New Delhi – VIJAY SHAH via ALIX CULBERTSON and Sky News
The UK national air carrier British Airways (BA) has been accused of racism after a family hailing from India was evicted from a flight after a child in their group would not stop crying, reported Sky News.
The child’s father claims he was subjected to ‘humiliation and racist behaviour’ and Indians are demanding a boycott of the airline, according to the report.
The father, AP Pathak, a civil servant, was travelling with his family from London City Airport to Berlin on the 23rd July, 2018, was placing his three-year-old son in a special child seat when the infant began to cry. Pathak’s wife began consoling the child. It was at that point that Pathak alleged a cabin crew member approached them and threatened to throw the child out of one of the plane’s windows while directly scolding the little boy.
The crew member then returned a second time where he also said the family would be ‘offloaded’ if the child refused to stop crying. The response of the unnamed crew member was said to have left the Pathaks ‘petrified’, Sky News reported.
The plane was then returned to the terminal, where security officers boarded it. The Pathaks were approached and were forced to give up their boarding passes. Another family, also Indian, were also relieved of their passes. Both families were then marched off the aircraft.
In a complaint letter about the flight written to India’s aviation minister, Suresh Prabhu, the father also claimed that the same crew member also made racial comments about ‘bloody’ Indians.
Representatives of BA have claimed the Pathaks were repeatedly asked to sit their son down and fasten his seatbelt for safety reasons, otherwise the plane would not have been able to take off.
The controversy has made headlines in the media in India, where many have urged Indians to stay away from BA. Some critics on social media described the treatment of the two families as ‘shameful’. A small number though said that BA was right in their decision to remove the Pathaks, with one saying “I don’t feel bad about this at all, we Indians don’t respect or value our Indian resources, be it trains or airplanes, this is good learning for us”. Another, identified as Khushi tweeted: “Indian parents start howling too when kids start howling – three-year-olds outside India are taught how to behave socially.”
Santa Ana – VIJAY SHAH via ARTEMIS MOSHTAGHIAN and CNN
Five people have been reported killed after a small plane crashed into a car park in southern California state, USA yesterday according to a report published by news network CNN.
The Orange County Fire Authority told CNN that a Cessna 414 twin-engine craft en route to the John Wayne Airport in the same county lost control and crashed into the car park in the city of Santa Ana, according to the Fire Authority’s report source, Capt. Tony Bommarito, a public information officer.
The five who perished were all believed to have been on the Cessna, which came down around 12.30 pm local time. The plane was reported to have struck a parked and unoccupied car in the park, whose owner was out buying groceries. The crash occurred just a block from the South Coast Plaza, a popular local shopping centre. No deaths and injuries were reported among people on the ground, according to Bommarito.
The plane put out a mayday message before crashing, CNN said. The victims have not yet been identified. The American Federal Aviation Administration is to run an investigation into yesterday’s crash along with the National Transportation Safety Board.
As the search goes on for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane that vanished while on a flight from Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing earlier this month, rescuers have offered a possible glimpse of the aircraft’s fate after a pallet was spotted floating in the Indian Ocean.
As more than twenty countries have pooled resources together via air and sea to look for any sign of Flight MH370, extending from Kyrgystan in the north to Australia and New Zealand in the south, a search plane from New Zealand which had been flying over a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean spotted a pallet and numerous other floating objects on the ocean’s surface. Though the plane’s pilots were not able to investigate fully themselves, they passed the information onto rescue headquarters in the countries taking part in the search for the airliner. Extra ships and planes have been scrambled to search for the pallet and its associated debris.
A Chinese satellite photo of a chunk of what appeared to be plastic or painted metal found floating in the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean about 4,000 kilometres from Australia’s western coast. Second image, created by a Wikipedia contributor, shows the last known detected location of MH370 (now disproved) and the sighting of objects allegedly linked to the plane.
The pallet’s discovery has given a new lease of hope to rescuers, as the mystery of what happened to MH370 which was carrying 227 mostly Chinese passengers and twelve Malaysian Airlines crew, continues to intensify. Various theories have come forward, including that the plane was hijacked either by a pilot or a passenger with flying experience or knowledge of airplane technology. Sightings have been reported off the coast of Vietnam and over a remote island in the Maldives.
After the announcement of this latest discovery, Australia’s Prime MinisterTony Abbott said “Obviously we have now had a number of very credible leads and there is increasing hope – no more than hope, no more than hope – that we might be on the road to discovering what did happen to this ill-fated aircraft.” PM Abbott was hosting a press conference on search efforts for the Malaysian flight hosted by the Australian government for journalists covering the ongoing search operation.
The pallet was described as being surrounded by several other objects including what appeared to be a ‘strapping belt’ in material of different colours, according to British newspaper Metro, reporting today. No pictures have yet been made available of the objects.
It is not yet fully known if the pallet indeed came from Flight MH370. This part of the Indian Ocean is a commonly used shipping lane for trade between Australasia and the rest of the world, and pallets and debris are often blown off from passing ships due to the area’s unsettled weather conditions. Malaysian Airlines have said that they believe the plane was not carrying any pallets, and spokesman Mike Barton of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has also expressed reservations on the pallet’s origins.
“We went to some of the expert airlines and the use of wooden pallets is quite common in the industry,” he said.
“It’s a possible lead, but we will need to be very certain that this is a pallet because pallets are used in the shipping industry as well.”
Earlier in March, Chinese satellite operators spotted other alleged debris from the plane while doing an aerial sweep of the same ocean. The unidentified object was measured at about 22 metres in length and was white in colour, however the images of the object are of a low resolution making identification difficult. Ships and aircraft were also scrambled to search for the object, but the search has been hampered by stormy weather and the 59,000 square kilometres (22,800 miles) of the two zones identified. The zones are a four-hour flight from the nearest available air base and sea conditions mean that the object could have been carried by currents over a distance of as much as 600 kilometres in a day. Planes are only able to search for two hours before flying back to base to refuel.
9M-MRO (Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370), the missing aircraft, taking off in 2011 at Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, France.
Flight MH370 was a scheduled international flight operated by Malaysian Airlines, which has had a good track record for airborne safety. The flight last made contact with air control less than an hour after its takeoff. The last message picked up was from one of the two pilots operating the aircraft, who allegedly said “All right, good night”. The plane’s transmitters were turned off shortly afterwards, leading some to suggest that MH370 was hijacked, while American authorities claim to have received satellite detected ‘pings’ from the vanished Boeing 777 for seven hours after voice communications were lost. As soon as the plane went missing, search efforts began in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea. As the weeks passed by, and the plane was believed to have been diverted hundreds of miles from its intended route, the search widened to both sides of the Malayan peninsula, before extending further into the Indian Ocean.