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Watch live: Elon Musk to announce first private passenger to fly around the moon

Watch live: Elon Musk to announce first private passenger to fly around the moon

Science
Sept. 17 (UPI) -- SpaceX founder Elon Musk is set to announce the first private space passenger to fly around the moon on Monday evening. Musk's announcement will be streamed live online. Coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET. According to SpaceX, the mystery passenger will be carried on a trip around around the moon on the aerospace company's next-generation rocket, the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR. The plans aren't exactly new. In 2017, SpaceX said two unnamed people had put down large deposits to reserve a spot on the private lunar flight. Originally, the Falcon Heavy -- which completed its first static test fire earlier this year -- was scheduled to carry space tourists to the moon and back. Those plans were nixed. Now, if all goes as planned, passengers will by ferried by BFR. As The Verge repo...
At least 49 killed after passenger jet catches fire after landing

At least 49 killed after passenger jet catches fire after landing

World
A passenger jet attempting to land at Kathmandu International Airport in Nepal skidded off a runway, crashed and burst into flames, killing at least 49 people, authorities in Nepal told ABC News. Twenty-two others were injured in the crash, and some were in critical condition, Nepalese police spokesman Manoj Neupan told ABC News. All of the survivors sustained injuries, the airport's general manager, Raj Chettri, said. US-Bangla Airlines flight 211 was en route from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and arrived around 2:20 p.m. local time. The Canadian-made Bombardier, a Dash 8 Q400 that seats 78 people, made an "unbalanced" landing, according to Chettri. It took around 25 minutes to extinguish a fire that engulfed the plane, Sanjiv Gaudam, the director general of Nepal's civil aviation agency said. ...
Ryanair backs down over passenger rights for cancellations

Ryanair backs down over passenger rights for cancellations

Business
Ryanair has bowed to regulator demands and spelled out more options on offer to passengers affected by its planned flight disruption. It has avoided possible legal action by emailing those affected by more than 20,000 flight cancellations.On its site, Ryanair acknowledges it is required to offer those on cancelled flights full refunds or comparable tickets on rival carriers.Civil Aviation Authority boss Andrew Haines said Ryanair had "capitulated". Earlier this week, Mr Andrew Haines said he was "furious" the airline had not been complying with the law by failing to offer to re-route passengers on rival airlines.In the airline's first wave of cancellations Ryanair offered affected passengers a £40 voucher per cancelled flight as a way to say sorry.The budget airline said it had taken on mo