US to ban laptops and tablets from Middle East-US flights

The US is barring passengers on flights originating in several Muslim-majority countries from carrying any electronic device larger than a cellphone starting on Tuesday, a Middle East-based carrier said.

US officials were not authorized to disclose the details of the ban ahead of a public statement that was scheduled for 10:00 GMT on Tuesday.

The ban was revealed on Monday in statements from Royal Jordanian Airlines and the official news agency of Saudi Arabia.

A US official, on the condition of anonymity, told Associated Press news agency that the ban will apply to nonstop flights to the US from 10 international airports serving the cities of Cairo in Egypt; Amman in Jordan; Kuwait City in Kuwait; Casablanca in Morocco; Doha in Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul in Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The ban was indefinite, said the official.

A second US official said the ban will affect nine airlines in total, and the Transportation Security Administration will inform the affected airlines at 7:00 GMT on Tuesday.

The move comes a week after President Donald Trump’s second bid to curb travel from a group of Muslim-majority nations was blocked by the courts.

Royal Jordanian said cellphones and medical devices were excluded from the ban. Everything else, such as laptops, tablets, e-readers, DVD players, electronic games and cameras, would need to be packed in checked luggage.

Royal Jordanian said the electronics ban affects its flights to New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal.

David Lapan, a spokesman for Homeland Security Department, declined to comment. The Transportation Security Administration, part of Homeland Security, also declined to comment.

A US government official said such a ban has been considered for several weeks. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose the internal security discussions by the federal government.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly phoned lawmakers over the weekend to brief them on aviation security issues that have prompted the impending electronics ban, according a congressional aide briefed on the discussion.

The aide was not authorised to speak publicly about the issue and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The ban would begin just before Wednesday’s meeting of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in Washington.

A number of top Arab officials were expected to attend the State Department gathering. It was unclear whether their travel plans were related to any increased worry about security threats.

 

Source: Aljazeera

BREAKING: Libyan passenger plane hijacked by 2 pro-Gaddafi supporters armed with grenades

A Libyan passenger plane has been hijacked by two pro-Gaddafi supporters threatening to blow the aircraft up.

Maltese state TV said the men on board were armed with hand grenades that they would detonate if their demands – as yet unknown – were not met.

The Libyan Afriqiyah Airways A320 plane is believed to have 118 people on board, with the hijacking first confirmed by Malta’s Prime Minister on Twitter.

Joseph Muscat wrote that he has been told of the hijacking of an internal Libyan flight travelling from Sebha to Tripoli which was diverted to Malta mid-flight.

It is understood the plane’s engines are still running and there are 111 passengers and 7 crew members onboard. Maltese armed forces are yet to approach the aircraft.

It is unknown whether this photograph of the hijacked plane's cockpit shows one of the hijackers or the aircraft's pilots

It is unknown whether this photograph of the hijacked plane’s cockpit shows one of the hijackers or the aircraft’s pilots

A Libyan passenger plane has been hijacked by two pro-Gaddafi supporters armed with hand grenades, it has been reported

A Libyan passenger plane has been hijacked by two pro-Gaddafi supporters armed with hand grenades, it has been reported

A plane has landed in Malta after it was hijacked, the country’s Prime Minister has confirmed

Joseph Muscat wrote on Twitter that he has been told of a potential hijack situation of an internal Libyan flight diverted to Malta

Joseph Muscat wrote on Twitter that he has been told of a potential hijack situation of an internal Libyan flight diverted to Malta

The plan set off from Sebha in Libya and was due to land in Tripoli, but instead carried on to the island of Malta further north

The plan set off from Sebha in Libya and was due to land in Tripoli, but instead carried on to the island of Malta further north

Differing reports suggested between one and two hijackers are onboard, with at least one claiming to be in possession of a hand grenade, the Times of Malta said.

They are said to be part of the pro-Gaddafi group Al Fatah Al Gadida and willing to let all passengers leave the plane if their demands – which are unclear – are met.

