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  1. 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."
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 pic.twitter.com/EMgKeUcnMo — 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 pic.twitter.com/3TkelrAnTy — #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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. <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="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/this-pilot-managed-a-blind-landing-in-a-hailstorm1-1501599011.jpg" alt="This Pilot Managed A Blind Landing In A Hailstorm" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/this-pilot-managed-a-blind-landing-in-a-hailstorm1-1501599011.jpg" />© 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="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/this-pilot-managed-a-blind-landing-in-a-hailstorm2-1501599032.jpg" alt="This Pilot Managed A Blind Landing In A Hailstorm" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/this-pilot-managed-a-blind-landing-in-a-hailstorm2-1501599032.jpg" />© 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="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Foleg.lungul.96%2Fvideos%2F10155480259802707%2F&show_text=0&width=229" 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>
  10. 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
  11. "A USMC KC-130 mishap occurred the evening of July 10. Further information will be released as available," the US Marine Corps said. Photo: AFP WASHINGTON: A US military aircraft has crashed in the southern state of Mississippi, killing 16 people, US media reported Monday. The US Marine Corps confirmed that a "mishap" involving a KC-130 occurred in the evening, without providing additional details. The Clarion-Ledger newspaper and CNN cited Leflore County emergency management director Fred Randle as confirming the death toll of 16. All 16 victims were on the Marine Corps aircraft and there were no survivors, Randle told CNN. The incident took place around 4 pm (2100 GMT), the Clarion-Ledger said, noting that firefighters sprayed the aircraft with huge layers of foam to quell the fire. The plane crashed in a soybean field on the Sunflower-Leflore county line, the paper said. Photos posted on its website showed plumes of black smoke billowing from a green agricultural field. "Please join Deborah and me in praying for those hurting after this tragedy. Our men and women in uniform risk themselves every day to secure our freedom," Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said in a statement on Facebook.
  12. If the world (at least half of it) didn't already look down upon us for being vegetarian, travelling made things tougher. Carrying home-cooked food everywhere is not possible and ordering meals can be a really tricky affair, especially when you are travelling in a flight. We understand people often goof up when it comes to taking orders. Confusing green chillies with a red chilli sauce is understandable. Getting whole wheat bread instead of whole grain bread is fine. But, can you imagine asking for a cookie and getting the dough instead? Well, we don't know about you, but the Reddit user, musterknabe, can surely understand how pinching that feeling is. Although he is not a vegetarian by choice, he is cautious when it comes to eating meat. So, when travelling with the Aegean Airlines, he chose to go for their “Vegetarian Oriental” meal which says “vegetarian foods prepared in Chinese style.” But, when the meal came, it was nothing but a bunch of raw vegetables – with a knife and fork. For those wondering what the oriental part was – turns out it was the Chinese celery that was included in this organic food. Wow, that's wayyy more ‘oriental' one could ever digest. © Wikimedia But, then look at how humble this guy is! He didn't complain about his oh-so-healthy-and-raw meal, instead he fought for that one good thing he was deprived of, cookies. “No, I didn't complain about this yummy dish. But then I realized that all passengers who ordered a non-vegetarian meal got an extra cookie for dessert. I demanded a cookie and got one.” And a tear of joy rolled out from our eyes since he fought for what is right. However, according to the Airlines, the passenger was served a “vegetarian raw meal” instead of the fancy oriental cuisine. © Reddit Having said that, if we are spending money and a lot of time in travelling at some 30,000 feet above the ground we expect our needs to be fulfilled. While, most of us expect our food to either be piping hot or delicious in taste, the only thing this man will now hope for will be for his food to be cooked at least. So folks, next time if you think of complaining or writing a four page long feedback on the bad taste of the chicken curry, or the meat being undercooked; think of this chap who got a box of raw vegetables in the name of a meal that was supposedly the most sought after dish. Well, we don't know about ‘oriental' but they should start considering renaming the meal to ‘Food That Drives You Mental'. Source: The Telegraph
  13. A small plane crashed on the 405 Freeway near John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, US, June 30, 2017. Courtesy of Rafi Mamalian/Handout via REUTERS LOS ANGELES: A small plane crash-landed on a freeway in Orange County, California, on Friday morning, critically injuring two people on board and snarling traffic on a major north-south artery through the area, authorities said. The fiery crash was captured on cell-phone video by a driver and broadcast on local KABC-TV. It showed the twin-engine Cessna 310 as it passed low over the northbound side of the San Diego (405) Freeway in southern California before slamming into the ground on the southbound lanes. The aircraft, which appeared to be rapidly losing power, is seen levelling out slightly before hitting the ground and bursting into flames about 1,000 feet from a runway at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the pilot declared an emergency shortly after taking off from John Wayne airport and was trying to return there when the plane crashed at about 9:35 AM local time. Captain Larry Kurtz of the Orange County Fire Authority told KABC that the plane clipped a car on the freeway immediately before crashing, but the occupants of the vehicle were not hurt. Televised images showed the wreckage resting in the southbound lanes of the freeway immediately adjacent to John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, covered in fire-retardant foam and surrounded by police and firefighters. The freeway, the main north-south route through southern Orange County, was shut in both directions for about an hour before the northbound side and one southbound lane was reopened. Still, traffic remained backed up for miles in both directions some two hours after the incident. Arrivals were halted at the airport for about 45 minutes after the crash, and officials there advised travellers to arrive several hours early for flights. An Orange County sheriff's spokesman said that two people, identified only as a male and female, had been pulled from the wreckage of the plane and were being taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. The plane was still on the freeway several hours after the crash and investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration and John Wayne Airport were said to be en route to the scene.
