The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Louisville Field Office, announces the arrest of Manuel Martin Salazarleija, Jr., age 26, for violating 18 U.S.C 39A, Aiming a Laser at an Aircraft.
On September 25, 2020, a Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) helicopter was performing surveillance of a vehicle fleeing the scene of a pharmacy burglary in Louisville, KY. At approximately 12:15 a.m., while conducting this surveillance, two LMPD officers were temporarily blinded by a laser being pointed directly at the helicopter. Helicopters operated by other law enforcement agencies and a news station also reported being targeted by a laser in the area. Once the location of the beams was discovered on the ground, FBI special agents were able to locate and interview Salazarleija. During the interview, Salazarleija admitted to intentionally aiming the beam of the laser pointer at an LMPD helicopter, while the aircraft was in flight within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States.
The public is reminded that this release is not evidence that the individuals discussed committed the crimes charged. All defendants are presumed innocent until the government meets its burden in court of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
MEXICO CITY (AP) – Thieves stole a business jet from an airport in central Mexico, flew it to Venezuela, apparently loaded it with drugs and then flew to Guatemala where the plane crashed, authorities said Thursday.
Prosecutors in Guatemala said a total of four bodies were found around the site where the BAE 125 jet crashed and burned Wednesday.
The dead could not be immediately identified, but drugs and weapons were found in the burned wreckage of the craft, which authorities referred to as a Hawker 800.
The bizarre round-trip illicit flight began Tuesday in the city of Cuernavaca, just south of Mexico City. The plane had arrived there on Aug. 10 and was parked at a private hangar.
Mexico’s Civil Aviation Agency said three people asked permission to fuel up the jet, purportedly in order to perform maintenance checks on the plane. Then, without permission, they taxied to a runway and took off, without having filled a flight plan.
Authorities tracked the plane as it flew south.
The Guatemalan army said the plane made a stop in Venezuela before entering Guatemala, which borders Mexico. It crashed for unknown reasons.
The drugs found on the plane could theoretically have been aboard since it left Mexico, but there would be little reason to move drugs toward Venezuela, which is a major transit hub for South American cocaine. It was much more likely the drugs were loaded aboard in Venezuela.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the US has installed acrylic barriers at security checkpoints throughout Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Nevada.
The move was part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to reduce Covid-19 contagion risks among airport personnel and passengers.
Overall, 72 acrylic barriers were installed at places where TSA officers usually interact with passengers.
It includes the travel document checkpoints and areas where the passengers prepare their luggage for X-ray screening.
TSA Nevada federal security director Karen Burke said: “The recent addition of clear barriers should instil an additional layer of confidence among travellers departing Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.
“TSA will continue to identify and implement changes to the security checkpoint environment and security procedures to protect the health and wellbeing of the travelling public, our employees and the larger airport community.”
In June, TSA awarded a contract for 1,230 acrylic barriers, which will be installed at 37 priority airports in the US. The installation work is expected to be completed soon.
Next month, new contracts are expected to be awarded to procure additional barriers.
Following the Covid-19 crisis, TSA launched its ‘Stay Healthy. Stay Secure’ campaign in a bid to restrict the spread of the disease.
The campaign encourages social distancing, rigorous cleaning and disinfection of the security checkpoints at the airports, and the use of personal protective equipment by TSA officers.
Narrative: Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, a Boeing 737-800, crashed near Sabashahr, 7 minutes after takeoff from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport, Iran. Al 167 passengers and nine crew members on board were killed. The Boeing 737-800, registration UR-PSR, had landed on schedule at 00:57 hours local time at Tehran. The return leg back to Kiev was due to depart at 05:15 local time (01:45 UTC).
In the meantime, around 02:15 hours local time in Iran, numerous ballistic missiles were fired from Iran towards U.S. bases in Iraq in response to the killing of Major General Qasem Soleimani by a United States drone strike. As a result this military operation changed the alertness level of Iran’s air defense. At approximately 04:00 the military sector informed the civil sector of the country’s Airspace Control that only the flights already detected and cleared for flight operations by the defense network could be permitted to start up. This would ensure the correct identification of civil flights by the defense network and avoiding targeting them by mistake.