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed in an uprising in 2011, and the country has been racked by factional violence since.

The Malta airport authority said all emergency teams have been dispatched to the site of what it called an ‘unlawful interference’ on the airport tarmac.

A later tweet by the Maltese Prime Minister confirmed that there was 82 males and 28 females onboard, including 1 infant.

The tiny Mediterranean island of Malta is about 300 miles north of the Libyan coast.

The aircraft had been flying from Sebha in southwest Libya to Tripoli for state-owned Afriqiyah Airways, a route that would usually take a little over two hours.

The last time a hijacked plane landed in Malta was in 1985, when EgyptAir Flight 648 was taken over by three Palestinian members of the terrorist group Abu Nidal.

The subsequent raid on the aircraft by Egyptian troops resulted in the death of 58 passengers, with only one of the three hijackers surviving.

The hijacking of planes was a common tactic by terrorist organisations during the last 20th century, most notoriously when two aircraft were flown into New York’s Twin Towers in September 2001.

Maltese troops survey a hijacked Libyan Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 on the runway at Malta Airport

Maltese troops survey a hijacked Libyan Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 on the runway at Malta Airport

Joseph Muscat wrote on Twitter that he has been told of a potential hijack situation of an internal Libyan flight diverted to Malta

Joseph Muscat wrote on Twitter that he has been told of a potential hijack situation of an internal Libyan flight diverted to Malta

The Malta airport authority said all emergency teams have been dispatched to the site of what it called an 'unlawful interference' on the airport tarmac

The Malta airport authority said all emergency teams have been dispatched to the site of what it called an ‘unlawful interference’ on the airport tarmac

In March 2015, co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked himself in a cockpit of Germanwings Flight 9525 when captain went out for a rest.

He then started to descend the aircraft, and after eight minutes of falling it crashed into the Alps near the French village Prads-Haute-Bléone, killing 150 people.

A year later, in March 2016, EgyptCyprus Flight MS181 was taken over after a passenger said he was wearing an explosives belt and was diverted to Larnaca.

The hijacker surrendered after hours of negotiations with no causalities to passengers or crew.

Armed Maltese soldiers stand guard outside the plane
The plane's route

Armed Maltese soldiers stand guard outside the plane (left), which arrived in Malta on Friday morning

Maltese armed forces were pictured surrounding the hijacked plane at Malta's airport

Maltese armed forces were pictured surrounding the hijacked plane at Malta’s airport

Differing reports suggested between one and two hijackers are on board, with at least one claiming to be in possession of a hand grenade

Differing reports suggested between one and two hijackers are on board, with at least one claiming to be in possession of a hand grenade

JUST IN: Doomed Jet Carrying Brazilian Team Reportedly Ran Out of Fuel.

The plane that crashed in Colombia killing 71 people including most of a Brazilian soccer team had no fuel on impact, according to initial findings by aviation officials, prompting an investigation into why the plane flew under those conditions.

The comments by the civil aviation authority late Wednesday night confirmed Bolivian pilot Miguel Quiroga’s final words to the control tower at Medellin’s airport on a crackly audio obtained by Colombian media.

“When we arrived at the accident site and were able to inspect the remains we could confirm that the aircraft had no fuel at the time of impact,” said Freddy Bonilla, secretary of airline security at Colombia’s aviation authority.

A recording of the pilot’s final words can be heard telling the control tower the plane was “in total failure, total electrical failure, without fuel.”

He requested urgent permission to land before the audio went silent. The BAe 146, made by BAE Systems Plc, slammed into a mountainside next to the town of La Union outside Medellin.

Only six on board the LAMIA Bolivia charter flight survived, including three of the Chapecoense soccer team en route to the Copa Sudamericana final, the biggest game in their history, a journalist and two crew members.

International flight regulations require aircraft to carry enough reserve fuel so they can fly for 30 minutes after reaching their destination in case they need to circle before landing or fly to another airport.

