Pakistan plane crash kills 98

A domestic Pakistan International Airlines flight with at least 98 people on board crashed Friday shortly after 2 p.m. local time near its destination in the southern port city of Karachi, Abdul Sattar Kokhar, a spokesman for the country’s civil aviation authority, told the Associated Press.

Pakistan’s civil aviation authority said the plane carried 91 passengers and a crew of seven. Earlier, the departure airport in the northeastern city of Lahore had said more than 100 were on board. Kokhar said the discrepancy was due to confusion in the chaotic aftermath of the crash.

Information on survivors evolved as details emerged about the crash. Police in protective masks struggled to clear away crowds amid the smoke and dust so ambulances and firetrucks could move through the crash site. As darkness settled over the crash site, flood lights illuminated the wreckage, where crews were still recovering bodies. A portable morgue was set up.

At least 57 bodies were recovered, health department officials said, and Malik said finding all the dead could take two to three days. Two deceased passengers have already been identified by their DNA and returned to family members, said Meeran Yousaf, a Health Department spokesman for Sindh Province.

At least two people aboard survived, according to the Sindh provincial health department, revising earlier reports. And three additional people on the ground were injured.

One of the survivors, province officials said, was Zafar Masud, the head of the Bank of Punjab, whom local TV stations said was seen being carried on a stretcher.

Airline chairman Arshad Malik confirmed that Masud survived.

The aircraft crashed into a crowded neighborhood on the edge of the airport, and Mayor Wasim Akhtar said at least five or six houses were destroyed.

The residential area on the edge of the airport, known as Model Colony, is poor and heavily congested.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was “shocked & saddened” by the crash in a statement posted to Twitter Friday.

“Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased,” the statement continued.

Malik said there will be an investigation into the crash, adding that the aircraft was in good working order.

Major General Babar Iftikhar, the chief media officer for Pakistan’s Armed Forces, said in a tweet that the the army’s chief of staff had volunteered its full assistance to the civil administration’s rescue efforts.

In an earlier tweet, the Pakistan Armed Forces shared that Army Aviation had dispatched helicopters to assess damage and assist with ongoing rescue efforts.

Witnesses said the Airbus A320 appeared to attempt to land two or three times before crashing in a residential area near Jinnah International Airport, also known as Karachi Airport.

A transmission of the pilot’s final exchange with air traffic control, posted on the website LiveATC.net, indicated he had failed to land and was circling around to make another attempt.

“We are proceeding direct, sir — we have lost engine,” a pilot said.

“Confirm your attempt on belly,” the air traffic controller said, offering a runway.

“Sir – mayday, mayday, mayday, mayday Pakistan 8303,” the pilot said before the transmission ended.

Pakistan

A resident of the area, Abdul Rahman, said he saw the aircraft circle at least three times, appearing to try to land at the airport before it crashed into several houses.

USA TODAY has reached out to Pakistan International Airlines and to the Aviation Division of the Government of Pakistan for comment on the crash.

Airbus said the plane had logged 47,100 flight hours and 25,860 flights as of Friday. The plane had two CFM56-5B4 engines.

Airbus said it would provide technical assistance to investigators in France and Pakistan, as well as the airline and engine manufacturers.

“We at Airbus are deeply saddened by the tragic news of flight #PK8303,” tweeted Executive Director Guillaume Faury. “My thoughts and those of my Airbus colleagues, go to the families and loved ones affected. In aviation, we all work hard to prevent this. Airbus will provide full assistance to the investigating authorities.”

Airworthiness documents showed the plane last received a government check on Nov. 1, 2019. PIA’s chief engineer signed a separate certificate on April 28 saying all maintenance had been conducted on the plane and that “the aircraft is fully airworthy and meets all the safety” standards.

Pakistan resumed domestic flights earlier this week ahead of the Eid-al Fitr holiday marking the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. Pakistan had been in a countrywide lockdown since mid-March. The virus has has infected more than 50,000 people and killed 1,067 people there as of Friday morning, according to Johns Hopkins data.

