NEWS ALERT – Lufthansa Frankfurt-Riyadh flight crashes in Saudi Arabia – No casualties, but pilots at hospital

A Lufthansa MD-11 aircraft (modern DC-10) is reported to have crashed while landing at King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh today. Casualties have not been reported so far.

A plume of smoke could be seen as the commercial airplane reportedly caught fire in the crash, then was split into two parts according to Al Arabiya channel.

The captain and first officer would have been hospitalized.

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Major Airbus sale

Emirates Airbus A380 - Photo: Gaurang Patkar

Emirates placed an order with Airbus for an amount estimated at eleven and a half billion dollars yesterday. The purchase of 32 A380 was signed at the Berlin Air Show.

« Emirates supported the development of the A380 from the earliest days, a project employing tens of thousands of Europe’s best people and today’s increased order, is the best endorsement I can imagine. On behalf of all of us at Airbus, we thank Emirates for their support. The A380 is indeed a remarkable eco-efficient aircraft, a profit generator for airlines and a great flying experience for passengers, » said Tom Enders, Airbus’s CEO.

Emirates – already the 2nd largest airline in the world – is to receive its 10th A380 on June 7, 2010 from the Airbus plant in Hamburg. Photo :  G Patkar , wikimedia.org

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May 8th 1945 – VE-Day veteran remembers + 1st American-British-French-Russian parade in Moscow

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Is there anybody in there?

Passenger jet skips final destination for lack of air traffic controller, lands in Berlin

22:26 09/03/2010 A passenger jet with some 150 people on board was unable to land at its destination in Leipzig because of the absence of air traffic controllers in the tower, the German Frankfurter Rundshau reported on Tuesday.>>

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AIRLINES STRIKES – Latest news

The Lufthansa’s pilots have suspended their strike meanwhile unions representing French air traffic controllers would have announced – BBC source – a four-day strike, beginning on Tuesday, that would result in hundreds of flights in and out of Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports being cancelled if the strike were confirmed.

As far as the British Airways carrier is concerned, cabin crew would have voted in favour of industrial action over pay and conditions. BA passengers could face the risk of several flights being cancelled. However, no date has been mentioned.

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