“In this case, sadly, the aircraft did not have enough fuel to meet the regulations for contingency,” Bonilla said in Medellin. “One of the theories we are working on is that finding no fuel at the crash site or in the alimentation tubes, the aircraft suffered fell for lack of fuel.”

LAMIA Chief Executive Officer Gustavo Vargas said on Wednesday it is at the pilot’s discretion to refuel en route. He said plane should have enough fuel for about four and a half hours, more or less depending on weather.

Rescue crews work in the wreckage from a plane that crashed into Colombian jungle with Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense onboard near Medellin, Colombia, November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Fredy Builes

“Weather conditions influence a lot, but he had alternatives in Bogota in case of a fuel deficiency. He had all the power to go to refuel. It’s a decision that the pilot takes,” Vargas told reporters in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Bonillo said weather conditions in Medellin at the time were optimum for a successful landing.

Some have also questioned why Chapecoense used the charter company instead of a commercial airline.

Investigators from Brazil have joined Colombian counterparts to check two black boxes from the crash site on a muddy hillside in wooded highlands near La Union.

Bolivia, where LAMIA is based, and the United Kingdom also sent experts to help the probe.

The club’s vice president, Luiz Antonio Palaoro, said LAMIA had a track record of transporting soccer teams around South America and it had used the airline before.

“We are dealing with the humanitarian aspect of the families and the victims,” Palaoro told reporters in Chapeco. “After that, we are going to have to think about restructuring the team and also in the appropriate legal measures.”

Among surviving players, goalkeeper Jackson Follmann’s right leg was amputated, while defender Helio Neto was in intensive care with severe trauma to his skull, thorax and lungs, and fellow defender Alan Ruschel had spinal surgery.

Two of the Bolivian flight crew, Ximena Suarez and Erwin Tumiri, were bruised but not in critical condition, while journalist Rafael Valmorbida was in intensive care for multiple rib fractures that partly collapsed a lung.

Rescuers have recovered all of the bodies, which are to be sent to Brazil and Bolivia.

The bodies of Brazilians on the plane have been identified and are being embalmed and prepared for transport by military aircraft back to Brazil, Chapecoense soccer club Communications Director Andrei Copetti told reporters.

He said the coffins will arrive in Chapeco as soon as midday Friday and be taken directly to the club’s stadium for a collective wake that Brazilian President Michel Temer is expected to attend.

Since there was no fire on board, bodies are being identified by fingerprints, Julio Bitelli, Brazil’s ambassador to Colombia, told Reuters.

 

Man Thrown Off Plane For Saying ‘Inshallah’

A Muslim man in the United States was thrown off a plane for saying the Islamic phrase of “inshallah”, which means “God willing” in Arabic, a report says.

Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a 26-year-old Berkeley graduate, was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight at Los Angeles International Airport in April after another passenger overheard him speaking Arabic on his mobile phone, The Independent reported on Thursday.

Shortly after sitting on his chair Makhzoomi called his uncle in Baghdad, Iraq, to tell him about his excitement of having a brief encounter with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Before ending the call, he used the Islamic phrase of “inshallah.” The man noticed a female passenger staring at him but he thought she was irritated because he spoke loudly.

But within two minutes one guy came with police officers, and told him to get off the plane, he told CNN. “I can’t believe how fast they were.”

An agent escorted him outside and questioned him why he spoke Arabic in “today’s political climate.”

“You need to be very honest with us with what you said about the martyrs. Tell us everything you know about the martyrs,” the agent said to him.

Makhzoomi said then dogs were brought in to sniff his luggage, and he was body-searched and his wallet was captured.

“The US is the land of freedom. People respect the rule of law. How could people be humiliated like this? That was the real shock,” he told The Independent.

“I lived under Saddam Hussein. I know what discrimination feels like,” he added.

The airline did not allow Makhzoomi to re-board the Oakland-bound plane.  He booked another flight with Delta.

Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Brandy King said in a statement to The Independent the passenger was investigated after he made “potentially threatening comments.”

