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Will Russia ever take responsibility for downing MH17?

The Dutch and Australian governments took a bold and unusual step on May 25, 2018. One day after the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) presented its report of a criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the 2 governments said to hold Russia responsible for the murder of the 298 people on board MH17. The 2 countries demand not only that Russia will take its responsibility, but also that it will cooperate in finding the truth and justice. So far, however, Russia has done everything to deny any...
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The BUK missile came from Kursk

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, 2014 presented on May 24, 2018 an update of the state of play in its criminal investigation. The JIT concludes that the BUK-TELAR that was used to down MH17 originates from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk, Russia. The conclusions are based on extensive comparative research including images of the BUK-TELAR. They are available because it was recorded several times when it joined a convoy on June...
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Did MH370 crash or land?

Malaysia AirlinesThe disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March 8, 2014 remains a mystery. Every now and then experts predict that the airplane will be found shortly. The most recent prediction was made on January 22, 2018, when private exploration firm Ocean Infinity started a new search for the vanished airliner. Oceanographer David Griffin of CSIRO, Australia's national organization for scientific and industrial research, repeated what so many other experts have already said in the past: “We are hopeful that they could find...
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The incredible shrinking airline seat (2)

The US air transport industry paid in 2016 nearly $14 million (€11.7 million) to candidates running for the US Congress according to OpenSecrets.org. Thus, this lobby is quite powerful. Small wonder that attempts from some members of congress, including Steve Cohen (TN-D), to regulate a minimum airline seat size have gone nowhere. But on April 27, 2018 an overwhelming majority (393-13) in the US House of Representatives voted for the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill of 2018. The bill would not only...
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Where is flying more risky?

VliegrampFlying is the safest mode of travel. The risk to die in an aircraft crash decreased since 2015 to less than 1 fatality per 10 million airline passengers. Despite this trend it is already certain that 2018 will turn out to be less safe than 2017, writes Demos, a Dutch demographic magazine. In the first quarter of 2018 alone there were 4 times more fatalities than in the whole year 2017. This is due to a crash in Russia (65 fatalities), 2 crashes in Iran (84 fatalities in total) and...
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Woman almost sucked out of plane and dies

Southewest AirlinesSouthwest Airlines flight 1380 departs New York La Guardia on April 17, 2018, but 20 minutes into the flight it suffers a major engine failure: a fan blade breaks off. Shrapnel blows a window out of the fuselage and causes the cabin to depressurize. The passenger sitting in the window seat, Jennifer Riordan, is sucked only halfway outside the aircraft because she has fastened her seatbelt. Two passengers, Tim McGinty and Andrew Needum, are able to pull her back inside the plane. The plane makes an emergency landing in Philadelphia,...
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