Monday 18 December 2017

Pilots land alone as controller naps

Aviation authorities have launched an investigation after two flights had to land at Ronald Reagan Washington Airport without tower guidance because the lone controller on duty was asleep.

The pilots aborted their first landing attempt when no one in the tower responded to calls and landed the second time without assistance.

Hacker jailed over porn on billboard

A hacker who placed pornography on a giant video billboard is Moscow was yesterday jailed for one-and-a-half years.

Shipyard fitter Igor Blinnikov (40) uploaded the video on January 14 last year from his home computer in Novorossiysk, a city 760 miles south of Moscow. Traffic on the busy Garden Ring Road came to a standstill while the video was playing on 20x30ft screen.

No wedding gig for Moss's fiance

Kate Moss's fiance Jamie Hince has decided against his band, The Kills, performing at their wedding.

The couple are said to be planning to marry this year, with reports suggesting they will tie the knot in July. "Well, we're not really a wedding kind of band, are we? We might dampen the mood a bit," Hince said.

Death sentence for Tokyo stabber

The man behind a 2008 mass stabbing attack in Tokyo was sentenced to death yesterday.

Tokyo District Court's decision comes after Tomohiko Kato (28) last year pleaded guilty to murdering seven people and injuring 10 others in the capital's Akihabara district, in a crime that shocked the nation. The former factory worker slammed a truck into a crowd of people and then stabbed passers-by.

Gun licences for children in Britain

British children as young as seven are being issued with shotgun certificates in Britain.

Figures released yesterday showed 13 children under the age of 10 were issued with licences in the UK over the past three years.

Obesity linked to risk of stillbirths

Obese women are twice as likely to have a stillbirth, a new study has found.

Stillbirth and neonatal mortality rates have shown a downward trend, according to the Perinatal Mortality 2009 report published yesterday, but the rate is twice as for mothers who have a Body Mass Index of 35 or more, an indicator of obesity.

Irish Independent

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