Karachi is the capital of southern Sindh Province, the epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic in Pakistan. The area is home to nearly 20,000 of the country’s coronavirus cases.

Science Minister Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry said this year has been a “catastrophe – just survival is so difficult,” first with the pandemic and now the tragedy of the plane crash.

Most of the passengers were heading home to celebrate Eid-al Fitr, he said.

“What is most unfortunate and sad is whole families have died – whole families who were travelling together for the Eid holiday,” he said in a telephone interview from the capital of Islamabad.

Kobe Bryant dies alongside 8 others, including 13-year-old daughter

Former Lakers star Kobe Bryant has died in a plane crash.

The NBA legend who died at the age of 41 was reportedly on board a helicopter with other eight passengers during the incident which occurred at 10am near Calabasas, a location in north-west Los Angeles.

According to the UK Guardian, the helicopter crashed due to foggy weather, igniting bushfires which made it difficult for firefighters to successfully carry out rescue operations.

Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter named Giana is believed to be among the dead

Media reports confirm that Kobe preferred flying on helicopters during his lifetime to avoid the heavy traffic in Los Angeles.

 

Another Boeing 737 Max makes emergency landing in the US

Few days after the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10 sparked a worldwide shut down of Boeing’s 737 Max 8 model, Aljazeera has confirmed another threat to lives.

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max made a safe emergency landing in Orlando, Florida, after experiencing an engine problem, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The crew declared an emergency after taking off from Orlando International Airport on Tuesday and returned to the airport safely.

No passengers were on board as the aircraft was being ferried to Victorville, California, where Southwest is storing the aeroplane because of a nationwide commercial flight ban.

The 737 Max was grounded in the United States on March 13 after a deadly crash involving a Max in Ethiopia on March 10. It was the second fatal crash involving the plane model in the past five months.

US airlines are allowed to shuttle the planes but cannot carry passengers.

The FAA said it’s investigating but the emergency was not related to anti-stall software that is suspected as a cause of the two fatal crashes, including one last year involving a plane from Indonesia.

Airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell said one of the airport’s three runways was shut down for cleaning after the landing. She said it was standard procedure to check a runway for debris after an emergency landing. It wasn’t clear if any parts actually fell off the plane.

Southwest said the plane’s pilots reported a “performance issue” with an engine shortly after taking off for the California airport, where it was flying to be in short-term storage. The Max 8 jet was to be moved to Southwest’s Orlando maintenance facility to be checked, a company statement said.

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 went down minutes into a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya, killing all 157 people on board earlier this month.

The Ethiopian tragedy came after a Lion Air jet of the same model crashed in Indonesia in October 2018, killing all 189 people on board.

Tuesday’s development comes as the American manufacturer Boeing struggles to cope with the fallout from the two crashes, which have cast a spotlight on the safety certification process and shaken confidence in a plane that is crucial to its future plans.

The Boeing 737 Max is the fastest-selling aircraft in the company’s history with roughly 370 delivered so far and some 4,700 more on order.

Some airlines have said they are reevaluating existing orders of the 737 Max in the wake of the deadly crashes.

Boing to upgrade its 737 MAX fleet after Ethiopia Airlines crash

In the aftermath of Ethiopia Airlines crash which killed dozens of passengers, Boeing owners have suggested that the Boeing 737 Max 8 series had been certified without additional pilot training, despite changes to prior safety systems.

In turn, the US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure vowed on Wednesday to conduct a thorough investigation.

The US-based manufacturer said that its Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) – a feature installed on its 737 MAX series of passenger aircraft to prevent stalls, low-speed and nose-up flight – is in the final stages of updating, AFP Reported Sunday.

“Boeing is finalizing its development of a previously-announced software update and pilot training revision that will address the MCAS flight control law’s behavior in response to erroneous sensor inputs”, Boeing president and CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a statement, according to the news outlet.

