Plane ‘lost power before crash landing’
LONDON – A British Airways plane which crash landed at London’s Heathrow airport lost all power in the last stages of its descent, it has been reported.
An airport worker told the BCC that the pilot said the plane lost all power and was forced to glide to land.
As many as 18 people were injured and an investigation has started as to why the Boeing 777 – flying in from China – landed short of the runway.
The airport worker said the pilot told him there was no warning and the electronics just failed instantly, the BBC reported.
The USAToday rapports this evening that the US air force has “taken the fight to the enemy. IN the biggest air raids since the war began the dropped 40.000 pounds of bombs on “al Qaeda” targets.
The operation, called “Phantom Phoenix,” is the third in a series of recent Iraq-wide offensives against al-Qaeda. That makes the past six months the heaviest uptick in offensive operations since the 2004 battles in Fallujah and the Shiite shrine city of Najaf.
A military statement said two B-1 bombers and four F-16 fighters dropped the bombs on 40 targets in Arab Jabour in 10 strikes.
Conway said 35 al-Qaeda militants were killed and 25 houses and 13 vehicles were destroyed.
This seems a meagre harvest of enemy deaths against the huge amount of bombs dropped in one of only series of raids in the last 6 months. The series is reported to be the biggest since the attacks on Falluja.
A Dutch news paper het Parool paints an entirely different picture.
According to the news paper quoting the Council of Ulema’s a council of influential Sunni spiritual leaders, the US air force committed horrific crimes. According to the council they “flattened” entire neighbourhoods around the city of Arab Jabour south of Bagdad.
The counsil spoke of many deaths. In the first 10 minutes alone 38 bombs fell on Arab Anjour. The article also states that it was more than 20.000 kg of bombs.
According to the council there were no al Qaeda basis in the region and the inhabitants were mainly farmers.
According to the same article Alayne Conway the commander overseeing the attacks it was the biggest carpet bombing operation since the beginning of the war and it preceded an ground attack covering the same area.