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Turbulence injures 21 on VN Airlines’ Paris flight

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 7:53 pm




Turbulence injures 21 on VN Airlines’ Paris flight


QĐND – Thursday, October 21, 2010, 19:32 (GMT+7)

Eighteen passengers and three crew members were injured by severe turbulence on Oct. 20 while on board Vietnam Airlines Flight VN535 from Hanoi to Paris.


The flight operated a Boeing 777-200 aircraft and was carrying 222 passengers and 15 crew members.


Immediately after the incident, the captain and Vietnam Airlines Operation Control Centre requested that local airport authorities be prepared with medical assistance upon landing.


The crew provided first aid and took other necessary measures to all injured passengers while the plane continued its route to Paris, finally landing safely at Charles de Gaulle Airport.


All 21 injured passengers and crew members were taken to the airport clinic for medical evaluation, and nine were later sent to a local hospital for treatment.


As of 8pm October 20, most of the injured had been discharged from the hospital and are expected to recover soon.


A press release from the carrier said that all remaining passengers were safe and unaffected.


The aircraft is currently grounded at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and will go through further evaluation and maintenance before returning to Vietnam .


Vietnam Airlines is proactively co-operating with local authorities and insurance partners to complete necessary formalities and to provide further assistance to passengers.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Pakistan: 5 soldiers, 21 alleged militants killed

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2010 at 9:44 am

 Five Pakistani soldiers and at least 21 suspected militants were killed in clashes in a region near the Afghan border where the military is pursuing Taliban insurgents fleeing a U.S.-backed offensive, authorities said Friday.


The reports came a day after officials said 61 suspected militants died in airstrikes in the same region, Orakzai, and underscored the challenge facing Pakistan as it tries to wipe out Pakistani Taliban fighters bent on overthrowing the state.


Local government official Sami Ullah said the fighting occurred after dawn Friday when militants attacked a checkpoint. He said at least 27 militants died. But an army statement said 21 insurgents were killed, and the clashes occurred when security forces were trying to recapture a checkpoint taken Thursday night by militants in the Kalaya area of Orakzai.

Armed Pakistani Taliban gather at a hideout in the semi-autonomous tribal district of Orakzai in 2009

The two accounts could not immediately be reconciled. Access to the remote, dangerous region is heavily restricted, making it nearly impossible to verify the accounts independently.


On Thursday, jet fire rained down in the Mamuzai area of Orakzai, targeting a religious seminary, a mosque and a school, local official Samiullah Orakzai said.


Two intelligence officials said the seminary was a main center for Tableeghi Jamaat, a nonviolent Islamic missionary group. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.


The center was targeted because a group of Taliban leaders were believed to be meeting there in the afternoon, the officials said.


Some four dozen people died in the airstrikes in and around the seminary, while 13 others were killed in morning strikes at the two other sites. The officials said all 61 killed were suspected militants.


Orakzai is considered a major base for Hakimullah Mehsud, the Pakistan Taliban’s top commander, who is believed to have died in a U.S. missile strike in January. The Taliban have denied his death, but have failed to show evidence he is still alive.


The Pakistani Taliban have been under pressure in their main stronghold, South Waziristan tribal region, since the army launched its ground offensive there in October. Many are believed to have scattered to other parts of the tribal belt, which borders Afghanistan in Pakistan’s northwest.


Orakzai and neighboring tribal area Kurram have witnessed numerous airstrikes over the past few months as Pakistan tries to catch fleeing militants.

Source: SGGP