Thursday, November 4, 2010

Breaking News: Cuban plane crashes with 68 on board.

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's state television says a passenger plane flying from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to Havana has crashed with 68 people aboard — including 28 foreigners.

There is no immediate word whether there are survivors from Thursday's crash.

State TV says the AeroCaribbean flight went down near the village of Guasimal in the area of Sancti Spiritus, carrying 61 passengers and a crew of seven. The report says 28 of the passengers were foreigners, but there is no breakdown of nationalities.

Man boards airliner as old man - leaves in his 20s.

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) -- Canadian authorities are investigating an "unbelievable" incident in which a passenger boarded an Air Canada flight disguised as an elderly man, according to a confidential alert obtained by CNN.
The incident occurred on October 29 on Air Canada flight AC018 to Vancouver originating in Hong Kong. An intelligence alert from the Canada Border Services Agency describes the incident as an "unbelievable case of concealment."

"Information was received from Air Canada Corporate Security regarding a possible imposter on a flight originating from Hong Kong," the alert says. "The passenger in question was observed at the beginning of the flight to be an elderly Caucasian male who appeared to have young looking hands. During the flight the subject attended the washroom and emerged an Asian looking male that appeared to be in his early 20s."
After landing in Canada, Border Services Officers (BSOs) escorted the man off the plane where he "proceeded to make a claim for refugee protection," the alert says.

Did a dingo eat your engine?

(CNN) -- After part of an engine fell off a Qantas plane in mid-flight Thursday, a passenger shooting a personal video recorded the pilot announcing, calmly, that the flight was experiencing a "technical issue."
"I do apologize," the pilot begins. "I'm sure you are aware we have a technical issue with our No. 2 engine. We have dealt with the situation. The aircraft is secure at this stage. We're going to have to hold for sometime whilst we do lighten our load by dumping some fuel."

The pilot then tells passengers on the Airbus A380 that there is a "checklist we have to perform."
"I'm sure you are aware we are not proceeding to Sydney at this stage," the pilot says. "We're making a left turn now to track back towards Singapore and as we progress with this we'll keep you [informed] but at this stage everything is secure. [The] aircraft is flying safely and we'll get back to you very shortly with further information. Thank you for your patience."

The video is shot facing out the passenger's window and focuses squarely, without panning, at the wing of the plane. Damage to the wing is visible in a video shot by a passenger.
Volume is low, but it sounds as if conversation on the plane continued as normal, suggesting no one
The cowling, or covering, on the engine reportedly fell off about 15 minutes into the flight.

Shuttle Launch delayed yet again...

Weather Forecast Friday: 60 percent "Go"
Thu, 04 Nov 2010 09:03:54 AM CDT

The shuttle weather team is calling for a 60 percent chance of acceptable conditions for space shuttle Discovery on Friday. They are watching for high winds in the wake of a cold front moving through Central Florida. Discovery is on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Friday's launch time is 3:04 p.m. EDT. There are no scheduled STS-133 news conferences on NASA Television today and no planned Space Shuttle Program Mission Management Team meetings today. The shuttle team will convene at 5 a.m. Friday to assess the weather before giving a “go" or "no-go” decision to fill Discovery’s external tank.

If Discovery launches Friday, it will dock with the International Space Station at 10:55 a.m. EST on Sunday, Nov. 7. The mission’s two spacewalks will occur on Tuesday Nov. 9 and Thursday Nov. 11. Undocking will occur at 4:21 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, and landing at Kennedy Space Center will take place at 9:16 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Breaking: Another Delta aircraft searched for possible bomb

A Delta Airlines flight carrying 244 passengers from Amsterdam to Mumbai on Thursday night landed in emergency conditions at the airport in Mumbai due to an unidentified object in the plane’s cargo-hold.

The plane, which touched down about 11.20 pm IST, was being taken to an isolated bay for a thorough search, airport sources here said.

The information about the presence of the unidentified object in the cargo-hold was given by a Delta staffer in Amsterdam.

Shuttle Launch Attempt Delayed for Weather

Shuttle Launch Attempt Delayed for Weather
Thu, 04 Nov 2010 05:08:24 AM CDT

Managers will delay Discovery’s launch for 24 hours due to weather. Mission managers will meet tomorrow at 5 a.m. to reevaluate the weather conditions. Friday’s launch attempt would be at 3:04 p.m. EDT.


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