French TGV Train Derailed, 10 Killed

15 11 2015

Rescuers work at the scene where a high-speed TGV train coach and engine carriage lie in a canal in Eckwersheim near Strasbourg, northeastern France, after derailing on November 14, 2015.

Rescuers work at the scene where a high-speed TGV train coach and engine carriage lie in a canal in Eckwersheim near Strasbourg, northeastern France, after derailing on November 14, 2015.

A French high speed train carrying technicians derailed near Strasbourg, northeastern France during a test run on November 14, 2015, less than a day after the Paris attacks that killed at least 128 people – please click here.

The train ended up under a bridge in the water of a roughly 40-metre (130-foot) wide canal. killing at least 10 people.

37 people were injured, 12 of them in critical condition while 5 others are missing.

This is the first fatal accident since 1981 when the TGV (“train grande vitesse” or high-speed train) went into service in France.

AFP reported that, the train was running at around 350 kph (217 mph) on a high-speed line as part of testing for the next generation of TGV due to go into service in spring 2016, a source close to the inquiry said.

AFP also reported that Dominique-Nicolas Jane, a senior official in the Alsace region said that the accident happened “because of excessive speed” at Eckwersheim in eastern France as technicians were on board for testing.

However, police said the cause of the crash had not been determined.

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AirAsia QZ8501: 40 Bodies Found

30 12 2014

Distraught family members of passengers onboard the missing AirAsia flight. Source: AFP

(news,com.au) – DEBRIS and moer than 40 bodies from the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 have been found, authorities have confirmed.

Indonesian officials said that debris spotted earlier today is from the missing plane. The debris is about 10 kilometres from when it was last seen on radar.

Indonesia’s director general of civil aviation, Djoko Murjatmodjo, told AFP: “For the time being it can be confirmed that it’s the AirAsia plane and the transport minister will depart soon to Pangkalan Bun.”

Objects that have been found include an emergency door and a life jacket while a plane ‘shadow’ was spotted on the seabed.

An Indonesian warship has recovered more than 40 bodies from the sea in the search for the AirAsia jet, a navy spokesman told AFP.

Indonesia’s national search and rescue director SB Supriyadi told reporters that bodies had been brought to an Indonesian navy ship. He said they did not have life jackets on.

As relatives of the passengers were assembled in a room in Surabaya, they watched images of a floating body that had been broadcast on local TV.

Many screamed and wailed uncontrollably, breaking down into tears while they squeezed each other. One middle-aged man collapsed and was rushed from the room on a stretcher.

 





18 Killed in Banjarnegara East Java Landslide

13 12 2014
Saksi mata mengatakan longsor seperti 'dinding lumpur'

Saksi mata mengatakan longsor seperti ‘dinding lumpur’

A landslide triggered by torrential rain has killed at least 18 people and left 90 others missing in Dusun Jemblung, Desa Sampang, Kabupaten Banjarnegara, in central Java (Jawa Tengah), Indonesia.

AFP reported that the landslide swept down a hillside in the village, sparing only two houses.

The ground was still unstable and most rescue work was being carried out manually.

Only two houses remain standing while the others were swept away by the disaster.





Video: Malaysia Receives MH17 Black Boxes

22 07 2014

Below is the video of the handling over of the two MH17 black boxes from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) to Malaysian team in Ukraine.

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Malaysia Received MH17 Black Boxes, Remains Left Torez For Kharkiv

22 07 2014
A Malaysian investigator, left, takes a black box from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as it is handed over by a Donetsk People's Republic official in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Bowing to international pressure Monday, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A Malaysian investigator, left, takes a black box from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as it is handed over by a Donetsk People’s Republic official in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Bowing to international pressure Monday, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Five days after Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was allegedly shot out of the sky, Malaysian government had succeeded to establish contact with those in charge of the MH17 crash site.

On July 22, 2014, Malaysian Prime Minister spoke to Alexander Borodai who is in command of the region where the tragedy occurred and established an agreement for Malaysia to recover the remains of the victims and the MH17 black boxes.

(Please click here for: “Prime Minister Najib Razak Statement on MH17 Agreement.”)

Malaysian officials received the two MH17 black boxes from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in Ukraine.

Members of the media take pictures as a pro-Russian separatist places black boxes belonging to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on a desk, before their handover to Malaysian representatives, in Donetsk July 22, 2014. The remains of some of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as senior Ukrainian separatist leader Aleksander Borodai handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Members of the media take pictures as a pro-Russian separatist places black boxes belonging to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on a desk, before their handover to Malaysian representatives, in Donetsk July 22, 2014. The remains of some of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as senior Ukrainian separatist leader Aleksander Borodai handed over the plane’s black boxes to Malaysian experts. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

The black boxes, which record cockpit activity and flight data, were handed to Malaysian officials by the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Borodai, in front of journalists at the DPR government headquarters in Donetsk.

AFP reported Alexander Borodai as saying, “We will order a ceasefire in an area of 10 kilometres around” the site of the disaster, which killed all 298 people on board the plane.

The DPR leader Alexander Borodai thanked Malaysia and the Netherlands for sending teams here on Monday to resolve the MH17 matter:

“(Our) thanks to Malaysia and Netherlands for coming here without protection or help from Kiev (the Ukrainian government),” he said, according to a rough translation by a local – The Star.

