanctions placed on Doha, they have stopped Qatar Airways use of their countries´ airspace. Qatar denies the charges.
  16. PARIS: Passengers were evacuated from a British Airways plane at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on Sunday morning ?for a security reason?, an airport official said. Flight BA303 was due to take off and fly to London?s Heathrow airport when the plane was evacuated, the official said. ?The incident is being dealt with,? the official added, without going into further detail. The plane was surrounded by police and fire vehicles after passengers were informed shortly before take off that a "direct threat" had been made against the airport, according to The Independent. A passenger, James Anderson, stated on Twitter that armed police searched all passengers on the flight, and fire crews also attended the scene. All passengers have since been given the all clear and have been assured they will be able to board another flight later today. A British Airways spokesperson said: "The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority. "Additional security checks are being carried out as a precaution. We would never operate a flight unless it is safe to do so."
  17. At the age of 14, most of us tried to keep up with homework and worried about how to juggle between tuitions and playing with friends. But since technology has taken over the world, most teenagers now have to take extremely ‘important' decisions like deciding which iPhone model they should buy or whether or not their Instagram feed is on point. But fortunately, there still are some kids who are pushing themselves to do their best in order to become what they've always wanted to. In fact, some are even breaking world records. Meet Mansour Anis, a 14-year-old Indian-origin boy, who just received his certificate for his first solo flight from an aviation academy in Canada. © Facebook/AAA Aviation Flight Acdemy Mansour, who is currently a resident of the UAE is a Grade 9 student at Delhi Private School, has also managed to set a record of being the youngest pilot to fly solo with the least number of training hours. 25 hours is all it took for him, which is shocking, to say the least. © Facebook/AAA Aviation Flight Acdemy In an interview, Anis' father Ali Asgar told that, "He broke the previous record of a 15-year-old German pilot and a 14-year-old US pilot who took 34 hours of training. Mansour flew solo just after 25 hours of training." Since every country has different rules when it comes to minimum age requirements to become a pilot and fly solo, Mansour had to go to Canada for his training. In the UAE and India, the pilot has to be at least 18-years-old, whereas in Canada, if you are 14 and meet the other requirements, you can join the course. He flew a Cessna 152 aircraft during his solo flight and now has a student pilot permit. His solo flight went on for 10-minutes during which he taxied the aircraft from the parking bay to the runway, took off for a flight for about five minutes and then landed back. It all began when his New Delhi-based maternal uncle who is a professional pilot with an India-based private airline introduced him to flying with the help of a computer flight simulator. And by the time he turned 13, Mansoor decided that he wanted to become a pilot. In an interview, he told how he developed interest in flying, “With the simulation software, my uncle began training me how to fly a plane. Since then I've had an interest in it.”He further added, “What I had learned from my uncle helped me a lot. For example, there were some theoretical things, like with the instruments, that he had taught me to use beforehand.” This achievement has just marked the beginning of his career as this young lad wants to become a professional pilot with his dream companies; namely Emirates and Etihad.
  18. SpaceX successfully launched a secret US Air Force space plane on Thursday ahead of the arrival in Florida of Hurricane Irma. Live images broadcast by the California aerospace company showed a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned X-37B drone lifting off at 10:00 am (1400 GMT) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The recoverable first stage of the launch vehicle then landed at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station less than 10 minutes later. There were concerns SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk, would be forced to postpone the launch as Hurricane Irma threatens to batter Florida. But skies were clear Thursday and the company managed to complete the launch ahead of the expected weekend arrival of Irma, a powerful Category Five hurricane. It was SpaceX's second mission for the Pentagon this year following a secret satellite launch in May and the private company's first launch of the X-37B. Previous X-37B launches had been performed by the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing. The X-37B, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), is one of two known craft of its type in the US Air Force's fleet and part of a classified program whose details are shrouded in secrecy. A reusable shuttle, Thursday's launch is its fifth mission since its maiden flight in April 2010. "The fifth OTV mission continues to advance the X-37B's performance and flexibility as a space technology demonstrator and host platform for experimental payloads," the Air Force said in a statement. "This mission carries small satellite ride shares and will demonstrate greater opportunities for rapid space access and on-orbit testing of emerging space technologies." On its last mission, the solar-powered X-37B stayed in orbit for 718 days before returning to land on May 7 -- longer than any of its previous flights. Some 29 feet long (nine meters) and 15 feet (4.5 meters) wide, it resembles the space shuttle, the last of which flew in July 2011.
