Construction workers inside a sushi restaurant in the East Village accidentally hit a gas line, causing an explosion that injured 19 people, sparked a massive fire and caused three buildings to collapse, law enforcement sources tell NBC 4 New York. The explosion inside 121 Second Ave., between East 7th Street and St. Marks Place, caused the buildings at 121, 123 and 119 to collapse after they became engulfed in flames, according to city officials. No. 125 was still burning Thursday evening. The approximately 250 firefighters on the scene have managed to contain the 7-alarm fire to those four buildings, and are expected to stay "for a very long night," said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
A number of international airlines have instated a new policy to require two crew members in the cockpit at all times, after a co-pilot of a Germanwings flight locked his captain out and deliberately crashed the plane, killing 150 people. While not the case in other parts of the world, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for many years has required that at least two qualified crew members be in the cockpit throughout every flight. Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced that airlines would immediately enforce the so-called "rule of two" after Air Canada, WestJet Airlines, and Air Transat voluntarily adopted the practice Thursday. Two of Britain's largest airlines, easyJet, and Virgin Air said it would put the rule into practice. Other airlines include Norwegian Air Shuttle and Icelandair
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Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany. On Thursday, French prosecutors said Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, "intentionally" crashed the jet into the side of a mountain Tuesday in the French Alps, killing himself and 149 other people, including a Virginia mother and daughter
and an American man reportedly living in Spain
The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and intentionally rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. In a split second, all 150 people aboard the plane were dead, including a mother and daughter from northern Virginia
and an American man living in Spain
. Andreas Lubitz's "intention (was) to destroy this plane," Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said, laying out the horrifying conclusions French investigators reached after listening to the last minutes of Tuesday's Flight 9525 from the plane's black box voice data recorder.
A Germanwings co-pilot is believed to have deliberately crashed his plane into a mountain in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing 150 people, including a mom and her daughter from northern Virginia and an American man reportedly living in Barcelona. Germanwings flight 4U 9525 was less than an hour into its route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf when co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, alone in the cockpit, locked the pilot out of the cockpit and crashed it, officials said Thursday. He appeared to want to “destroy the plane,” a prosecutor said. Here is a brief look at the crash by the numbers.
One of the three Americans killed when a co-pilot of a German jet crashed into the French Alps was the son of a New Yorker, according to multiple media reports. The state department identified Robert Oliver Calvo as the third American killed in the apparently intentional crash of the Germanwings airliner earlier this week. Two other Americans were identified as a government contractor from Northern Virginia and her daughter. Calvo was born in Spain but has American citizenship because his father, 73-year-old retired English teacher Robert Tansill Oliver, is originally from New York, according to Reuters. Oliver has lived in Barcelona since 1966.
The woman charged for luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly will not be charged with murder, prosecutors said Thursday. A spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office declined to say why or what charges, Dynel Lane, 34, will face. Lane lured the victim, Michelle Wilkins, 26, to her home on Mar. 18 with an ad on Craiglists offering baby clothes. Lane then cut Wilkins unborn baby girl from her belly. The gruesome attack revived the debate over when a fetus can legally be considered a human being. Legal experts said Colorado is one of 12 states that do not have laws making the violent death of an unborn child a homicide.
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A federal grand jury charged a Southern California Border Patrol agent on Thursday with 19 counts related to a hidden camera he installed in a women’s bathroom at the agency's station for years. Supervisory Agent Armando Gonzalez, 45, is accused of placing the camera in a stall at the Chula Vista Border Patrol Station, telling others it was part of a drug investigation into one of his female employees. However, no such investigation was underway, according to the grand jury’s indictment.
The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet that crashed in the French Alps this week apparently brought down the plane deliberately, killing all 150 people aboard, officials said Thursday, as Tuesday's tragedy took a horrifying turn.
Andreas Lubitz, 27, appears to have intentionally flown the plane into the side of a mountain while he was alone at the controls, while the plane's pilot pounded on the locked cockpit door, officials said flight recordings showed.
Deliberate crashes of commercial passenger jets, while rare, are believed to have occurred before. Here are some of the most well-known of them.
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The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed Tuesday in the Alps was alone at the helm and appears to have “intentionally” and manually begun the plane’s descent, a French prosecutor said Thursday. The co-pilot appeared to want to “destroy the plane,” he said. Alarms were sounding as banging could be heard on the armored door of the cockpit, the prosecutor said. Check back for more on this breaking news story.
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