13 people killed after plane erupts in flames in emergency landing at Russian airport

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Norenko Mikhali/Twitter(MOSCOW) — At least 13 people were killed Sunday when a Russian passenger airliner was forced to make an emergency landing while on fire at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, turning into a fiery ball as it skidded on the runway.

Russia’s Investigative Committee, the equivalent of the FBI, has confirmed death toll and said two children were among those killed.

There were 73 passengers and 6 crew aboard the Sukhoi Superjet 100, which is operated by the Russian airline, Aeroflot. The plane took off from Moscow bound for the northern city of Murmansk, but was forced to turn back due to unspecified “technical reasons,” according to a statement from the airline, which added that the engine caught fire.

Video of the landing was shot by Norenko Mikhail, a passenger on a different plane, showed massive flames and black smoke shooting from the aircraft as it descended onto the runway, and then burst into flames as it came to a stop.

Passengers evacuated using emergency slides, the video shows.

Firefighters have extinguished the blaze, according to Russia’s emergencies ministry.

Emergency services set up an operation center at the airport, and a reception point for relatives of the victims.

The airport has continued to operate, though at least half a dozen flights have been diverted to other airports or cancelled.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev immediately ordered that a state commission be established to investigate the cause of the fire, and the Investigative Committee said it has opened a criminal probe to establish the cause of the crash.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to the victims, and ordered a full investigation into the fire, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Interfax news agency. Putin has also directed that all necessary help be provided to the victims.

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Posted On 05 May 2019

Plane erupts in flames as it makes emergency landing at Russian airport

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Norenko Mikhali/Twitter(MOSCOW) — A Russian passenger airliner was forced to make an emergency landing while on fire at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday, turning into a fireball on the runway.

Russia’s Investigative Committee, the equivalent of the FBI, has confirmed that at least 1 person has died in the plane fire, though unofficial numbers are much higher. There are currently conflicting reports on the number of people of injured.

There were 73 passengers and 6 crew aboard the Sukhoi Superjet 100 that is operated by the Russian airline, Aeroflot. The plane took off from Moscow bound for the northern city of Murmansk, but was forced to turn back due to unspecified “technical reasons,” according to a statement from the airline, which added that the engine caught fire. Passengers evacuated using the aircraft’s emergency slides.

Firemen have extinguished the blaze, according to Russia’s emergencies ministry.

Video shot by Norenko Mikhail, a passenger of a different plane at the airport, shows the plane in flames with passengers running to safety.

The Investigative Committee has said it has opened a criminal probe to establish the cause of the crash.

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Posted On 05 May 2019

Number of measles cases increases in Southern California

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — The measles outbreak in Southern California continues to worsen as new cases pop up in more locations.

Health officials have confirmed the first case of measles in Long Beach City since 2015, and two cases have now been confirmed in Orange County.

One of the cases in Orange County involves a baby under the age of 1, ABC Los Angeles station KABC reported, citing health officials. The child is too young to have been vaccinated and remains in the hospital, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

The case confirmed in Long Beach is a UC Irvine student who may have visited up to eight locations in Los Angeles County, including a pizzeria, a wine store, a movie theater and a car wash, according to KABC.

In Los Angeles County, where there are currently seven confirmed measles cases, more than 300 students, faculty and staff at UCLA and Cal State University, Los Angeles, were under quarantine while health officials work to determine if they’d been vaccinated, the universities said.

Measles outbreaks, consisting of three or more cases, are currently occurring in at least six counties in the state, including Butte County, Los Angeles County and Sacramento County, according to the California Department of Public Health.

California is one of six states experiencing ongoing measles outbreaks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A total of 704 cases have been confirmed nationwide. in 2018, just 372 cases were confirmed, according to the CDC.

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Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro is ‘ruling for the moment, but he can’t govern’: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

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ABC News(CARACAS, Venezuela) — Amid political unrest in Venezuela, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that President Nicolas Maduro is “ruling for the moment,” but cannot be part of the country’s future, adding that the Venezuelan people “will demand” that he leave office.

“Maduro can’t feel good. He’s ruling for the moment, but he can’t govern,” Pompeo told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on “This Week.” “There’s enormous poverty, enormous starvation, sick children that can’t get medicine, Jonathan. This is not someone who can be part of Venezuela’s future and whether that change takes place today or tomorrow or a week from now, one can’t predict.”

Pompeo added, “Maduro cannot feel good about the security of his position today, and he shouldn’t. Because the Venezuelan people will demand, ultimately, that he leave.”

Karl asked Pompeo if Maduro would still be in power if he did not have the support of the Cuban and Russian governments.

“Without the Cubans, there would be no possibility he would still be in power. They are — they are at the center of this,” the secretary said, noting Cuban security forces are guarding Maduro.

Karl pressed, “You said the Cubans. How about the Russians?”

“Oh the Russians — the Russians need to get out, too,” Pompeo said. “We want every country — Iran is in there today. They need to leave as well. Every country that is interfering with the Venezuelan people’s right to restore their own democracy needs to leave.”

Earlier this week, Pompeo charged that Russia had blocked U.S. efforts to get Maduro out of the country, persuading him at the last-minute not to take a waiting plane to Cuba.

The opposition-controlled National Assembly declared Juan Guaido interim president in January, but months of demonstrations and U.S. sanctions have not forced Maduro from his grip on power — even after a major uprising Tuesday.

That’s in large part because of Russian support, according to U.S officials. Russia sent at least 100 troops to rendezvous with Maduro’s security forces in March, and Russian officials have shielded him from sanctions or penalties at the United Nations Security Council, transferred his government’s assets to protect them from U.S. economic pressure and appear to have convinced Maduro to stay in power this week — after Guaido and the U.S. prematurely claimed that he’d won the allegiance of some top Maduro aides and a key portion of the military.

Venezuela has been intertwined with Russia through oil, arms, debt and geopolitical imperatives for decades.

Russia owns a significant portion of Venezuela’s oil fields through a state-backed oil firm, Rosneft, has sold billions in military equipment to the South American nation and loaned Maduro’s regime billions more – much of it reportedly still outstanding.

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Posted On 05 May 2019