Iceland: Hekla volcano could be ready for another eruption, measurements suggest – Published 30 Mar 2017 1730z (GMT/UTC)

Mount Hekla Volcano

“More pressure is in the magma chambers underneath the mountain than before the last two eruptions in 1991 and 2000” says geophysicist Pall Einarsson at the University of Iceland

 

Mount Hekla

“Most measurements that we have today indicate that Hekla is ready for an eruption, but we do not know what factor will set the eruption off,” says geophysicist Pall Einarsson at the University of Iceland. More pressure is in the magma chambers underneath the mountain than before the last two eruptions in 1991 and 2000. It’s however impossible to say whether a Hekla eruption is to be expected soon or not, as eruptions come without much warning and with little correlation to other volcanic or earthquake activities in South Iceland. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the greatest Hekla eruption known to man, which lasted 13 months. There have been five eruptions in Mount Hekla since 1970.

RSOE March 30 2017 12:35 PM (UTC).

“1991

On January 17th Helka violently erupted with a cloud of ash and tephra that reached an altitude of 39,360 ft. (12 km). During this eruption a summit fissure and a main crater were created and from these lava flows extended down the southeastern and northwestern slopes. Lava fountains in these craters reached a height of 984 ft. (300m). This eruption continued until March 11th when activity once again died down”. – volcano.oregonstate.edu

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“2000

A lava field on Hekla in July 2000

The most recent eruption was relatively short, it started at 18:18 on 26 February 2000 and lasted until 8 March. It was a VEI3 eruption producing a lava volume of 0.189 km3 DRE[38] / 0.29 km3[12] and 107 m3 of tephra.[12] The eruption went through four phases:

  1. initial explosive stage
  2. fire fountains
  3. bursts of Strombolian eruption
  4. effusion of lava[38]

Eruption activity was at a maximum in the first hour and by the first night the fissure on Hekla had opened to a length of 6–7 km. The steam column rose to a height of almost 15 km and ash was transported to Grímsey.[39] During this eruption, a NASA DC-8 aeroplane accidentally flew through the plume with all instruments switched on, resulting in unprecedented measurement of a young volcanic plume.[40]

Up until this eruption, it had always been assumed that Hekla was incapable of producing the most dangerous of volcanic phenomena, the pyroclastic flow. In January 2003, however, a team from the Norvol Institute in Reykjavík, under the leadership of Dr. Ármann Höskuldsson, reported that they found traces of a pyroclastic flow, roughly 5 km long, stretching down the side of the mountain. This will call for a reappraisal of volcanic eruptions of the basic rock type, which up to now were generally thought not to produce large pyroclastic flows. It will also require that the public and curious spectators who always rush to the scene at the start of a new outbreak, be kept much further away from the volcanic activity than was thought necessary during previous outbreaks.

Future eruptions

Steam at the summit of Hekla

In January 2010 there were reports of patches near to the summit not covered with snow[41] and that the lava chamber pressure had reached levels similar to those before Hekla last erupted[42] however no eruption subsequently occurred.

International media reported activity that is interpreted as being close to another eruption in July 2011[43] while Icelandic news sources claimed otherwise.[44] The Icelandic state news web site, ruv.is, regularly warns travellers of imminent eruptions.[45][46][47]

In March 2013 a Civil Protection State of Uncertainty was issued due to an unusual cluster of seven micro-earthquakes at a depth of approximately 11 km, to the NE of the volcano, although there were no signs of ground deformation.[48] People were warned against travelling to the mountain, and the air traffic surveillance level was increased to yellow temporarily.[49][50] In April the volcano underwent unusual rapid inflation, particularly in the northern region of the volcano, that some commentators regarded as making an imminent eruption more likely.[51][52]”

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2 Lancaster Bombers Fly Together for First Time in 50 Years

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At RAF Conings2 Lancaster Bombers Fly Together for First Time in 50 Years.by in Lincolnshire two Lancaster Bombers took to the skies yesterday for the first formation flight of this aircraft type since the 1960s.  The Lancaster “Thumper”, which is… More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

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Pilot lost control after artificial arm detached

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A Flybe pilot lost control of an aircraft after his artificial arm became detached as he was coming in to land, according to an accident report.

The flight from Birmingham, with 47 passengers on board, was approaching Belfast City airport in gutsy conditions on February 12.

It landed heavily but no-one was hurt and the Dash 8 was not damaged.

The pilot said he would be more cautious in future about checking his attachment, according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch report.

Flybe said the senior captain was one of its “most experienced and trusted pilots”, and the safety of passengers and crew had not been compromised in any way.

Shortly before beginning to land the aircraft, the 46-year-old had checked that his prosthetic lower left arm was securely attached to the clamp that he used to fly the aircraft, with the latching…

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New US military helicopter crash as four dead crew from Norfolk accident are named

Bolivia: At least 8 dead, others injured, in Amazon plane crash – 041113 1030z

An Aerocon turboprop with 18 people on board crashed Sunday in northern Bolivia, killing eight and leaving the other 10 people injured, the airline said.

Aerocon spokesman Nelson Kinn said that the plane had technical issues that led to the plane catching fire on landing in the small city of Riberalta near the Brazilian border, where the Madre de Dios River joins the Beni River.

There were 16 passengers and two crew on board the Fairchild Metro 23 aircraft. “As they were landing, on touchdown, the plane had some kind of problem that led to fire. The people who died sustained multiple injuries and burns,” Kinn said. Authorities were investigating the causes of the tragedy.

Monday, 04 November, 2013 at 04:27 (04:27 AM) UTC RSOE

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Deaths in Bolivia aircraft crash

Jet crashes while trying to land during bad weather in the northern part of the country, killing eight.

Last Modified: 04 Nov 2013 02:20

“A spokesman for the airline said the plane had technical issues that led to it catching fire while landing [Reuters]

An aircraft carrying 18 people has crashed while trying to land during bad weather in the north of Bolivia, killingeight passengers and injuring the others on board.

Heavy rain was falling as the small turboprop plane operated by local airline Aerocon tried to land in Riberalta, near the Brazilian border, according to witnesses.

Aerocon spokesman Nelson Kinn said that the plane had technical issues that led to the plane catching fire on landing.

“As they were landing, on touchdown, the plane had some kind of problem that led to fire. The people who died sustained multiple injuries and burns,” Kinn told AFP news agency.

“[There were] 16 passengers and the pilot and co-pilot, of whom 10 survived and 8 died,” director of the Riberalta hospital, Jose Luis Pereira, told the Reuters news agency.

“The pilot and the co-pilot are in the gravest situation … Seven [bodies] are [so] charred, we can’t identify them.”

President Evo Morales said he had ordered “a deep investigation” into the accident and “drastic sanctions on the company”. ” – Al Jazeera

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An aeroplane has crashed in Bolivia’s northern Amazon region, killing at least eight of the 18 people on board.

The pilot and the co-pilot have survived but are in a serious condition.

The turboprop plane caught fire as it landed at around 16:00 local time (20:00 GMT) in the remote town of Riberalta, near the border with Brazil.

 

Germany: Plane crash kills 5 (including a child), injures 3 other children, in Frondenberg near Dortmund – 280813 0925z

Five people, one of them a child, were killed on Tuesday after a small plane crashed in Frondenberg, in the north-west of Germany, local media reported.

As well as the child, two women and two men also died. Three other children were seriously injured in the crash, said firefighters. The light aircraft came down in a meadow. The cause of the accident has not yet been determined.

Wednesday, 28 August, 2013 at 04:50 (04:50 AM) UTC RSOE

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Child and four adults killed in plane crash

 

Published: 28 Aug 2013 09:54 CET

 

 

A child and four adults died in a light aircraft crash in western Germany on Tuesday afternoon. Three other children survived the accident.

The group, consisting of two families, were flying back from a trip to the North Sea coast when the Piper 32 plane crashed into a field in the Fröndenberg area of North Rhine-Westphalia at around 5pm, not far from its destination near Dortmund.

Two women, two men, and a child died in the crash, the fire brigade confirmed late on Tuesday night. No identities or ages have been released, and police are in the process of informing the victims’ relatives.

All of the dead were sat towards the front of the plane, regional newspaper the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) reported on Wednesday.

“The head and neck injuries were so severe that they died from them,” the head of the medical team at the crash site, Reinhard Arnsberg, told the newspaper.

Three children sat at the back on the place survived but were seriously injured and were taken to a nearby hospital by air ambulance.

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When the emergency services arrived, two children were already out of the plane and one had to be cut out by firemen. It is unclear whether the first two climbed out themselves or were helped by passers-by who had rushed to the scene.

Investigators do not yet know what caused the accident but, the WAZ reported, onlookers saw the vehicle flying very low before it crashed. The pilot was thought to have been experienced at flying light aircraft. It clipped a tree on its way down to the field.

At least 78 people were at the scene clearing the wreckage and attending to the surviving children. The front of the vehicle was totally destroyed, and baggage was all over the field.

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Scotland: Helicopter ditches in North Sea off Shetland – 4 oil workers dead (named), 14 others rescued – 240813 1635z

Three people were missing after a helicopter carrying 18 people crashed into the sea off the coast of Scotland on Friday.

The Coastguard said 15 people had been rescued and were taken to hospital, but three are unaccounted for.

The incident happened near the Shetland Islands, northeast of Edinburgh, and involved a Super Puma helicopter taking 16 passengers and two crew members to and from oil and gas platforms.

The Department of Transport issued an statement on behalf on the Air Accidents Investigation Branch stating it was “aware of incident” and has deployed a team. An air and sea search is continuing, with three helicopters and two lifeboats involved.

“Our two lifeboats are searching for those three unaccounted for,” said Tim Ash, a spokesman for Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Wreckage from the crash has been spotted, said Ash, who added that rescue teams were dealing with strong tides and poor visibility. “Winds are not particularly strong but visibility is not good. Those are the circumstances that our volunteers are facing,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the Coastguard said two life rafts from the helicopter were located and found empty.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013 at 04:21 (04:21 AM) UTC RSOE

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Helicopter Crash: Four Dead In North Sea

SKY NEWS 2:46pm UK, Saturday 24 August 2013

The helicopter suffered a “catastrophic loss of power” and ended up upside down in the North Sea, triggering a massive rescue.

“Police have named the four oil workers who died after a helicopter ditched into the sea on its way to Shetland.

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The victims are: Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland; Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin; Gary McCrossan , 59, from Inverness; and George Allison, 57, from Winchester.

The Super Puma L2 went down at approximately 6.27pm on Friday, around two miles west of Sumburgh airport as it was returning to Shetland from the Borgsten Dolphin platform.

The helicopter was carrying 16 workers and two crew.

“The bodies of three people have been recovered and work is underway to recover the body of the fourth person,” Police Scotland said in a statement.

Shetland helicopter crash
At least three of the dead had trouble escaping the upturned helicopter

The body of the fourth victim is understood to be in the wreckage of the aircraft.

All the families have been informed.

A search operation involving coastguard, police, RAF and local lifeboats was able to rescue 14 people from the sea, including the two crew. They were taken to Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick.

“Five were discharged and nine detained overnight either for observation or suffering from exposure,” the police statement said.

The helicopter is reported to be in several pieces but the wreckage has now been secured by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).

A victim is stretchered
One of the rescued workers is moved on a stretcher

Helicopter operator CHC, which operates in 30 countries, said on its website that it was temporarily suspending all Super Puma L2 flights worldwide as a precaution.

It has also suspended flights in Aberdeen “as a mark of respect”.

Amanda Smith, the mother of one of the workers, Sam Smith, said that her son had telephoned her from hospital after suffering cuts in the crash.

She told Sky News: “He said it seemed to lose power and there was no time to brace, they just dropped into the sea.

“He was by the window so he was able to escape that way as it rolled over.

“He said he had come off better than a lot of people. It didn’t seem real, I would say two hours later it’s just beginning to sink in.”

CHC said it was flying for French oil company Total and that the aircraft had lost communication as it approached the airport on the southern tip of Shetland’s main island.

Victims of the crash walking from the coastguard rescue helicopter
Some of those rescued were able to walk unaided after the rescue

The four people who died were working for Total through contractor organisations.

A CHC spokesman said: “The aircraft was on approach to Sumburgh Airport at approximately 6.20pm when contact was lost with air traffic control.”

Mark Abbey, regional director for CHC, expressed his “heartfelt sympathies to all those involved” but said the company would not be speculating about the cause of the crash.

Investigators from the Department for Transport’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch are looking into the incident.

The helicopter was upside down in the water when rescuers arrived, said Sky’s James Matthews in Aberdeen.

“At least three of the four who died had trouble getting out of the wreckage. One body remains in there this morning,” said Matthews.

The survivors were aided by waterproof immersion suits that helped keep them afloat and warm in the North Sea.

The tide – which was heading towards the land – also helped survivors.

Jim Nicholson, RNLI rescue co-ordinator, said: “There appears to have been a catastrophic loss of power which meant the helicopter suddenly dropped into the sea without any opportunity to make a controlled landing.”

Last year, two Super Puma helicopters ditched in the North Sea only six months apart.

All passengers and crew were rescued in both incidents, which were found to be caused by gearbox problems.

Helicopter crash off Shetland islands
Several helicopters have been involved in the search operation

However, the latest incident marks the fourth in four years involving Super Puma aircraft.

In April 2009, 16 people died when a helicopter returning from BP’s Miller platform crashed 11 miles from Peterhead after a “catastrophic failure” in part of its main gearbox.

The Unite union’s Scottish Secretary, Pat Rafferty, said the safety record was “unacceptable” and called on the oil and gas industry to use “every means at their disposal to demonstrate that its fleet is fit for purpose”.

Bob Crow, head of the RMT union, said he expected an “outpouring of  anger” after the latest incident.

“The entire Super Puma fleet must remain grounded until the causes of this latest event are established,” said Mr Crow.

 CHC has set up a helpline for concerned relatives on 01224 296 866.

” – SKY NEWS

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They were Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland, Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin, Gary McCrossan, 59, from Inverness, and George Allison, 57, from Winchester.

Three of the four bodies have been recovered. Police Scotland confirmed 14 others were rescued.

The Super Puma L2 helicopter crashed west of Sumburgh Airport at about 18:20 BST on Friday.

An investigation into the cause of the tragedy is under way.

RNLI rescue co-ordinator Jim Nicholson said the helicopter – carrying workers from an oil rig – apparently suffered a “catastrophic loss of power”.

He said it appeared the aircraft had “suddenly dropped into the sea without any opportunity to make a controlled landing”.
Amanda Smith, whose son Sam was on the helicopter, told Sky News it suddenly lost power and those on board had “no time to brace”.

“He was by the window so he was able to escape that way as it rolled over,” she said.

“He said he had come off better than a lot of people, [those] were his words.”

Tim Ripley, an aviation expert with Jane’s Defence Weekly, told the BBC there were “many possible scenarios” behind the helicopter crash.

He said: “The most common one at low level for aircraft and helicopters is bird strikes.

“If one of these helicopters ingested a bird it would cause a very, very nasty accident.

“But it doesn’t seem like that because we have no reports of collisions, which points towards a failure of the engine and the mechanical systems on the helicopter.”

A total of 18 people were on board the helicopter.The 14 survivors, including the two crew members, were taken to Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick for treatment.

Police Scotland said five were discharged a short time later and nine were detained overnight either for observation or suffering from exposure.

The ditched helicopter was found broken into several pieces up against rocks.

Boats, including a ferry and a cargo ship, joined lifeboat crews from Lerwick and Aith and helicopters from the coastguard, RAF Lossiemouth and two Bond rescue helicopters to search for survivors.

The AS332 L2 helicopter, carrying passengers crew from the Borgsten Dolphin oil rig in the North Sea, was operated by CHC for Total, taking people to and from oil and gas installations.

Oil firm Total confirmed that the three men and one woman who died all worked for contract organisations.

‘Lost power’
Earlier, Mr Nicholson told the BBC the helicopter had been in a “fairly inaccessible position… near the cliffs”, with weather in the area not “particularly good”.
A CHC spokesman confirmed that an L2 aircraft landed in the water, approximately two miles west of Sumburgh on Friday.

“The aircraft was on approach to Sumburgh Airport at approximately 6.20pm when contact was lost with air traffic control,” he said.

In a later statement, the company said the cause of the incident was unknown but Super Puma L2 flights would be suspended worldwide.

“Also, in deference to the incident and the investigation, we are suspending all flights [on] Saturday by our UK operations,” the company added.

Bond Offshore Helicopters also said it would not be operating any of its Super Puma aircraft fleet, with the exception of its Jigsaw rescue aircraft which would be available for life at risk missions.

Michael Bull, whose son Samuel was rescued, said: “We understand he was on his way back from a rig and the helicopter lost power suddenly and immediately ditched into the water.

“He managed to escape straight away because he was right by an exit and I understand soon afterwards that the helicopter turned over.”

Aith RNLI Lifeboat crew retrieve helicopter wreckage in Shetland

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Aith Lifeboat crew tow Super Puma helicopter which crashed into the sea off Sumburgh, Shetland, on the night of 23/24 August 2013. Four lives were lost from the helicopter.

 

Investigators on scene after missing pilot’s body found

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The search for the missing 16-year-old Kamloops pilot has ended in tragedy.

The body of Lorne Perreault and the downed Cessna 172 were found by the Royal Canadian Air Force and a search-and-rescue crew in the Cache Creek Hills, west of Kamloops at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Today, police are investigating at the scene trying to determine the cause of the crash.

The RCAF used a helicopter to lower the search and rescue crew to retrieve Perreault’s body, which was taken to the Kamloops Airport where he was pronounced dead by the coroner.

The 16-year-old pilot was reported overdue on August 6 after he failed to return to the Kamloops airport following a routine solo flight. At the time of the crash, Perreault was training for his private pilot’s license.

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Man attempts to board flight with rat down his trousers

Rats are a major risk to the health of the community. They can assist transmission of serious diseases, including the plague, dysentery, leptospirosis and typhus fever.

Their fleas, lice and ticks can also adversely affect pets and humans.

Their excreta and hair contaminate food and utensils, causing food poisoning and economic loss. Rat colonies damage and foul buildings and furnishings, and they generate a terrible smell.

Rats’ gnawing will damage buildings, pipes, conduits and wiring and has been the cause of electrical fires.

Rats normally come out at night and usually are not seen unless they are very hungry or present in large numbers.

Spot the rat

To check whether rats are around, look for:

  • droppings (12mm to 18mm long)
  • debris such as snail shells with the sides eaten out, almond shells, cape lilac berries, chop bones, etc left in the corners of sheds, under homes and other secluded spots
  • signs of fruit and vegetables having been eaten
  • greasy rub marks along paths they travel
  • burrow holes around buildings
  • signs of gnawing damage
  • pet dogs, cats, birds being more excitable than usual
  • squeaking, gnawing or movement noises in walls, cupboard and ceilings and under floors

Avoiding rat problems

Rats can be discouraged and controlled by denying them food and shelter. A few simple precautions will prevent or help get rid of them:

 

  • store firewood away from the sides of sheds and fences and keep it well clear (40cm) off the ground
  • regularly remove or limit garden waste or other disused material in sheds or around your yard
  • remove fruit and nuts from trees or vines at the end of the season
  • block holes and other potential access points around all buildings
  • keep pet food dishes clean and store bulk pet food supplies in a manner which denies access to rats
  • rubbish bins and compost containers should be well maintained and free from holes. Meat scraps must never be composted
  • thoroughly examine your property to ensure you have discouraged rats from making your home their home

For further information read the  Facts on rats brochure (PDF 153KB)

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Man attempts to board flight with rat down his trousersBy Tom Irwin
A man was briefly detained at Melbourne international airport after attempting to pass through a body scanner with a live rat down his trousers.A spokeswoman for the airport, Anna Gillett, told the Herald Sun that the passenger had wanted to take his pet rat on board the aircraft.

“The passenger was obviously not allowed to do that, so he chose not to fly without the animal,” she added.

The aircraft is understood to have been bound for London, according to a caller to radio station3AW.

Ms. Gillett said the Australian Federal Police were called to deal with the incident, which occurred Sunday afternoon local time.

Police confirmed the passenger “voluntarily offloaded themselves from the flight”, was not arrested and was allowed to leave the airport.

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US: Small plane crashes into apartment in Herndon, VA – 310513 1040z

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A small plane crashed into an apartment building in Herndon late Thursday.

It happened about 11:25 p.m. at 2232 Astoria Circle near Innovation Avenue in the Dulles Green apartment complex, according to a post on the Fairfax County Fire Department’s Twitter account.

The plane crashed into the third floor of the garden-style apartment building, Fairfax fire officials said.

WTOP radio reported there were no serious injuries.

How the crash happened is under investigation.

Leesburg Executive Airport is about 15 miles from Astoria Circle, Dulles International Airport is about 22 miles away and Manassas Regional Airport is about 30 miles away.

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Wales: One man dies, two critically injured in Caernarfon Airport plane crash – 190513 2145z

Accident investigators start probe after tragedy

Plane which crashed at Caernarfon airport
Plane which crashed at Caernarfon airport

“A MAN died and two others were critically injured when a light aircraft which crashed at Caernarfon Airport this morning.

Last night air accident investigators arrived at the scene to begin a detailed inquiry to try and pinpoint what may have happened to cause the accident.

The single-engined Piper Cherokee was approaching the westerly runway at the airport at Dinas Dinlle at about 11.25am on a flight from the north west of England.

Sources at the airport suggested the aircraft may have clipped some trees close to the airport boundary and “flipped over”.

Airport firefighters were at the scene almost immediately and found the aircraft overturned on the grassy area to the left of the runway.

Paramedics from the Wales Air Ambulance are based at the airport and were also quickly at the scene.

The casualties were given emergency treatment before being airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd.

One man, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust spokesman said a man in his 60s had “serious multiple lower limb injuries” and a boy had head and abdomen injuries. Their condition last night was described as “critical”.

The airport fire crews were joined by eight appliances from five North Wales Fire Service stations at Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Llanberis, Pwllheli and Llangefni.

Specialist appliances from Holyhead were also sent to the scene.

A fire service spokeswoman said fire fighters laid a foam blanket over the area to prevent spilt fuel igniting.

An airport worker said: “We’re stunned by what has happened.”

Locals were alerted to the tragedy by the sound of emergency vehicles arriving at the airport.

Richard Roberts, 58, and his wife Gwen from Penygroes were walking their dog along the beach.

“We hear the aeroplanes at the airport all the time and think nothing of them. We saw the fire engines arriving and knew something tragic had happened. My thoughts and prayers are with those involved,” said Mr Roberts.

The aircraft is a Piper Cherokee aircraft, a popular single-engined aircraft which can carry four passengers. The plane is believed to be based at Blackpool and is available for hire.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing said Family Liaison Officers are supporting the family who are from the Lancashire area.

He added: An investigation is on-going and we are appealing to anyone who witnessed the plane as it approached the runway of Caernarfon Airport to contact police.

Anyone with any information relating to the incident is asked to contact North Wales Police on 101.” – dailypost.co.uk

Swaziland: Witches piloting broomsticks banned from flying above 150 metres – 190513 1455z

Witches flying broomsticks in Swaziland above 150metres will be subject to arrest and a hefty fine of R500 000 (£35,487), civil aviation authorities said, according to a report.

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Witches broomsticks are considered similar to any heavier-than-air transportation device that is airborne, reports The Star.

 

A witch on a broomstick should not fly above the [150-metre] limit, Civil Aviation Authority marketing and corporate affairs director Sabelo Dlamini told the newspaper.

 

No penalties exist for witches flying below 150metres.

