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Sunday, 31 July 2016

'PISTOL PACKING' TEXANS TAKE DOWN 1 OF 2 SHOOTERS IN DIFFERENT INCIDENTS...MULTIPLE SHOOTINGS IN TWO AREAS: ONE DEAD, MULTIPLE INJURIES IN AUSTIN TEXAS AS 50 MILES AWAY NEAR LOCKHART 16 HOT AIR BALLOONISTS LOSE THEIR LIVES IN FIREBALL AS BALLOON HITS POWERLINE

Lockhart Texas, The Smiley Face hot air balloon involved in the death of 16 balloonists as it allegedly hit power lines and burst into flame  

UPDATE (11:00am Sunday UK) A suspected shooter in Texas (where 'pistol-packing' open carry gun laws have recently been enacted)  was "taken down by citizens" and admitted to hospital after opening fire in a garage.

Another suspect is still on the run, following an unrelated shooting in nearby 6th Street, in which one woman was killed and three others were hospitalised.

Austin Police Department (APD) said: "The individual that fired the shots in the garage was subsequently taken down by citizens that got involved, and we believe that he is the one that was transported for medical care."

The police said: "The scene is secure, we've locked down 6th Street. It's an active investigation, so at this point we're not aware of any other threats."


BREAKING NEWS; Following on from the deaths of 16 hot air balloonists on Saturday, 50 miles south of Austin, it is currently being reported that downtown Austin (at 3:20 am local / 4:20am Eastern Standard Time; 09:20am Sunday UK)  'multiple people' have suffered 'multiple gunshot' injuries, and one confirmed female (in her 30's) fatality, in two separate 'shooting areas'  in or near a nightclub  in downtown Austin, Texas.



The situation is ongoing and active, the gunman still firing rounds and on the loose. Video of the shootings (recorded  by Dorian Santiago) being uploaded to social media and Twitter.

Meanwhile as earlier reported by agencies, a hot air balloon burst into flames over central Texas on Saturday after apparently striking power lines and plunged into a field, killing all 16 people aboard in one of the deadliest such accidents on record, police and eyewitnesses said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the fiery crash occurred at about 7:40 a.m. (8.40 a.m. ET) near Lockhart, a town about 30 miles (50 km) south of Austin, the Texas capital.

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said 16 people were believed to have been aboard the doomed craft and that no one survived. The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed that 16 people were dead.

Emergency responders in Texas said the basket portion of the balloon, which carries the passenger and crew, caught fire. Aerial television footage from the aftermath of the accident showed remnants of the red, white and blue balloon, adorned with a large, yellow smiley face wearing sunglasses, lying flattened at the crash site.

The National Transportation Safety Board offered no details on what may have caused the accident, which occurred on a clear day. But a spokesman at the scene, Erik Grosof, said teams from that agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were being dispatched to determine how the crash unfolded.

FBI assistance is routine in cases of major accidents, Grosof said.


Margaret Wylie, an area resident, told reporters she believed that before the balloon crashed, it hit power transmission lines, which caused popping sounds like a gun going off.

"It went up like a big fireball," she told reporters.

Grosof said the balloon was believed to have been operated by Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides, a company that serves the Austin, Houston and San Antonio areas.

The sunglass-wearing smiley face and stars-and-stripes design of the fallen craft matched the pattern of a balloon featured in pictures posted on the company's Facebook page, which carried messages of condolences.

Source: Reuters, CNS, BBC, Twitter, YouTube


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Friday, 29 July 2016

BREAKING NEWS: NEW AVIATION MINISTER TO GET TOUGH OVER DRUNK 'DISRUPTIVE PASSENGERS' AT UK AIRPORTS

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Julian Bray Aviation Expert writes: As I commented live on radio and television channels earlier this morning: New aviation minister Lord Ahmad has announced plans to examine the way alcohol is sold at airports amid a spate of plane incidents involving drunk passengers. Over 442 were detained at airports.  This figure also includes some drug related and other incidents.

These are figures released under freedom of information requests and show at least 442 people were held after incidents on aircraft between March 2014 and March 2016. To put it in perspective, last year over 251million passengers transited through UK airports.

In February six men on a stag party were arrested by German police after a mid-air brawl caused a Ryanair flight from Luton to Bratislava, Slovakia, to divert to Berlin.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

AAIB INVESTIGATING AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT AT TURWESTON IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

The AAIB is sending a team to investigate an aircraft accident. Local sources suggest a pilot has died.