A press release from Chairman Peter Defazio and House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Rick Larsen reads: “Despite repeated assurance from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) in recent days, it has become abundantly clear to us that not only should the 737 Max be grounded but also that there must be a rigorous investigation into why the aircraft, which has critical safety systems that did not exist on prior models, was certified without requiring additional pilot training.”

The Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed last week. All 157 people from 35 countries on board were killed. In the wake of the tragedy, which followed a similar deadly crash of a Boeing 737 MAX in Indonesia in October 2018.

Aviation authorities and airlines around the world either grounded their 737 MAX 8 series aircraft or closed airspace to them.

According to the preliminary investigation, the plane’s sensors were reportedly showing incorrect speed and altitude readings. The FAA also found similarities in both accidents during the investigation.

Boeing, in its turn, said on Wednesday, however, that it had “full confidence” in the safety of its 737 MAX aircraft but supported the decision to temporarily ground the entire fleet of 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 series planes after the crash.

Cardiff City’s Emiliano Sala confirmed dead!

 

Wreckage from the plane which disappeared with Cardiff City’s Emiliano Sala and pilot on board has been found in the English Channel.

Image shows Emiliano Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson

It follows a search by two ships off Guernsey on Sunday.

David Mearns, on behalf of the footballer’s family, confirmed the wreckage was located earlier, according to CNN.

Teams from the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) have now moved into location at the site to recover the aircraft.

“Wreckage from plane which disappeared with Cardiff City’s Emiliano Sala and pilot on board found in English Channel located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN,” Mr Mearns said.

“The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by police.

“Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David.”

Expert concludes review of new information on death of former UN chief Dag Hammarskjöld

The United Nations today received an expert report that summarizes the new information made available by Member States and other sources and assesses whether and to what degree that information helps to establish the conditions and circumstances
resulting in the tragic deaths of former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld and 15 others traveling with him.

Mr. Hammarskjöld served as the top UN official from April 1953 until his death at the age of 56 in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, along with 15 others in September 1961.

According to an information note issued by the Office of the UN Spokesperson, the report, presented by Mohamed Chande Othman, former Chief Justice of Tanzania, to Secretary-General António Guterres, sets out findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Mr. Othman was appointed by Mr. Guterres in February 2017 and is familiar with this matter from his role as Chair of the 2015 Independent Panel of Experts, which concluded, among other things, that there was significant new information with
sufficient probative value to further pursue aerial attack or other interference as a hypothesis of the possible cause of the crash.

Since Mr. Othman’s appointment, the UN chief has urged Member States to disclose, declassify or allow access to information that they may have regarding the tragic 1961 plane crash.

Mr. Othman’s new mandate was to review potential new information, assess its probative value and determine the scope that any further investigation should take.

The mandate also allows him, if possible, to draw conclusions from the investigations
already conducted, including by the 2015 Independent Panel of Experts and the 2013 Hammarskjöld Commission.

The Secretary-General will transmit Mr. Othman’s report to the General Assembly before the end of its seventy-first session and report on progress made.

Breaking News: No Survivors in Pakistan Crash

Relatives gather outside the residence of Junaid Jamshed, pop star turned evangelical Muslim cleric, in Karachi, Pakistan December 7, 2016.

The chairman of Pakistan International Airlines has issued an official statement on the plane crash which killed a total of 48 people, including 42 passengers, five crew members and one ground engineer. He said the pilot lost control of his engines and made a Mayday Call before crashing.

Reports confirm the ill-fated plane crashed into a mountain near Havelian [a town in northern Pakistan] on Wednesday. The flight was enroute from Chitral to the capital city, Islamabad

Recovery operations continued through the night at the remote crash site.

Muslim Mirror reported that ambulances were unable to access the location, adding that Taj Muhammad Khan, a government official  who was present at the site said: “All the victims burned beyond recognition.

“The airplane was on fire before it hit the ground.”

Azam Sehgal, PIA’s chairman, had a chat with reporters during which he confirmed that the pilot for flight PK661 contacted officials at the control tower at 4:09 p.m. local time, reporting that “one of his engines had developed a technical fault and moments later made a ‘mayday call’ shortly before the plane disappeared.”

“We were confident that the plane could land with one working engine,” he said.

“I think that there was no technical error or human error… obviously there will be a proper investigation.

“There are no survivors, no one has survived,” Azam said in his briefing.

Reuters said 40 bodies had been recovered, adding that a team of about 500 soldiers, doctors and paramedics have been working relentlessly at the site.

A report from Fox News quotes a spokesman for the Interior Ministry as saying: “A team had been dispatched to help identify the bodies through DNA tests.

“Authorities have released names of passengers — among them Junaid Jamshed, a famous singer-turned-Islamic-preacher.”

Ghulam Rasool Khan, a 24-year-old who lost his brother Umair Khan in the plane crash, begged police to allow him retrieve his corpse but was denied access. He was told that “there was no point in going to the mortuary because there’s nothing left to be identified.”

Khan said rumors are rife that the plane was unfit to fly.

In his words: “It is a murder and I want to know who killed my brother,” Fox NewsFox News reported.

People watch television coverage of the PIA plane crash, at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Rawalpindi, Pakistan December 7, 2016.

The remains of those victims have been deposited at the Ayub Medical Center in nearby Abbottabad which is located about 20km (12 miles) away, reports confirm.

Pervez George, the spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority, told The Associated Press that a team of experts would determine the cause after retrieving the plane’s black box recorder.

However, Azam [PIA’s chairman] said: “The ATR turboprop aircraft had undergone regular maintenance and in October had passed an ‘A-check’ maintenance certification, performed after every 500 flight hours.

“A full investigation of the crash, involving international agencies, would be conducted.”

PIA said in a late night report that the plane was carrying 47 people, including five crew members and 42 passengers though an earlier report had put the total number of passengers on board as 48.

The airline said two Austrian citizens and one Chinese citizen – a total of 3 men from the two countries were on board.

Villagers retrieved remains of passengers killed in a plane crash and placed them in shawls and covered bodies with cloth near Havelian, Pakistan, Dec. 7, 2016.

Image shows remains of the crash victims.

A spokesperson for the Austrian foreign minister later confirmed the death of two Austrians onboard the ill-fated plane.

“The fire continued for more than 2 hours after the crash,” a witness told reporters.

A Chapecoense Player found he was about to be a Dad before the Plane Crash

Tiago da Rocha Vieira Alves, one of the Chapecoense players who died in Tuesday’s plane crash, just found out barely a week before the tragic incident that he was going to be a father.

Image shows Tiago da Rocha Vieira Alves and his wife Graziele.

According a report from CNN.com, a trending online video which was recorded last Wednesday shows a group of excited Chapecoense teammates celebrating with the father-to-be after they surprised him with the news.

“Tiaguinho”, as he’s called by friends, can be seen in the video happily hugging his friends and rocking his arms as if cradling a baby. The move could have been a rehearsal for his celebrations if he were to score in the scheduled Wednesday match.

The Brazilian club was expected to play against their Colombian counterparts Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana finals.

CNN caught up with Gilmara Marins, a cousin to the Chapecoense striker [Tiaguinho] who secured a final spot for his team after netting the winning goal against Sao Paulo last week.

In her words: ‘The family is in great shock.

‘His wife’s pregnancy is a small miracle. It is a small part of Tiaguinho that stays behind with us.

‘We are thankful for Graziele’s pregnancy which just over a month.’

The couple got married on 12 December, 2015 – less than two weeks before their one year anniversary, CNN reported.

Marins said her cousin [Tiaguinho] was unbelievably caring and down to earth.

She continues: ‘He always wanted to be a young father … so I am happy that he got to have that last joythough he’s gone.

‘He was wonderful — an excellent player, who never forgot about his family.

‘He was always calling the family, and making sure they were okay. Even though he was far away, he called his mother almost every day.

‘His mother still cannot believe what happened. She is still waiting for him to be alive.

‘But his death has been confirmed, so we are just awaiting the arrival of the body. That is all we can do now. Wait for him to come home.’

