Oct 062015

The commander of a passenger airplane died during a flight over the United States, but the co-pilot fortunately succeeded in bringing the jet and its 152 people on board safely to the ground.

The incident took place on board an American Airlines Airbus A320 aircraft flying en route from Phoenix to Boston carrying 147 passengers and five crew members, according to CBS News.

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American Airlines plane (public domain)

During the flight, the co-pilot radioed that an emergency landing is required as the captain of the aircraft became incapacitated. Various information claim that the captain got suddenly sick and died despite resuscitation efforts done by a flight attendant specialized in first-aid measures.

American Airlines Flight 550 was diverted to the airport of Syracuse (New York), where the copilot was able to make a safe emergency landing. American Airlines confirmed the death of the commander of the aircraft, without providing further information.

According to sources inside the company, the pilot died of “natural causes” behind the controls. The plane was checked and set to receive another crew to continue the flight to Boston, the final destination.

Oct 032015

An American cargo vessel with 33 people on board has been missing for 48 hours in the Atlantic Ocean, in an area affected by Hurricane Joaquin.

“The crew sent a distress signal and informed that they were hit by Hurricane Joaquin near Crooked Island, in the Bahamas area”, said US Coast Guard, cited by CNN.

Joaquin seen here as a category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 215 km/h (public domain)

Joaquin seen here as a category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 215 km/h (public domain)

According to the last signal sent out by the crew of the ship, which was carrying vehicles, the weather conditions were harsh and the sea agitated. In addition, the vessel had engine trouble and was drifting.

Ship El Faro left the port of Jacksonville, Florida and was heading for San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ship had a length of 224 meters and a crew made up of 28 US citizens and five Poles.

To locate the boat, US authorities have sent two C-130 aircraft, but so far efforts proved to be in vain. The area where the boat disappeared is stormed by wind gusts of over 200 km/h.

Oct 012015

10 people lost their lives in an armed attack that broke out on Thursday at the local Umpqua Community College in Oregon, informs CNN.
Some other victims were transported to the local hospital for medical assistance.

“According to preliminary information, 10 people were killed and over 20 injured”, said Oregon state police spokesman, Bill Fugate.
Douglas County commissioners told CNN the attacker was detained but it’s not clear whether he was injured or not.

The authorities had reported earlier that they were called to the university campus in Roseburg after being informed that a person opened fire.

Roseburg is a city with about 22,000 inhabitants located 70 miles south of Eugene, Oregon, and some 180 miles south of Portland.

Video report: Oregon School Shooting: 10 Dead More Then 20 Injured At Umpqua Community College in Roseburg

Oct 012015

DieselGate scandal keeps growing as other famed carmakers including Renault, Nissan, Hyundai, Citroen, Fiat and Volvo, apparently cheated on emission tests as well.

The cars equipped with diesel engines from Renault, Nissan, Hyundai, Citroen, Fiat and Volvo are also involved in the pollutant emission controversy, reports The Guardian.

The source indicates that these vehicles generate noxious pollutants in amounts even 14 times greater than those officially reported.

Volkswagen, most affected carmaker in this scandal, is already sued and threatened with fines in many countries from around the world.

Journalists from various publications disclosed possible deals made with the consent of the authorities who closed their eyes or even supported these car manufacturers to produce cars that emit large quantities of pollutants, far higher than the theoretical tests.

It is even advanced the hypothesis that, if vehicles from many other carmakers are in the same situation as the Volkswagen, then the diesel engines will face extinction.

Oct 012015
First driverless electric minibuses WEpods to run on Dutch roads in November 2015

As of November 2015, two self-driving electric vehicles will make the connection between Wageningen University and the city of Ede in the Netherlands, writes BBC. The fully autonomous minibuses, called WEpods, are set to travel a distance of 5 kilometers and passenger will be able to call for them by using a smartphone mobile application. […]

Oct 012015
Catastrophic Scenario: World War III may have begun on September 30, French media say

French news outlets write that World War III may have already started, noting that two events which emerged in Moscow and Gulf Area, can be seen as the trigger for a global confrontation. The history will remember perhaps 30 September 2015 as the smooth beginning of the Third World War. World War I started back […]

Sep 302015
Russian officials have called for US war planes to immediately leave Syrian airspace

Kremlin officials have asked the US to immediately leave Syrian airspace. Russian diplomats have sent an official request to Washington, said US defense officials. Moreover, Russia has confirmed on Wednesday that its warplanes are flying over the Syrian territory right now. “There is nothing to indicate that we should change our operations over Syria. We […]

Sep 252015
Mecca's Hajj pilgrimage tragedy: More than 700 dead and 900 injured in Mina horrific stampede

At least 717 people died and nearly 900 were injured in a stampede that broke out in Mina, a suburb of holy city of Mecca, where more than 2 million Muslims from around the world have come to the Hajj event — the annual Islamic pilgrimage–, this year, according al-arabiya.net According to Saudi officials, a […]

Sep 232015
(VIDEO) Barack Obama welcomes Holy Father Pope Francis at White House

The US President Barack Obama received His Holiness Pope Francis for the first time at the White House in Washington on Wednesday. Francis is seen as a moral authority and a political ally of the 44th US president. After being sung the anthem of Vatican (Pontifical Anthem) and then that of the United States (The […]