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3 die as Turkish plane overruns runway, breaks to pieces

The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 plane carrying 177 passengers and six crew members aboard was arriving at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport from Turkey’s Izmir province.

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Istanbul, Feb 6 : Three people were killed after a Turkish passenger aircraft skidded off the runway after landing and broke into three peices, the country’s Health Minister said on Thursday.

Three people remained in intensive care, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, adding that 179 others were hospitalised with minor injuries, reports Efe news.

The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 plane carrying 177 passengers and six crew members aboard was arriving at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport from Turkey’s Izmir province.

“According to the information we obtained, after the hard landing, the plane drifted,” Transportation Minister Cahit Turhan said,.

The majority of passengers were Turkish, although local media said at least 22 were foreign nationals from 12 different countries.

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said the plane skidded off the runway and then drifted for about 50 metres before falling from 30 meters and breaking into three pieces.

Authorities have launched an investigation to examine the black box of the 10-year-old aircraft and determine the details of the accident.

This is not the first time the airline has been involved in accidents of such nature.

The crash comes less than a month after another Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 overran the runway at the same airport.

Passengers in the plane, inbound from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, were unharmed in the Jan. 7 incident.

In 2018, the same accident took place with the same aircraft model, this time at Trabzon Airport, as it landed from Turkey’s capital Ankara. The airplane overran the runway and came to a halt at the bottom of a cliff just short of plunging into the sea below. There were no casualties.

The low-cost airline has a fleet of 87 planes and has been in operation for 20 years.

The Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Kurtkoy on the Asian side, which is the smaller of the two international airports in the capital city, has resumed normal operations.

India

GoAir’s aircraft suffers bird hit, passengers safe

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New Delhi, Feb 18 : Passengers along with crew on-board budget carrier GoAir’s flight from Ahmedabad to Bengaluru were safely deplaned after the aircraft suffered a bird hit which caused a fire in one of the engines.

According to the airline, passengers and crew were safe and the fire was brought under control.

“The passengers and crew on GoAir flight G8 802 from Ahmedabad to Bengaluru have been deplaned safely,” a GoAir spokesperson said.

“An alternate aircraft has been arranged to accommodate the passengers. The revised departure from Ahmedabad is scheduled at 13:30 local time due to Bengaluru runway closure till 1500 hours.”

Furthermore, the airline said that foreign object damage (FOD) has been confirmed due to a bird hit.

“The aircraft is now being inspected by the GoAir engineering team,” the spokesperson said.

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A clash of claws and tails

Despite putting up a good fight, the lizard’s defence wasn’t enough for the hungry leopard as it succeeds in grabbing it by the neck before walking off with it.

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New Delhi, Feb 6 : An intriguing video of a clash between David and Goliath is doing the rounds on the Internet and this fight between a leopard cub and a monitor lizard is thrilling the social media users.

IFS officer Parveen Kaswan and shared the viral video on Twitter with the caption: “#Leopard V/S Monitor #Lizard. This lizard is a fighter but #Leopards are excellent hunters.

A post read: “Many people in Konkan region eat this lizard. But she’s dangerous. While catching her if she succeeds in hitting her tail on any of your limbs, then that limb gets paralyzed.”

The video was filmed at Kaingu Safari Lodge, Zambia in 2018, reported the Daily Mail.

In the viral video the leopard gets close to the lizard and repeatedly slaps it with its paw. The reptile uses its tail to defend itself by whipping it around.

Despite putting up a good fight, the lizard’s defence wasn’t enough for the hungry leopard as it succeeds in grabbing it by the neck before walking off with it.

As the post went viral, Twitterati have flooded the social media with their reactions.

A user wrote: “So wildlife people were standing like fools and were not saving a monitor lizard which was on the verge of extinction. Couldn’t you feed him chicken or goat.”

Another wrote, “Feeling bad for the lizard!! But wondering! What all vitamins the big cat is going to get from eating that lizard…?”

“Can leopard survive after eating that monitor lizard?” asked one user.

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Hong Kong airline Cathay asking 27,000 staff to take unpaid leave: CEO

Airline struggling in face of deadly virus

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Hong Kong airline Cathay

Cathay Pacific is asking all of its 27,000 employees to take three weeks of unpaid leave over the coming months, the company’s CEO told staff on Wednesday, as Hong Kong’s flagship carrier reels from the devastating impact of the deadly coronavirus on air travel.

“I am appealing to each and everyone one of you to help,” said Augustus Tang Kin-wing in a taped video recording. “The situation now is just as grave.”

On Tuesday, Hong Kong’s flagship carrier unveiled massive cuts to flying schedules, by 30 per cent worldwide for two months, including in mainland China which would see 90 per cent of its capacity cut during that period.

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