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Sala crash: Plane 'not allowed to be used for commercial operations'

Sala crash: Plane 'not allowed to be used for commercial operations'

World
Investigations into the flight on which Emiliano Sala died will focus on the validity of the pilot's licence.The Air Accident Investigation Branch's (AAIB) preliminary report into the crash says David Ibbotson could only fly passengers in the European Union if they were contributing to the cost of the flight, rather than for financial gain. Pilots with his licence "must have a bona fide purpose for making the flight", according to the AAIB.It goes on to say that "the basis on which the passenger was being carried has not yet been established" and that in the past Mr Ibbotson had taken passengers on a non-commercial 'cost sharing' agreement.It also says the plane was not licensed to fly commercially. Image: Emiliano Sala died when his pl...
Sir Billy Connolly says sorry to fans and declares he's 'not dying'

Sir Billy Connolly says sorry to fans and declares he's 'not dying'

Entertainment
Sir Billy Connolly has assured fans he is "not dead" in a musical message after a programme documenting his battles with cancer and Parkinson's. The comments in a social media post follow a BBC programme called Billy Connolly: Made In Scotland which gave an update on his health problems and revealed his life was "slipping away".Reviewing his life in comedy for the show, Sir Billy said he felt "near the end", but insisted he was unafraid of what awaited him.But on Saturday, in an upbeat message released on social media, the comedy stalwart and talented folk musician told fans he was very much alive. As he strummed his banjo in what appeared to be his new home state of Florida, the comedian, who was born in Glasgow, said: "Not dying, not dead, not slipping away. Sorry if I ...
Lion Air crash: Investigators say plane was 'not airworthy'

Lion Air crash: Investigators say plane was 'not airworthy'

World
Indonesian investigators have said the Lion Air plane that crashed last month killing 189 people was not airworthy and should have been grounded.The Boeing 737 Max plane crashed into the Java Sea shortly after departing Jakarta on 29 October.A preliminary report has found technical problems had been reported on previous flights.The 737 Max is a new version of Boeing's original 737 and has become its fastest selling plane. The preliminary report details what is known by authorities about the short time the plane was in the air, but investigators said it does not give a definitive cause for the accident.What's in the report?The findings by the National Transport Safety Committee (KNKT) suggest that Lion Air put the plane back into ...
Large hydropower dams 'not sustainable' in the developing world

Large hydropower dams 'not sustainable' in the developing world

Science
A new study says that many large scale hydropower projects in Europe and the US have been disastrous for the environment.Dozens of these dams are being removed every year, with many considered dangerous and uneconomic.But the authors fear that the unsustainable nature of these projects has not been recognised in the developing world.Thousands of new dams are now being planned for rivers in Africa and Asia. 'They dammed everything' - hydropower gone sourAre too many hydropower dams being built?Hydropower is the source of 71% of renewable energy throughout the world and has played a major role in the development of many countries. But researchers say the building of dams in Europe and the US reached a peak in the 1960s and has bee...
Chrome browser flags Daily Mail and other sites as 'not secure'

Chrome browser flags Daily Mail and other sites as 'not secure'

Technology
Security warnings will pop up on the Daily Mail website today if visitors are using the latest version of Google's Chrome browser.It is one of many sites the browser will flag because they do not use HTTPS - the secure version of the web's underlying data transfer protocol.Many sites have switched to this version to protect visitors against data theft and hijacking. About 20% of the world's top 500 websites are using HTTP.The HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) defines how data is passed around the web. The "S" in HTTPS stands for "Secure" and ensures that data is encrypted before it travels.In the UK many other sites, such as Sky Sports, Argos and Boohoo have also not yet adopted HTTPS.There is no evidence that any of the sites w...