The AAIB has sent  a team to investigate an aircraft accident at Turweston in Buckinghamshire

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Aviation Incidents July 27th 2016

TransAsia A320 enroute on Jul 24th 2016, scorching water
A Transasia Airbus A320-200, registration B-22317 performing flight GE-367 from Shalu (Taiwan) to Macau (China) with 99 passengers and 8 crew, was enroute when smoke emanated from the aft galley. Cabin crew shut the galley power down, identified the...
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IrAero SU95 near Omsk on Jul 27th 2016, engine oil problem
An IrAero Sukhoi Superjet 100-95, registration RA-89010 performing flight IO-211 from Barnaul to Sochi (Russia) with 60 passengers and 6 crew, was climbing out of Barnaul when the crew stopped the climb at about FL270 about 300nm east of Omsk...
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Carnival AT72 at Chennai on Jul 27th 2016, air pressure leak
An Air Carnival Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-212A, registration VT-CMA performing flight S2-111 from Chennai to Madurai (India) with 39 people on board, was climbing out of Chennai when the crew decided to return to Chennai for a safe landing...
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Commut DH8B at Washington on Jul 26th 2016, engine shut down in flight, gear did not extend
A Commutair de Havilland Dash 8-200 on behalf of United, registration N362PH performing flight C5-4979/UA-4979 from Washington Dulles,DC to Norfolk,VA (USA), was in the initial climb out of Dulles' runway 30 when the crew reported an engine failure...
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Aurora DH8D near Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on Feb 16th 2016, cabin did not pressurize
An Aurora de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration RA-67254 performing flight HZ-783 from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Okha (Russia), was climbing through FL100 towards FL250 out of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk when the crew noticed the cabin did not pressurize properly....
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

TWO CANADIAN PILOTS CHARGED WITH BEING IMPARED BY ALCOHOL RELEASED ON BAIL BY PAISLEY SHERRIF COURT AS AIR TRANSAT IN CANADA SUSPENDS THEM



Two Canadian pilots charged with being impaired by alcohol as they boarded and prepared to fly a Air Transat Airbus A310 aircraft with some 250 passengers and crew from Scotland to Toronto -  have now been released on bail.


The two accused, Jean-Francois Perreault, 39, and Imran Zafar Syed, 37, were arrested by police on 18 July, just before the Air Transat flight was due to depart from Glasgow Airport to Canada.


Although both were remanded in custody at Paisley Sheriff Court last week, earlier today the two pilots were granted granted bail but  the Sherriff Court ordered them to surrender their passports.

BREIGHTON AERODROME HELICOPTER CRASH, (July17) AIR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS (AAIB) REPORT ONE OF THE FIVE INJURED HAS DIED



BBC NEWS are reporting that one of five men injured in a helicopter crash in an East Yorkshire airfield has died, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has confirmed.   Julian Bray aviation security expert will be live on BBC York at 17:05 today (Tuesday) with the latest update.


The aircraft, a former military Alouette helicopter, crashed at Breighton Aerodrome, near Selby, on 17 July during a private flight.


Helio type seen in the opening credits of the MASH TV series..

All five men suffered head, back, chest and leg injuries in the crash.


The AAIB said it was sending investigators to the site after "one of the persons on board passed away".


Investigators had up to now been carrying out the inquiry by correspondence, without a formal requirement to visit he crash site. The crashed helicopter was within hours removed to a secure location.


The AAIB said in a brief statement it had now become a "field investigation" following the death, and that "a team of inspectors had been appointed to fully investigate the helicopter accident at Breighton on 17 July." The investigation therefore remains with the AAIB but the findings, will now also additionally be reported to the coroner and police,  although police say they are not currently investigating.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36894643


Source BBC News, BBC York, CNS,




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WORLDS LARGEST AMPHIBIOUS HEAVY AIRCRAFT LAUNCHED BY CHINA

AG600 scoops up 12 tonnes of water in 20 seconds. Maximum take-off weight is 53.5 tons.

Following 7 years of development, the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China [AVIC] rolled out what is claimed to be the  world‘s largest amphibious aircraft, the AG600, designed to be used for rescue operations for 50 passengers and firefighting missions.