  14. Ever wanted something as cool as a drone but could not buy one because it's too expensive or our stupid airspace regulation body prohibits it? Well, you can now start flying a paper plane with your smartphone. They are a lot of fun and cost a fraction of a basic drone. The paper plane is called the PowerUp 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane (phew!) and is powered by a tiny motor. © YouTube You can control the paper plane via Bluetooth from your smartphone and can fly up to 10 minutes per charge. Look, it ain't no quadcopter but this cool gadget will still help you relive your school days. © Amazon It is essentially the world's first remote controlled paper aeroplane that can fly up to 180 feet and is also crash-resistant. It works in tandem with Bluetooth technology and is compatible with most smartphones. It is made up special paper that ensures you fold it correctly and easily and can be charged by any micro USB charger. You can control the paper plane by simply tilting your smartphone/tablet right or left, similar to what you would do when playing racing games. © YouTube The durable, crash-proof design makes it an easier and more enjoyable option to traditional, bulky and battery intensive remote control helicopters and planes. The PowerUp 3.0 Bluetooth, Smart Module transforms ordinary paper planes into motorised machines, and also teachers you origami in the process. © YouTube You can buy this product in India over the internet and get yourself one of these fun smartphone controlled paper planes here.
  15. If you thought Indians were the most superstitious people ever, then think again. While travelling from Shanghai to Guangzhou, an elderly Chinese wanted to ensure “good luck”, and to do that, she threw coins into the plane's engine. It obviously messed with the engine and the China Southern Airlines Flight 380 got held up for several hours at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport. © scmp The 80-year-old woman decided to throw nine coins at an engine as she was boarding on the tarmac. This bizarre incident caused nearly 150 passengers to be evacuated from the plane, and the old woman ended up getting detained at the airport. Out of the nine coins, eight missed the target but one ended up inside an engine, airport police said, adding that a passenger spotted her and reported it to authorities. © scmp "A senior passenger threw coins to the plane's engine and delayed the flight. The passenger involved has been taken away by police," China Southern Airlines said in a statement on its Twitter like Weibo account. "In order to make sure the flight is safe, China Southern maintenance has conducted a full exam of the plane's engine." © scmp Given the weird nature of the incident, it was soon trending on Weibo and police added in a statement: "After investigation the involved passenger surnamed Qiu said she threw the coins to pray for safety. According to Qiu's neighbour, Qiu believes in Buddhism. Well, at least, the plane finally reached Guangzhou, and they only had to wait a few hours.
  16. A plane carrying Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu was buzzed by a NATO F-16 fighter jet as it flew over the Baltic Sea, but was seen off by a Russian Sukhoi-27 military jet on Wednesday.Photo: Global News A NATO F-16 fighter jet buzzed a plane carrying Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu as it flew over the Baltic Sea, but was seen off by a Russian Sukhoi-27 military jet, Russia said on Wednesday, an account partly disputed by NATO. The Baltic Sea has become an area of rising tensions between Moscow and the Western military alliance. Earlier this month, Russia scrambled a fighter jet to intercept a nuclear-capable U.S. B-52 strategic bomber it said was flying over the Baltic, in an incident that had echoes of the Cold War. A video of Wednesday's incident broadcast on a TV channel run by the Russian Ministry of Defense showed an F-16 flying parallel with the minister's plane at a short distance. It was not clear which air force the F-16 belonged to. A Russian Sukhoi-27 fighter jet was then seen inserting itself between the F-16 and the minister's plane before tilting its wings from side to side to show the missiles it is carrying. The F-16 was then seen leaving the area. NATO said it had tracked three Russian aircraft over the Baltic on Wednesday, including two fighter jets which it said did not respond to air traffic control or requests to identify themselves. "As is standard practice whenever unknown aircraft approach NATO air space, NATO and national air forces took to the sky to monitor these flights," a NATO official said. "When NATO aircraft intercept a plane they identify it visually, maintaining a safe distance at all times. Once complete, NATO jets break away," the official said. The alliance said it had no information about who was on board the planes.
