Wednesday, April 1, 2015

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Plane Crash In St. Lucie County, North Of West Palm Beach, Florida - Pilot Killed!

A small plane crashed north of West Palm Beach in St. Lucie County on Wednesday morning, reportedly killing the pilot.

- The pilot of a small plane died Wednesday morning in a crash in the River Woods subdivision in St. Lucie County, according to a St. Lucie County Fire District spokeswoman.

Fire District crews were called at 11:01 a.m. to an address in the 2800 block of North Indian River Drive in St. Lucie Village to a report that a plane had landed on the shoreline, said Fire District spokeswoman Catherine Chaney.

Chaney said only one person, the pilot, was on the plane that crashed just west of the beach. The name of the pilot has not yet been released.

The plane was a Bedecorp BD-22, single-engine aircraft, according to Kathleen Bergen, spokewoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

She said it crashed less than a mile from St. Lucie County International Airport at 10:55 a.m. It was on an approach to Runway 28 Left at the airport, where it had departed earlier Wednesday.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

Firefighters in St. Lucie County are investigating. Units have been dispatched to the crash site in Fort Pierce,
which is north of West Palm Beach, the sheriff's office said.

St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office

"It's only by the grace of God that this plane did not hit a house," said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara.

The pilot's body was found about 200 yards from where the plane crashed, the Sheriff's Office said.

Leison Lopez said he could hear the plane engine sputtering before it descended and nose-dived into the shoreline.

The wreckage caused a small fire in the backyard of a home on North Milton Road.

Jimmie Haisley, who lives near the crash site, said a neighbor was fishing with his two children in the river only 100 yards from where the plane crashed. That man declined to give his name or to comment for this story.

Two others out fishing were a former law enforcement officer and a current off-duty officer, who saw the crash and went to try to help, according to neighbors.

At 1:20 p.m., St. Lucie County sheriff's officials roped off the remnants of the plane and a large area surrounding it, and were guarding it.
According to the aircraft manufacturer's web site, Bedecorp is based in Medina, Ohio, and has a Fort Pierce facility at 3131 S.W. Jet Center Terrace.  - TC Palm.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Fire Blazes On Oil Platform In The Gulf Of Mexico - Four People Dead, Multiple Injuries!

April 1, 2015 - GULF OF MEXICO
- A fire broke out on an oil platform belonging to Mexico’s state Pemex petroleum giant in the Gulf of Mexico, leading to the evacuation of about 300 workers. According to the company at least four people have died and 16 have been injured.

Pemex said on Twitter that the fire on the Abkatun Permanente platform in the oil-rich Campeche Bay broke out overnight and eight firefighting boats were tackling the blaze.

At least four people have been killed and 16 have been injured in the blaze, the oil giant said. Two of them are in a serious condition.

However earlier,a spokesman for emergency services in Ciudad del Carmen said that least 45 people were injured.

The fire started in the dehydration and pumping area of the platform, Pemex said, though it was not clear what caused it.

The Abkatun Permanente platform forms part of the Abkatun-Pol-Chuc offshore complex. Production at the complex has fallen steadily since the 1990s to below 300,000 barrels per day in 2013, according to data from the US Energy Information Administration.

WATCH: Fire rages on PEMEX oil rig after explosion in Gulf of Mexico.

In recent years Pemex – Latin America’s second largest company - has suffered a number of accidents. At least 37 people were killed by a blast at the company's Mexico City headquarters in 2013.

Another fire in a Pemex natural gas facility in September 2012 claimed 26 lives.

The incident comes nearly five years after the devastating 2010 BP incident in the Gulf of Mexico – the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry.  - RT.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Plane Crash In Rajshahi, Bangladesh - Kills Female Pilot!

The wreckage of a crashed training aircraft lies on the runway of Rajshahi Shah Makhdum Airport Wednesday afternoon. Photo: STAR

April 1, 2015 - BANGLADESH
- A female trainee pilot died as a training aircraft of a flying institute crashed at Shah Makhdum Airport in Rajshahi this afternoon.

Tamanna Rahman, 22, died when her plane suddenly caught fire and crashed on the runway while taking off around 2:00pm.

“Sensing the technical fault, the pilot tried to land and it’s then that the plane caught fire,” said Setafur Rahman, manager of Shah Makhdum Airport.

Her trainer Lt Col (retd) Sayeed Kamal was admitted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Rajshahi with 80 percent burns. He was later shifted to Dhaka.

Tamanna, who hailed from Tangail, was learning flying on a Bangladesh Flying Academy aircraft, Cessna D152.

Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) formed a four-member committee to investigate the incident, an official of CAAB told The Daily Star.

The committee members have already set for Rajshahi, he added.

The body of Tamanna was taken to Rajshahi Medical College of autopsy.

Tamanna met with the tragic end just a day after she achieved the skills for single-pilot operations. “From today, she started training of 150 flying hours to get licence for commercial flight,” said Enamul Kabir, a senior engineer at the civil aviation.

He said the accident took place just after the plane crossed 5,000-feet of the 6,000-feet runway.

“The plane crashed as Tamanna abruptly turned the aircraft after crossing 5000-feet. Then it skidded off the runway and caught fire,” he added.

Earlier on September 27, 1998, a training plane of Parabat Airlines crashed at Postogola in Dhaka due to technical fault, leaving its pilot Faria Lara and co-pilot Rafiqul dead. - Daily Star.

CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS & NEW WORLD DISORDER: Religious Warfare, Societal Collapse, And Civilizations Unraveling - ISIS Infiltrates Palestinian Camp In Damascus; Jordan Closes Border Crossing With Syria!

The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.  The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.  The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.
- Isaiah 17:1-3, The Bible.

April 1, 2015 - DAMASCUS, SYRIA
- Islamic State militants infiltrated a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus on Wednesday and were clashing with a Palestinian group, the deepest foray yet by the extremist group into the Syrian capital, seat of President Bashar Assad's power, according to opposition activists and Palestinian officials.

Jordan, meanwhile, closed its only functioning border crossing with Syria, following heavy clashes on the Syrian side between rebels and government forces.

Islamic State fighters, who control large swaths of territory in northern Syria, entered the Yarmouk camp from the nearby Hajar Aswad neighbourhood. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the IS group took control of large parts of the camp. If they gain full control, they can potentially threaten the heart of the capital.

The Observatory reported heavy clashes in the camp between IS fighters and members of an anti-Assad Palestinian faction called Aknaf Beit al-Maqdis.

Anwar Raja, the spokesman for the pro-Assad Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -- General Command, said that IS fighters had been based in the Hajar Aswad neighbourhood for months. He said Wednesday's push into the camp showed co-ordination between IS and a rival group, the Nusra Front, al Qaeda's branch in Syria.

"The Nusra Front opened the road for them in order to infiltrate the camp and several hours ago they entered Yarmouk," Raja said by telephone. It was not immediately clear why Nusra would facilitate the entry of IS into the camp.

In this Sunday, March 8, 2015 file photo, Syrian refugee Rifaa Ahmad, 50, cuddles her granddaughter at an informal tented
settlement near the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)

Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus, has been under government siege for nearly two years. UN aid workers have been sending food parcels into the camp, where thousands of civilians remain trapped and in desperate need of food and medicine. The camp had witnessed fighting in the past between government forces and militants who control much of the camp.

The UN agency that supports Palestinians, known as UNRWA, said it was extremely concerned about the safety and protection of the Syrian and Palestinian civilians in Yarmouk, particularly the children.

"Credible information from public sources indicate that a variety of armed groups are engaged in fierce fighting in areas where Yarmouk's 18,000 civilians, including a large number of children reside, placing them at extreme risk of death, serious injury, trauma and displacement," the agency said in a statement. It demanded "an end to the fighting and a return to conditions that will enable its staff to support and assist Yarmouk's civilians."

Meanwhile, Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani told The Associated Press that the Nasib crossing was temporarily closed late Tuesday because of clashes nearby.

"It is important for us to keep the safety for the passengers and those who are trying to cross between the two countries," he said. "So we decided to close the border temporarily, until things calm down. Then we will open it again."

A spokesman for rebels in southern Syria, Issam al-Rayess, confirmed that rebel fighters were trying to take control of the border crossing from Syrian authorities.

The Nasib crossing is the only functioning crossing between Jordan and Syria and is considered a crucial gateway for Syria's government and for Syrian, Lebanese and Jordanian traders and merchants.

A Syrian Foreign Ministry statement on Wednesday said it holds Jordanian authorities responsible for "obstructing the movement of trucks and passengers and any ensuing economic or social repercussions."

Also Wednesday, a Nusra Front leader said that a Syrian city captured from government forces last week would be ruled according to Islamic law, or Sharia.

In an audio recording released by the group online, Abu Muhammed al-Golani also indicated the group does not seek to monopolize power in the northwestern city of Idlib, and called for the protection of state institutions and property.

A group of rebels led by the Nusra Front and the ultra-conservative Ahrar al-Sham group seized Idlib from government officials Saturday, after a four-day assault. - CTV News.