The aircraft is approximately the size of a Boeing 737. It measures 37 metres (121 feet) in length, the wingspan 39 metres (128 feet).

AG600 has a maximum flight range of 2,800 miles, and can scoop up  12 tonnes of water in 20 seconds. Aircraft's maximum take-off weight is 53.5 tons.

Geng Rugang, AVIC deputy general manager, said the aircraft was "the latest breakthrough in China's aviation industry." The aircraft is made for the domestic market and designed to be used for environmental monitoring, resource detection, and transportation.

AVIC representatives state, the aircraft already has received 17 orders and first flight is expected by the end of 2016.

The roll out of the aircraft comes during China‘s disputes with neighbouring nations, including Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines, over economic rights in South China Sea as well as unrest over the construction of artificial islands, complete with runways for both civilian and military aircraft. 


Clearly the AG600 amphibious aircraft will extend China's ability to conduct missions in the region and possibly before the 'artificial island' runways are available.


In November 2015, China rolled out first domestically developed narrow-body airplane C919seating up to 168 passengers.


In June 2016, China’s first domestically produced regional aircraft ARJ21 successfully made its first passenger flight from Chengdu to Shanghai, carrying 70 passengers on board. 


Earlier this July, domestically built transport aircraft Y-20 entered into service. The four-engine Y-20 has a maximum take-off load of 200 tonnes and can fly up to 7,800 km range partial loads.


Source CCTV, CNS, AEROTIME, FEFLIGHT,


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Monday, 25 July 2016

DOVER NIGHTMARE TRAVEL DELAYS: CALL TO BOYCOTT FRANCE, CALAIS AND THE CHANNEL TUNNEL VEHICLE SHUTTLES

Frazzled motorists and freight trucks arriving at the Port of Dover
after 15 hours of gridlock on the motorway ....


Delays for travellers heading towards the Channel Ferry and Tunnel crossings have eased but motorists have been warned to expect some disruption for weeks to come.


Many British holidaymakers travelling by car, campervans and coaches are seriously considering boycotting France and accessing mainland Europe via ports in Holland or by ferry directly to Santander in Spain.  


Julian Bray broadcaster and travel expert, speaking on the BBC 3 Counties Radio Robert Peroni Show earlier this afternoon, suggested: "The only way to counter any alleged French threat, seen by some politicians as punishment for the Brexit vote for the UK to leave the EU, by frustrating access to French ports; is to return the favour and we boycott or bypass France.


"British holiday traffic delays of some 15 hours without food and water in sweltering heat  - delays caused by French security staff chronic under-manning and the refusal of French officers and heavily unionised workers to work at the weekend or undertake any overtime. Essentially in UK terms, we would call it 'working to contract'.


"The dramatic answer  is to boycott the Port of Dover - Calais route completely and seriously consider alternatives, even if it take a few hours out of your originally planned route, it might well be a quicker and more relaxed alternative.   


"If the British decided to seek alternative routes,  Calais and the surrounding regional towns and cities would see an immediate drop in revenue. That alone would see town mayors complaining to Paris in their droves! 


"Ideally motorists could telephone ahead and try alternatives to Dover, if they have any flexibility they should leave the M20 motorway as early as possible, essentially turning right and try A26 Newhaven - Dieppe, or even better cut out France all together and take the Brittany Ferries overnight voyage from A27 Portsmouth to Santander, Spain where security is tight but well regulated with minimal delays.


"Also out of A27 Portsmouth, frazzled families could opt for the Ports of Cherbourg and Le Havre, again only slight delays. A little further on is Poole where the ferry to Cherbourg operates.


"The other option is, at an early stage t turn left off the M20 motorway, and head directly for the A120 Port of Harwich and its popular route to the Hook of Holland with direct access to Holland, Belgium and Germany and few delays," Mr Bray added.      


The huge delays with traffic gridlocked, nose to tail, at Dover causing 15 hour delays and motorists leaving their families stranded without access to water and food,  have belatedly left the head of the port of Calais saying he is "ashamed".


Jean-Marc Puissesseau, president of the Cote d'Opale Chamber of Commerce, which runs the Port of Calais, insisted he would complain (ie at some time in the future ...)  to the French authorities about the failure to prepare for increased border checks.


He was unable to offer any explanation as to why little or no advance planning had been put in place for the expected peak capacity traffic and escape to Europe as British schools broke up for the summer holidays.