  19. A video of an airplane narrowly escaping 3 tornadoes during a storm in Russia has gone viral. The footage shows the plane manoeuvring through not one but three tornadoes over the Black Sea. The footage was captured by bewildered eye witnesses and it looks terrifying. Over 12 tornadoes were seen jetting over the Black Sea recently and the passenger plane was unfortunately caught amidst 3 of them. The plane was on a descent to Sochi, a city in Russia. Luckily enough, the pilot managed to steer clear of the tornadoes, even though it appeared that the plane was flying chillingly close to them. Watch the footage below: The stormy weather conditions on Sochi caused a lot of flights to be delayed and some were even diverted to nearby cities. This plane, however, had to fly right through. People have been sharing their own nightmarish photos capturing the storm that has affected Sochi in the past few days. One such tornado was particularly in news due to its weird 90 degree angle: © Twitter Not an exactly comforting sight from a plane window WOW! Waterspouts seen from the airplane yesterday near Sochi, Russia. Photo credit: Alex Smas. #Tornado #Russia — Mark Tarello (@mark_tarello) August 30, 2017 It's a water bath out there! WOW!! 9 waterspout recorded in Adler (Sochi, Russia, August 29, 2017). @StormHour — #MeteoRussia (@MeteoRUSSIA) August 29, 2017 Tornadoes can wreck anything that comes in their way; most can achieve speeds of around 180 km per hour. Tornadoes with speeds of over 480 km per hour have also been recorded. It's a miracle the plane survived unscathed.
  20. Three tornadoes vs a plane. Who would win? Surprisingly, it was the plane! A video of a plane navigating through three tornadoes in its path, avoiding the danger right in front of it is going viral, and rightfully so. A post shared by ÐлекÑей ÐоÑонÑов (@alvrnc) on Aug 29, 2017 at 5:35am PDT In the video, which was filmed in Sochi, Russia, the witnesses spotted the plane attempting to land, while weaving through these tornadoes in its way. Reportedly, 12 waterspouts were spotted over the Black Sea that same day. Even though, it's not clear where the plane was coming from, but according to Sochi Express, there were at least nine other flights that had to be diverted from the airport as a result of the menacing weather. Due to the weather, these flights were forced to land in nearby Anapa and Krasnodar airports. © Ruptly It is highly likely that the passengers on that particular plane experienced some severe turbulence while landing, but it was also apparent that the plane made it to ground safely, with no one being harmed during this almost fatal incident. © Ruptly But, one thing is for sure – that pilot is honestly so badass for being able to navigate through those tornadoes like that, and making sure everyone reaches the land safely.
  21. Michael Kellar (L), 56, and Gail Burnworth (R), 50, are pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters August 8, 2017. San Jose Police Department/Handout via REUTERS Impromptu detective work by a woman on an airline flight resulted in the arrest of another passenger whose text messages about sexually abusing children she photographed and gave to police, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday. Michael Kellar of Tacoma, Washington, will be charged on Tuesday with conspiring to make child pornography, prosecutors said, after he exchanged the explicit messages with a woman he met a year ago on a dating website. He sent the messages to Gail Lynn Burnworth, also of Tacoma, while he was flying from Seattle to San Jose, California, on July 31, according to a criminal complaint. The woman behind Kellar became alarmed as she could see the couple describe sexually abusing two children in Burnworth's care. Burnworth promised to send Kellar pictures of her molesting the children while they slept. "You can do this or are you just saying this???" Kellar replied in one message, apparently unaware the passenger behind him was taking photographs of his phone's screen. "No I think I can do it if I don't have parents over my shoulder," Burnworth responded. "And then on Sunday, I will have the kids no parents just kids." The alarmed passenger, who has not been named, told flight attendants and later shared her photos with police who arrived to meet Kellar at the airport, the complaint said. Kellar gave police his phone and told them he "likely" had a sexual interest in children, according to the complaint, but that the discussion of abusing the children in Burnworth's care was fantasy. Kellar remained in custody on Tuesday and it was not clear whether he had a lawyer. Later that day, police arrested Burnworth, who also acknowledged a sexual interest in prepubescent boys and girls, the complaint said. Burnworth lives in Tacoma, Washington, with a man she referred to in messages as her former husband, along with his three children and the children's mother. She told authorities she had made up to 20 sexual images of the youngest two, a boy and a girl under 12 years old, to send to Kellar. On her phone, police saw the full-text message exchange in which the couple discussed drugging the children in order to rape them while the parents were away. Both Kellar and Burnworth, who appeared in federal court in Tacoma on Monday, are charged with conspiring to produce child pornography, while Kellar, who is due to appear in federal court in San Jose, also faces a charge of attempted enticement of a minor. Burnworth's lawyer, a public defender, did not respond to a request for comment.
  22. SYDNEY: Australian police said two men have been charged over terror-related offences involving plans to place an improvised explosive device on a passenger jet flight leaving Sydney, and, separately, to build a device to release poisonous gas. Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner National Security Michael Phelan told a media conference on Friday that the men had assistance from Islamic State in Syria over the plot targeting an Etihad Airways flight. The explosive device was taken to Sydney's airport but the plan was aborted and the bomb did not breach airport security, he said. "This is one of the most sophisticated plots that has ever been attempted on Australian soil," Phelan said. "The explosive was a high-end explosive...I don't want to be specific because it's still under examination for the exactness of it, but high military grade explosive." Phelan said in a separate event, the same men attempted to create an improvised chemical device, although he said there was no evidence to suggest that would be used in a plane attack. Police arrested four men last weekend in raids across Australia's biggest city of Sydney. One man has been released while another is being held without charge under special counter-terror laws. Etihad said this week it was assisting police with its investigation.