The DPR and Malaysian officials later signed various documents at the handover ceremony .

A representative (seated L) from pro-Russian separatists and Colonel Mohamed Sakri (seated R) of the Malaysian National Security Council sign documents after the handing over of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17's black boxes, in Donetsk July 22, 2014. The remains of some of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as Senior Ukrainian separatist leader Aleksander Borodai (back L, in blue blazer) handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

A representative (seated L) from pro-Russian separatists and Colonel Mohamed Sakri (seated R) of the Malaysian National Security Council sign documents after the handing over of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17’s black boxes, in Donetsk July 22, 2014. The remains of some of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as Senior Ukrainian separatist leader Aleksander Borodai (back L, in blue blazer) handed over the plane’s black boxes to Malaysian experts. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

The Star reported that DPR produced a white sack containing the black boxes which were then inspected and accepted by the Malaysian officials.

A Malaysian expert (C) examines a black box belonging to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 during its handover from pro-Russian separatists, in Donetsk July 22, 2014. The remains of some of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as Senior Ukrainian separatist leader Aleksander Borodai handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

A Malaysian expert (C) examines a black box belonging to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 during its handover from pro-Russian separatists, in Donetsk July 22, 2014. The remains of some of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as Senior Ukrainian separatist leader Aleksander Borodai handed over the plane’s black boxes to Malaysian experts. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Malaysian National Security Council’s Kol Mohd Shukri then thanked Alexander Borodai for handing the boxes back to Malaysia, saying:

“I would like to convey our sincere appreciation to Borodai for giving us the opportunity and entertaining our special request to hand over the two black boxes to Malaysia.” – The Star.

DPR had released the remains of the victims which had been taken by train to the city of Kharkiv accompanied by six Malaysian members of the recovery team.

The train is expected to arrive in Kharkiv on Tuesday where the remains will be handed over to representatives from the Netherlands and later to be flown to Amsterdam on board a Dutch C130 Hercules, together with the Malaysian team.

Following any necessary forensic work, the remains of Malaysian citizens will then be flown home to Malaysia.

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The Ugliest Animals

20 09 2013

The blobfish, a denizen of the Pacific has been voted as the unofficial world’s ugliest animal.

The winner was announced at the British Science Festival in Newcastle.

The grumpy-looking, gelatinous blobfish has won a public vote which was organised by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.

As the winner, the blobfish is now the official mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.

Biologist and TV presenter Simon Watt, president of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, said he hoped the campaign would draw attention to the threats facing these weird and wonderful creatures.

It is part of the campaign to raise awareness of unsightly species that play an important role in the ecological web.

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Scottish Flights Cancelled Due To Icelandic Ash Cloud ; Will More European Airspace Be Closed?

24 05 2011

A Swiss tourist stands on highway one, just outside the ash fallout zone in Kirkjubaejarklaustur May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson

Ash from an Icelandic volcano, the Grimsvotn volcano under the Vatnajokull glacier forced the cancellation of dozens of flights to and from Scotland on Tuesday.

Last year, ash from another Icelandic volcano caused 100,000 flights to be canceled, stranding 10 million passengers and costing the industry an estimated $1.7 billion in lost revenue.

(Please click here for ‘Volcano Eruption Closed Airports In Europe’).

Norway’s airport operator said the ash cloud would cause some flight restrictions on its west coast on Tuesday and Denmark said a small area of its airspace would be closed.

Below are some of the flights affected as reported by REUTERS:

1.    Ryanair cancelled 36 flights between Scotland and cities across Europe, was told by the Irish Aviation Authority not to operate flights to Scottish airports until at least 1 p.m. (8 a.m. EDT).

 2.   British Airways said it would not operate any flights between London and Scotland on Tuesday that arrived in Scotland before 8 a.m. EDT or departed from Scotland before that time.

 3.   Flybe, EasyJet and Aer Lingus all said they were cancelling some of their flights to and from Scotland on Tuesday.

 4.    KLM, part of Air France-KLM canceled 16 flights to and from four British cities scheduled for Tuesday. Fights to and from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle would be canceled on Tuesday morning, it said.

Europe’s air traffic control organization said that if the volcanic emissions continued at the same rate, the cloud could reach western French and northern Spanish airspace on Thursday.

Map locates Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland that has started erupting.
A plane flies past smoke plume from the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland May 21, 2011. REUTERS/Olafur Sigurjonsson
A cloud of smoke and ash is seen over the Grimsvoetn volcano on Iceland on May 21.  (AFP/File)
Smoke plume rises from the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland May 21, 2011. Airlines began cancelling flights to Britain late on Monday because of an ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano reaching its airspace, although experts expected no repeat of travel chaos from an eruption a year ago. Picture taken May 21, 2011. REUTERS/Olafur Sigurjonsson
Picture shows the growing ash plume from the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland, as its eruption begins May 21, 2011. REUTERS/Ingolfur Bruun
Sequence pictures of the volcano eruption
Sequence pictures of the volcano eruption

A cloud of smoke and ash is seen over the Grimsvoetn volcano on Iceland on May 21. A plume of ash from the erupting volcano is being blown south towards Britain and could reach the airspace over mainland Europe later in the week, meteorological experts said. (AFP)







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