“This is what islamophobia got this country into,” said Makhzoomi, “They discriminated against a student who came to this country as an Iraqi refugee to pursue his dreams.”

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Samsung In Hot Water After Galaxy Note 7 Catches Fire On Plane

A US flight was evacuated prior to takeoff when a passenger’s Galaxy Note 7 — reportedly a replacement in Samsung’s global recall — caught fire, landing the company in new controversy.

Samsung has been struggling with a recall of 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 handsets due to complaints of exploding batteries, a problem the replacement phones are supposed to fix.

 But on Wednesday, a Southwest Airlines flight leaving Louisville, Kentucky was evacuated after a passenger’s new Samsung phone began emitting smoke.

Brian Green, the owner, told tech news website The Verge that the phone was a replacement, which he picked up on September 21. He also provided a picture of its box, which has a black square symbol indicating that it was a replacement. Some 60 percent of US consumers had swapped their devices for replacements by the end of last month.

The Verge reported Green had powered down the phone for takeoff, an account The New York Times confirmed through other eyewitnesses.

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2005/2006 Plane Crashes In Nigeria Were Planned – Fani Kayode Reveals

Fani-Kayode a former  Aviation Minister  has revealed that the five plane crashes that occurred between 2005 and 2006 were man-made and planned and that the victims were sacrifices.

Fani-Kayode disclosed this in a Facebook post where the said: ”Most of our leaders are not human. They are what Mr. David Icke, the famous British historian and public speaker, describes as “hybrids” and “reptilians” who are working for a hidden hand and some very dark and sinister forces.”

“It is in that context that you can understand their exceptional callousness. They are cold-blooded reptiles and certified psycopaths.”

He added that the misery behind the crashes between 2005-2006 were for sacrifice.

“Between 2005 and 2006, just before I was redeployed as Minister to the Ministry of Aviation, there were five plane crashes in Nigeria in one year.

“Four hundred and fifty three  innocent souls perished in those crashes in that year alone. All of them were man-made and planned. They were sacrifices.

“In one case a bomb was planted on the plane. I know this because I took over as Minister and stopped it. I had access to all the reports, particularly the American NTSB reports.

” I wrote to the powers that be and demanded an international investigation only to find out that they were involved too.

“I was asked to drop it in very clear and almost threatening terms. Despite that I told the Senate Aviation Commitee in 2008 at a public hearing what my views were.

” I spoke about a blood cult that was in the aviation sector that derived their power from causing crashes. Because of my testimony at the Senate I became an enemy of the entire system.

“From being their darling and blue-eyed boy I became their mortal enemy overnight because I refused to guard their secrets.

“They forgot that I was a true believer and child of the Living God. I cannot be part of their evil.
Since then they have hated me and tried to destroy and discredit me in more ways than one but God has been with me. Members of the public know nothing about their political leaders. And it is worldwide phenomenon.

“There is a grand conspiracy to establish a New World Order and most of these world leaders are just puppets of the illuminati, paving the way for the Anti-Christ. All u have to do us to be in the inner circles of power for one hour to know that these creatures are not human. They are cold, unfeeling and callous. They kill, maim and destroy at the drop of a hat.

“There are many secrets that some of us will carry to the grave. They say knowledge is power and ignorance comes with a very heavy price and devastating consequences.

“This matter is for developed and enlightened minds and sadly beyond most people. The so-called Islamic agenda in Nigeria and elsewhere is obvious and we are here fighting it day and night risking life, liberty and limb.

“The question is who is behind it and why? What is the end game? The motto of a small branch of the illuminati tree known as the Freemasons is “out of chaos comes order”. It follows that theirs is to first create chaos from country to country and then to estasblish their ‘new world order’.”

Qatar Airways Makes Emergency Landing As Engine Bursts Into Flames Midair

A PLANE was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its engines burst into flames mid-air.

 

The Qatari Airways aircraft had been en route to Doha from Istanbul when it experienced problems. Initial reports suggest the flight QR240 caught fire during take-off on Thursday just after midday, local time. The Airbus 300 was forced to make an emergency landing, returning to Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, in Turkey.