At 05:49 the doors were closed and the aircraft was ready to depart. Two minuts later the flight requested the to start up the engines.
After contacting the Area Control Center, the ATC unit requested clearance for the Ukrainian flight at 05:52. The Area Control Center forwarded the request for flight PS752 to the Air Defense Coordination Center, which subsequently issued the clearance accordingly.
The aircraft then taxied to runway 29R and commenced the takeoff roll at 06:11. After takeoff the flight contacted Mehrabad Radar and was cleared to climb to FL260 and turn right after reaching 6000 feet, heading direct to the PAROT reporting point. As the aircraft was climbing after departure, it appeared on the air defense system. However, a wrong initialisation procedure of the system’s north alignment had induced a 107-degree error in the system. Thus, the direction of objects and targets detected by this system was being observed with an increase of 107 degrees by the operator. At 06:13:56, the air defense unit operator detected a target at his 250-degree azimuth, flying on a 52-degree course. At the same time, PS752 had been flying towards the defense system from a 143-degree azimuth. The aircraft was flying a 309-degree course.
At 06:14:21, the operator notified the specifications of the detected target to the Coordination Center over the communication network. The notification was not communicated successfully.
Meanwhile the system operator began analyzing the observable information and categorized the detected target as a threat. At 06:14:41, without receiving any response from the Coordination Center, the air defense unit operator fired a missile at the threatening target he had detected.
Under the applicable procedures, if the defense system operator cannot establish communication with the Coordination Center and does not receive the fire command, they are not authorized to fire.
The missile radio fuse was activated at 06:14:59. At that point flight PS752 was at 8100 feet at a position about 20 km west-northwest of the airport.
After the first missile radio fuse was activated, the air defense unit radar still locked on the target, and the defense system kept detecting and tracking it. By observing the continuity of trajectory of detected target, the second missile was fired at the aircraft by the operator of defense system at 06:15:11.
At 06:45:24, the last communication between the missile and the defense system was recorded in a place close to the aircraft route. After that, the defense system showed a message indicating the strike had failed, with the aircraft clearing from the radar lock-on after some time.
The aircraft turned to the right and about 06:16:11, a fire broke out on the aircraft, which was intensifying. Altitude was lost and at 06:18:23, the aircraft crashed into a playground in Khalajabad near Shahedshahr area, 15 km north of the airport. It disintegrated completely and wreckage was strewn along a 300 m long path.
BisnisNews.id — Ketua KNKT Dr.Ir. Soerjanto Tjahjono mendesak Pemeriah dan operator transportasi untuk menegakkan aturan, dalam menangani dan mengangkut barang berbahaya dan beracun. Aturan international khususnya ICAO untuk matra udara dan IMO untuk matra laut sudah mengatur, bagaimana menangani barang berbahaya khususnya dalam proses pengangkutan.
“Satu kasus (barang berbahaya) yang perlu ditangani khusus antara lain Air Raja. Itu barang kimia yang sangat merusak, bahkan besi pun bisa kerpos dan bolong jika terpapah Air Raja,” kata Soerjanto menjawab BisnisNews.id disela-sela Persiapan Radin KNKT Tahun 2020, Kamis (6/8/2020) malam.
Air Raja, lanjut dia, kini makin banyak digunakan termasuk di industri pertambangan di Indonesia. Potensi pengangkutan barang berbahaya itupun makin besar, sehingga harus diawasi ketat agar tidak menimbulkan dampak negatif bagi manusia di sekitarnya.
“Bagaimana menangani dan menempatkan barang berbahaya di kendaraan harus jelas dan mengikuti aturan yang sudah berlaku,” pinta Soerjanto.
Menurutnya, KNKT pernah menemukan dan melakukan investigasi kasus tersebut. Ada truk membawa Air Raja dalam jerigen plastik, kemudian tumpah dan mengenai badan truk yang mengangkutnya. “Akibatnya luar biasa, chasis truk bisa langsung bolong karenanya, bahkan mengenai deck kapal roro yang mengangkutnya,” jelas Soerjanto lagi.
