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Rocket carrying space station crew fails in mid air

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan: A booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and U.S. astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing. The rocket was carrying U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin. Footage from inside the Soyuz showed the two men being shaken around at the moment the failure occurred, with their arms and legs flailing. The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome…

All 66 passengers, crew believed dead after plane crashes in central Iran

DUBAI: All 66 passengers and crew aboard a plane that crashed in central Iran on Sunday were believed to have been killed, state media reported.  The plane operated by Iranian carrier Aseman Airlines crashed in a mountainous area near the town of Semirom after taking off from Tehran’s Mehrabad airport, news agency ISNA quoted emergency services spokesman Mojtaba Khaledi as saying. The ATR-made plane was on a flight to the southwestern city of Yasuj and a spokesman for the airline said there were 60 passengers and six crew…

Iranian oil tanker still ablaze as rescuers search for missing mariners

BEIJING/SEOUL: A tanker carrying Iranian oil that collided with a Chinese freight ship in the East China Sea on Saturday was still ablaze on Monday morning, a South Korean coast guard official said, as emergency rescue teams continued to search for the missing crew. The U.S. Navy sent a military aircraft to assist with the search, which spanned an area of about 3,600 square nautical miles (12,350 sq kms), but said in a statement it did not locate any of the tanker’s 32 missing crew members. The Sanchi tanker run by…

PIA bans passengers for smoking, misbehaving with crew

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has blacklisted an undeclared number of passengers for misbehaving with the crew during Islamabad-Birmingham flight and flouting no-smoking rule, earlier this week. According to PIA statement, the national carrier’s acting CEO Nayyar Hayat directed the airline authorities to ban the passengers concerned for their "unruly" behaviour on PK-791 with immediate effect. "The concerned passengers were not only smoking during the flight but also misbehaved with cabin crew,"…

Somali pirates seize Indian ship, 11 crew members: owner

MOGADISHU: Somali pirates have seized an Indian cargo ship and 11 crew members, the ship's owner said Monday, as a recent series of hijackings raises fears of a resurgence in piracy. The "Al Kausar" is the third vessel to be hijacked in less than a month off the coast of Somalia as experts warn that ships have lowered their guard in the five years since the height of the piracy crisis. The Indian cargo ship was carrying items such as wheat and sugar from Dubai via Yemen to Somalia's Bossaso port when it came under…

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket’s debut flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA: The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump's first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under former President Barack Obama, the US space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion…