Feb 262017

A Pakistani airline is under investigation after a passenger who flew from Karachi to Medina (Saudi Arabia), claimed that a number of additional passengers were standing along the aisle during the 4 hour flight!

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PIA carried 7 passengers standing during international flight to Medina (public domain)

The Dawn newspaper revealed that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-743 carried 416 passengers on January 20, despite the fact that the Boeing 777 aircraft had a capacity of 409 including jump seats.

Taking seatless passengers is seen as a risky job because they wound have no access to oxygen masks and would block the evacuation of others in case of an emergency situation. According to preliminary investigations, the standing passengers had handwritten tickets (!!!), while their names did not appear in the official list delivered by the airport staff to the flight crew.

The safety breach is now shared between the pilots and the cabin personnel who blame each other. Chief flight attendant Hina Turab says she warned captain Anwer Adil that there will be chaos because of extra passengers and was replied that people must be allowed aboard because they paid their tickets. Moreover, the captain accuses the stewardess for closing aircraft’s doors despite knowing that there are additional passengers aboard.

PIA spokesman Danyal Gilani said the company is probing the case, promising that all those responsible will be sanctioned.

The airline had been previously accused of taking two additional passengers in the toilet of a plane during another flight from Lahore to Karachi.

In December 2016, a plane flying from Chitral to Islamabad crahsed killing all 48 people on board. According to the newspaper Pakistan Today, PIA has suffered eight fatal aviation accidents since 1996 with a total of 327 fatalities.

Feb 262017

Former UKIP party leader Nigel Farage, posted a Twitter phone with the caption “Dinner with The Donald”. It was apparently the last meeting between the US president Donald Trump and the British politician who is known as a vehement critic of conservative Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Nigel Farage (wikimedia commons)

Farage, who contributed to the victory of the Brexit campaign in June last year, is keen on strengthening ties with Trump, after he resigned last year from his leading position of the anti-EU party UKIP.

The photograph entitled “Dinner with The Donald” shows a very happy Farage smiling to the camera, while US President and four other people are seated around a table at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC on Saturday night.

Farage was practically in the company of Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka, her husband and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner, and the Florida governor, Rick Scott.

Journalist Benny Johnson, the creative director of online news outlet Independent Journal Review, wrote on Twitter: “Farage was not invited to this dinner. Squeezed in at last minute.”

Feature photo credit: By Euro Realist Newsletter [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Feb 242017

During a speech at the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2017) in Maryland on Friday, the US President Donald Trump used the occasion to attack once again the fake media which according to him, is the enemy of the state.

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Trump upset about fake media (public domain)

“We are fighting with false news. They are the enemies of the people. They (journalists) have no sources. They just make them up when there are none,” said the US president.

“I am not against the media. I am not against the press. But I am against media specialized in fake news. I am against people who make up sources or news,” added Mr. Trump.

Then US president argued that journalists “shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name”.

Trump also slammed also pollsters, mentioning CNN, NBC and CBS among others by name, according to The Journal.

He also referred to CNN as the “Clinton News Network” to the delight of audience.

“You’d think they’d fire the pollster … Maybe they’re just bad at polling, or maybe it’s not legit,” Trump said, in reference to polls that have gotten projections wrong before the US elections.

Donald Trump reprimanding fake media at CPAC 2017

Feb 242017

US President Donald Trump expressed his harsh criticism against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in a message posted on Twitter shortly after the agenvy would have rejected a request from the White House to deny reports about possible ties between the Republican campaign staff and Russian services before the November 2016 presidential elections.

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Donald Trump is extremely angry with the FBI (pic: fullredneck.com)

Trump tweeted that the FBI is unable to prevent leakage of information to the media. “The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security “leakers” that have permeated our government for a long time. They can’t even find the leakers within the FBI itself. Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S. FIND NOW”, reads the messages posted by the US leader.

It seems that Donald Trump’s chief of staff would have personally called the FBI Deputy Director, asking him to challenge public disclosures regarding contacts between senior members of Trump’s campaign team and Russian agents.

Feb 242017

A video footage from a dashcam shows the frightening moment a huge truck is blown over by strong crosswind before smashing a police car parked at the side of the Interstate I-80 highway!

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Moment when high wind rolls truck onto Wyoming police car (screengrab Wyoming police video))

The accident emerged on 7th of February near Elk Mountain in the US state of Wyoming which was affected by severe storm with wind gusts as high as 70 miles per hour.

The unoccupied police vehicle was stationary on the hard shoulder as officers helped giving traffic support to other motorists who were involved in previous crashes in the area.

The truck driver, who apparently ignored a high wind advisory prohibiting commercial vehicles on that stretch of road, lost control of his vehicle which was effectively pushed out of the travel lane. The Wyoming State Police announced that no one was injured in the accident.

Lt. Kelly Finn saied the crash could have been a lot worse if the police vehicle was occupied.

“I am so lucky right now that I have not lost two troopers,” he said, according to EastIdahoNews.com. The trucker and a passenger were also not hurt.

Video: Wyoming crosswind blowing truck onto patrol vehicle on I-80

A crosswind is a wind which features a component perpendicular to the direction of motion. This effect has a serios impact on the aerodynamics of vehicles or aircraft. Travelling non-parallel to the wind’s direction gives birth to a crosswind vector that boosts the apparent force on the object.

While being very useful in many circumstances such as sailing a boat or steering a traction kite, crosswind can pose a serious danger by displacing the path of vehicles sideways.

Feb 242017

FlyBe Crash Landing Amsterdam: An aviation incident emerged at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport where a passenger plane operated by the British airline FlyBe crash landed in extreme weather conditions Thursday afternoon after part of its landing gear failed. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in the incident, Dutch media reported.

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Flybe plane leaning on right wing after crash landing at Schiphol (screengrab Youtube)

The Bombardier Dash8 Q400 aircraft was about to complete a flight from Edinburgh (UK) to Amsterdam (NL) when the right side of the main landing gear snapped as the wheels struck the “Oostbaan” runway.

All 59 people aboard the aircraft were evacuated urgently and taken to the terminal while traffic at Schiphol was shut down for at least ten minutes.

“Flybe can confirm that there has been an incident involving one of our aircraft, flight no BE1284. The aircraft departed from Edinburgh at 2.10pm local time bound for Amsterdam. The incident occurred at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport at approximately 4.59pm local time (3.59pm GMT),” BBC quoted Flybe as saying.

Emergency services had initially reported that the plane crash landed off the runway, but Schiphol officials later dismissed the claim as various photos show the aircraft leaning on the right side with the wing touching the tarmac.

Dutch aviation authorities have started an investigation into the case but it is pretty obvious that the gear yielded as the plane unbalanced in strong wind gusts.

Flybe plane’s right gear breaks after hitting Schiphol’s Oostbaan runway

Video: Moment when Flybe flight BE1284 crash landed @ Schiphol

FlyBe crash landing Amsterdam: Plane hits runway, landing gear breaks

Feb 242017

Aviation industry made remarkable improvements over the past hundred years but yet, plane crashes can not be fully prevented. Despite a decline in commercial flight accident fatality rates, air disasters still happen, unfortunately, often leading to significant number of deaths.

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World’s deadlies plane accidents in pictures (public domain)

The first fatality of a powered flight was Thomas Selfridge who was actually a passenger flying with aviation pioneer Orville Wright during a demonstration of the Wright Model A at Fort Myer, Virginia, in September 1908. Eugene Lefebvre was instead the first pilot killed in a power airplane in 1909.

The first deadly mid-air crash took place near Douai, France in 1912, with the pilot of each airplane being killed in the accident.

Ever since, the magnitude of deadly plane accidents has gone directly proportional to the size and capacity of airplanes (the highest capacity passenger aircraft currently in service is the Airbus A380 which can carry up to 853 passengers).

Top 9 Worst Airline Accidents:
The article lists nine of the scariest air disasters by death toll which resulted in more than 200 fatalities in a single occurrence implicating commercial passengers flights. Each accident is presented by a featured image.

1. Tenerife Airport Disaster (1977): 583 deaths

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KLM and PanAm collide in Tenerife in deadlies aviation disaster ever

2. Japan Airlines 123 (1985): 520 people died
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Japan Airlines Flight 123 was deadliest single-aircraft accident and killed 120 people in crash caused by explosive decompression

3. Charkhi Dadri mid-air collision (1977): 349 killed
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B747 and Ilyushin Il-76 collide above Charkhi Dadri village killing 349 people on board both planes in world’s deadliest mid-air collision

4. Turkish Airlines 981 (1974): 346 fatalities
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Turkish Airlines Flight 981 disintegrated in million pieces when crashed in Paris forest

5. Saudi Arabian 163 (1980): 301 fatalities
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Saudia Flight 163 caught fire after Riyadh takeoff killing all 301 aboard

6. American Airlines 587 (2001): 265 dead
American Airlines Flight 587

American Airlines Flight 587 crashed in New York neighborhood killing 265 people

7. China Airways 140 (1994): 264 fatalities
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China Airlines Flight 140 crashed at Nagoya airport due to human error. 264 died

8. Nigeria Airways in 2120 (1991): 261 deaths
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Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 crashed after takeoff in Saudi Arabia killing all 261 aboard

9. Air New Zealand 901 (1979): 257 dead
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Air New Zealand 901 collided with Antarctica’s Mount Erebus killing 257

Sources: Wikipedia and Foxcrawl

Feb 232017

A video footage showing Harrison Ford mistankenly landing on a taxiway instead of runway and narrowly missing American Airlines passenger jetliner at John Wayne airport on February 13th, has emerged!

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Harrison Ford narrowly missed jetliner, landed on taxiway (public domain)

When it comes to Mr. Ford’s aerial adventures, perhaps a movie script could be written. After coming out alive of a scary crash two years ago, the daring actor has made the headlines again following his aviation incident last week.

The Hollywood star apparently mistook the runway and landed on a taxiway, whizzing within short range from an American Airlines’ Boeing 737 with 116 people on board at JW airport in Orange Country, California.

The small propeller aircraft piloted by the 74-year-old Star Wars actor flew meters over the commercial jetliner which was preparing for takeoff.

Investigators revealed that while on the final approach, the actor called a wrong ATC and delivered eroneous information saying he was flying a…helicopter 🙂

According to NYDailyNews, Indiana Hones “completely misjudged the runway” and “banked really sharp” just seconds before hitting the taxiway. US Aviation Authority (FAA) is now looking into the landing but the investigation might take a while.

On March 5, 2015, Harrison Ford survived an emergency crash landing on a golf course in Santa Monica after his 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR plane had suffered a catastrophic engine failure.

Video: Ford narrowly missed crashing into Boeing 737 @ California airport

Video of Harrison Ford near miss of American Airlines passenger jet on Feb. 13, 2017

Feb 212017

A light airplane with five people on board crashed into a Melbourne shopping complex, BBC quoted Australian authorities as saying.

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Plane in flames at Melbourne crash site (pic: RT)

A retailer who witnessed the accident said the plane fell from the sky before smashing into its rear warehouse but fortunately all employees were safe.

It is believed the shopping centre was closed at the time of the crash.

According to Victoria Police, the charter plane, -a Beechcraft B200 Super King Air-, was en route to King Island. It took off at 8.30 a.m. from the small airport of Essendon and crashed minuter later into the Direct Factory Outlet shopping mall in the proximity of the airfield.

Feb 212017

2 German fighter jets were scrambled to escort a large passenger aircraft which appeared to remain silent to any ATC calls and a stunning video showing the interception moment was filmed by pilots of another commercial plane in the neighborhood.

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2 fighter jets approaching a Boeing 777 passenger plane over Köln (capture: Youtube)

According to RP-online.de and Aviation Herald, the incident occurred on Thursday, but the German authorities confirmed it on Monday.

A Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER, registration VT-JEX operating flight 9W-118 between Mumbai “India” and London Heathrow “UK”, was enroute at FL360 about 20km north of Cologne “Germany” when the plane was intercepted by two Eurofighter military aircraft of the German Air Force.

The interception was the result of a loss of communication as the Boeing’s crew failed to respond to any calls on assigned ATC frequencies and the emergency frequency.

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2 German fighter jets shadowing the Indian airliner

The decision to scramble the fighter jets was taken after pilots of commercial plane lost contact with the air traffic control tower while flying over Slovakia, Czech Republic and Germany.

The Indian airplane, which was carrying 330 passengers and 15 crew members, subsequently managed to resume ATC communications and land safely at its destination.

The stunning moment with German fighter jets escorting the Indian plane was filmed from the cockpit of another passenger aircraft flying nearby.

Video: German fighters intercept silent Jet Airways passenger plane over Koln