Archive | May 21, 2017

Qantas passengers terrified as plane engine ‘blew up in flames’ on way to Melbourne

Nearly two hours after the aircraft took off from Los Angeles International Airport, the pilot was forced to turn around and land.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau spokesman Michael Walker confirmed the Qantas flight was forced to land.
“We have been notified of a Qantas flight that took off from Los Angeles and experienced severe engine troubles and was forced to return to Los Angeles International Airport,” he told the Sunday Herald Sun.
A passenger, who asked to remain anonymous, told the publication the “engine blew up in flames two hours into the flight”.
“The plane was then turned back and landed safely but multiple fire trucks were lining the runway when we landed,” the passenger said.
480 passengers were on board the QF94 A480 flight when the pilot was notified that an engine was losing power.
“Friday night’s (local time) QF94 A380 service from Los Angeles to Melbourne turned back to LA because of an issue with one of the aircraft’s four engine,” Qantas spokesman Thomas Woodward said.
“The pilots followed standard procedure, shut down the engine, and the flight landed normally in LA at around 3am local time on Saturday. Engineers are now inspecting the aircraft”.
Passengers had no option but to wait until a replacement flight was available, which was set for midday local time, Mr Woodward said.
Passenger Darren Sudgen described the terrifying moment the engine caught fire.
“There was an explosion from outside. We saw flames and sparks flying past the window,” Mr Sudgen said.
He also said Qantas staff asked passengers to stay the night inside LAX.
“People were told by Qantas staff they will be staying around the airport and that we might be leaving at lunch time tomorrow,” he said.
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Drought kills 130,000 livestock in Tanzania, Africa

Over 130,000 livestock have died in Tanzania due to the drought that hit the country in the 2016/2017 financial year, according to a senior official.
Charles Tizeba, Tanzania’s Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries, said Friday that during the fiscal year, the country lost a total of 132,329 due to drought.
He said that drought has killed a total of 102,987 cattle, 14,881 goats, 13,815 sheep and 646 donkeys.
Tanzania is the third country in Africa having a large number of cattle, after Ethiopia and Sudan.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Tanzania had 25.8 million cattle by early October 2015.
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Met office predicts heat wave will linger in Bangladesh

The announcement came on Sunday when temperature rose to 36.2 degrees Celsius in the capital.
The highest temperature was recorded at 38 degrees Celsius in Jessore, the hottest in seven days.
The fourth heat wave of the season from March and May hit Dhaka and Khulna divisions, Pabna, Tangail, Faridpur, Chandpur, Noakhali, Barisal and Patuakhali, said Abdul Kalam Mollik, a spokesman for the Met office.
Storms may hit parts of the country this month, he said.
Some areas of Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions may get hit by hailstorms or thunderstorms along with gusty winds.
Other areas will remain dry with cloudy skies, according to a weather forecast.
Mild heat wave occurs when the mercury rises to 36-38 degrees Celsius while a medium heat wave is marked with temperature around 40 degrees Celsius.
In meteorological terms, a severe heat wave occurs when temperature goes beyond 40 degrees Celsius.
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Mexican boxer David ‘Tornado’ Sanchez killed in car crash

Authorities say former boxing champion David “Tornado” Sanchez and his brother have been killed in a car crash in northern Mexico.
The World Boxing Association says Sanchez was 25 years old when he died Friday. In an online statement it calls him a “great gladiator who still had a long way ahead.”
Mexican newspaper El Universal reports that Sanchez’s brother Jonathan was also killed in the morning crash in Hermosillo, Sonora state.
The Hermosillo city government says via Twitter that “we regret the death of (Sanchez) and Jonathan. Without a doubt we will miss you in Hermosillo, champion.”
According to the WBA, Sanchez was an interim champion at the 115-lb. weight class. He had a record of 31 wins ” 23 by knockout ” four losses and two draws.
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Five killed in Indonesia boat fire

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At least five people were killed when a boat carrying nearly 200 people caught fire in Indonesia, rescuers said Saturday.
The vessel caught fire on Friday afternoon in the waters off the archipelago´s main Java island, prompting the captain to order people to abandon the boat, the national disaster management agency said.
The agency said the fire might have caused by a short circuit in one of the trucks carried on board.
Rescuers have evacuated 141 people and recovered five bodies in the incident, the local chief of the search and rescue agency, Mohammad Arifin, told AFP.
Authorities were checking the manifest to determine whether anyone else was missing, Arifin said.
Boat accidents are common in Indonesia, a vast network of islands that relies heavily on water transport.
In January, 23 Indonesian tourists were killed when a massive fire erupted in a boat carrying hundreds of people to an island north of Jakarta to celebrate the New Year.
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