Kasus itu terjadi di lintasan penyeberangan Merak-Bakauheni menjelang perhelatan ASEAN Games 2018 silam. “Ada truk membawa Air Raja, tapi tidak dilaporkan dalam manives dan tidak ditangani secara benar. Padahal, Air Raja itu sangat berbahaya apalagi kalau sampai mengenai tubuh manusia,” kilah Soerjanto.
Sebelumnya, dalam forum webinar yang dihelat CSAS Indonesia akhir pekan lalu, Soerjanto memaparkan panjang dan terinci mengenai manives barang dan orang serta proses penanganan barang berbahaya di dalam pesawat terbang.
“Barang berbahaya seperti Air Raja atau bahan kimia atau peledak jika akan diangkut dengan pesawat terbang butuh penanganan ekstra. Tidak boleh dicampur dengan barang lain, apalagi penumpang. Selain itu, barang tersebut harus masuk dan dilaporkan dalam manives penumang dan barang,” terang Soerjanto.
Di dunia international, khususnya ICAO dan IMO sudah ada ketentuan khusus bagaimana menangani barang berbahaya tersebut. Aturan itu sudah berlaku di dunia international. “Jika semua ihak menepati dan memberlakukan ketentuan yang berlaku,” maka potensi kecelakaan sampai menimbulkan korban jiwa bisa dihindari,” terang Soerjanto.
Dia menambahkan, KNKT mendesak semua pihak peduli terutama operator transportasi dan juga pemilik serta pihak pengangkut untuk jujur melaporkan barang berbahaya yang diangkut. Selain itu, prosedur penanganan barang berbahaya itu dilakukan secara baik sesuai prosedur yang berlaku,” tegas Soerjanto.(helmi)
Ukraine’s foreign minister has reiterated his country will make every effort to maximize compensation for a jet that was shot down by Iran in January.
Talks between the two countries began on Thursday. However, the foreign minister has said these efforts will not be easy.
“We have long worked for these negotiations to begin and I welcome the fact that they have finally started,” stated Dmytro Kuleba. “I expect the process isn’t going to be easy, but we are working to achieve the goal: to deliver justice.”
Iran has claimed it mistook the jet for a missile when it fired on the aircraft. Officials have also pointed out it was shot down at a time when tensions with the U.S. were high.
All 176 passengers onboard the jet were killed. Ukraine’s foreign ministry confirmed more details will be reported on Friday.
DETROIT – Todd Benson and his family witnessed turbulence before their flight could even take off from Aruba to Atlanta.
“It was shameful behavior. He was yelling, I have it on I have it on, and he was talking about his mask. The Delta flight attendant was requesting that he put it on properly,” said Benson.
Apparently this man was kicked off the plane following a meltdown — all over being asked to correct his mask.
“Moments later, he’s threatening her. ‘I’m gonna beat you up’ or something along that lines. And I thought that was completely inappropriate. He was saying he was gonna somehow get her fired,” Benson added.
After trying to talk to the pilot and returning to his seat, Benson says the outrageous behavior continued — this time towards other passengers.
“As he was leaving the most graphic language that you could possibly imagine just came spewing out of his mouth and I wish we all could have just covered our ears,” Benson Recalled.
Canada urges experts to disclose information obtained after analyzing the flight recorders of the UIA plane shot down by Iran.
“Canada thanks BEA [Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authority] for completing the download and analysis of Flight PS752’s black boxes. That analysis now needs to be shared promptly with the international community to ensure a complete, credible and transparent flight safety investigation,” Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne posted on Twitter.
In accordance with Annex 13 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, Iran can use the information obtained as a result of black boxes’ analysis of UIA plane at its own discretion.
Canadian and other foreign experts were present in Paris at the download and analysis of flight recorders but could not share the information with the public without permission.
The Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) plane (flight PS752) heading from Tehran to Kyiv crashed shortly after it took off from the Imam Khomeini International Airport at about 06:00 Tehran time (04:30 Kyiv time) on January 8. There were 176 people on board – nine crew members (all Ukrainians) and 167 passengers (citizens of Ukraine, Iran, Canada, Sweden, Afghanistan, Germany, and the UK). All passengers and crew were killed in the crash.
On July 18, France’s BEA received Flight PS752’s recorders from Iran.
On July 24, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Yevhenii Yenin informed that the transcript from Flight PS752’s recorders had confirmed illegal interference with the plane.