Archive | December 16, 2014

Emergency declared as plane catches fire at Belfast’s International Airport

Emergency Alert

An emergency was declared at Belfast International Airport on Tuesday after the engine of a plane went on fire.
 
The Flybe flight had been travelling from Glasgow to George Best Belfast City Airport but was diverted.
 
The ambulance service said all 76 passengers and four crew were taken off the plane safely. One person was taken to hospital as a precaution.
 
Flybe confirmed the flight was diverted due to a small engine fire “which was extinguished before landing”.
 
Quintin Oliver, who was on the BE130 flight, said one of emergency exits did not have steps so passengers had to jump about six feet onto the runway.
 
He said that some passengers noticed the fire half-way into the flight.
 
“It’s a short 20 to 25 minute flight and there was a visible shudder throughout the plane and those on the left hand side behind the engine clearly saw it burst into flames,” he said.
 
“Some of them described it as a burning rocket, as the flames were shooting out the back and the plane lurched a little, not dramatically, but a little as it presumably stabilised on the second engine.
 
“There was a lot of apprehension. There was no hysteria. The staff were as reassuring as they could be but they were visibly shaken, as well, which doesn’t exactly command confidence amongst the passengers.”
The scene at Belfast International Airport after the plane landed
Owen Glenn, who had also been travelling on the plane, said there had been a “big fireball in one of the engines which lit up the whole side of the plane”.
 
“There were sparks coming out. So they shut down that engine. We were running on one engine after that,” he said.
 
“People were getting a little panicked. The crew were doing their best to calm everybody down but people weren’t really sure what was happening.”
 
Another passenger Billy Pollock said he looked out a window and saw an engine on fire.
 
“There was some concern, and a lot of people were quite upset but not hysterical,” he said.
 
“The pilot did a super job, great landing. There was an emergency evacuation.”
 
Flybe said: “The emergency services attended as a routine and precautionary measure.
 
“Passengers disembarked the aircraft safely and will be transferred onto Belfast City Airport by road transport.
 
“At no time was the safety and wellbeing of passengers compromised.”

Aberdeen plane forced to land after being struck by lightning

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A PLANE carrying more than 30 people had to return to Aberdeen after it was struck by lightning.
 
Emergency crews were called to Aberdeen International Airport at 7.20pm last night.
 
The Loganair plane with 32 people on board was approaching Shetland’s Sumburgh Airport when it was hit by lightning.  
 
A Loganair spokesman said: “The captain took the decision to return to Aberdeen Airport and a Mayday call was made as a precaution.
 
“As is standard procedure when any Mayday call is initiated, the aircraft was met by the airport’s emergency crews as it landed safely.
“The aircraft was carrying three crew and 29 passengers, who were accommodated overnight and continued their journey this morning.”
 
An airport spokeswoman said: “I can confirm that the plane landed safely and all the passengers are fine.”

American Airlines flight diverted and 15 passengers reported injured as plane hits severe turbulence over Pacific Ocean

Turbulence Alert

More than a dozen passengers and crew have reportedly been injured after an American Airlines flight was rocked by severe turbulence over the Pacific Ocean.
 
Passengers were settling into their 12-hour transpacific journey from Seoul to Dallas when the Boeing 777-200 hit turbulent skies east of Japan, sending glass ‘flying’ inside the aircraft cabin, according to a woman on board.
 
With as many as 15 passengers and crew reportedly in need of medical assistance the flight crew declared an emergency, turned the plane around and diverted to Narita International Airport near Tokyo.
 
Passenger Erin Cherry wrote on Twitter: ‘Landed in Tokyo after massive, massive turbulence on #aa280. Broken glass etc flying inside cabin. Some were injured.’
 
NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, said at least 14 people were injured.
American Airlines issued a statement confirming the incident, but it did not reveal how many people were injured on board the plane, which was carrying 240 passengers and 15 crew. 
 
The airline said: ‘American’s primary concern at this time is for our passengers and crew on board the airplane and our team in Narita is providing assistance.’ 
 
The Boeing 747 – the world’s largest twin-engine passenger jet – was met by firefighters and paramedics when it touched down. 
 
It departed Seoul’s Incheon International Airport at 6:16pm local time and landed at the airport east of Tokyo shortly before 1am local time, about four hours after its departure.
 
The Weather Channel, a US television network, said the plane encountered turbulence while flying through a ‘rapidly intensifying winter storm’ that is expected to become a ‘weather bomb’.
 
The network said the storm is associated with a powerful ribbon of 150-200mph winds in the jet stream, approximately 38,000ft above sea level.
 
The storm has prompted blizzard warnings for northern and western Japan, and high wind warnings for coastal areas near Tokyo.
 