 

Reports claim there was a explosion as the plane was taking off, forcing the pilot to quickly return to the airport. Video shot from the ground shows sparks flying from the left engine. Damage has been reported to the blades of the engine.

 

A statement from the Gulf carrier said: “Today’s QR240 from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Doha has returned to Istanbul and has landed safely.

 

The passengers have disembarked as normal. The pilot followed all QR safety procedures.”

 

But an airport official has countered local media reports of a fire, and claimed the plane’s landing gear failed to retract after take-off.

 

They could not confirm whether a fire had broken out despite smoke spotted on footage.

Made In China Plane Makes First Commercial Flight

China’s homegrown regional jet made its first commercial flight Tuesday, operator Chengdu Airlines said, after years of delays raised questions about the country’s ambitious plans for domestically-produced planes.

Chengdu Airlines flew the ARJ21 from its eponymous home base, the capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan, to the commercial hub Shanghai carrying 70 passengers.

More than half were paying customers who were aware they were flying in a new plane, an airline spokesman told AFP.

The ARJ21 — which stands for Advanced Regional Jet for the 21st Century — will ferry flyers on the Chengdu-Shanghai route three times a week, he added.

The inaugural flight was the culmination of a 14-year programme to make China a commercial aircraft manufacturer capable of competing with dominant foreign players Boeing and Airbus.

But the aircraft still lacks the crucial US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification that would allow it to fly in US skies, and most manufacturers do not yet view the COMAC plane as a competitive threat.

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Lufthansa Passenger Tries To Open Plane Door Mid Flight

A passenger on a Lufthansa flight on its way from Frankfurt to Belgrade on Sunday was detained after he threatened to open the plane door and bring down the aircraft.

Banging on a cockpit door, the man reportedly threatened to down the Lufthansa plane as it was flying over Austria. He was quickly restrained by the crew and some passengers on-board.

“A passenger got up and tried to do something at the door, but was stopped by crew members and other passengers,” said Lufthansa spokesman Andreas Bartels.

Flight 1406 eventually landed in Belgrade, its planned destination, where the troublemaker was handed over to local police and arrested.

The man, who turned out to be an American citizen of Jordanian descent, is currently being interrogated by the police and will spend 48 hours in detention before facing trial, according to Serbia’s public prosecutor, as reported by the Blic daily.

Milan Djukic, a Serbian handball team player who was also on the same plane, said the man had looked suspicious even before they boarded the plane.

“About halfway into the flight he tried to open a plane door, but the cabin crew stopped him,” Djukic told Blic. It was a normal door, which of course cannot be opened in-flight… it was not the cockpit door,” Bartels added.

Assistant coach Milan Mirkovic and handball player Aleksej Rastvorcev calmed the man down, while other passengers had no idea what was going on, he said, adding that two players kept an eye on the rowdy, who was in business class, for the rest of the flight.

Ethiopian Man Told He Was Too Short To Be A Pilot, Builds Personal Plane Using YouTube Videos

An Ethopian man has built his own plane after he was told he couldn’t be a pilot because he was too short.Asmelash Zeferu did not want to let being too short stop him from flying a plane,so this weekend, the 35-year-old, plans to take his handcrafted K-570 light aeroplane to the air near the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and marry his fiancé Seble Bekele when he lands.

He has never flown before and he hopes the attempt will be more successful than five months ago when a broken propeller thwarted his dream.He learnt every aspect for aircraft manufacture from youtube videos and tutorials.

15 years ago when he tried to enrol at the Dire Dawa branch of the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy. He was rejected, because at 1m 70cm (5ft 7ins) he was 1cm too short.

He told CNN:

‘I decided to build my own aircraft if I couldn’t be a pilot. Then I’d be able to fly high in the sky,’

Five months ago, he failed to take-off in his machine,on November 28, Zeferu will return to the same air field and rev his newly-modified machine.

