Archive | April 5, 2014

Heatwave At 41.5C Hits The Titlagarh Town In Odisha, India

Heatwave Alert

At 41.5 degree Celsius, Titlagarh was the hottest town in Odisha on Saturday while  four other places – Sundargarh, Talcher, Bhawanipatna and Malkangiri -recorded 41 degree Celsius.

The temperature went up to 40 degree and above in seven places including Bhubaneswar (40.6), Jharsuguda (40.1), Sundargarh (41), Talcher (41), Bhawanipatna (41) and Malkangiri (41).

Besides, mercury nearly touched 40 degree mark in Chandbali (39.5), Angul (39.1), Sambalpur (39.8), Hirakud (39.6), Bolangir (39) and Sonepur (39.6).

Normal life was badly hit in the state capital where the heat coupled with humidity made life miserable for people during the day. The hot wind that blew in the afternoon forced many people to stay indoors.

Trading and business establishments were found closed by noon as the busy thoroughfares in the city wore a deserted look.

The Met office has warned that the heat wave in the state would continue for the next three days in north Odisha districts and Khordha in the coastal belt. It, also predicted rainfall, accompanied by thunder squall and hail, in some places in the next 72 hours.

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Plane Forced To Make Emergency Landing After Cargo Of 390 HOT COWS Sets Off Fire Alarm, UK

Plane Emergency Landing

A pilot made an emergency landing at Heathrow after 390 cows he was transporting ­gave off too much heat, reports the Sunday People.

The Boeing 747 was flying over the Irish Sea when a fire warning sounded from the deck where the animals were being kept.

But technicians later found no evidence of smoke or flames.

The landing ­followed one of 1,262 distress ­signals sent to UK ­airports over the past two years – nearly two a day.

Civil Aviation Authority data ­released to the Sunday People under Freedom of Information law revealed 186 maydays and 1,076 less urgent pan-pan calls.

Incidents ­included jets hitting birds and crew falling ill.

Aviation expert David Learmount, from the Flightglobal ­website, said: “A ­mayday or pan-pan call doesn’t mean you will have a ­disaster.

“Usually ­nobody is hurt.”

Deadly Ebola Virus At Mali’s Border

Ebola Virus

Mali is working to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading to its capital city, Bamako, from across its border with Guinea. The deadly virus has already killed 86 people in Guinea, but the three suspected cases in Bamako are not yet confirmed. The local airport will use thermal-imagining cameras to detect fevers in passengers, so they can be quarantined and tested.

Guinea has suffered the worst of the outbreak, but the disease has also spread to Liberia, where six people have died. Other countries are taking precautions: Senegal has sealed its border with Guinea, and Saudi Arabia cancelled the visas of pilgrims from Guinea and Liberia. This morning an Air France flight arriving in Paris from Guinea spent two hours in quarantine, until tests confirmed that a passenger suspected of being infected was healthy.

Ebola is untreatable, highly contagious, and deadly. Let us hope it spreads no further than it already has.

Deadly Ebola Virus Hits 85 Deaths In West Africa And Is Set To Rise

West African Virus Death Toll Rises Above 80

West Africa is bracing itself for the worst outbreak of the Ebola virus in nearly a decade. CNN is reporting that the death toll has risen to 85 with dozens more ill. The deaths are among 137 cases reported by the World Health Organization, which said the outbreak has “rapidly evolved” since starting in southeastern Guinea. Other suspected affected areas include Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Doctors Without Borders is calling the outbreak “unprecedented” in a press release because of the spread of the virus, a virus which is usually confined to a smaller area.

“We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases in the country,” said Mariano Lugli, coordinator of MSF’s project in Conakry. “MSF has intervened in almost all reported Ebola outbreaks in recent years, but they were much more geographically contained and involved more remote locations. This geographical spread is worrisome because it will greatly complicate the tasks of the organizations working to control the epidemic.”

According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola virus disease has a case fatality of up to 90 percent and outbreaks typically occur in Central and West Africa, near tropical forests. It first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It’s transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission, generally through close contact with blood, secretions, or other bodily fluids.

It is characterized by a sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache, and sore throat. It is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases internal and external bleeding.

There is no specific treatment or vaccine available for use in people or animals.

Doctors Without Borders says that field workers include doctors, nurses, epidemiologists, and water and sanitation experts. More than 40 tons of equipment has been flown into Guinea to try to curb the spread of the disease.

To break the chain of the transmission of the virus, isolation of the patient is oftentimes necessary.

Fatal Norway Plane Crash

Plane Crash Alert

Norway plane crash

Bodies of two people were recovered on Wednesday from the site where an ultralight plane crashed Monday while flying over the mountains northwest of Voss, a city in Norway’s western county of Hordaland.

The two men had been missing after the plane, having taken off from the Boemoen airport near Voss at 4.00 p.m. local time (1500 GMT) Monday, did not land as planned the same night.

In an extensive search operation, a police Sea King helicopter Tuesday sighted the wreckage of the plane near the Stora Volavatnet lake, about 12 km northwest of Voss.

The bodies were found in the cockpit which was under snow, ice and water, said the Norwegian news agency NTB, quoting a local police officer.