Tiago da Rocha Vieira Alves and his wife Graziele.

All you need to know about the Brazilian Football Team we lost in Columbia

Colombia plane crash

As FIFA president Gianni Infantino rightly said: “It’s a very, very sad moment for football.”. The Brazilian football club Chapecoense was preparing for their biggest game in history when an aircraft conveying them from Brazil to Colombia, via Bolivia, crashed near the city of Medellín in Colombia.

Chapecoense was scheduled to play in the Copa Sudamericana final when the tragic incident occurred.

Reports confirm that on Tuesday morning, Brazil and football in general, lost at least 71 lives.

Latest reports say seven people were rescued from the chartered airplane, but sadly, one of the survivors who is the team’s goalkeeper named Danilo, later died from his injuries.

Having been promoted to Brazil’s top flight for the first time in decades in 2014, Chapecoense was never expected to make the final of the Copa Sudamericana, the Latin American equivalent of the Europa League. But the club did, knocking out Argentina’s San Lorenzo. It prompted wild celebrations.

Chapecoense was scheduled to play Medellín team Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the final on 30 November. The team live streamed its arrival at Viru Viru airport in Bolivia on Facebook.

This is the story as told in pictures:

<p>Police officers and rescue workers search for survivors around the wreckage of a chartered airplane that crashed in La Union, a mountainous area outside Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides) </p>

Police officers and rescue workers search for survivors around the wreckage of a chartered airplane that crashed in La Union, a mountainous area outside Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

<p>Rescuers gesture near the wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team that crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, municipality of La Union, on Nov. 29, 2016. (Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images) </p>

Rescuers gesture near the wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team that crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, municipality of La Union, on Nov. 29, 2016.

<p>Rescuers search for survivors from the wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team that crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, municipality of La Union, on Nov. 29, 2016. (Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images) </p>

Rescuers search for survivors from the wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team that crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, municipality of La Union, on Nov. 29, 2016.

<p>Rescuers carry one of the survivors from the LAMIA airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team that crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, municipality of La Union, on November 29, 2016. (Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images) </p>

Rescuers carry one of the survivors from the LAMIA airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team that crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, municipality of La Union, on November 29, 2016.

<p>Rescue workers carry the boris of victims of an airplane that crashed in La Union, a mountainous area outside Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday , Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides) </p>

Rescue workers carry the boris of victims of an airplane that crashed in La Union, a mountainous area outside Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday , Nov. 29, 2016.

<p>Medical staff from the San Juan de Dios hospital transfer 27-year-old Brazilian soccer player Alan Ruschel as he arrives to La Ceja in Colombia on Nov. 29, 2016, after surviving a plane crash. Ruschel is said to be the first survivor after a plane reportedly carrying 81 people, including the players of the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense, crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin as it was approaching the Jose Maria Cordoba airport. (Lius Eduardo Noriega A./EPA) </p>

Medical staff from the San Juan de Dios hospital transfer 27-year-old Brazilian soccer player Alan Ruschel as he arrives to La Ceja in Colombia on Nov. 29, 2016, after surviving a plane crash.

<p>Rescue workers search for survivors at he wreckage of a chartered airplane that crashed in La Union, a mountainous area outside Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday , Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides) </p>

Ruschel is said to be the first survivor after a plane reportedly carrying 81 people, including the players of the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense, crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin as it was approaching the Jose Maria Cordoba airport.

<p>Rescue workers search at the wreckage site of a chartered airplane that crashed outside Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides) </p>

<p>Brazil’s Chapecoense player Helio Neto is helped by paramedics at the San Juan de Dios clinic in La Ceja, Antioquia Department on November 29 2016. (Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images) </p>

Brazil’s Chapecoense player Helio Neto is helped by paramedics at the San Juan de Dios clinic in La Ceja, Antioquia Department on November 29 2016.