  23. A plane landed in Sao Joao Beach, killing two people, in Costa da Caparica, Portugal, August 2, 2017. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes LISBON: A small aeroplane made an emergency landing on a popular, crowded beach near Lisbon on Wednesday, killing two people. Local television showed dozens of beachgoers crowding around the airplane, which had come to a stop near the water without any major damage. Two pilots onboard were unharmed and were being questioned by authorities. Pedro Coelho Dias, a spokesman for the national maritime authority, said a man and a child were killed after the plane hit them, according to news agency Lusa. Sao Joao de Caparica beach is one of the closest to Lisbon and draws big crowds in August, when the Portuguese take their main summer holidays.
  24. <p>For safely landing a plane after its windshield was smashed by golf ball-sized hailstones, this Ukrainian pilot is being hailed as a hero, and rightly so! The ‘blind' emergency landing saved the lives of 121 passengers and six crew members that were onboard.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-500" title="This Pilot Managed A Blind Landing In A Hailstorm" src="" alt="This Pilot Managed A Blind Landing In A Hailstorm" data-original="" />© Facebook</p> <p>The plane had just taken off from Erkan, Cyprus when it was hit by these huge hailstones, which shattered the windscreen and left the pilots unable to see anything. Then, Captain Alexander Akopov got special permission to land the plane at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, even though it was closed due to the storm. </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="This Pilot Managed A Blind Landing In A Hailstorm" src="" alt="This Pilot Managed A Blind Landing In A Hailstorm" data-original="" />© Facebook</p> <p>Even though in the video of the landing has people saying, “It won't be able to land, it won't land”, the plane did manage to land, and that too with everyone inside unharmed. </p> <p><iframe style="border:none;overflow:hidden" frameborder="0" height="400" allowfullscreen="true" scrolling="no" src="" width="229"></iframe></p> <p>After landing Captain Akopov, who has been awarded Ukraine's Order for Courage, said, “I have been flying for 30 years. Well, did you see the plane landing? Was it OK? The passengers are alive. It is normal. This is our professional reliability.”</p> <p>Well, what a hail of a landing!</p> <p></p>
  25. Vikas Khanna is not just the most famous chef in the country, but is also responsible for putting India on the map in the culinary world. Along with being an incredible chef and a three-time Michelin Star awardee, he is also a restaurateur, an author, and a proud son. Last week he won hearts by taking his mother as his date to the IIFA Awards, where he was honoured with the Stardust Global Icon 2017 Award. His journey of becoming one the best chefs in the country is nothing less than inspiring. And it all comes from his even more inspiring mother, Bindu Khanna. She was the one motivating his to always dream big and his post about her today proves just that. My Mom had dreamt of becoming a pilot with the support of her beloved father. But in 1964, there was a ban on women to fly planes in Punjab. Since then it was her dream to fly. Today, after 53 years she flew a plane and the instructors were spellbound. #ProudSon&Daughter A post shared by Vikas Khanna (@vikaskhannagroup) on Jul 21, 2017 at 1:38pm PDT He wrote on his social media accounts, “My Mom Bindu Khanna, had dreamt of becoming a pilot when she was young; with the support of her beloved father. But in 1964, there was a ban on women to fly planes in Punjab. Since then it was her dream to fly. Today, after 53 years she flew a plane and the instructors were spellbound.” Even if it took 53 years, she finally fulfilled her dream. This should be an inspiration to all of us that nothing is out of our reach. Age is literally just a number! He's such a dutiful son and all his pictures with his mother are so adorable! After a crazy hectic week when Mom puts mustard oil in your hair, you know that everything is going to be okay in the World. #childhoodmemories A post shared by Vikas Khanna (@vikaskhannagroup) on Jul 1, 2017 at 10:15pm PDT Whenever I visit home in Amritsar, I always have a lot of family, neighbors, friends and strangers. I love it all. The excitement, chaos, hugs, heartwarming notes…..everything. But 2 years ago, we made a plan. Mom and me would set our alarm clocks 1 hour earlier for just simple OUR time. She would make tea, parle-g biscuits and both of us would be in the kitchen. I would hear the updates on relatives and their kids or her favorite soap opera story. I just listen and smile. Sometimes she would get distracted and start sending “good morning” messages on Whatsapp groups to everyone. It's her daily routine and she follows it like a ritual like millions of Indian mothers. We just loveeee it. Especially when I am sitting next to her and she sends me the flower picture or a scenery picture with “Good Morning” on it. Somehow it makes my morning, GOOD! I would start my day with a smile. I sometimes travel 7,000 miles just for that sacred 1 hour and parle-g biscuits. #MyFirstKitchen A post shared by Vikas Khanna (@vikaskhannagroup) on Jul 1, 2017 at 6:27am PDT