Just one French Official was deployed to carry out physical searches of 1000's of coaches. Each individual search lasting some 40-minutes ....


Delays for travellers heading towards the Channel crossing on Monday have since eased but motorists have been warned to expect disruption especially at weekends and for many weeks to come.


Holidaymakers faced hours on gridlocked roads near and surrounding Dover over the weekend, as some spent the night in their cars as they tried in vain to get to the port.  At one stage there were 12 to 15 mile tailbacks and people endured 15-hour waits.


Mr Puissesseau told BBC Radio 4's Today show: "I am very ashamed of this situation.


"I am so sorry for the British passengers starting their holiday with so long a wait because of control."


He added: "When we know that there will be big traffic, as it was yesterday because it was starting holidays, it should be organised.


"And if the French police is obliged now to control because of all the terrorism we are facing, I can understand it but what I cannot understand is that they don't put enough policeman to control.


Tory MP Andrew Bridgen suggested the chaos at Dover could have been motivated by last month's Brexit vote  "I can tell you when I finish the call with you I will call the Home Office and tell them it is unacceptable."
Asked if the delays could be revenge for the Brexit vote, he said "I hope not".


He added that he will "make so much pressure" that the delays should not happen again.


Police said the disruption was down to a "vast volume of holiday traffic" coupled with delays caused by heightened security at the border in the wake of terror attacks.


Increased checks were put in place by French authorities at the port but questions have been raised about staffing levels to deal with the huge number of people travelling at this time.


UK Border Force officials have since been drafted in to work with French border police, in Calais although the UK staff will not be permitted to conduct searches on French soil.




Sources: AFP, CNS, BBCNews, PA,







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AVIATION INCIDENTS JULY 26th 2016














KLM B737 at Amsterdam on Jul 25th 2016, flaps problem
A KLM Boeing 737-700, registration PH-BGF performing flight KL-1374 from Bucharest (Romania) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was on final approach to Amsterdam's runway 18C when the crew received landing clearance on runway 18C but initiated a go around...
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United B739 at Albany on Jul 24th 2016, that dreaded gear pin
A United Boeing 737-900, registration N37465 performing flight UA-899 from Albany,NY to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) with 138 people on board, departed Albany's runway 01 and was climbing out. After contacting departure air traffic control advised that...
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Easyjet A320 at Liverpool on Jul 21st 2016, bird strike
An Easyjet Airbus A320-200, registration G-EZOE performing flight U2-7179 from Liverpool,EN (UK) to Malaga,SP (Spain), departed Liverpool's runway 27, during the initial climb the left hand engine (CFM56) ingested a bird however resulting in a huge...
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Eastern E145 near Newcastle on Jul 24th 2016, engine shut down in flight
An Eastern Airways Embraer ERJ-145, registration G-CGWV performing charter flight T3-9625 from Newcastle,EN (UK) to Geneva (Switzerland) with the Sunderland soccer team on board, was climbing through FL290 out of Newcastle, when the crew received...
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Envoy E135 at Tyler on Jul 24th 2016, tower have you been stolen?
An Envoy Embraer ERJ-140 on behalf of American Airlines, registration N830AE performing flight MQ-3499/AA-3499 from Dallas Ft. Worth,TX to Tyler,TX (USA), was on approach to Tyler at about 2500 feet MSL when the crew was handed off to tower. Upon...
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Hawaiian A332 near Seattle on Jul 24th 2016, cracked windshield
A Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-200, registration N382HA performing flight HA-21 from Seattle,WA to Honolulu,HI (USA), was enroute at FL350 about 500nm southwest of Seattle when the crew decided to return to Seattle due to a problem with the...
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Ryanair B738 near Brussels on Jul 24th 2016, wheel well fire indication
A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-DYX performing flight FR-3131 from London Stansted,EN (UK) to Paphos (Cyprus), was enroute at FL350 about 20nm southeast of Brussels (Belgium) when the crew received a wheel well fire indication and decided...
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China Eastern A332 near Amsterdam on Jul 22nd 2016, engine shut down in flight
A China Eastern Airlines Airbus A330-200, registration B-5936 performing flight MU-771 from Shanghai Pudong (China) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was descending towards Amsterdam when the crew needed to shut the right hand engine (Trent 772) down. The...
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Gojet CRJ7 near Richmond on Jul 22nd 2016, engine shut down in flight
A Gojet Canadair CRJ-700 on behalf of Delta Airlines, registration N656CA performing flight DL-6185 from Raleigh/Durham,NC to New York La Guardia,NY (USA) with 60 passengers and 4 crew, was climbing through FL290 out of Raleigh/Durham about 10nm...
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British Airways A320 near Paris on Jul 21st 2016, fumes in cabin
A British Airways Airbus A320-200, registration G-GATK performing flight BA-2552 from London Gatwick,EN (UK) to Heraklion (Greece), was enroute at FL350 about 70nm southeast of Paris (France) about 40 minutes into the flight when the crew decided to...
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Sunday, 24 July 2016