 

The report said it was hard to say how serious he was, but witchcraft isnt a joking matter in Swaziland, where the people believe in it.

 

The statute also forbids toy helicopters and childrens kites from ascending too high into the countrys airspace.

 

Dlamini was asked by the Swazi press to explain the countrys aviation laws following the arrest of a private detective, Hunter Shongwe, for operating a toy helicopter equipped with a video camera, of which he boasted using to gather surveillance information similar to the way a drone aircraft operates.

 

The detective was charged with operating an unregistered aircraft and for failing to appear before his chief to be questioned by traditional authorities about his toy drone, the first of its kind in Swaziland.

 

Swazi brooms are short bundles of sticks tied together and do not have handles. Swazi witches are known to use them to fling potions about homesteads but not for transport.

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Met Office keeping a close eye on space weather

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The Met Office will be keeping a close eye on the Sun over the coming days after a recent surge in its activity.

It’s fairly common for eruptions from the Sun (often called “space weather”) to occur, and these are usually associated with sunspots – dark areas of intense activity on the surface of the star.

The eruptions from these spots come in several different forms, but if the events are of sufficient strength and directed towards the Earth, they can all cause impacts on our modern-day technology. Impacts range from minor interference to communication networks to temporary disruption to electricity supply, satellites and GPS navigation.

Over the past few days a sunspot, identified by the number 1748, has been the cause of many solar eruptions which have already caused some minor impacts.

Some of the eruptions have been in the form of Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), which are plumes…

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Yemen: Military aircraft crashes into residential neighborhood, pilot killed. No details of the ground casualties – 130513 2330z

(Photo: en.trend.az) Military aircraft crashes in Sana’a

A Yemeni military aircraft has faced a technical glitch and gone down in a residential neighborhood of the capital, Sana’a.
A Yemeni military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Russian-built Sukhoi fighter jet crashed into the al-Aslahi district in southern Sana’a on Monday. He added that the pilot of the warplane died in the incident.
There have been no immediate reports about casualties on the ground.
The incident on Monday was the second of its kind in the Yemeni capital so far in 2013. A Yemeni air force plane crashed in Sana’a in February. A dozen people died in the crash landing. The SU-22 fighter jet was on a training mission, when it ploughed into a residential street in the west of the city. Security sources said two children and three women were among the dead.
Yemen’s air force has a base 14 kilometers (about nine miles) north of Sana’a. Plane crashes in the Yemeni capital have angered local residents, who have been calling on the government to immediately end all air force training activities in Sana’a. The Yemeni air force reportedly has 30 SU-22 fighter jets and four SU-22UM3 aircraft.
Monday, 13 May, 2013 at 10:24 (10:24 AM) UTC RSOE

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Third Airplane Crashing in Sana’a in Less Than a Year

By Asma Al-Mohattwari, Jihan Anwar, Maram alAbbasi

This morning, 13th of May, a jet fighter crashed in Sana’a.

A Sukhoi 22 military jet exploded in the air at 11.30am according to witnesses, leaving the pilot, Ibraheem alAghbari, dead. Parts of the plane exploded causing injuries and accidents in various part of 50 street, in Dar Salm area.

Ibrahem alDheibani reported that he was in the area to fill the water tank of one of the residences when he saw the plane exploding.

“I hid under the water truck and saw pieces of the airplane falling in all directions,” he said.

AlDheibani stated that the remaining of the jet fighter fell on a nearby car company injuring four employees.

Two building burned while the windows of other three constructions broke from the impact of the Sukhoi pieces.

A woman witness who was in her home at the time of the accident told National Yemen that as the plane exploded; she thought that her own house was on fire. “hen I went to the window and saw the blazing plane. I didn’t know what else to do except hold my daughter and wait for us to die,”she said.

AlDheibani, the water truck owner, was the one that put out the fire while the firefighter came only after it was extinguished.

This is the third accident in less than a year taking place in the capital Sana’a.

The last one was in 19th February 2013, in which 12 people died and 21 were injured following the crash of a Sukhoi 22 jet fighter in Change Square.  After an examination of the black box it was stated that the accident happened because of a technical problem in the jet.

The Ministry of Interior has started to conduct the investigations for this case and will provide ulterior information.

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Yemenis look on at some of the debris of a Russian-made Yemeni military jet after it crashed into a residential district of the capital Sanaa on Monday, killing the pilot, officials said. Witnesses said the plane exploded in the air before crashing and debris from the aircraft scattered across the area, causing light damage to buildings and shattering windows. AFP

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Military aircraft crashes in Sana’a, state TV says – Trend

“A military aircraft crashed Monday in a residential area of the Yemeni capital Sana’a, dpa reported according to state television.

There were no immediate reports of deaths and injuries, according to independent news site Mareb Press.

A massive fire broke out after the plane crashed into houses in the south of the city, Mareb reported, following the third such crash in six months.

Twelve people were killed in February when a military plane crashed near Sana’a University, while 10 military personnel were killed in November when an Antonov transport aircraft crashed into buildings in the north of the capital.” – trend.az

Military jet comes down in Yemen

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Published on 13 May 2013

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A Russian-made Yemeni military jet has crashed into a residential district of the capital Sanaa killing the pilot.
The Sukhoi crashed on Monday into “Al-Asbahi residential district in southern Sanaa,” the official said.

Al Jazeera’s Adam Haynes reports.

Yemen military plane crashes

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Published on 13 May 2013

A pilot in Yemen has died after the plane he was flying exploded in mid-air, according to an army official.

Mexico: Popocatepetl Volcano erupts, spewing gas and ash 3 km high; Volcanic Alert Level remains at Yellow Phase 2 – 080513 1305z

 

May 08 05:00h (May 08, 11:00 GMT)

The eruptive episode which started yesterday at 19:28 h maintained its intensity until 01:58 today, and afterwards slowly diminished until 03:30 when it returned to the previous level of activity. This episode lasted for a total of 8 hours. Reports of ashfall have been received from San Juan Tianguismanalco, San Pedro Benito Ju疵ez, Atlixco and the city of Puebla, and it is probable that it also ocurred in most of the towns on the southeastern sector of the volcano. At the time of this update the volcano can be seen with strong incandescence above the crater and a continuous plume of water vapor, gases and minor amounts of ash.

The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Yellow Phase 2.

May 07 23:10 h (May 07, 04:10 GMT)

Since 19:28 h (local time), the monitoring system of Popocat駱etl volcano registered an episode of tremor of high amplitude. Until the moment of this report this episode has had a duration of 3.5 h and was accompanied by a persistent emission of a gas and ash colum of 3 km height in average and the emission of incandescent fragments inside the crater and on the volcano flanks, to maximum distances of 700 m (see image 4).

The gas and ash colum is travelling to the east-southeast (ver imagen 5). Some ash fall reports were received from the villages of San Juan Tianguismanalco (east) and San Pedro Benito Ju疵ez (south-east) and the City of Puebla. It is possible that ash fall will be reported from other villages in the east, south-east (Atlixco) and south (Tochimilco).

At the moment of this report, the described activity persists.

The monitoring of the volcano is developed continuously and new information of the evolution of the activity will be provided in future reports.

The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Yellow Phase 2.

May 07 19:50 h (May 07, 00:50 GMT)

At 19:28 began a continuous emission of ash and at the time of this report reaches a height of 2500 meters above the crater. The direction in which the pen moves is southeast. So, can register the fall of such material within San Pedro Benito Juarez, San Jeronimo Coyula, Yancuitlalpan, Tochimilco Tianguismanalco and Atlixco in Puebla.

The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Yellow Phase 2.

The expected activity scenarios in the next hours, days or weeks are: moderate exhalations, some with ash emissions; ocassionally mild incandescence during nights and sporadic low level explosions with low probabilities of incandescent fragments at short distances from the crater.

CENAPRED places particular emphasis in the following recommendations:

1. Access is restricted in a radius of 12 km from the crater. For this reason the permanence in this area is not allowed.