Taking off at 90 mph, he will aim to reach an altitude of 10 meters which is not no mean feat considering he has ‘no parachute or anything to protect me.’To fly an aircraft is not a big deal,’ he explains.The greatest danger will be in landing.’

Despite support from his family, he says:

 ‘the biggest challenge in building my aircraft was the people around me… people calling me mad. People were asking ‘How can you build an aircraft in Ethiopia? In Africa?”’My dream is to become an aerospace engineer at NASA. And I will be,’

Japan’s First Commercial Jet Makes Maiden Flight

Japan’s first commercial jet in 50 years made its maiden flight today, in a breakthrough for the country’s long-held ambition to establish an aircraft industry that can compete with some of the major players in global aviation.

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) took off on a one-hour return flight from Nagoya Airport to test Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp’s ability to bring the 100-seat class plane into service after three years of delays.

The unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which built the World War Two-era Zero fighter, is hoping the $47-million regional jet will help it oust Canada’s Bombardier Inc as the world’s second-biggest maker of smaller passenger jets behind Brazil’s Embraer SA.

The MRJ is Japan’s first commercial passenger aircraft since the 64-seat YS-11 entered service 50 years ago.

The first MRJ is slated for delivery in June 2017 to Japan’s biggest carrier, ANA Holdings. Mitsubishi aims eventually to sell more than 2,000 aircraft in the competitive market segment.

So far it has secured 223 firm orders, most recently in January when Japan Airlines asked for 32 planes. The biggest single purchase, for 100 aircraft, was from U.S. regional airline operator Trans State Holdings.

 

Mitsubishi says the MRJ burns a fifth less fuel than aircraft of similar size, thanks to new-generation engines from Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
Japan’s last attempt to establish itself as a commercial aircraft maker ended in failure. Production of the YS-11, built by a consortium that included Mitsubishi Heavy, finished after only 182 planes were built.

That program however helped Mitsubishi Heavy and other companies forge ties with Boeing Co, turning them into major suppliers and partners of the U.S. aircraft maker and helping revive an aerospace industry that was dismantled after World War Two.

Those Japanese companies build 35 percent of Boeing’s advanced 787 carbon-composite jetliner, including the wings, the most complex part.

Japan’s biggest carmaker, Toyota Motor Corp, and largest trading company, Mitsubishi Corp, each own a 10 percent stake in the MRJ venture.

Source: Reuters

Russian Plane Crash: Toddler’s Body Is Discovered 20 Miles From Crash Site

Ten-month-old Darina Gromova (pictured just before boarding the doomed flight) had been on holiday in Sharm el-Sheikh with her parents Tatiana, 26, and Alexei, 27, from St Petersburg when they, and 221 others, died shortly after their flight to Russia took off on Saturday.

The baby girl’s body was located more than 21 miles from the main crash site, indicating that the plane may exploded earlier than aviation experts have previously thought. That has forced investigators to widen the search area – and could lead to the discovery of otherwise missed clues.
The picture of little Darina, taken by her 26-year-old mother Tatiana at a St Petersburg airport shortly before they set off for Egypt, has become a symbol of the 224 victims of the disaster.
Mrs Gromova happily dubbed her daughter ‘the main passenger’ as the young family set off on a hard-earned vacation to Sharm el-Sheikh.

The remains of little Darina were sent to Cairo on Thursday after being found miles from the main crash site in the Sinai Peninsula.

Her parents Tatiana and Alexei Gromov, aged 26 and 27 and pictured on their wedding day just over a year ago, have yet to be found
Russian experts say no signs of explosives have been found on the bodies of the victims of the plane crash, but a Russian aviation official said Thursday the investigation was looking into the possibility of an object stowed on board causing the disaster

‘There are two versions now under consideration: something stowed inside (the plane) and a technical fault. But the airplane could not just break apart in the air – there should be some action. A rocket is unlikely as there are no signs of that,’ the Russian official said.

