Martine Berg OlsenMonday 3 Sep 2018 4:09 pm Share this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link A pilot has told of the moment he saved the lives of 469 people when the plane engine suddenly exploded mid-air from London to Sydney. It was just another day at work for Captain Richard de Crespigny, who was preparing to switch off the seatbelt sign shortly after a ‘perfect take-off’ from Singapore’s Changi Airport for the second leg of the journey. Captain de Crespigny, who had been flying for decades, said that when the Qantas flight (QF32) passed 6000 feet on 4 November 2010 in ‘ideal’ weather, ‘it really was looking like a picture-book day’. However, just four minutes after take-off he heard a ‘relatively small boom’ which was seconds later followed by a ‘huge boom’, explaining it ‘like … [Read more...] about Hero pilot saved 469 lives when the engine exploded mid-air
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Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: Official Report Describes Scary Supplier Plant Fire That Shut Down Ford F-150 Production On Monday, the Lansing State Journal obtained a copy of the Eaton Rapids fire department’s report on the blaze at Michigan-based magnesium manufacturer, Meridian—the blaze that ultimately shut down Ford F-150 production for over a week. The report describes just how out-of-control things got at the factory, with the fire suppression system “fueling” the fire with water, a major explosion sending an employee flying into a door jamb, and cars burning in the parking lot. Some of the nine-page report, which you can read here, is just downright frightening: After the second explosion it was reported that there were two employees injured one by debris that was ejected from the plant and the other … [Read more...] about The Disruptive Ford F-150 Supplier Fire Had An Explosion That Threw An Employee Through The Air
Fifty-nine years ago, the 1955 Le Mans 24-hour race started like any other. It ended with the usual champagne, as well. In the middle as many as 130 died in the most horrific disaster in motorsports history. [Warning: graphic content] It's hard to say just how many people died in the crash. The French police files have never been opened, and one long time Le Mans racing chief later estimated the death toll at 130. Within hours of the crash, the local police reported sixty five dead, as one racer remembered, and now the death toll is usually reported as something in the 80s. An initial news report claims 82 spectators killed, some decapitated by a flying hood "like a guillotine." Another 120 were "maimed," according to current writing, though initial news stories estimated around 70. All of this was from one car cutting through the crowd alone. It remains the worst disaster in motorsports history. I'll try and give an explanation of how it happened, why so many people died, and why the … [Read more...] about Just How Horrifying Was The Worst Crash In Motorsports, Le Mans ’55?
Safety is one of those topics that often elicits a less-than-serious response from some tool users. For these folks, they assume their elite skills will protect them and as long as they pay attention, they never will get hurt. This explains the prevalence of the nickname “Stubby” among this population. On the opposite end of the spectrum, safety is also one of those areas where people who don’t know a lot about tools can overreact. Imagine a whole table of kids wearing goggles as one of them gingerly melts some solder. You don’t want solder in your eye, but that’s just not going to happen under normal circumstances. And then there are freak accidents, which are a reality. On September 20th, a leaking propane tank exploded at Sector67’s new workshop, severely injuring Chris Meyer. Far from a noob, Chris is one of the most experienced people in the shop and was a co-founder of the space. He has a long road of healing ahead of him, and as seems to be … [Read more...] about Hackerspaces are Hard: Safety
An explosion at the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin Thursday injured at least 11 people and forced many of the city’s residents to evacuate. Douglas County has declared a state of emergency following the incident. Fire officials said the blast occurred around 10am local time when a tank of crude oil or asphalt exploded, according to the Associated Press. The fire was initially reported to be extinguished at around 11:20am, though law enforcement warned residents the fire reignited less than an hour later. Douglas County officials said another tank caught fire at 3:15pm, according to ABC affiliate station WDIO-TV. As smoke continued to billow from the building and into the surrounding community, residents of Superior were advised to evacuate. Those living within a three-mile radius around the refinery were urged to leave, including major residential area located within one mile of the plant. A 10-mile corridor south of the building where much of the smoke was … [Read more...] about City Evacuated, State of Emergency Declared in Wisconsin County Following Oil Refinery Explosion