  17. Image: Airbus BERLIN: Three male passengers were detained on Saturday evening in Cologne, Germany after their easyJet flight from Ljubljana, Slovenia to London made an unscheduled landing there, Cologne police said in a statement. The aircraft landed 6 PM local time (9 PM PST) at Cologne-Bonn Airport after passengers reported that the men were talking about "terrorist matters," according to the statement. The men, however, were not identified by then. Police carried out security checks on the aircraft and questioned passengers after all 151 passengers were evacuated safely from the Airbus 319 aircraft using emergency slides and led through transit gates, the airport said in a statement on its website. "Passengers [also] had to undergo a check immediately after landing," the statement added. Cologne Bonn Airport said on Twitter that "there are currently delays of departures" due to an operation being carried out by the police. Federal police seized a backpack that belonged to one of the men, and bomb squad officers exploded it outside of the aircraft, police said. They gave no information on the contents of the backpack and said officials continued to investigate the backpack. The men continued to be questioned late Saturday evening. Other passengers were also being questioned, police said. 10 aircraft were diverted to other airports as a result of the police investigation, the airport said, as air traffic was interrupted between 7-10 PM, with 20 departures delayed. Bild newspaper quoted a spokesman for the German federal police as saying the pilot decided to land the aircraft in Cologne after passengers told airline personnel they had heard the men using words including "bomb" and "explosive". No comment was immediately available from federal police. According to WDR, a German media outlet, flight operations resumed after two hours. The airport, in a new statement, said operations had been "partially resumed", as take-offs were given the green signal, but landings were on hold. Germany remains on high alert following several jihadist attacks there and in other European countries. Authorities Friday evacuated Germany´s biggest rock festival, the three-day "Rock am Ring," over fears of a possible terrorist threat, which proved unfounded.
  18. What’s the last video you watched on YouTube? Probably some YouTuber reviewing something, right? A trailer for a movie maybe? What did you get out of it? A brief moment of enjoyment? Great. That’s what YouTube is all about. Here’s the Daily Show where Trevor Noah talks about James Comey taking the stand in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee: But then, there are people like Paen Long, a car mechanic by profession, who is obsessed with aeroplanes. The Cambodian man has never even set foot in an aircraft in his life. This just goes to show that when you’re properly motivated, anything is possible. He chose an aeroplane over a helicopter because he believed it would be easier to build. He would to work at night since he was worried about everyone in his village of Prey Chhor making fun of him. It wasn’t a walk in the park by any stretch of the imagination. BBC Here’s a little information about the plane he built: - It’s modelled after Japanese warplanes from WWII. - It has a wing span of 5.5 m. - It is made mostly from recycled materials. - It cost over $10,000 to build. - It weighs 500 kgs. BBC Although his maiden flight wasn’t what you could term a success, he managed to get the plane 50 m above the ground before crashing, Mr Long hasn’t lost hope. He is now working on a seaplane which he believes will be light enough to fly. He has already spent more than $3,000 on the seaplane and even though he will have to journey almost 200 km before he can find a water body big enough for him to make this attempt, there’s nothing that’s going to stand in the way of him making the impossible, possible. BBC We hope Mr Long follows in the footsteps of the Wright Brothers and is able to give wings to his dreams, literally. The BBC did a story on Mr Long and you can read it here.
