Jul 292014

Ten days after the discovery of a mysterious crater in the Siberian region of Yamal, scientists have found that two new similar craters emerged sparking controversial discussions about their origin.

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Mystery of Siberia craters remain unsolved (Credit: internet)

The first crater is located on the Yamal Peninsula and about 30 meters in diameter. The second was spotted in the Taz district and features 15 meters in diameter while the third hole surfaced in Taymyr Peninsula and is four meter wide. The latest craters have been discovered by reindeer herders who nearly fell into them.

The 4-meter diameter crater in the Taymyr region was accidentally found by local herders, inhabitants of the northern village of Nosok. The funnel is a perfectly formed cone with a depth estimated to be between 60 and 100 meters.

The internet is now overwhelmed by numerous hypotheses and theories over how the craters formed and they range from stray missiles, meteorites impact, alien civilization, secret weapons testing or simply a well elaborated hoax to an explosive cocktails of methane or shale gas suddenly exploding.

The first of the two such new craters were discovered near Bovanenkovo​​, an area traversed by various pipelines. The other crater appeared throughout the Yamal region (which means “end of the world”), about 100 kilometers from the site where the first crater appeared.

Video: Mystery craters in Siberia, still unexplained

Jul 292014

A photograph snapped by the passenger on a Southwest Airlines plane shows the magnificent moment when a lightning struck the ground.

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Southwest passenger captures timing of lightning striking the Earth (Twitter/Gina Hyams)

Catching such a natural event on camera is apparently something rare which world’s best photographers would have coveted for.

It requires high-tech equipment, patience as good luck, but Gina Hyams, a New Jersey woman who was sitting on her window seat while flying to Denver, was gifted with all of them at the right timing.

She managed to capture the lightning as the aircraft was flying under the stormy cloud ceiling.

The stunning photo was posted by Gina on her Twitter account and became viral around the blogosphere and social media.

Jul 272014

Malaysia Airlines MH17 catastrophe made ​one more victim! A 93-year-old Dutchman died from broken heart caused by the loss of his only daughter, his son in law and two grandchildren, said the family.

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Boeing 777 operating Flight MH17 at Amsterdam airport hours before crash (Facebook/Cor Pan)

Hendrik Henk Palm passed away of unbearable pain caused by the sudden disappearance of daughter Erla (Palm), her husband Rob (van der Linde) and their children Mark and Merel who lost their lives when flight MH17 was reportedly shot down by pro-Russian separatists over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014,” reads an obituaries published in the local newspaper “De Stentor”.

According to the publication, Hendrik Palm, a resident of northern Dutch city of Roden, died on Tuesday, five days after Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777 jet was downed with 298 people on board, of which 193 were Dutch.

A day of mourning was declared on Wednesday in the Netherlands. Palm’s death notice pays tribute to the four family members who were on the doomed flight.

Media in the Netherlands wrote that the family, who lived in Roden, was going on holiday in Malaysia. Henk Palm’s grandson Merel was 17 and his brother Mark, 12.

Contacted by regional station RTV Drenthe, a cousin of Erla said that she who took care of her father, a widower and infirm.

Many messages of condolence were posted on the Internet.
“Dear Palm, sorry that you died heartbroken and I hope you are with your daughter,” writes “a mother”.

Many bodies were brought to Holland to be identified, but others are still at the disaster site, where investigators work is hampered by intensified armed confrontations between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

Jul 252014

First pictures showing the wreckage of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 that crashed on Thursday in northern Mali, emerged on television and internet (scroll for images). The crash site has been located with help from a Reaper observation drone of the French Army based in Niamey, the Defense Ministry said Friday. The plane took off on early morning of Thursday from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, with 110 passengers and six crew members aboard and was bound for Algiers. The aircraft disappeared off radar screens 50 minutes after departure.

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Crash site of Air Algerie was located by drone of French Army (Credit: web)

Air Algerie plane crashed killing 116 people on board and it is now suspected that the tragedy was “most likely” caused by poor weather conditions in the region, said French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve.

“We believe that the plane crashed due to bad weather,” said the Minister for RTL radio, adding however that “no hypothesis is ruled out as long as the investigation is still ongoing”.

“Desintegration occurred when the plane impacted the ground,” he said, adding that the possible destruction of the aircraft in flight is a “highly unlikely scenario”.

The area where the wreckage was spotted by a Reaper drone deployed by the French Army which is stationed in Niamey.

Officials at Elysee Palace announced that the wreck was pinpointed overnight in Mali’s Goss region, “near the border with Burkina Faso.” Goss is located about 100 km south-west of Gao, the largest city in northern Mali.

Video: First picture: French troops secure Air Algerie crash site in Mali

Jul 252014

10 members of a French family were among the passengers of Air Algerie AH5017 flight that vanished on radar screens before crashing in a remote area of war-torn Mali yesterday. Many of the passengers were going on vacation, others on business trips. Reynaud family – including grandparents, their two sons with their wives and four [READ MORE...]

Jul 242014
Air Algerie plane disappears off radar en route to Algiers from Burkina Faso. Flight AH5017 crashed in Mali

A NEW AIRCRAFT MISSING: Air Algerie has lost contact with a plane carrying 116 people on board! Airline Air Algérie announced that it lost contact with one of its planes 50 minutes after it took off from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso on Thursday. Update: Air Algerie tweets that flight AH5017 has apparently crashed about 70 [READ MORE...]

Jul 232014

A TransAsia Airways passenger plane carrying 54 passengers and four crew members crashed on the Taiwanese island of Penghu on Wednesday, reports taiwannews.com. At least 51 people died, according to preliminary information. Transasia Airways Flight GE 222 crashed in poor weather condition during an emergency landing on the Penghu island. Firefighters who arrived at the [READ MORE...]

Jul 222014

Netherlands declares national mourning on Wednesday when the first bodies of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines air disaster in eastern Ukraine arrive into the country. A minute of silence will be held across the Netherlands after the aircraft carrying flight MH17 victims remains lands at Eindhoven airport. “Prime Minister Mark Rutte has [READ MORE...]

Jul 222014
Belgian military plane to bring MH17 black boxes to the UK

A Belgian military plane took off Tuesday afternoon and is on his way to Kiev with the mission of transporting to the UK the black boxes of the Boeing 777 passenger jet that operated the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The Embraer plane took off from the Melsbroek military airport with the destination Kiev, informs [READ MORE...]

Jul 222014

U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has banned all flights of the passenger planes to Israel for 24 hours because of the conflict between Israeli forces and Hamas. The ban was issued following a rocket attack that took place one kilometer and a half away from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and only applies to [READ MORE...]