Friday 19 January 2018

Irish plane on DHL trip crash lands

A cargo plane operated by an Irish-based airline crash landed and careered off a runway at an airport in Slovakia early yesterday.

Flight BCS-6321, operated by Dublin-based Air Contractors Ltd for international logistics company DHL, had just landed at Bratislava airport at around 5.25am local time yesterday when the nose-wheel assembly collapsed without warning.

The crew of three escaped from the aircraft without injury.

EC-Cyprus aid talks progress

The European Commission said it is pursuing an agreement with the Cypriot government on emergency aid for the country and refused to speculate on a current negotiating mission.

"We are taking forward discussions with them," Simon O'Connor, a spokesman for the commission, said in Brussels.

In June, Cyprus became the fifth euro-area nation to request a financial rescue since Greece triggered the European debt crisis in 2009.

Ryanair wants UK to end share probe

Ryanair has asked an appeals court to block a UK probe into its 30pc stake in Aer Lingus, arguing it overlaps with a European Union review of plans to take over its Irish rival.

The UK Competition Commission's investigation into the minority stake is superfluous after the EU started a review of its June bid to purchase Aer Lingus for €694m, Ryanair said in the Court of Appeal in London.

Europe's biggest discount carrier is seeking to overturn an August ruling by a specialist antitrust tribunal in favour of the regulator. "Is it really sensible to have two investigations going on at the same time?" Ryanair's lawyer, David Pannick, said in the hearing.

Irish Independent

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