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Maintenance lapse caused Havelian plane crash, concludes initial report

KARACHI: The Safety Investigation Board (SIB) of Pakistan tasked to probe into the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash near Havilian in 2016 has compiled a preliminary report, pointing to a maintenance lapse as the possible cause of the incident and making some "immediate recommendations" to avoid such incidents.  The PIA plane (PK-661) with 48 people, including noted figure Junaid Jamshed, his wife and Deputy Commissioner Chitral Osama Warraich, on board had crashed in Saddha Batolni village near…

Eight dead, one survivor in Indonesian plane crash

JAKARTA:  Indonesian search and rescue teams found eight victims and one survivor after a small plane crashed in the eastern province of Papua, police said on Sunday. The Dimonim Air passenger plane carrying nine people, including a 12-year old child who survived, lost contact with air traffic control on Saturday afternoon and was later found by local residents in Pegunungan Bintang district. The child suffered broken bones and was being treated at the local hospital. Indonesia has a patchy aviation safety record…

Cuba plane crash death toll rises to 111, Mexico suspends lease company

HAVANA/MEXICO CITY: The death toll in one of Cuba’s worst air disasters rose to 111 on Monday while Mexico suspended the operations of the Mexican company that had leased the 39-year old Boeing 737 to Cuba’s flagship airline. Grettel Landrove, a 23-year old Cuban student who loved to dance flamenco, died in a Havana hospital from “severe traumatic lesions”, Cuban state-run media reported. Two Cuban women remained in critical condition due to burns and other trauma, with a high risk of complications, media reports…

Boeing 737 crashes in Cuba with 104 people on board

HAVANA: A Cuban state airways plane with 104 passengers on board crashed shortly after taking off Friday from Havana's Jose Marti airport, leaving a thick column of smoke over the scene. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed in a field near the airport, and a column of acrid smoke was rising over the crash site, an AFP journalist at the scene said. There were no initial reports of casualties on the ground. Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who went to visit the scene, said there was a "high number"…

Four killed, some trapped as fire hits hotel in Philippine capital

MANILA: A fire broke out at a hotel in the Philippine capital on Sunday, killing four people and trapping several on the fifth floor, a rescue official said. About 20 people were trapped in the Manila Pavilion Hotel, Johnny Yu, chief of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, told radio station dZMM. "We have reports coming in from the Bureau of Fire Protection that they saw from the fifth floor 19 to 20 trapped victims but they are alive," Yu said. It was not immediately clear how the fire started.…