<p>Real Madrid’s players observe a minute of silence at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training ground outside Madrid, Spain, after a plane crash involving passengers including players of Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, Nov.29, 2016. (Juan Medina/Reuters) </p>

Real Madrid’s players observe a minute of silence at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training ground outside Madrid, Spain, after a plane crash involving passengers including players of Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, Nov.29, 2016.

<p>Players of Chapecoense celebrate after their match against San Lorenzo at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil on Nov. 23, 2016. (Paulo Whitaker/Reuters) </p>

Players of Chapecoense celebrate after their match against San Lorenzo at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil on Nov. 23, 2016.

<p>Head coach Caio Junior of Chapecoense celebrates with his players after their match against San Lorenzo in the Copa Sudamericana at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil on Nov. 23, 2016. (Paulo Whitaker/Reuters) </p>

Head coach Caio Junior of Chapecoense celebrates with his players after their match against San Lorenzo in the Copa Sudamericana at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil on Nov. 23, 2016.

<p>Brazil’s Chapecoense players pose for pictures during their 2016 Copa Sudamericana semifinal second leg football match against Argentina’s San Lorenzo held at Arena Conda stadium, in Chapeco, Brazil, on Nov. 23, 2016. (Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images) </p>

A very sad day for football – Gianni Infantino

Gianni Infantino, the FIFA President, has summarized his feelings on the death of 75 Brazilian players and media representatives who died in a plane crash on Tuesday.

“It’s a very, very sad day for football,” Infantino said of the total 81 passengers on board the ill-fated aircraft which crashed in Columbia.

The 46-year-old who holds dual nationality, Swiss and Italian, said: “At this difficult time our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends.

“FIFA would like to extend its most heartfelt condolences to the fans of Chapecoense, the football community and media organizations concerned in Brazil.”

Latest reports say only six passengers survived from the crash – three of them are Chapecoense players.

In total, there were 72 passengers and nine crew members, authorities said. The crash occurred in the Colombian region of Antioquia.

FIFA President Infantino: “At this difficult time our thoughts are with the victims, their families & friends” More:https://t.co/vozyJK9WKa

— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) 29 ноября 2016 г.

Image: Gianni Infantino

The aircraft conveying Brazilian Chapecoense Real football team and nine crew members was declared missing in the Columbian airspace on Tuesday, the Jose Maria Cordova International Airport in Rionegro said in a statement.

Breaking News: Plane with 81 Brazilian Players crashes in Columbia

A plane with Chapecoense Brazilian professional football players reportedly crashed in Columbia at around 10:15 p. m. local time in Cerro Gordo after disappearing in the Columbian airspace, the Jose Maria Cordova International Airport in Rionegro said in a statement, adding that there may be survivors.

Brazil's Chapecoense players pose for pictures during their 2016 Copa Sudamericana semifinal second leg football match against Argentina's San Lorenzo held at Arena Conda stadium, in Chapeco, Brazil, on November 23, 2016.

Brazil’s Chapecoense players pose for pictures during their 2016 Copa Sudamericana semifinal second leg football match against Argentina’s San Lorenzo held at Arena Conda stadium, in Chapeco, Brazil, on November 23, 2016.

According to local media, some 81 people were on board, including nine crew members.

The football team was going to the South American Cup final against Atletico Nacional in a game set for Wednesday.

Esta es la entrada al cerro El Gordo en La Unión, llegan ambulancias de diferentes lugares del Oriente a atender siniestro aéreo. pic.twitter.com/mO1CahhBCU

— MiOriente (@MiOriente) November 29, 2016

The plane crashed en route to José María Córdova International Airport in Rionegro, the second largest airport in Colombia.

“Confirmed, the aircraft with registration CP2933 * transported the team @ChapecoenseReal. Apparently there are survivors,” the statement said.

Flightradar24 received last ADS-B signal from #LMI2933 at 15,500 feet — about 30 km from destination MDE airport located at ~7,000 feet. pic.twitter.com/hGcyHc98EV

— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) November 29, 2016

The airport added that the emergency teams cannot access the site located in the Antioquia department in northwest Colombia by air due to weather conditions and are trying to reach it by land.