Plane Rolls Off Runway After Emergency Landing At New York Airport

Plane Emergency Landing

A Delta Air Lines Inc flight made an emergency landing at a New York airport on Wednesday after a cockpit indicator signaled a hydraulic system problem, and the aircraft later rolled into a grassy area, an airline official said.

Flight 886, which was carrying 118 passengers and five crew from an Atlanta airport to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, was diverted to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) because it has longer runways, Delta spokeswoman Leslie Scott said.

“It wasn’t traveling fast when it happened,” Scott said. “They landed normally at JFK, but once they were taxiing to the gate, the aircraft exited the taxi-way and ended up in the grassy area.”

There were no reports of injuries, and passengers were disembarked and shuttled to a terminal, Scott said. The twin-engine, single-aisle McDonnell Douglas MD-88 left at about 6:45 p.m. Eastern Time (22:45 GMT) and landed at JFK at about 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

A cockpit indicator signaled a problem with the hydraulic system, which controls multiple systems, including the brakes, as the roughly 147-ft (44.8-m) plane was descending into the New York area, Scott said.

Delta maintenance crews, who towed the aircraft out of the grass, were evaluating the plane to determine if there was a mechanical failure, Scott said.

Qantas Plane Makes Emergency Landing In Australia

Plane Emergency Landing

A Qantas flight from Sydney to Perth has made an emergency landing in Adelaide after a smoke warning light was activated.

Qantas said the Airbus A330 had 253 passengers on board when it diverted to Adelaide Airport and landed without incident.

‘The flight deck received a warning light indicating a technical issue, so as a safety precaution the pilots made the decision to divert to Adelaide,’ the airline said in a statement.

‘The aircraft landed without incident and passengers disembarked via normal procedure through the aerobridge.

‘The aircraft is currently being assessed by engineers.’

Emergency service crews in Adelaide were put on standby but were not required.

A passenger on the plane said the incident was handled well by the crew.

‘Everything went pretty smooth,’ the passenger identified on ABC radio as Dave said.

‘The pilot said he thought it was just a false alarm, but for safety they had to bring the plane back and evacuate everybody.

‘The pilot did a great job and the flight attendants did a really good job keeping everybody under control.’

Plane Drops 26,000 Feet In 10 Mins As It Headed For Kansas City, USA

A plane headed to the Kansas City International Airport from Indianapolis experienced a possible loss of pressure in the cabin Thursday.

According to Southwest Airlines spokesperson Dan Landson, flight No. 1731 with 147 passengers on board had a warning light go on suggesting a possible loss of pressure. Landson said the warning was noticed as the flight was about 30 miles outside of Kansas City.

At that point, the pilot alerted officials at KCI and began a rapid decent. According to the website flightware, the plane dropped 26,000 feet in 11 minutes, descending from 36,000 feet at 3:13 p.m. to 10,000 feet at 3:24 p.m., numbers confirmed by Landson.

KCTV5 News contacted retired TWA Pilot Dale Campbell regarding the incident. Campbell said the incident seemed to be “controlled,” but noted that it was certainly “something out of the ordinary” that he never experienced in his more than 20 years piloting for TWA. Campbell also said it appears the pilot “took the absolute correct action.”

The Southwest Boeing 737 was scheduled to arrive at KCI at 3:50 p.m.

The alert about the loss of pressure came out at 3:51 p.m.

Landson said the plane landed at 3:59 p.m., taxing to the gate without issue. All passengers exited the plane and no injuries were reported.

Passengers originally bound for Denver on the same plane boarded a second plane. The Boeing 737 plane remains at KCI out of service as Southwest Airlines mechanics investigate.

Plane Makes Emergency Landing On a State Road In Indian River County, Florida, USA

Plane Emergency Landing

Images of the plane that had to make an emergency landing on State Road 60 west of Vero Beach on Friday, April 4, 2014.
A family vacation had an unexpected stop as their plane made an emergency landing in Indian River County on Friday.

Planes Crashes & Catches Fire At Ocala International Airport, USA

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A small plane crashed shortly after takeoff Friday afternoon at the Ocala International Airport, injuring the pilot, the plane’s lone occupant.
 

Ocala Police Department officials said pilot Helen Helpling was airlifted to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville with burns to her arms and legs — injuries that were said to be non-life-threatening.

According to eyewitness Danny Wilson, the red plane, which had a silver prop, taxied downed the runway past him and his grandson, who were sitting in a car in the airport’s parking lot, then turned and soared into the air. He said it was not more than 50 feet in the air when the wings turned vertically and the plane nose-dived into the ground.

Wilson said at first there was a lot of dust, then he heard an explosion and saw a ball of fire.

“It was a heck of a fire,” Wilson said.

Wilson said that he and his 2½-year-old grandson often visit the airport to watch takeoffs and landings because the toddler is fascinated with airplanes. He said on average, they stay in the parking lot up to two hours.

Matt Grow, director of the airport, said he was alerted to the crash at 3:45 p.m. Grow said the pilot was on Runway 26. He said the plane was an experimental single-engine light sport aircraft. It crashed approximately 1,500 feet south of the runway, Grow said.

Grow said the main runway at the airport remained opened, and the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified about the crash. He said FAA officials will be on site this morning, and NTSB officials would likely arrive here in a couple of days.