2. The road between Santiago Xalitzintla (Puebla) and San Pedro Nexapa (Mexico State), including Paso de Cortes, is open only to controlled traffic.

3. To the authorities of Civil Protection, to maintain preventive procedures, according to operative plans.

4. To the population, to be aware of the official information emmited.

Popocatepetl Volcano is monitored continuously 24 hours a day.

 

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Russia: Helicopter carrying at least 9 (inc snr rescue service officials) and 1.9 tonnes of explosives crashes in Siberia – 060513 1855z

Russias Emergency Ministry confirms missing helicopter found destroyed in Irkutsk (Photo: en.trend.az)

Fragments of the fuselage found in the Irkutsk region in the past hour may belong to the missing Mi-8 helicopter.
A source from “Angara” airline said that “Fragments that may belong to the missing helicopter had been discovered from an aircraft. We reported the discovery to all authorities. Hopefully, the Emergency Situations Ministry will assign search parties within minutes”.
Mi-8 Helicopter just gone missing in Irkutsk transported 2 tons of explosives.
The Mil Mi-8 helicopter assigned on a search mission in Russia’s Irkutsk region went missing itself with almost two tons of explosives and 10 people on board.
The helicopter belonged to the aircarrier “Angara” and was engaged in anti-flood works in the area.
Monday, 06 May, 2013 at 13:34 (01:34 PM) UTC RSOE

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Russian helicopter carrying nine crashes

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“A Russian helicopter carrying nine people including senior rescue service officials as well as almost two tonnes of explosives has crashed in the Irkutsk region of southern Siberia, regional officials said.

 

“The remains of the missing helicopter were found … six kilometres from the village of Preobrazhenka,” the Irkutsk regional emergency situations ministry said in a statement.

 

“There were nine people on board,” it said, listing the region’s acting emergency situations chief, Stanislav Omelyanchik, among those missing along with five other rescue officials and three crew.

 

The helicopter took off from the nearest village Preobrazhenka and was bound for the Nizhnyaya Tunguska river when it stopped responding, the ministry said on its website on Monday.

 

The region’s deputy emergency minister Valentin Nelyubov told the RIA Novosti news agency that the helicopter was carrying 1.9 tonnes of explosives for breaking up ice blocking the river

 

The Preobrazhenka village had been in a state of emergency as water level rose almost nine metres after the ice blocked the water flow and 125 homes were flooded, the regional government said earlier.

 

The helicopter had flown out to take part in a flood rescue operation near the village in the north of the vast Irkutsk region, which is around 5,000 kilometres from Moscow.

 

The wreckage was discovered around 4 1/2 hours after the aircraft disappeared from the radar.

 

The multifunctional Russian-made Mi-8 helicopter is used by the military and by UN peacekeepers.

 

The crash took place a day after hunters located the wreckage of a small plane that crashed killing all 13 aboard in June last year, but had gone undiscovered for 11 months in an impassable bog in the Urals region.” – theaustralian.com.au

Russias Emergency Ministry confirms missing helicopter found destroyed in Irkutsk

“Mi-8 helicopter that disappeared on Monday in the Irkutsk region is found destroyed, spokesman for the Russian Emergencies Ministry Irina Rossius confirmed to reporters, RIA Novosti reported.

“Mi-8 helicopter is detected in 7 kilometers from the Preobrazhenka settlement with signs of destruction,” she said. No official information has been reported yet on the fate of ten people on board the helicopter.

Meanwhile, a source in law enforcement agencies told RIA Novosti earlier that among those experts on board the helicopter was the Acting Head of the Regional Emergency Department Omelyanchik.” – en.trend.az

 

Kyrgyzstan: US Air Force Stratotanker refueling plane crashes, 3 crew missing. Search ongoing – 030513 1915z

The US-run Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan has confirmed that a US refueling plane crashed after taking off from the base on Friday, saying the fate of the crew remains unknown.

Friday, 03 May, 2013 at 15:58 (03:58 PM) UTC RSOE

The plane that crashed near Chaldovar village was American air fuel tanker, press service of the Ministry of Transport of Kyrgyzstan reported. According to its information, the plane departed from the Transit Center at Manas at 2.30 p.m. in Bishkek and got lost in this area.

Search for the plane is underway.

Chaldovar N 43 3.618, E 74 28.147

Updated: Friday, 03 May, 2013 at 16:01 UTC RSOE

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U.S. Military Aircraft Crashes in Kyrgyzstan

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(NBC) A U.S. Air Force refueling plane crashed Friday in Central Asia, the military said. There was no immediate word on casualties.

The plane, a KC-135, crashed in northern Kyrgyzstan and was based at the U.S. military installation at Manas, near the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek. Its mission is to refuel combat planes on patrols over Afghanistan.

The KC-135 usually has a crew of three.

Military officials were investigating eyewitness reports that the plane was on fire before it crashed. They were also looking into the possibility that the plane blew an engine or struck a bird.

“I was working with my father in the field, and I heard an explosion. When I looked up at the sky I saw the fire. When it was falling, the plane split into three pieces,” Sherikbek Turusbekov, who lives nearby, told The Associated Press.

On Monday, seven people were killed when an American civilian cargo plane, a Boeing 747, crashed shortly after taking off from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. It belonged to National Air Cargo, an upstate New York military contractor.

Six of those killed were from Michigan and the seventh from Kentucky, the company said. The Taliban claimed responsibility, but NATO quickly said that the claim was false and that there was no sign of insurgent activity at the time of the crash.

The United States leases the Kyrgyz installation for about $60 million a year. The contract is up in July 2014.

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“BISHKEK, May 3 (RIA Novosti) A US military Boeing KC-135 refueling aircraft crashed in a mountainous area in Kyrgyzstan for unspecified reasons on Friday, the United States Air Force said.

“A US Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft crashed today in northern Kyrgyzstan,” the US Air Force’s 376th Air Expeditionary Wing based in the country said.

The Boeing KC-135, also known as the Stratotanker, crashed into a mountain gorge about 60 kilometers (36 miles) west of the capital Bishkek, a Kyrgyzstan Interior Ministry spokesman told RIA Novosti.

Kyrgyz news website kloop.kg showed photographs of fragments of the aircraft displaying its tail number, AMC 38877.

The fate of the crew remained immediately unclear. “Emergency response crews are on scene. The status of the crew is unknown,” the US Air Force said.

The head of the local emergencies ministry, Kubatbek Boronov, said there were three crew on board the plane, who have not been found.

Local law enforcement officials told kloop.kg they had likely been killed in the crash. Locals reported seeing no parachutes in the vicinity of the incident. The Stratotanker usually has a crew of three, pilot, co-pilot and boom operator.

Local residents cited by Kyrgyz and Russian media gave conflicting versions of the incident, with some saying the aircraft fell apart in the air and others claiming it blew up on impact.

The cause of the crash was also unclear, though the burning debris covered a wide area, with the main part of the fuselage falling far from the tail, a kloop.kg correspondent at the scene reported. He said the aircraft’s nose section, which houses two of the crew, had not yet been reached as it is some distance away in the mountains.

“The ground around the aircraft fragments is totally burned and there is a strong smell of fuel in the air,” he said.

An employee at Manas airport told RIA Novosti that the crew of the aircraft had reported bad weather and thunder in the area at the time and had asked for permission to fly around towering cumulus clouds en route.

The Stratotanker was attached to the US Air Force base in Manas, Bishkeks international airport. The base provided transit for American forces in Afghanistan since 2001, but is due to be shut down in 2014 because the Kyrgyz government refused to extend the lease.

One of the oldest designs flying in the USAF, the KC-135, derived from the Boeing 707 civil airliner, first entered srervice in 1957. It is due to be replaced by Boeing’s KC-46.

According to the online airrefuelingarchive, and a historical study of KC-135 accidents by Chris Hoctor, a retired USAF Master Sergeant, the last crash of a KC-135 was in 1999.

