Boeing 737 Max: air safety, market pressures and cockpit technology

Kathmandu,March 18: In just five short months, two Boeing 737 Max 8 airliners crashed, killing a total of 346 passengers and crew members. Both occurred shortly after take-off, and the similarities between the two catastrophes raised fundamental questions about the aircraft’s safety. It was grounded by nation after nation, with only Canada and the United States holding out. Finally, they too halted flights on March 13. The 737 Max – the fastest-selling airliner ever and the heart of Boeing’s business – is now grounded worldwide,...

Boeing Faces Safety Questions Over 737 Max 8 Jets After Ethiopian Airlines Crash

Kathmandu,March 12:The aircraft manufacturer Boeing faces further questions over the safety of its 737 Max 8 jets as Ethiopian Airlines joined carriers in China and elsewhere in grounding the planes after their second fatal crash in months. The cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder have been recovered from the wreckage of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302, which crashed on Sunday killing all 157 people onboard. Investigators will hope the black box evidence can explain why the plane crashed six...

One Nepali among 157 killed in Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crash

Kathmandu,March 11: One Nepali national was on board the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft that crashed near the town of Bishoftu killing all 149 passengers and 8 crew members, the airlines confirmed. Ekta Adhikari, a Nepali national working with World Food Programme (WFP) Ethiopia, was on board the aircraft. According to a source in Addis Ababa, Adhikari’s family has been informed about the tragic incident.

30 Injured In Turbulence On Turkish Airlines Flight From Istanbul To New York

Kathmandu,March 10 Severe turbulence over the Atlantic Ocean tossed passengers and crew around a Turkish Airlines plane cabin on Saturday, with 30 people suffering bumps, bruises, cuts and a broken leg before the flight landed safely at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, officials said. Dozens of ambulances lined up in front of an airport terminal to quickly treat the injured coming off the flight that left Istanbul for the 10-hour trip. Spokesman Steve Coleman of the Port...

Bangladesh Police Say Suspected Plane Hijacker Had Carried A Toy Pistol

Kathmandu,Feb 25: A Bangladeshi man who was shot dead after he tried to hijack a plane had carried a toy pistol and did not have any explosives on him, police said on Monday. “The pistol with the suspect was a toy pistol and he had no bomb attached to his body,” Kusum Dewan, additional commissioner of police in the southeastern city of Chittagong, told Reuters. “He appeared to be mentally imbalanced. We heard he had a personal issue with...

Amazon Prime Air Cargo Plane Crashes With 3 Passengers

Kathmandu,Feb 24:An Atlas Air Boeing 767 cargo plane crashed in a bay near Anahuac, Texas on Saturday afternoon with three people on board, according to multiple media reports and the Federal Aviation Administration. The flight, which was contracted to fly cargo for Amazon Air (formerly Prime Air), went down while flying to Houston from Miami. The crash is presumed to have killed all on board. Flight 3591 lost radio contact with air traffic controllers some 30 miles to the...

World’s Biggest Bee Found Alive

Kathmandu,Feb 22: The world’s biggest bee has been re-discovered, after decades thought lost to science. The giant bee – which is as long as an adult’s thumb – was found on a little-explored Indonesian island. After days of searching, wildlife experts found a single live female, which they photographed and filmed. Known as Wallace’s giant bee, the insect is named after the British naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace, who described it in 1858. Scientists found several specimens in...

Gala show “Cultures of China, Festival of Spring” held in Indonesia to celebrate Chinese new year

Kathmandu,Feb 19: Dancers perform during a gala show “Cultures of China, Festival of Spring” as part of the Chinese new year celebrations in Surabaya, East Java Province, Indonesia, Feb. 18, 2019. (Xinhua/Zulkarnain)

US Military Planes Carrying Aid Arrive Near Venezuelan Border

Kathmandu,Feb 17: Self-declared interim President Juan Guaido has vowed to bring aid into the country and set up a volunteer network for citizens to participate. Nicolas Maduro denounced the aid as a planned US invasion in disguise. Two US Air Force cargo planes landed in the Colombian city of Cucuta on Saturday. The shipment is part of self-declared interim president Juan Guaido’s plan to deliver humanitarian assistance to the country. He said aid deliveries would begin on February 23....

Search Team Recover Body From Sala Plane

Kathmandu,Feb 07: A body has been recovered from the wreckage of the plane which crashed with Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said specialist contractors joined the operation in “challenging conditions”. It was carried out in “as dignified a way as possible” and the men’s families were kept updated throughout, it said. The wreckage of the plane, which vanished two weeks ago over the English Channel, had been found...

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