According to flight radar data, the plane was east of Japan when it turned south and then west as it diverted to one of the world’s five busiest airports.
 
It was scheduled to land at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport at 3pm local time on Wednesday.

Deadly Ebola Virus: Alarming 258 deaths in just three days

Ebola Virus

More than 6,800 people have now died from the Ebola virus, almost all of them in west Africa, the World Health Organization said.
 
The UN health agency reported that as of December 13, there had been 18,464 cases of infection from the deadly virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and 6,841 people had died, an increase of 258 deaths in three days.
 
The last update WHO provided showed that as of December 10, there had been 18,188 cases of infection from the deadly virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, of whom 6,583 people had died.
 
WHO did not provide an update of cases in other countries, but last week said the death toll remained the same: six in Mali, one in the United States, and eight in Nigeria, which was declared Ebola free in October.
 
Spain and Senegal, which have both been declared free from Ebola, meanwhile counted one case each, but no deaths.
 
Sierra Leone, which last week overtook Liberia as the nation with the most infections, counted 8,273 cases and 2,033 deaths on December 13.
 
The toll up until December 10 stood at 8,069 cases and 1,899 deaths.
 
Liberia, long the hardest-hit country, has meanwhile seen a decrease in the rate of transmission in recent weeks.
 
As of December 9, the country counted 7,797 cases and 3,290 deaths, up from the 7,765 infections and 3,222 deaths tallied two days earlier.
 
In Guinea, where the outbreak started nearly a year ago, 2,394 Ebola cases and 1,518 deaths were recorded as of December 13.
 
Three days earlier, the country counted 2,354 Ebola cases and 1,462 deaths.
 
Ebola, one of the deadliest viruses known to man, is spread only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person showing symptoms such as fever or vomiting.
 
People caring for the sick or handling the bodies of people infected Ebola are especially exposed.
 
As of the latest figures up to December 7, a total of 639 healthcare workers were known to have contracted the virus, and 349 of them had died, WHO said.

Bird Flu Virus Hits Japan, 4000 Chickens to be Culled

H5N1 Virus Alert

Japan has ordered the slaughter of some 4,000 chickens after officials confirmed bird flu at a poultry farm in the southwest region of the country.
 
DNA tests confirmed the H5 strain of the virus at a farm in Miyazaki after its owner reported more than 20 sudden deaths among his poultry. “We confirmed at least three of the chickens tested positive for the virus. The Miyazaki government has already started culling all the chickens at the farm.” a ministry official said. 
 
This is first confirmed outbreak of bird flu at a Japanese poultry farm since April. Some wild birds that were found dead in southwestern Japan tested positive last month. Authorities in Miyazaki prefecture, on Kyushu island, have locked down the affected farm and nearby farms, with the movement of chickens banned while the areas are being sanitised. (Bird Flu: Kerala Identified Virus as H5N1)
 
Officials were also setting up stations to disinfect vehicles travelling on major roads around the affected farm to prevent the virus from spreading further. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered the farm ministry to ‘take thorough measures for epidemic prevention.’
 
Japan’s agriculture ministry regularly warns farmers about the risk of infection, citing the continued spread of the disease in Asia, including in neighbouring South Korea.

MAGNITUDE 5.0 NEAR S COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA

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Depth: 12 km

Distances: 1016 km NE of Dili, East Timor / pop: 150,000 / local time: 05:27:40.6 2014-12-17
438 km S of Manokwari, Indonesia / pop: 53,190 / local time: 05:27:40.6 2014-12-17
164 km NE of Tual, Indonesia / pop: 39,502 / local time: 05:27:40.6 2014-12-17


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MAGNITUDE 4.4 ICELAND REGION

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Depth: 1.8 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.620 -17.482
(3.1 km SE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   16 Dec 20:40 GMT

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Time and magnitude of earthquake   16 Dec 20:40 GMT

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MAGNITUDE 4.6 ICELAND REGION

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Depth: 6.6 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.672 -17.473
(4.4 km NE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   16 Dec 20:40 GMT

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Time and magnitude of earthquake   16 Dec 20:40 GMT

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MAGNITUDE 4.1 NORTHERN ALGERIA

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 24 km SW of Algiers, Algeria / pop: 1,977,663 / local time: 16:02:38.9 2014-12-16
2 km SE of Boufarik, Algeria / pop: 59,742 / local time: 16:02:38.9 2014-12-16


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MAGNITUDE 5.5 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS

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Depth: 55 km

Distances: 683 km E of Honiara, Solomon Islands / pop: 56,298 / local time: 22:36:34.2 2014-12-16
531 km N of Luganville / pop: 13,397 / local time: 22:36:00.0 2014-12-16
373 km NW of Sola, Vanuatu / pop: 1,171 / local time: 22:36:34.2 2014-12-16


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