  19. Airbus Friday said it expects the market for large passenger planes to more than double in the next 20 years driven by growth from Asian markets. Raising its previous forecasts for the next two decades, the European aircraft maker also said a slowdown in orders over the past several months did not signal a drop in the market. "The trend is positive," said Airbus chief executive Fabrice Bregier. Airbus last week had warned it expects slow orders this year and perhaps next year, too, but said it was a normal part of the business cycle. The planemaker predicts the need for 35,000 new planes worth $5.3 trillion over the next two decades, an increase from last year's estimates. "Air travel is remarkably resilient to external shocks and doubles every 15 years," said its chief operating officer for customer relations, John Leahy. "Asia Pacific continues to be an engine for growth, with domestic China to become the world's largest market." The numbers released Friday, as the industry gears up for the Paris Air Show later this month, show a six percent increase from last year's forecasts in terms of numbers of aircraft and a two percent increase in value. Airbus last year already raised its 20 year forecasts, which it publishes each year, as does its US rival Boeing. The number of aircraft worldwide that count over 100 seats should reach more than 40,000 while airline traffic will increase by 4.4 percent per year over the time period, according to the Airbus estimates released Friday. This means hundreds of thousands of new jobs, the planemaker said, estimating the need for 530,000 more pilots and 550,000 new maintenance engineers. The planemaker Friday cited more first time flyers and rising disposable income for air travel as other reasons for its forecast. Emerging markets in China and India as well as other parts of Asia and Latin America are growing nearly twice as fast as North America and Western Europe. Airbus is also hoping the expected demand will feed appetite for its superjumbo jet A380 model. "The A380 is the solution for future traffic growth" said Leahy Friday.
  20. We're pretty sure the first question that most of you will be asking is whether a space shuttle can be classified as a plane or not. Well, it does fly, doesn't it? So why can't it be a plane? Before we go any further, let's get one thing clear. The speed of sound is 1,235 km/h, and the speed that this shuttle can travel at is 27,870 km/h. Here's the Space Shuttle Endeavour launch: When you're travelling at such speeds, it's obvious your body will be put through a lot. Even something as simple as using the toilet in a Space Shuttle requires special training. Yes, this is because they are travelling through space. But still, this is the most complicated dump a person would ever take. Here, have a look: Every single Space Shuttle launch till date has been made from the Kennedy Space Center. There are many weather criteria considered before launch too including temperature, precipitation, wind, humidity, cloud cover, etc. Here are 3 interesting facts about the NASA Space Shuttle: 1. Including all it's orbiters, the space shuttle has travelled a distance of 82,67,00,000 km. To put this in perspective, the Sun is 14,96,00,000 km from Earth Just listen to these rockets roar: 2. The heaviest Space Shutte, Columbia, weighed 80,740 kgs. It weighed so much because NASA didn't have lighter material to build it with. It's safe to say NASA managed to reduce the weight as time went on. Wikimedia Commons 3. There have been multiple social media posts from space over the years. YouTube, Pinterest, FourSquare, and even Reddit have all been accessed from Space. But, Twitter won this race. In May 2009, Mike Massimino was the first person to send a tweet from space. From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun! — Mike Massimino (@Astro_Mike) May 12, 2009 Who better than the great Jeremy Clarkson to end this article with a hands on Space Shuttle rocket booster test. Enjoy: Consider this; it would take you a little over an hour to travel around the whole world in a Space Shuttle. We spend that much time stuck in traffic on a regular basis, don't we? Before you go, let's also talk about the record for the fastest speed ever achieved by a manned aircraft. The record is held by the X-15. How fast did it go? 7,274 km/h. Check it out here:
  21. We live in a world where technology is advancing at a faster pace than we can keep up. We’ve barely gotten used to our current smartphone and a new one has already been released. Not that we’re complaining about this rapid advancement of technology. But, in a world where innovation is key to survival, a few minor upgrades are no longer enough. It’s not enough to keep us satisfied. We want something more. Every single time! Then something like the Stratolaunch aircraft comes along and we’re at a loss for words. No wonder Microsoft isn’t giving us cutting edge smartphones, as they have bigger things on their mind. At least one their co-founders does. Here's video of the first roll out of the world's largest plane. pic.twitter.com/RJarl0dFRJ — Stratolaunch (@Stratolaunch) June 1, 2017 Remember Paul Allen? Let’s just call him the less popular Bill Gates for now. Well, he’s been working on the world’s largest aircraft for over 6 years now. This plane really is massive. It has a wingspan of 385 feet and weighs around 2,27,000 kgs. But, it can carry a payload of 360,000 kgs too. It has 28 wheels and runs on six 747 aircraft engines. Here's some more information on the plane: But, why does he need such a big plane? What’s its purpose? Surely not to fulfil the travel plans of the inhabitants of a small city. Well, yeah, he plans to use the plane to help launch rockets into space. By taking off from high in the sky, rockets get a huge advantage. This also removes the need for a launchpad as well as tons of fuel. But, even if everything goes right and there are no errors, the plane will only see its first flight in 2019. Guess we’ll have to rely on boring old launchpads till then.
