Air Canada A320 crash injures twenty three

first_imgTwenty-three people were injured when an Air Canada jet struck an antenna and crash landed as it attempted to touch down in heavy snow at Halifax airport on Sunday March 29th. All but one of the injured were later released from hospital following the incident, which came just five days after a pilot killed himself and 149 others when he slammed his Germanwings plane into the French Alps.Like the doomed Germanwings flight, the Air Canada plane involved in Sunday’s incident was an Airbus A320.Flight AC624 from Toronto “exited runway upon landing at Halifax,” the airline said on Twitter, and pictures showed the nose of the plane sliced off, its landing gear collapsed and at least one engine badly mangled.Passengers said the plane had circled over the airport before coming in to land and had “bounced” upon impact, shortly after midnight.Investigators were probing what caused the incident, but heavy snow was falling in the eastern Canadian city and Environment Canada had issued a snowfall alert, warning of low visibility.Transportation Safety Board investigator Mike Cunningham told a press conference the plane had struck an antenna array approximately 350 meters (1,150 feet) before the start of the runway.The collision caused “significant damages to the aircraft,” he said, ripping off the landing gear.Five crew and 133 passengers were on board the plane, according to Air Canada.TSB investigators have recovered the black box flight recorders for analysis of cockpit exchanges with air traffic control and flight data.– Passenger panic –Passengers described scenes of panic.“There was a couple people, all bloodied. Everybody was able to get out, but what was worse was that they left us for an hour outside in the blowing snow,” Lianne Clark told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.Some ran from the plane “because the fuel was coming out and we were scared,” she said.Halifax airport spokesman Peter Spurway said passengers had appeared shaken as they left the plane, describing the incident as “scary.”Power was out at the airport at the time of the incident, but it was unclear whether there was an impact on the situation.“We did lose power, we’re not sure if the two incidents are connected. They may be but we’re not sure,” Spurway told AFP.Back-up generators were running when the flight landed and the runways were lit, he added.Both runways were closed overnight but the airport was slowly returning to normal early Sunday.Images showed the aircraft sitting on the airfield with its badly damaged nose as thick snow covered the ground.Spurway reported the damage as “extensive” and said at least one emergency chute had opened.Several counties in the eastern coastal province of Nova Scotia were affected by Saturday’s winter weather alert.“We at Air Canada are greatly relieved that no one was critically injured,” said Klaus Goersch, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Air Canada.“Yet we fully appreciate this has been a very unsettling experience for our customers and their families, as well as our employees, and we are focused on caring for all those affected.”last_img read more

Showrooming: 5 Ways Retailers Can Fight Back [Slideshow]

first_imgTags:#e-commerce#online shopping#retail Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts robyn tippinscenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… There was once a time that a trip to buy something fun could be an enjoyable experience. I remember how much I enjoyed picking out my first computer, a Tandy TRS 80. I browsed Radio Shack for an hour or more, talking to the helpful employee about my plans, picking out the cassette tapes that would one day hold my programming brilliance, attempting to convince my Dad that I needed a monitor to be able to use it. That day is one of my fondest childhood memories.But retailers increasingly believe that even for luxury items, all the matters is the lowest price – and maybe they’re right. But bowing at the altar of the almighty dollar inevitably means less money and attention lavished on the shopping experience. Employees are paid less and get less training. Inventory and quality is reduced. Stores get dingy, dirty and ugly. Too often you end up shopping in a messy, over-lit warehouse, being ignored by reluctant, resentful clerks just to save a nickel on a few poorly made items. Fun.  The Online AlternativeCompare this experience with that of the online shopper. Sitting at home in comfort, you can browse the best retailers in the world. A quick search finds you the best price. The only reason to get up off the couch is that, sometimes, you may want to check out an item in person before plunking down your credit card. Ironically, that makes things even worse for brick and mortar retailers. More and more shoppers now visit retail stores only to check out the merchandise, and then buy online instead.Called “showrooming,” the practice is increasingly performed right from shoppers’ smartphones while they’re standing in the store. That means even less money for the store, and ultimately an even less pleasant shopping experience – which pushes even more shoppers online. ReadWrite managing editor Fredric Paul found that out the hard way on a recent trip to Best Buy (see Another Reason Best Buy Is Doomed – And Why That’s A Problem), but he’s not the only one. Cyril Vart, vice president of strategy and development for “innovation architects” faberNovel had an even worse experience attempting to buy a digital camera. But Vart says it doesn’t have to be this way – and he came up with a presentation on 5 ways brick-and-mortar retailers can fight back against showrooming. Let’s hope at least some real-world retailers give it a shot. 5 Ways To Keep Retail Customers Loyal In The Age Of Showrooming from faberNovel Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Jolt for SP as senior MLC joins BJP

first_imgIn a blow to the Samajwadi Party (SP), its MLC Sarojini Agarwal resigned from the party and joined the BJP on Friday.Her defection assumes significance as it comes barely a week afterMLCs Bukkal Nawab and Yashwant Singh quit to join the ruling party during Amit Shah’s recent trip to Lucknow.‘Not comfortable’Ms. Agarwal, who has been associated with the SP for over two decades, said she quit the party as she was not feeling comfortable since Mulayam Singh was dethroned as president by his son Akhilesh Yadav last year. “My heart has not been into the party since Mulayam Singh ji ceased to be the national president. It was a difficult choice. I took time to decide but have finally taken the step.”U.P. Cabinet Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi was by Ms. Agarwal’s side when she announced that she was joining the BJP. Ms. Joshi, who herself defected to the BJP from the Congress before the U.P. elections, said: “Given Modi ji’s working style and Yogi government’s move towards public welfare, it is natural that people are being attracted [to the BJP].”Responding to Ms. Agarwal’s resgination, Akhilesh Yadav accused the BJP of sabotage. “Patthar phenko, MLC todo [Throw stones, break away MLCs],” tweeted the former U.P. CM, who has accused the ruling party of pressurising Opposition party legislators to defect.The defection of the MLCs does not bode well for the Opposition as the BSP is also under the grip of fresh turmoil.last_img read more