April Ist Aircraft Near Miss over Stansted due to Air Traffic Controllers mixing up instructions ...AIRPROX REPORT



'Near Miss' representative library picture 


On 'All Fools Day April' 1st, 2016,  a 'near miss' involving two full to capacity passenger civil aviation planes off the Essex coast occurred after an 'under pressure' air traffic controller transposed call signs and instructions subsequently given to the wrong aircraft, an inquiry has found. The aircraft came within 700ft (200m) of each other before the mistake was discovered and rapidly corrected.

https://www.airproxboard.org.uk/uploadedFiles/Content/Standard_content/Airprox_report_files/2016/New_assessed_reports/Airprox%20Report%202016044.pdf


After the investigation was completed the UK Airprox report said the incident involved a Boeing 737 leaving London Stansted Airport and a Stansted-inbound Boeing 777 Dreamliner.


It records the controller instructed the "wrong aircraft", leading it to "climb into confliction" with the B777.


The B737 pilot told the investigation the risk of collision during the episode in the skies north-east of Southend had been "medium high".     The report concluded the air traffic controller in the London control centre mistakenly transposed call signs and gave the instruction to the wrong aircraft.


The inquiry found at the time of the airprox, defined as a situation where safety of an aircraft is compromised, the "controller's workload was high".


https://www.airproxboard.org.uk/uploadedFiles/Content/Standard_content/Airprox_report_files/2016/New_assessed_reports/Airprox%20Report%202016044.pdf


Sources: BBC NEWS, CNS, CAA, AFP


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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Aviation Incidents July22nd 2016

British Airways A320 near Paris on Jul 21st 2016, fumes in cabin
A British Airways Airbus A320-200, registration G-GATK performing flight BA-2552 from London Gatwick,EN (UK) to Heraklion (Greece), was enroute at FL350 about 70nm southeast of Paris (France) about 40 minutes into the flight when the crew decided to...
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Koryo T204 near Shenyang on Jul 22nd 2016, smoke in cabin
An Air Koryo Tupolev TU-204, registration P-632 performing flight JS-151 from Pyongyang (North Korea) to Beijing (China), was climbing through 9100 meters out of Pyongyang when the crew reported smoke in the cabin and diverted to Shenyang (China)...
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American A320 at West Palm Beach on Jul 21st 2016, fuel leak
An American Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration N108UW performing flight AA-1822 from West Palm Beach,FL to Philadelphia,PA (USA) with 138 people on board, was taxiing for departure from runway 10L on taxiway C parallel to runway 10L when a fuel...
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SA Airlink E135 at Johannesburg on Jul 17th 2016, "minor technical problem"
A SA Airlink Embraer ERJ-135, registration ZS-OTN performing flight SA-8230 from Johannesburg (South Africa) to Nampula (Mozambique), was climbing through FL310 out of Johannesburg when the crew stopped the climb, drifted the aircraft down to FL140...
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France A320 near Lyon on Jul 14th 2016, engine shut down in flight
An Air France Airbus A320-200, registration F-GHQM performing flight AF-7565 from Ajaccio to Paris Orly (France), was enroute at FL340 about 160mn southeast of Lyon (France) when the crew reported an engine (CFM56) problem. The aircraft drifted down...
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PRISON DRUG DELIVERY BY DRONE.... LANDS MAN ON THE OUTSIDE IN JAIL...



Ministry of JusticeVerified account @MoJGovUK 20h
Prisons Minister on jail sentence given to man for prison drone delivery

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Leicester neighbours jailed for 'taking turns' to shine a laser beam at an overhead police helicopter

Police Helicopter during a daylight patrol but was targeted by a laser beam at night,
ending a night search for a missing person and endangering the pilot and helicopter.