  22. United Airlines plane was evacuated after an engine fire at Newark Liberty International Airport. Photo: courtesy Twitter/@oroup WASHINGTON: Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey temporarily shut down late Tuesday after an engine fire prompted the evacuation of an airplane, officials said. Reports of five minor injuries also surfaced. The airport is a major international hub near New York City. "Newark Airport is temporarily closed due to deployment of emergency chutes on a plane with an apparent engine fire," a post on the airport´s official Twitter account said. However, the airport reopened an hour after the incident. The airport authorities also warned to "expect delays remainder of night." A passenger posted video of the plane on the tarmac surrounded by vehicles with flashing lights. "Just had to evacuate my @united flight using the slide," the user had tweeted. Another Twitter user posted that there were "no visible signs of smoke or fire but the captain said we're evacuating and attendants popped slides." United Airlines Flight 1579 bound for San Francisco halted its take-off as it was taxiing on the runway, local media reported. It was due to depart at 9:22 pm (0122 GMT Wednesday). In a statement, United Airlines spokesperson Jonathan Guerin said, ?During taxiing of United flight 1579 from Newark to San Francisco, the tower notified the crew of what appeared to be flames from one of the engines. The crew immediately deployed the slides and evacuated the aircraft." "At this time we have a report of only one minor injury. Customers are being transported back to the terminal. We are working to get our customers to San Francisco as soon as possible.?
  23. ISTANBUL: Turkey and Pakistan have signed a memorandum of understanding for the sale of four Turkish made corvette warships and 52 Pakistan-made training planes for Ankara's armed forces, Turkey's defense industry under-secretariat said on Wednesday. Karachi Shipyard (KS&EW) will buy four corvettes made under Turkey's MILGEM warship program, aimed at designing and building locally a fleet of multipurpose corvettes and frigates that will replace older ships. The Turkish defense undersecretariat said the final deal was expected to be signed on June 30. The statement did not provide any financial details. Turkey will buy 52 Super Mushshak training planes from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex - Kamra, to replace the T-41 and SF-260 planes currently in use, a statement by Ankara's defense undersecretariat said. This would be the first time a NATO country has used Super Mushshak planes, the statement added. Two warships built under the MILGEM project so far, named TCG Heybeliada and TCG Buyukada, were delivered to the Turkish navy in 2011 and 2013. Construction is ongoing for TCG Burgazada and TCG Kinaliada, which are expected to start active duty in 2018 and 2020, respectively.
  24. Brazil's Chapecoense football club, all but wiped out in an air crash last November, won their first silverware since the tragedy by taking the state championship Sunday. Some 20,000 supporters packed the home stadium in Chapeco to watch their team win the Santa Catarina state title for the second year in a row -- except this time with a new lineup. The team lost 1-0 to rivals Avai but won the tournament on overall points. "It's something unseen in the world of football. We've managed to rebuild a team and win the title a few months later," trainer Vagner Mancini said after Sunday's game. Nineteen Chapecoense players and 24 club officials died on November 28 when the team's plane crashed into a mountainside in Colombia. Unsung Chapecoense had been on their way to face Atletico Nacional in Medellin for the biggest match in their history: the final of the Copa Sudamericana, South America's second-biggest club tournament. After the tragedy, Atletico ceded the title to Chapecoense in tribute.
  25. How would you react if you got to know that the pilot of your flight is taking a nap and the plane is being flown by a trainee? As unbelievable as it sounds, it actually happened on a Pakistan International Airlines flight. A senior pilot on a Islamabad-London flight decided to take a nap right after departure, and gave the plane to a trainee pilot to fly. © Twitter_Kamil There were 305 passengers onboard the plane. The pilot Amir Akhtar Hashmi slept in the business class cabin of the plane, leaving the lives of 305 passengers in the hands of a trainee pilot. The senior pilot has been removed from flying duty by Pakistan International Airlines. PIA pilot sleep during flight junior pilot operated pic.twitter.com/bVYqVIS9Bs — Kamil Arif (@crkamil) May 5, 2017 We wouldn’t want to be on this flight. Imagine your pilot decides to take a nap mid air...Worst nightmare Ever! #OnlyPIA pic.twitter.com/SdGfxt8J7e — Maria Memon (@Maria_Memon) May 7, 2017 Hashmi was flying with trainee Mohammad Asad Ali, and was expected to train him during the flight. But instead of training him, he left the entire plane in his hands and went to sleep. The incident has sparked an outrage on Twitter and people are calling out to the airlines for this gross carelessness and violation of rules.