(Updated at 6.42 p.m. with weather conditions reported and Kyrgyz emergencies ministry saying three on board. Also corrects KC-135’s usual number of crew from five to three).” – en.rian.ru

Indonesia: Lion Air plane carrying 108 overshoots runway in Bali and crashes into the sea, injuring at least 22 – 130413 1130z

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“A Lion Air plane carrying 108 people has crashed into the sea after overshooting the runway as it came into land at Balis Denpasar International Airport.

Officials said that all passengers and crew were safe, although at least seven people had been taken to Denpasars Sanglah Hospital with head wounds and broken bones. (BBC: 15 injured taken to hospital)

Many passengers arrived with wet clothes and bruises.

The Boeing 737-800 had been attempting to land at Ngurah Rai International Airport at about 3.50pm local time (5.50pm AEST) on Saturday when it overshot the runway.

Photographs shown on Indonesian television showed the planes fuselage had split into two parts just behind its wings, and the plane half submerged in shallow water.

Andis, a passenger who was on the flight, said there was a loud bang as the plane hit the water, prompting panic.

I looked down. It was suddenly sea, Andis said.

I realised that the plane was flying too low, but we still stayed calm until we heard a bang. There was panic.

A spokeswoman with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra said efforts were being made to find out whether any Australians were on the flight.

The Australian Consulate-General in Bali is making urgent inquiries to determine whether any Australian citizens may have been involved in air crash is Bali on Saturday afternoon, the spokeswoman said.

At this time we are not aware that there are any Australian victims.

The Lion Air fight 904 was due to arrive at Denpasar at 3.40pm local time (5.40pm AEST) after leaving from Bandung about two hours earlier.

Initial reports suggested there were about 130 people on the flight.

But Eko Diantoro, an official from Bandung Airport, later said the flight manifest showed that the plane was carrying 101 passengers, including five children and one baby, as well as seven crew.

Lion Air commercial director Edward Sirait confirmed that some passengers had been taken to a hospital in Denpasar.

All passengers and crew are safe, 101 passengers and seven crew. Theyve been taken to the nearest hospital, he said.

Mr Sirait said that the plane was new, and began operating last year.

The plane is Boeing 737-800 NG, Next Generation. Its a new one, a 2012 product, he said.

Lion Air started operating in 2000 and services more than 36 destinations, mostly in Indonesia.

The airline last month agreed to buy 234 Airbus planes and announced that it planned to target new routes in Asia, as well as a venture in Australia.”” – afr.com

“BALI, Indonesia A Lion Air plane carrying more than 100 passengers and crew overshot a runway on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Saturday and crashed into the sea, injuring nearly two dozen people, officials said.

I Made Krisna Maharta, an official with Balis search and rescue agency, said all of the passengers and crew were safely rescued and that 22 people were taken to three different hospitals with various injuries. He said initial reports showed there were 101 passengers and seven crew members aboard the plane.” - wapo

Russia: UFO fall mystery, no meteorite near Tosno found – Emergencies Ministry – 080413 1545z

“Emergencies Ministry stuff are trying to ascertain precise location of crash of unidentified celestial object wrecked near town of Tosno in Leningrad Region.

Local resident was first who had reported about falling of an unidentified flying object from sky. He says this event happened at evening 6 April.

Evgeniy Galiev is resident of small town Tosno located in Leningrad Region. Нe turned to local Emergencies Ministry office and told that he had seen ‘dark stripes that turned into bright and rushed down, supposedly from unidentified flying object’.

He provided Emergencies Ministry’ stuff that arrived at site of the event photos that had been shot during the event as a proof.

At present personnel of Emergencies Ministry are trying to figure out origin of the effect that has been shot by eyewitness. They are checking flights of light aircrafts that had been performed from local airfields around time of the event.

Spokesman of Emergencies Ministry of Leningrad Region says that they still can’t find any fallen object in outlined quadrant as result of preliminary search. Search is complicated because of the area is very swampy.” – sott.net

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RIA Novosti

“MOSCOW, April 7 (RIA Novosti)

Russias Emergencies Ministry rejected media reports on Sunday that a new meteorite had crashed in the countrys northwest.

 

Some media reports said on Sunday eye-witnesses saw the fall of an unidentified flying object near the town of Tosno in the Leningrad Region.

 

No facts of the fall of a meteorite have been confirmed, the ministrys spokeswoman said.

 

Rescuers from the Emergencies Ministry went to the site of the presumed meteor crash after a call by eye-witnesses but did not find anything, she said.

 

Meteor mania started in Russia in February after a meteorite exploded over the Urals city of Chelyabinsk.

 

The meteorite slammed into the Urals region on February 15, landing with a massive boom that blew out windows and damaged thousands of buildings around Chelyabinsk, injuring 1,200 people in the area. Health officials say 52 people were hospitalized.

 

NASA estimates the meteorite was roughly 15 meters (50 feet) in diameter when it struck the Earth’s atmosphere, travelling faster than the speed of sound, and exploded in a fireball brighter than the sun. The meteor was the largest object to enter the planets atmosphere in 83 years.” –

Flying Rescue Lifeguard Drone Could be a Real Life Saver

From the Bridge Blog

Looking for a lifeguard that won’t get all out of shape like David Hasselhoff? A research lab in Iran is working on one – a robotic lifeguard that can respond instantly to passengers and crew who fall from ships by flying to their rescue and dropping a life preserver to them.

The flying robot is called Pars and it is ship-based. The quadcopter can be alerted when someone falls overboard, or is pushed overboard. Once it’s launched, Pars scans the area around the boat with a thermal sensor and drops a life preserver to keep them afloat until crew members can get to them. Hopefully the Baywatch theme is playing while all of this is going on.

via Flying Rescue Lifeguard Drone Could be a Real Life Saver.

 

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EasyJet announces plans to recruit 200 more pilots

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EasyJet announces plans to recruit 200 more pilotsBy Phil Davies

EasyJet is to start advertising to recruit 200 additional pilots for 2014.

The announcement comes on top of the news last month that the budget carrier is creating 330 new permanent positions for pilots this year.

The airline is advertising in industry publications such as Flight International.

Some of the new pilots will join easyJet direct while others will be recruited via the airline’s training partners CTC Aviation and CAE Parc Aviation.

They then gain further experience and flying hours with easyJet which is followed by a permanent contract with the airline.

The new positions from summer 2014 will be offered across the airline’s 11 UK bases – Gatwick, Southend, Luton, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol and Belfast – and across its European network.

Head of flight operations Brian Tyrrell said: “We are actively seeking pilots from the military services and we know from the…

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Welsh Government announces purchase of Cardiff Airport

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The First Minister of Wales has today [March 27] announced that the Welsh Government has purchased Cardiff Airport for a total investment of £52 million. This follows a period of due diligence and negotiation with TBI, the airport’s previous owner.

Announcing the purchase, the First Minister said, ‘Cardiff Airport is a vital gateway to Wales for business, tourists and general travellers alike. It is essential that its future is secured and that we develop high quality sustainable services.’

‘The Airport will not be operated by the Welsh Government. It will be managed at arm’s length from government on a commercial basis and, over time, I expect to see a return to the public purse on the investment.’

‘A Chief Executive of the airport will be announced in due course. In the meantime, I am delighted that Lord Rowe-Beddoe has agreed to serve as Chairman of the Airport Board.’

Edwina Hart…

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In a new Display – The History of RAF Duxford

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DUXFORDA new Duxford permanent exhibition has been under development for almost two decades, with the creation and delivery taking three years to complete. Steve Woolford, Head of Interpretation and Collections, said  “IWM Duxford is famously known for its air shows and… More information

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Brazil: Passenger plane crash in Almeirim, all 10 aboard killed – 140313 1220z

Ten people were killed when their single-engine plane crashed in the small town of Almeirim, in northern Brazil, local authorities said Wednesday.

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The plane disappeared from the radar screens late Tuesday, but the debris was not found until Wednesday morning because the crash site is in a densely forested region.

There were no survivors, authorities said.

The plane, a single-engine Embraer 821-Caraja, took off from Belem, Para state’s capital, and crashed only 20 kilometers away from the city’s Monte Dourado airport.