Neighbours who between them shone a laser pointer into the cockpit of a police helicopter airborne over the City of Leicester during a search for a missing person have been jailed. 

Martin Jayes and Oktawain Plaskiewicz took it in turns to shine the laser beam at the police helicopter patrolling  over Leicester, causing the missing person search by heat seeking night camera to be abandoned.

Jayes, 46, who was drunk at the time, was jailed for eight months, whilst his neighbour, Plaskiewicz, 22, was sentenced to six months imprisonment.


Judge Adrienne Lucking QC during sentencing told the two men that such actions cause "very grave risks, Actions with a laser like this cause life-threatening danger to the pilot, and members of the public on the ground."


Whilst circling over Western Park both men, of Bateman Road, New Parks, targeted the police helicopter at about 23:00 GMT on 9 March.


The two men were subsequently arrested, pleaded guilty to recklessly or negligently endangering the safety of an aircraft and those travelling within it.


Leicester Crown Court heard that Jayes, a father-of-six, had 71 previous criminal offences on his record.


Philip Gibbs, in mitigation for Plaskiewicz, said his client "Is mortified by what he has done and the potential consequences for others."


Source PA, BBC News, CNS,


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Friday, 22 July 2016

MUNICH TERRORIST SHOOTING : Lone 18-year-old German/Iranian acting alone shot dead 9 people, hospitalised 20, 3 critically. The gunman was shot dead.



UPDATE: SATURDAY MUNICH POLICE NEWS  CONFERENCE


 Death toll rises to 10 people, includes children and 3 women. 27 injured, of those, 10 in critical state.  


Gunman acted on his own, not part of a terrorist organisation or any links or connection.


Known mental issues.


No motive established.


Gunman, German born and grew up in Munich.


Gunfire exchanged with gunman by plain clothes firearm team.


 2,300 Officers called in overnight and 800 police continue to work on the operation, investigating background.


9mm Gloch 17 gun used, serial number illegally removed, some cartridges remained in gun,  he had 300 cartridges with him.


Gunman had no firearms licence.


Gunman had press cuttings and possible computer material on 'frenzied attacks.'


Police have amassed large quantity of video data.


No reason to stay away from Munich or cancel events, crime scene mainly cleared with exception of one small area. 


 Gunman had one shot wound in head area, act of suicide indicated, gunman left handed. Post Mortem has taken place.  


Next of kin of deceased informed by now.


He had no criminal record, no constitutional protection  (prison) record.  


3,410 emergency calls received in connection with this - normally four operational days worth, we assume gunman had mental issues.


We searched and investigated only one flat, No 'letter of farewell' recovered.


All transportation was shut down  [in Munich] owing to nature of reports phoned in.


All services now restored.


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An 18-year-old Iranian German male armed with a handgun, who lived in Munich, Germany turns out to be the sole gunman who shot dead nine people  ( including children) at a shopping mall, and caused twenty people to be admitted to hospital, three of those admitted are in a critical condition, no motive has been disclosed, and it is not clear if the gunman shot himself (most likely) or was shot by police in an exchange of gunfire. The City placed under a State of Emergency has now returned to normality, and the transport system restored. Police are confident the 18-year-old male was acting alone.

Police holding an early morning press conference said more than 2,300 police officers were involved, drawn from all over Germany, Switzerland and Austria. They will not be releasing further details, until next of kin had been informed, but appealed for any camera phone video footage of the incident or area at the time of the shootings, taken by members of the public and media to be sent to police.  


UPDATE: 22:40hrs CET Police possibly confirming body of one gunman in revised toll of NINE dead. Specialist GSG9 firearms teams activated.

UPDATE: 22:30hrs CET State of Emergency declared. Death toll now confirmed as EIGHT says police spokesman.

UPDATE: 20:20hrs CET Local media 'FOCUS' magazine, and a second local publication 'TZ' claiming one gunman has shot himself, but police still not confirming and contradictory 'press' statements from police liaison officer, say local journalists.  Remaining two/three suspects still armed and at large. City in 'lockdown.'  

