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Old December 23rd, 2009, 11:32 AM   #61
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40 passengers injured in American Airlines crash at Jamaica airport

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Forty passengers were reported injured after an American Airlines plane crashed and broke in two after landing at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston shortly after 10:00 pm Tuesday.

“The injured passengers have been taken to the Kingston Public Hospital,” Information Minister Daryl Vaz told the Observer. “There are no reports of fatalities.”

Vaz, along with Transport and Works Minister Mike Henry and National Security Minister Dwight Nelson were quick on the scene and engaged in a head count from the passenger manifest to determine if anyone was missing.

Flight AA331, a Boeing 737, had just arrived from Miami in pouring rain with approximately 148 passengers when the accident occurred.

“The plane crashed and broke almost in front of me,” said a shaken Naomi Palmer who was seated at seat number D8.

Palmer said she was feeling some pain and was being supported by a friend on the outside of the arrival area when she spoke with the Observer.

Emergency vehicles sirens could be heard in the background as she spoke via cellphone.
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 12:30 PM   #62
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American Airlines plane overshoots runway in Jamaica


An American Airlines plane has overshot the runway on landing in the Jamaican capital Kingston, injuring more than 40 people, officials say.



Flight AA 331 from Miami, with about 150 people on board, is reported to have broken apart after the incident at Norman Manley International Airport.

Jamaican Information Minister Daryl Vaz said 44 people had been taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

American Airlines said the impact had broken off the right engine.

Spokesman Tim Smith said the fuselage was cracked and the main landing gear had collapsed.

Passenger Pilar Abaurrea told the Associated Press news agency of chaotic scenes when the plane hit the ground.

"All of a sudden... the plane was kind of bouncing, someone said the plane was skidding and there was panic," she said.

She said the pilot had warned of turbulence just before landing, but had said it probably would not be too serious.

Local journalist Roland Henry said the plane had halted near the beach.
American Airlines plane in Kingston
The plane came to a halt near the beach, a local journalist said

He said survivors had thought the plane was landing normally before there was a series of jolts and luggage fell from overhead lockers.

Mr Vaz told the Jamaica Observer newspaper there were no reports of any deaths.

"The injured passengers have been taken to the Kingston Public Hospital," he said.

Most of the injuries were believed to be cuts, bruises and some broken bones.

Airport official Paul Hall said four people were seriously injured but gave no further details.



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Old December 23rd, 2009, 12:40 PM   #63
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awful news, these passengers have thier christmas ruined
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 01:58 PM   #64
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Ryanair jet slides off Glasgow Prestwick airport runway

Ryanair jet slides off Glasgow Prestwick airport runwayNo passengers or crew injured in accident caused by icy weather conditions

The Ryanair passenger jet after sliding off the runway at Glasgow Prestwick airport.


A Ryanair jet slid off the runway at Glasgow's Prestwick airport this morning but there were no casualties among the 129 passengers and cabin crew.

Treacherous conditions saw the Boeing 737-800 slide on to a grass verge of Glasgow's second-largest airport as it taxied to the terminal.

"When you come on to the runway it's full of black ice," Ryanair passenger Alex Paton told the BBC.

Prestwick has been closed temporarily while emergency services attempt to remove the jet.

A Ryanair spokesman said passengers and crew on the Dublin-to-Gatwick service were bussed to the terminal after leaving the aircraft routinely, albeit on to a muddy patch of grass rather than the tarmac.

"Ryanair engineers are at the aircraft, which appears to have suffered no damage, and they are working with Glasgow (Prestwick) to return the aircraft to the stand area so that the runway can be reopened with minimum delay," the spokesman said.

The accident adds to problems for air passengers attempting to reach Scotland's largest city this morning, with Glasgow airport also suffering delays owing to the weather.

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Old December 23rd, 2009, 02:51 PM   #65
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awful news, these passengers have thier christmas ruined
Maybe....but it looks like a christmas miracle.
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 06:05 PM   #66
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a proper christmas miracle would be able to get to your destination without hick ups and not having 2 sleep on the airport floor with thousands of stranded passengers and screaming kids
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Old December 24th, 2009, 01:03 AM   #67
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a proper christmas miracle would be able to get to your destination without hick ups and not having 2 sleep on the airport floor with thousands of stranded passengers and screaming kids
Avoide Heathrow then. Simples!
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Old December 25th, 2009, 04:47 AM   #68
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Bolivian president in emergency plane landing


LA PAZ, Bolivia — A plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Moarales had to make an emergency landing Wednesday because of a failure in its hydraulic system, but no one was harmed, a spokesman said.

Presidential spokesman Ivan Canelas said Morales was flying from La Paz to the southern city of Sucre, but had to stop in Cochabamba in central Bolivia.

"It was only a small scare. The president was not worried or alarmed because it is not the first time it has happened," Canelas said.

He said the presidential jet has had to make two other emergency landings because of what he called small faults.

The plane is a little more than 30 years old, and Bolivian officials have negotiated the purchase a new jet from the Russian airplane maker Antonov for $30 million as part of a loan from Russia's government.

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Old December 25th, 2009, 09:19 AM   #69
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Antonov is Ukranian, not Russian. So I guess it's some aircraft that's already in use with the Russians that Bolivia's interested in buying and not a new craft.
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Antonov is Ukranian, not Russian. So I guess it's some aircraft that's already in use with the Russians that Bolivia's interested in buying and not a new craft.

