Singer’s ill-fated Learjet had 2005 accident: US records
AFP Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 WASHINGTON – The executive jet involved in a weekend crash in Mexico that killed Latin music star Jenni Rivera had a landing mishap in Texas seven years ago, according to US aviation records. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the Learjet 25 was landing at Amarillo airport on July 1, 2005, in good weather but in a stiff crosswind, when the pilot was “unable to maintain directional control.” “The airplane struck a runway distance marker, and exited the runway to the left during landing roll,” it said on its website, adding that none of the four occupants were injured. In the ensuing investigation, the NTSB said the probable cause of the accident was “the pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll. A contributing factor was the prevailing crosswind.” The unidentified captain, with 7,300 hours of flight experience, told investigators he felt an imbalance between the left and right wingtip fuel tanks, making it hard to keep the Learjet level on approach to the runway. But maintenance personnel said they found no discrepancies in the fuel transfer system, according to the NTSB report…MORE
Kingfisher Airlines( KING.NS ) gained 4.7 percent on newspaper Mumbai Mirror’s report of a 48 percent stake sale to Etihad Airways, for a little over 30 billion rupees, citing sources in the two airlines. The deal is likely to be announced around December 18.
The Pakistani Taliban Monday rejected reports of a rift in its top leadership and said there was no move to replace its chief Hakimullah Mehsud with Wali-ur-Rehman. “Reports have no truth…all 42 members attended shura last week chaired by Hakimullah Mehsud, which is sufficient to rebuff reports of any change in Tehrik-e-Taliban’s top slot,” Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan was quoted as saying by the website of Dawn. He also rejected a media report that Rehman was in touch with the government to finalise some sort of peace deal and start a “rebellion against Hakimullah Mehsud”. He ruled out any truce with the government, which follows “dictates from abroad”. Tags: Pakistani Taliban , Hakimullah Mehsud , Wali-ur-Rehman Previous Story Revdi hits the sweet spot Reader’s Comments | Post a comment
My Paper Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 Must-Watch Safety Video An Unexpected Briefing #airnzhobbit http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=cBlRbrB_Gnc Most frequent fliers don’t pay attention to airline safety videos. But this collaboration between Air New Zealand and Weta Digital – with elves as the narrators, Gandalf as the pilot, and various denizens of Middle-earth as the passengers – is too hilarious to ignore. Gandalf’s “Fly you fools” line from The Fellowship Of The Ring book even gets quoted at the end. Keep your eyes peeled for a cameo from Peter Jackson and fan fave, Gollum.
An earthquake that lasted for three minutes forced Australia ns living in Darwin, probably already deep in dreamland, to rouse from their sleep at 2.30am local time. The source of the earthquake? A 7.3 magnitude earthquake in the Banda Sea off Indonesia that is actually more than 600 kilometres away from Darwin. Its epicenter, measured at 180km deep, fortunately was not strong enough to trigger damage both lives and property on nearby islands as well as to trigger a tsunami, Mark Leonard, Geoscience Australia senior seismologist, said. Nevertheless, it had been still widely felt.
The four remaining Voice contestants — Cassadee Pope, Terry McDermott, Trevin Hunte and Nicholas David — performed on Monday’s one-hour episode in hopes of making it to next week’s season three finale. PHOTOS: ‘The Voice’ Teams: Season 3′s Performers The show opened with Carson Daly announcing that only one contestant would be cut on Tuesday’s show, so three of the remaining four would move on to next week’s finale. That should be happy news for the contestants, but did anyone notice that the semifinalists looked so sad throughout this episode. Are they just tired? Nervous
DAVID D KIRKPATRICK The political crisis over Egypt’s draft constitution hardened on both sides Sunday, as President Mohammed Morsi prepared to deploy the army to safeguard balloting in a planned referendum on the new charter and his opponents called for more protests and a boycott to undermine the vote. Thousands of demonstrators streamed toward the presidential palace for a fifth night of protests against Morsi and the proposed charter, and the president, a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, formally issued an order asking the military to protect “vital institutions” and secure the vote. With the decision to boycott the charter, the opposition signaled it had given up hope it could defeat the draft charter at the polls, and had opted instead to try to undermine the referendum’s legitimacy. The call for new protests – with major demonstrations expected at the presidential palace again on Tuesday and Friday — ensures that questions about Egypt’s national unity and stability will continue to overshadow debate about the specific contents of the charter. Although international experts who have studied the draft say it is hardly more religious than Egypt’s old constitution, opponents say it fails to adequately protect individual rights from being constricted by a future Islamist majority in Parliament. The opposition “rejects lending legitimacy to a referendum that will definitely lead to more sedition and division,” said Sameh Ashour, a spokesman for the National Salvation Front
By Andre Teh My Paper Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 SINGAPORE/HOLLYWOOD – Tolkien fans, the wait is almost over. Peter Jackson’s first instalment of the big-screen adaptation of The Hobbit will open in cinemas here on Thursday. Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is the highest-grossing motion-picture trilogy worldwide, raking in a total of US$2.91 billion (S$3.55 billion). The trilogy’s third film, The Return Of The King, tied with Ben-Hur and Titanic for the most number of Academy Awards won for a single movie – 11 Oscars. Jackson expressed doubt that his latest film will replicate his Oscars feat in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. He said that there are probably “great possibilities” in the “below-the-line”, technical categories
It’s like looking a lot at some tug-o-war. While many still pick on the supposed end of the world on December 21, 2012, still others take round the clock efforts to debunk the Mayan doomsday myth. While the Mayan calendar indeed ends of that date, it actually heralds the start of new beginnings for Earth and its people. “People have drawn a doomsday conclusion from the Mayan calendar, when there isn’t one,” Louix Dor Dempriey, a spiritual master who started the Louix Dor Dempriey Foundation, said in a statement. “The world is not going to come to an end on December 21st, and that’s not what the Mayan calendar predicted to begin with.” “Every so often, someone calls for a doomsday or some other major event that they state is going to happen,” Dor Dempriey added