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Russia blames Israel after Syria shoots down plane

Russia blames Israel after Syria shoots down plane

World
Russia has blamed Israel and threatened retaliation after one of its military planes was shot down by Syrian missiles in a "friendly-fire" incident. It said Israeli jets attacking targets nearby had "used the Russian plane as a cover, exposing it to fire from Syrian air defences".Russia's defence ministry said the aircraft, carrying 15 servicemen, disappeared from radar 22 miles (35km) off Syria on Monday night as it was returning to Hmeimim airbase, near Lattakia.It said Israel had not warned it about the jets' attack until a minute before, and that it reserved "the right to proper retaliatory actions". Image: The aircraft was heading to Hmeimim air base when it disappeared Everyone on board died when the IL-20 reconnaissance plane wa...
M28 transport plane makes transatlantic flight from Poland to Ecuadorian Army

M28 transport plane makes transatlantic flight from Poland to Ecuadorian Army

Business
Sept. 10 (UPI) -- An M28 short takeoff and landing aircraft from a PZL Mielec facility in Poland owned by Sikorsky has arrived in Ecuador following a transatlantic flight. The twin-engine turboprop will provide the Ecuadorian Army's requirement for transport aircraft that can handle rough landing ground and weather. The Ecuadorian Army contracted for the aircraft in April. PZL Mielec provided the training for pilots and maintenance personnel. A Polish flight crew piloted the aircraft nearly 8,400 miles with stops in Iceland, Greenland, Canada, the United States and Central America. It was received in Shell Mera by the Ecuadorian Army. "The M28 aircraft's powerful turboprop engines, a large cabin with clamshell rear door, and the airframe rugged structural characteristics, will give the Ec...
Stolen plane closes Seattle-Tacoma airport before crashing

Stolen plane closes Seattle-Tacoma airport before crashing

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device An airline employee who stole an empty passenger plane from Seattle airport has crashed on a nearby island. Authorities said the man had made "an unauthorised take-off" late on Friday local time, forcing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to close.Two F15 fighter jets pursued the plane, which crashed in Puget Sound. The man is not believed to have survived. The local sheriff's office said it was "not a terrorist incident", adding that the man was local and aged 29.Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor later told reporters it appeared to be "a joyride gone terribly wrong", according to ABC7 News, adding "most terrorists don't do loops over the water".What happened exactly?The twin engine turboprop Q400...
Greenpeace drone, toy plane crash into French nuclear plant

Greenpeace drone, toy plane crash into French nuclear plant

Technology
Greenpeace activists say they have crashed two remote-controlled aircraft — a drone and a tiny radio-controlled plane — into a French nuclear plant to highlight the lack of security around the facility. The drone, which was decorated like a miniature Superman, slammed into the tower in Bugey, 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the eastern city of Lyon, according to a Greenpeace video Tuesday. A short time later, the group released a video showing a small remote-controlled plane heading to a crash at the same wall. The environmental group says the aircraft were harmless but showed the lax nuclear security in France, which uses atomic power for about 75 percent of its energy needs. Last week 19 Greenpeace activists were handed suspended sentences for breaking into another nuclear pl...
Bodies being recovered after Nepal plane crash

Bodies being recovered after Nepal plane crash

World
Bodies have been recovered from wreckage after a plane crashed at an airport, officials in Nepal have confirmedThe US-Bangla Airlines aircraft crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at about 2.20pm local time.Airport spokesman Prem Nath Thakur told the Kathmandu Post the aircraft veered off the runway while it was landing and crashed onto a nearby football pitch.Government spokesman Narayan Prasad Duwadi confirmed deaths as a result of the crash."We just pulled out dead bodies and injured from the debris," he said. Another official said 20 people so far had been taken to hospital.Image:Smoke rising from the aircraft. Pic: @saazan_gozimo/InstagramThe plane is believed to have taken off from Dhaka, Bangladesh, before crashing at the airport. Witnesses said the aircraft burst...