Police Hotline number for relatives: +49 800 77 66 350

17:30 hrs CET Friday: Three Gunmen being hunted. Multiple deaths five (officially confirmed), two/three different shooting locations (one confirmed on phone footage, as being outside the doors of a McDonalds Burger unit seen using a handgun, in a two handed grip - some twenty shots heard - other phone footage from a rooftop location - thought to be same gunman, with an assault rifle slung over shoulder, more shots heard, two but 'not discounting' three 'shooters.'

Many casualties are being reported, three seriously - the situation is fluid, confused and ongoing - according to one official quoted by Reuters, a major 'shooting rampage'  at a north west Munich (150 retail outlets) Shopping Mall, next to the former Munich Olympics stadium. 

The German special forces (SWAT teams) police have arrived, and are rapidly evacuating shoppers from the Mall.  Police ( and UK Foreign Office) advising public living/ staying nearby, keep  indoors and well away from windows.

The situation is unclear (ie ongoing). The Munich Underground train system, buses and trams are also closed down) has been closed down, as new unconfirmed reports that a gunman fled the shopping centre, entered an Underground train station nearby and according to local reports, then travelled by train to Munich Centrum where a further shooting (UNCONFIRMED) may have taken place.   No one so far has claimed responsibility, although official sources in Germany, are now defining this as ' terrorist attack.'     /continuing...











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Russian built India Air Force AN-32 transport plane goes missing with 29 on board over Bay of Bengal. Big search underway...



A Russian built Twin engine turbo-prop transport aircraft, an AN-32, one of 100 the Indian Air Force (IAF) has in its fleet, is missing following take off fromTambaram airbase near Chennai, India for Port Blair, on an island in the middle of the Bay of Bengal.


Last contact was around 8.30 am on Friday morning. Including crew, some 29 people on board, the plane was scheduled to land around 11.20 am.


The Antonov AN-32 has been involved in 9 accidents so far, and consequently does not have a high safety rating.  Bay of Bengal weather is traditionally difficult for aviators with just about every combination of  thermals, vapour and mist hampering any visual search in the region by rescue craft.               



The last contact with the Russian-made AN-32 aircraft (the variant entered IAF service in 1984) was made after 16 minutes into its flight.The plane was taking officials to the strategic islands close to the Malacca Straits, where India maintains a military base at Port Blair.




A massive search operation has been launched jointly by the Coast Guard and IAF to find the missing aircraft.

In the event of the aircraft ditching into the sea, the Russian built Antonov has automatic locator beacons.


The Indian Navy has now deployed a Dornier aircraft to search for the missing plane in and around Bay of Bengal. Four ships, Karmukh, Gharial, Jyoti and Kuthar have also been deployed in the area to search the plane. Other assets will also be deployed as the search widens says an IAF source.


With light fading, the latest search tally is given as thirteen ships, a submarine, and five aircraft deployed.


Over 100 Russian-made AN-32s are currently in service with the IAF. Significantly, if fully fuelled, it can fly for up to four hours, without refuelling.








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MH370 search may be called off 'within months' despite claim search is in wrong area...



The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be called off or "suspended" if it is not found soon, the officials from the three main search country sponsors have said.

In a new development it appears that once the current grid search area has been completed, any continuing programme to find he missing aircraft will be suspended if it has not been found, authorities from Malaysia, China and Australia released the news in a joint statement.

The Malaysian transport minister (when pushed by journalists) said the decision did not mean they were giving up on finding MH370, but hopes for discovering it are "fading".


The passenger aircraft disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.  Specialist search teams have spent two years combing an area roughly the size of Greece in the southern Indian ocean off the western coast of Australia.

The search of the 120,000 square kilometre is expected to end within the next three months, despite a new theory emerging  about the crash, which suggests the plane may have glided for some distance, skimmed along the surface then gently sinking beneath the waves into the sea, rather than crash dived. The theory suggests the wrong grid references were being searched over the last 2 years.

The statement released earlier today said: "With less than 10,000 square kilometres of the high priority search area remaining to be searched, ministers acknowledged that despite the best efforts of all involved, the likelihood of finding the aircraft is fading.

"Ministers agreed that should the aircraft not be located in the current search area, and in the absence of credible new evidence leading to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft, the search would not end, but be suspended upon completion of the 120,000 square kilometre search area.

"The suspension does not mean the termination of the search. Ministers reiterated that the aspiration to locate MH370 has not been abandoned. Should credible new information emerge which can be used to identify the specific location of the aircraft, consideration will be given in determining next steps."


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