Meanwhile, ISIS representatives have repeated its claims that the militant jihadist organisation was responsible for the crash, adding it would eventually tell the world how it carried out the attack.

Culled from Mailonline

 

Miraculous Moment When Baby Is Pulled Alive From South Sudan Plane Crash Wreckage Which Killed Over 40

This is the tears inducing moment a baby was pulled alive from the wreckage of the cargo plane which crashed in South Sudan, killing up to 41 people.

The baby boy was plucked from the mangled fuselage after the aircraft came down near a river, scattering debris and bodies across remote farmland.
He is only survivor of the crash, as the other survivor, a crew member pulled from the wreckage later died.

The Russian-made Antonov-12 aircraft crashed along the banks of the White Nile River yesterday morning barely a mile from the airport in the capital Juba. Authorities say identifying the victims have been difficult because there was no official manifest for the flight.

 

Man Sets Guinness World Record For Pulling AERO PLANE With His Lug Holes

Some might say Johnny Strange is living up to his last name, because he’s just entered the record books for pulling a huge AEROPLANE with his EARS. Johnny, 26, used chains through pierced holes in his ears to drag a Cessna 172-P weighing 677.8kg for 20.4 metres at North Weald Airfield, Essex.

But being featured in the book is nothing new for Johnny, an escapologist and sideshow performer who now has eight Guinness World Records to his name. He said:

“I started off at the age of ten in Blackburn, Lancashire. At first I juggled balls, then clubs and went on to knives, fire sticks and now its chainsaws. Preparing for the plane pull was tough. I’m not going into detail but I have to stretch my ears and create tough scar tissue so they don’t rip. I am always delighted when I get another Guinness World Record and being featured in the book never gets old for me, the only problem is I’m starting to run out of places to hang up my certificates now. I’m a believer of the impossible, I’ve always been interested in the unusual and the bizarre”.

He has been dubbed ‘The man with the ears of steel’. More photos below…

Malaysia Confirms Plane Debris Washed Up On Reunion Island Is From Flight MH370

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed that the wreckage found on Reunion Island last week belongs to the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing with 239 passengers and crew on board in March, 2014.

“The international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370,” he said in a televised statement

Below is the Prime Minister’s statement in full: On 8 March 2014, flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared. The days, weeks and months that followed have been a period of torment for the families of those on board.

The plane’s disappearance was without precedent. At every stage, we followed the tiny amount of evidence that existed. But, despite the efforts of 26 nations and the largest search in aviation history, from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean, the plane could not be located. Neither could investigations by the world’s leading aviation experts answer why MH370 veered off course and went dark. While the plane’s disappearance remained a mystery, we have shared the anguish of those who could find no comfort.

Last week, on 29th July, we were informed by the French authorities that part of an aircraft wing had been found on Reunion, the French island in the Indian Ocean. Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370. We now have physical evidence that, as I announced on 24th March last year, flight MH370 tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

This is a remote, inhospitable and dangerous area, and on behalf of Malaysia I would like to thank the many nations, organisations and individuals who have participated in the search.

Missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 Plane Wreckage Found Off The Coast Of Africa?

Almost a year since the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flight vanished mid-air during flight to China, wreckage found of the coast of Africa Officials revealed might be that of the missing plane.

The debris, discovered near to the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, is that of a Boeing 777, investigators confirmed.

The Malaysia Airlines jet – also a Boeing 777 – is thought to have come down in the same ocean on
March 8 last year.

Officials at Boeing have assessed photographs of the wreckage and agreed it is consistent with a 777 flaperon, part of the plane’s wing, CNN reported citing sources close the investigation.

CNN added that there is a “unique element’ to the Boeing 777 flaperon which is apparent in the photographs, although they did not elaborate on what the detail is.

It would be recalled tha The plane was flying from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Beijing, China, when it is thought to have come down in the Indian Ocean on March 8 last year.

Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion

There were 239 passengers and crew – most of whom were from China – on board when it disappeared.

MH370 vanished from radar screens shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.