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"The Antonov company lacks facilities for full construction of some aircraft, a result of Soviet industrial strategy that split military production between different regions of the USSR. This distribution minimized potential war loss risks. As a result, Antonov airplanes were often constructed by aerospace companies in Kharkov (Ukraine), Novosibirsk (Russia), and Tashkent (Uzbekistan)."

So I guess its one of those models constructed in Russia?
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Old December 26th, 2009, 12:18 AM   #71
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Northwest Plane Passenger With Firecrackers Subdued


By Sean B. Pasternak and Martin Z. Braun

Dec. 25 (Bloomberg) -- A Northwest Airlines passenger was subdued after “causing a disturbance” with firecrackers on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, the company said.

The Airbus 330 landed safely in Detroit with 278 passengers, said Susan Elliott, a spokeswoman for Northwest parent Delta Air Lines Inc. in Atlanta.

The incident resulted in “minor injuries,” Elliott said, without elaborating. Northwest flight 253 was scheduled to land at 11:40 a.m. New York time today, according to Bloomberg data. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the incident, a probe that includes indentifying the device used by the passenger who created the disturbance, said FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold.

“We’re still in the process of figuring out what it was,” she said. Berchtold said the FBI wasn’t on site at the time of the landing and that she was unaware if the passenger was taken into custody.

The incident occurred near the end of the flight, and the passenger who created the disturbance was among those injured, according to CNN. One person was taken to the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, the network reported, citing a hospital spokeswoman.

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Old December 26th, 2009, 03:07 AM   #72
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the story is still unfolding ...

Al-Qaeda plot to blow up US plane fails
Staff reporters From: news.com.au December 26, 2009 11:52AM
http://www.news.com.au/world/al-qaed...-1225813733415
  • Passenger ignites "device"
  • Other passengers injured
  • Authorities investigating incident
AN AIRLINE passenger aboard a jet airliner on its way from Amsterdam to the US city of Detroit tried to blow up the flight but his device failed, CNN reports.


The incident occurred as Northwest Airlines Flight 253, an Airbus 330 carrying 278 passengers, was making its final descent to the American city of Detroit.

The US Government is considering the incident an attempted terrorist attack, CNN reported.

The passenger "is claiming to have extremist affiliation and that the device was acquired in Yemen along with instructions as to when it should be used," according to a US Government bulletin.

The senior Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, Peter King, identified the man as Abdul Mudallah, 23, of Nigeria, msnbc.com reported.
The man was being questioned, according to the officials who spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.

"He appears to have had some kind of incendiary device he tried to ignite," one of the US officials told AP.

It was initially believed that the passenger had set off firecrackers that caused some minor injuries.

President Barack Obama, who is on vacation with his family in Hawaii, was notified about the incident and held a conference call with his national security team, the White House said. President Obama has ordered increased security for air travel and The Department of Homeland Security said it would increase "screening measures" at airports.

Susan Elliott, a spokeswoman for Delta, Northwest's parent company, said: "The passenger was immediately subdued and Delta is cooperating with authorities in the investigation." Ms Elliott said that some passengers received minor injuries, including the person who sparked the incident.

She said the description of the item the passenger had tried to ignite came from other passengers, and was unable to comment on a report from ABC News that the item was a "powdery substance" rather than a firework.

The flight landed safely at Detroit Metropolitan Airport overnight and authorities were investigating. "The passengers are being questioned as part of the investigation and the plane is being searched for similar reasons," Ms Elliott said.



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Old December 27th, 2009, 10:09 PM   #73
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This is getting weird

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iReport — Breaking News Alert The New York Times Sun, December 27, 2009 -- 2:27 PM ET ----- Incident Reported on Another Amsterdam-to-Detroit Flight The pilots of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit -- the same flight involved in Friday's terrorism attempt -- requested emergency assistance Sunday upon landing in Detroit, Scott Wintner, an airport spokesman said. Police vehicles met the plane at the far end of the airport, and five buses drove up to the plane, in a repeat of the same scene that occurred on Friday. Mr. Wintner said he did not yet know what the emergency was, and said it could be anything from an ill passenger to a mechanical problem. "It's a pretty typical response," he said of the police vehicles. "With an aircraft situation, speed is of the essence." Mr. Wintner said airport officials were on their way to the scene. Read More: http://www.nytimes.com?emc=na
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Old December 27th, 2009, 11:43 PM   #74
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Lowlanders really need to step up the security at their airports. This is ridiculous
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Old December 28th, 2009, 11:03 AM   #75
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Lol, you need to rethink what you posted.

The first person only had a powdery substance on his legs, a metal detector wouldn't have caught this up. Btw he was only transfering there. The second person wasn't even a threat, it seems that he only had to shit so bad that he locked himself up for an hour or more on the restroom I guess our security and airport is way better than Seattle's
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He would had to have gone through customs at AMS because he was traveling from a nation not included in the Schengen Agreement. At customs you are required to go through security. Obviously in the Netherlands there is a need for more people cause it looks like they let anyone in , judging from this recent episode.
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Lol, if that is what you think, fine. You should know better.
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Old December 29th, 2009, 01:42 PM   #78
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Avoide Heathrow then. Simples!
the alternative Gatwick isnt all that brilliant either
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There needs to be a better chemical way to sniff out explosive ingredients. With more effort, the terrorists could even try to split the ingredients among even more culprits and our current machines would have even greater difficulty finding them.
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I don't actually think that there's and viable way to get security around this...
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