The names of the victims were not disclosed.

The plane, which belonged to air charter company Fretax, was transporting nine employees of engineering company Cesbe to the Santo Antonio do Jari hydroelectric power plant, which is being building in neighboring Amapa state.

The cause of the accident remains unknown and will be investigated by aviation authorities.

Both Fretax and Cesbe released statements regretting the incident and saying they are providing assistance to the victims’ families.

Fretax said the pilot had been in good health and the plane’s inspections were up to date.

Thursday, 14 March, 2013 at 03:55 (03:55 AM) UTC RSOE

globo.com reports:

“13/03/2013 14:40 – Updated 13/03/2013 16:35

All ten people on board were killed in a twin-engine plane crash in the city of Almeirim, in the northwest region of Par The accident happened around 20:30 the night before, and the plane was found in the early morning.

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All ten people on board the twin-engine
died in the accident

The engineering firm Cesbe mourned the death of nine employees in a plane crash in Para According to the company, since it learned of the accident Cesbe assembled a team to monitor the investigation of the case, providing logistical support in rescuing and assisting the families of employees involved in the accident.

Employees of Cesbe and Pilot Beechcraft Model Caraj company air taxi aircraft Fretax died after falling in the municipality of Almeirim, northeast of the state, on Tuesday (12). According to the company, the Fretax served on route to Bethlehem Cesbe / Monte Dourado (PA) since October 2011.

The plane wreckage was found on Wednesday (13). Experts from the IML were sent to the scene to recover the bodies of 10 victims. The Regional Service Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents (Seripa) is investigating the cause of the fall of the aircraft.
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Here, in full, the pronouncement of Cesbe:
“The Cesbe SA Engineering and Ventures deeply regrets the accident with an aircraft chartered by the company to transport employees of Airport Belm (PA) Airport to Monte Dourado (PA).

The aircraft was chartered by the air taxi company Fretax, serving Cesbe this path since October 2011.

Unfortunately there were no survivors among the crew and passengers. Local authorities have started investigations to determine the causes of the accident.

From the first hours he learned of the accident, the Cesbe constituted a team in order to closely monitor all steps involved in the case. Among other measures, the logistical support in the rescue of victims, as well as support and assistance to family members of employees involved in the accident.

The Cesbe sympathizes with the victims’ families and advises that will spare no efforts to provide all necessary assistance.

Curitiba, March 13, 2013.”” – globo.com

Unmanned aircraft revealed at Tornado Summit

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OKLAHOMA CITY- It’s a bird. No, it’s a plane. No wait, it’s a Supero unmanned aerial vehicle.

One of the coolest exhibits at the National Tornado Summit is a company called Supero.

They make small, flying vehicles; these are not drones, though.

“The Supero UAV is tremendous for search and rescue missions,” Supero’s Brandon Park said. “Also, it can be used for agricultural surveillance and petroleum surveillance.”

The Supero company is based in OKC and they build UAV’s for humanitarian purposes.

They are made locally of composite materials and fiberglass.

Some models include battery powered engines and others use small gas powered versions.

Some versions are designed to be hand-launched.

The National Tornado Summit continues through Tuesday at the Cox Convention Center in downtown OKC.

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Myanmar (Burma): Team digging for buried WW2 Spitfires have now concluded that none exist – 170213 1645z

“The hunt for up to 36 planes which many believed had been buried in Burma at the end of World War Two ends in disappointment.

SKY NEWS 3:45am UK, Sunday 17 February 2013

Burma Excavation

By Mark Stone, Asia Correspondent

A group of archaeologists, historians and scientists have admitted defeat in a mystery which has spanned decades.

After just over a month of digging for lost World War Two Spitfire planes in Burma they have concluded that none exists.

“No Spitfires were delivered in crates and buried at RAF Mingaladon (in Burma) during 1945 and 1946,” a statement from the company funding the search read.

Rather than discovering the iconic World War Two planes, the team uncovered evidence which suggested that it would have been impossible to have buried them.

Burma Excavation
Archaeologists have been left disappointed (Gavin Longhurst, Wargaming)

“(The) documents tell a story of appalling weather conditions at Mingaladon (airbase) and shortages of everything from heavy equipment to timber and labour all of which we believe suggests it would be almost impossible that the Royal Air Force could have buried aircraft thirty feet deep in wooden crates even if it had wanted to do so,” a statement from the team said.

“The team now believes, based on clear documentary evidence, as well as the evidence from the fieldwork, that no Spitfires were delivered in crates and buried.

“Most significantly, the archival records show that the RAF unit that handled shipments through Rangoon docks 41 Embarkation Unit only received 37 aircraft in total from three transport ships between 1945 and 1946.

“None of the crates contained Spitfires and most appear to have been re-exported in the autumn of 1946,” the statement concluded.

The group of experts flew out to Burma in January to begin digging at a site within the perimeter fence of Yangon international airport.

The trip had followed years of dedicated research by a farmer and aviation enthusiast from Lincolnshire.

David Cundall’s life ambition was a determination to uncover the mystery of the lost Burma Spitfires.

His firm belief that the spitfires existed stemmed from rumours and indirect documentary evidence.

In 1996 he was told that the rare MarkXIV Spitfires had been declared surplus to requirements at the end of the war and buried in crates rather than being shipped home.

Evidence from the UK National Archives and other sources had supported the claim that surplus equipment was, on occasion, buried rather than repatriated.

Mr Cundall subsequently gathered eyewitness testimony from eight surviving servicemen who claimed they saw the burial.

Three separate sites were excavated by the aviation enthusiasts and archaeologists but nothing was found.

As many as 36 planes were believed to have been buried at the airport, which was under British occupation during World War Two and called RAF Mingaladon.

The team left the UK with 17 years of research and a firm belief that as many as 140 of the planes were buried in near pristine condition at various sites by American military engineers at the end of the war.

Until mid-January, the team remained confident and committed to the search.

A series of images from a specialist camera at one site promoted some early excitement.

“The images I have seen are not conclusive but it is very encouraging that we have found a wooden crate in the same area where the Americans buried the Spitfires,” Mr Cundall said at the time.

“The water is muddy, it’s causing problems, we can’t see through the water and we will have to pump the water out before we can give more information.”

By late January confusion surrounded the project with the team’s spokesman forced to deny reports that the search had been called off.

“We haven’t found any yet,” Frazer Nash told Sky News at the end of January.

“We’re still looking. Just because we haven’t found them, it doesn’t mean they are not here.” he said.

However, just three weeks later the team has now conceded that none were ever buried in Burma.

The excavation had been given approval at the highest authority with UK Prime Minister David Cameron raising the issue with the Burmese Government on a visit to the country last year.

Years of military dictatorship in Burma had prevented the search from taking place earlier but political reforms over the past two years gave the team the go-ahead.

In a statement, the CEO of Wargaming, Victor Kisly, said: “We chose to support the Spitfire project because we found the story fascinating.

We wanted to be a part of this unique archaeological investigation of an enduring mystery whether we found planes or not.

“We are delighted our team has shown how good research can help tell a great story about not just the warplanes themselves, but the people who flew, maintained and care about them to this day. he said.” – Sky News

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Canadian plane missing in Antarctica, found crashed – 270113 1040z –

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Poor weather has forced the suspension of a search for three Canadians on board a missing plane in Antarctica until at least tomorrow.

The plane’s emergency locator beacon was activated on Wednesday night when the plane was en route from the South Pole to the Italian base at Terra Nova Bay.

The New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre (RCCNZ) says a spotter plane has spent five hours flying over the Queen Alexandra Range but has been unable to find the missing aircraft due to thick cloud.

Search coordinator John Ashby says the missing Canadian-operated Twin-Otter was

(Photo: Timo Breidenstein, wikipedia.org) WinAir De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter at St. Barthelemy Airport 13 December 2011 – This is not the aircraft missing (Click photo for source)

carrying emergency supplies.

“We do know that they were carrying a three-person survival bag with supplies for at least five days, plus mountain tents,” he said.

He says the forecast is for heavy snow and strong wind overnight.

The rescue centre says there have been snow flurries in the area and wind gusts of up to 160 kilometres per hour.

Another plane and two helicopters are on standby to deploy field teams for a ground search if there is a break in the weather.

New Zealand is coordinating the rescue with US authorities at McMurdo Station.

RCCNZ spokesman Steve Rendle said there were hopes the three men, whose names have not been released, were still alive.

“If the beacon is operating, which it is, that’s a good sign as a heavy landing can tend to prevent the beacon working, so that’s a positive sign at this stage,” he told Radio New Zealand.”

ABC/AFP

“The US National Science Foundation said contact was lost with the plane operated by the Canadian firm Kenn Borek Air on Wednesday while it was halfway through a routine 1,400-kilometer (870-mile) supply flight from the US Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to the Italian base at Terra Nova Bay.

New Zealand rescue coordination center spokesman Steve Rendle said a joint US-New Zealand rescue team was ready to leave Antarctica’s main McMurdo Base at short notice “if there is a break in the weather.”

A second Twin Otter was scheduled to leave McMurdo on Thursday to set up a camp close to the beacon’s location following unsuccessful search flights by two other aircraft – a DC-3 Dakoto and a US Hercules.” -dw.de

“Bad weather is hindering search efforts, with officials now saying they want to set up a temporary base closer to where the beacon is transmitting to widen the operation.” – BBC News

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27 Jan 2013:

The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 6:24AM EST
Last Updated Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 7:49PM EST

“A Canadian plane that crashed in Antarctica appears to have been on course but may have turned too early while flying through a mountain range, says an official with the agency that confirms the aircraft has been found.

Chris Henshaw, a search and rescue officer with the New Zealand Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, says the wreckage of the Twin Otter lies along the route the plane was intending to fly between the South Pole and an Italian base in Antarctica’s Terra Nova Bay.

The plane, operated by Calgary-based Kenn Borek Air, was reported missing after it failed to reach its destination on Wednesday.

Search crews in aircraft have confirmed that the wreckage has been sighted on a steep slope near the summit of Mount Elizabeth on the Queen Alexandra range, but New Zealand officials said the impact appears to have been direct and would not have been survivable for the three crew members on board.

“From looking at the maps, it is a logical route for it to fly through the mountain range,” Henshaw said about the location of the crash.

“There is a path that they actually sort of follow through. And it looks like the pilot made a turn too early. We don’t know at this stage,” he added.

New Zealand officials say the next of kin of the three men have been informed.

The pilot has been identified by friends as Bob Heath of Inuvik while media reports have identified a second crew member as Mike Denton, a newlywed from Calgary whose photographs of planes appear on the Kenn Borek website.

The third crew member had not yet been identified.

According to a statement released Friday by Kenn Borek Air, helicopter crews and mountain rescue personnel were to attempt to access the crash site on Saturday if weather conditions were favourable.

Henshaw said the weather in the area has improved and it sounded like a helicopter would be capable of landing close to the site. But he said he was still awaiting word on a decision about how they would proceed.

Julie Leroux of the Transportation Safety Board said that since the Twin Otter was operated by a Canadian company, officials here have already started working on a probe into the crash.

Leroux said Canadian investigators have already collected data and conducted interviews, but she said they don’t know yet whether it will be possible to reach the remote crash site.

“The Transportation Safety Board is waiting for more information to determine our next step,” Leroux said Saturday, speaking from Gatineau, Que., where the board is based.

Henshaw said New Zealand’s minister of foreign affairs is working with American and Canadian officials about where to go next with the investigation.

An emergency locator beacon had been detected coming from the site early on, but rescue teams were hampered by bad weather that made it difficult for planes flying over the area to see anything.

On Friday, a break in the weather allowed rescuers to set up a forward base at Beardmore Glacier, about 50 kilometres from the crash site, where there is a landing strip and a fuel depot.

A statement on the Kenn Borek Air website said visual contact with the wreckage was first made by a C-130 Hercules aircraft of the New York Air National Guard, and the sighting was later confirmed by another Twin Otter deployed by the airline.

Kenn Borek Air, which is also a fixture in Canada’s North, has been sending planes to Antarctica for the past 28 years.

Heath has been described as a highly experienced pilot by friends.

Fellow pilot Sebastian Seykora said Heath had been flying in Antarctica for at least a decade.” – cp24.com

Turkish Airlines plane made emergency landing after it was struck by lightning and caught fire – 250113 1225z

Turkish Airlines say a plane with 114 people aboard made an emergency landing after it was struck by lightning and one of its engines caught fire.

It said the plane, en route to Izmir from Istanbul, was preparing to land at Izmir when the lightning struck late Thursday.

The pilot quickly activated the motor’s own fire-extinguishing gear, declared an emergency and landed safely.

The company said Friday no one was hurt.

Amateur video taken from the ground and broadcast by private NTV television showed a flame shooting in the night sky.

The state-run Anadolu agency said residents in Izmir who witnessed the flame rushed to the airport for news of the plane.

Turkey on Friday, 25 January, 2013 at 10:51 (10:51 AM) UTC RSOE

This video taken inside the plane was posted on Youtube:

Turkish:

Trk Hava Yolları uağı yıldırım arptı sonra acil ini yaptı ve alev – 250.113 1225z
Goaty en News tarafından 25 Ocak 2013

Trk Hava Yolları, yıldırım arpmı ve motorları bir yangın yakalandıktan sonra 114 kii ile bir uakta acil ini yaptı sylyorlar.

Bu uak, İstanbul’dan İzmir’e yolda, yıldırım ge Perembe vurunca İzmir inmeye hazırlanıyordu syledi.

Pilot hızlı motorun kendi yangın sndrme vites etkinletirildiğinde, bir acil durum ilan ve gvenli bir ekilde indi.

irket kimse yaralanmadı Cuma syledi.

NTV televizyonu tarafından zemin ve yayın alınan Amatr video gece gkyznde bir alev ekim gsterdi.

Devlet tarafından iletilen Anadolu Ajansı alev tanık İzmir’de sakinleri uağın haberleri iin havaalanına kotu dedi.

10:51 (10:51) Cuma gn Trkiye, 25 Ocak 2013 UTC RSOE

Uağın iine ekilen bu video Youtube yayınlanmıtır:

US: FAA to probe stunt: 200+ mph Biplane flies within 2 feet of man riding a 4-wheeler on runway in Texas – 240113 1100z

Man Riding A Four-Wheeler On The Runway Was Captured On Video, Both Appear To Nearly Be Hit In Planned Stunt

“A viral video making the rounds of the Internet shows a man riding a four-wheeler on a runway in Texas nearly being struck by a biplane making a high-speed, low-altitude pass down the strip with smoke on.

The online site The Smoking Gun reportsthat the stunt, which wascaptured on videoat LancasterRegional Airport (KLNC)in Lancaster, TX, was planned, though those where were participating may not have been completely aware of how close the plane was going to be to them. The person riding the four-wheeler did not swerve as the airplane approached at a high rate of speed, though the woman (at least it sounds like a woman, ed)making the video screams as the modified Pitts S2S roars past, and then utters an expletive not appropriate for broadcast television.

The Smoking Gun reports that the pilot of the plane is “extreme aerobatic pilot” Jason Newburg. The video was posted by “Team Stunters,” a group that says it performs “stuntbike street shows.” Team Stunterssaid on Twitter that the video was part of a “practice session” for anupcoming show, and that the plane was traveling in excess of 200 mph.

The video has also caught the attention of the FAA, which is reportedly looking into the stunt. Lancaster City Manager Opal Mauldin Robertson said the pilot, who she declined to name, has an aerobatic waiver on file with the city, but the FAA says it has no record of the document. Robertson said the city will be cooperating fully with the FAA in its investigation of the stunt and reviewing the pilot’s activities.

The video has been re-posted by dozens of YouTube users and has accumulated thousands of views. We suppose that the best thing to say about it at this point is “don’t try this at home.”” – aero-news.net