Dos helicópteros de la Fuerza Aérea Colombiana ya emprendieron la búsqueda de los sobrevivientes. https://t.co/EvLiYxwJKZ pic.twitter.com/fUzbgE1JQI

— MiOriente (@MiOriente) November 29, 2016

Confirmado, la aeronave con matrícula CP2933 * transportaba al equipo @ChapecoenseReal. Al parecer hay sobrevivientes.

— José María Córdova (@AeropuertoMDE) November 29, 2016

According to media reports, the crash was caused by the lack of fuel.

The number of dead or injured is not reported at the moment.

#Ampliación Avión que transportaba al equipo Chapecoense de Brasil se encuentra desaparecido https://t.co/vLOvmOd4aJ pic.twitter.com/0sAFz5oKY3

— Noticias Caracol (@NoticiasCaracol) November 29, 2016

To be updated…

MH370: New Finding Supports Claims That Plane Was Deliberately Flown Into Sea.

An air-crash investigator has revealed he believes flight MH370 was deliberately flown into the water, as new revelations emerge. The Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared in March 2014 while flying between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.

Flight officer looks out of a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean during the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. © Rob Griffith

Australian MH370 search authorities are hopeful a wing part found in Tanzania will shed light on how the flight crashed, amid a lack of public information on debris found a year ago, Manila Times reported.

While the current theory suggests the ill-fated Flight MH370 was unpiloted when it crashed over the ocean with 239 people on board, a leading air crash investigator cites “definite evidence” the plane was brought down by somebody in the cockpit, RT reported.

According to the BBC Larry Vance told ’60 Minutes’ in Australia that erosion on the wings suggests a controlled landing.

Vance used to work with the Canadian Air Safety Board and has been in charge of more than 200 crash investigations.

Speaking on the Australian TV programme, he said: “Somebody was flying the airplane into the water. There is no other alternative theory that you can follow.”

Vance is basing his theory on a piece of the wing which was discovered on Reunion Island last year.

The part of the wing that was discovered is known as the ‘flaperon’ and according to Vance the appearance of the recovered wing suggests it had been deployed for landing.

He explained that there is no other way to get the flaperon into this position apart from in preparation for landing, AOL reported.

© Wikipedia

Vance said: “The force of the water is really the only thing that could make that jagged edge that we see. It wasn’t broken off. If it was broken off, it would be a clean break. You couldn’t even break that thing.”

Peter Foley, an Australian Safety Bureau crash investigator, agrees that it is possible plane could have been flown into the water intentionally, the Guardian reports.

He said: “There is a possibility there was someone in control at the end and we’re actively looking for evidence to support that.”

There have been plenty of theories surrounding what happened to the fated MH370 flight. The Malaysia Airlines jet was carrying 239 passengers and crew when it disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.

Foley said he was hopeful the wing part found off Tanzania, which is in Canberra for analysis and was confirmed by Australia on Friday to be “highly likely” from MH370, could reveal how the plane crashed.

“We are looking to see whether or not we can work out whether that flap was extended at the end of flight… it suggests a different end-of-flight scenario,” he added, AFP reported.

Just last week it was revealed that a home flight simulator owned by the plane’s pilot was used to plan a course heading to the south Indian Ocean which is where it’s thought the plane disappeared.

However the Joint Agency Coordination Centre said that the existence of this data does not prove the pilot intentionally crashed the plane.

A statement from the JACC read: “The simulator information shows only the possibility of planning. It does not reveal what happened on the night of the aircraft’s disappearance, nor where the aircraft is located.”

BREAKING NEWS: FlyDubia’s Boeing 737 Crashes Killing 62 Passengers.

The aircraft involved is believed to be FlyDubai Flight FZ981 using this Boeing 737-800 aircraft

Sad news! Reports from Dailymail confirms a FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 has crashed as it attempted to land at a Russian airport. 55 passengers and 7 crew members from Dubai were on-board though earlier reports said that 61 people were aboard the flight.

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