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Airlander 10, World’s Longest Aircraft, Nicknamed The ‘Flying Bum’

t 302 feet long, the Airlander 10 is 50 feet longer than the largest configuration of the Boeing 747.

The airship was originally developed by the U.S. Army for surveillance; however, the project was picked up by Hybrid Air Vehicles nearly a decade ago after funding ran out, the BBC reported.

Once it proves safe to fly, the airship could be used for surveillance, cargo, communications, humanitarian missions and passenger travel.

The airship was officially named the Martha Gwyn, after the wife of Hybrid Air Vehicles chairman Philip Gwyn, according to the Daily Telegraph. It’s filled with 1.3 million cubic feet of helium, and is expected to reach an altitude of 20,000 feet and fly for up to five days at speeds of 90 mph.

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“It was a very smooth first journey for Airlander and she behaved beautifully,” technical director Mike Durham told the Bedfordshire On Sunday newspaper. “We’re delighted to have reached this significant milestone.”

The date of the airship’s first test flight has not yet been announced.

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Pretoria – Oscar Pistorius was rushed to Pretoria’s Kalafong Hospital yesterday after sustaining injuries to his wrists in jail.While correctional services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said the Paralympian told authorities he had injured himself after falling out of bed, an inmate situated close to the hospital section told City Press that Pistorius had injured himself intentionally.

Two warders with knowledge of the hospital section said blades were subsequently found in Pistorius’ cell during a search on Saturday afternoon.

Two security guards at Kalafong Hospital, which is situated east of Pretoria, told City Press on Saturday that Pistorius was admitted at 12:30.

“He had bad cuts on his wrists and the doctors kept wrapping bandages around them,” said one.

Pistorius, they said, was being guarded at the hospital by more than 10 warders.

Diego Maradona

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55 Years
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‘Chitoro’ Diego Maradona
‘Doña Tota’ Dalma Salvadora Franco
Hugo Maradona, Raúl (Lalo)
Claudia Villafañe (m. 1984–2004)
Diego Sinagra, Giannina Maradona, Dalma Nerea Maradona, Dalma Maradonna
1986 – FIFA World Cup Silver Boot
1990 – FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball
1986 – United Press International Athlete of the Year
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Excellent dribbling action, powerful assists, accurate passes and impressive footwork made Diego Mardona rise up to the ranks, within a short period, to become the greatest football player of all times. Argentina’s national hero and pride, this exceptionally talented young man was born to play the sport. As such, despite coming from a humble background with lack of financial stability, he made his way to the football field at the age of ten and made his professional debut by 16. His compact physique and great physical strength gave him the edge over other players and helped him achieve the pinnacle of success. In a career spanning over 21 years, he rose from being an inexperienced club player to the most coveted soccer player. He scored 34 goals in 91 international appearances. It was through his sheer display of brilliance on the field that he was awarded FIFA Player of the 20th Century award. He is the only player to appear sixteen times as the captain of a World Cup team, which in itself is a World Cup record. To know more about his life, playing career and timeline, read on.

Childhood & Early Life
  • Diego Maradona was to ‘Chitoro’ Diego Maradona and ‘Doña Tota’ Dalma Salvadora Franco. He has three elder sisters and two younger brothers. His family was a close knit one but suffered from poor financial condition.

  • He took to playing soccer from a very tender age. His phenomenal talent soon caught the attention of a talent scout who inducted him in Los Cebollitas, the junior team of Buenos Aires’s Argentinos Juniors.

  • He led Los Cebollitas to a 136-unbeaten streak, displaying his prodigious capability and talent.

  • In 1976, a little before his sixteenth birthday, he made his professional debut with Argentinos Juniors. In his five years of association with the club team, he made 167 appearances and scored 115 goals.

  • His proper international debut came on February 27, 1977 against Hungary.

  • His first senior goal came in a match against Scotland at Hampden Park on June 2, 1979. Argentina won the match by 3-1.

  • In 1979, he played for Argentina in the FIFA U-20 World Cup and helped the team won the tournament. He was the star of the tournament and won the Golden Ball award as the tournament’s best player.

  • In 1981, he was transferred to Boca Juniors for £1m. It was while playing for the club team that he secured his first league championship medal.

  • In 1982, he played his first World Cup tournament. Despite being defending champions, Argentina did not perform to expectations and were ousted by the tournament in the second round, losing to Brazil and eventual winners, Italy.

  • Following the loss at the World Cup, he was transferred to FC Barcelona in Spain for a world record fee of £5m. Though he went on to win the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup for the club, throughout his tenure, he suffered from ill-heath and injury.

  • In his two seasons with Barcelona, he scored 38 goals in 58 games. However, dispute with the club president and team director led to his transfer to Napoli in Italy’s Serie A for another world record fee, £6.9m.

  • His association with Napoli was the most fruitful of all and brought successful results for both himself and the club. Not only did he reach the pinnacle of his career, but assisted the club to enjoy immense success and victory.

  • He led the club to win the Serie A Italian Championships twice in 1986-87 and 1989-90. Additionally, Napoli efficaciously attained the Coppa Italia in 1987, the UEFA Cup in 1989 and the Italian Supercup in 1990. In the 1987-88 and 1988-89 Serie A Italian Championships, the club was placed in the second position with him being the top scorer in 1987-88.

  • Meanwhile, at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, he led Argentina to victory. Throughout the tournament, he led his team from the front and asserted his dominance in every game. He scored 5 goals and made 5 assists and played a crucial role in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals against England, Belgium and West Germany Respectively.

  • In the 1990 FIFA World Cup, he continued his role as a captain of the Argentina team, with the only difference being he was less dominant. He led his team to a World Cup final against West Germany but unlike 1986, he could not replicate the success as his team lost by 1–0. This marked the steep decline of the once-flourishing career.

  • In 1991, he received a 15-month suspension after testing positive for using cocaine.

  • In 1992, he left Napoli to join Sevilla of Spain, where he played for a year. Following year he played for Newell’s Old Boys.

  • In the 1994 FIFA World Cup, he played just two games scoring one goal before being ousted for failing an ephedrine drug test. This also marked an end to his international career which spanned for 17 years. In the 91 games that he played, he scored 34 goals.

  • In 1995, he returned to Boca Juniors and played with the club for two years, before announcing his retirement in 1997 on the eve of his birthday.

  • In 2008, he was appointed as the head coach of the Argentina national team, a position he served for eighteen months until 2010 World Cup.

  • He joined Argentine Primera D club Deportivo Riestra in 2013 as its ‘spiritual coach’.

Awards & Achievements
  • He won the Golden Ball award at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

  • In 1999, he was bestowed with the Diamond Konex Award, which was one of the most prestigious culture awards in Argentina from Konex Foundation, Argentina, for being the ultimate sportstar of the decade.

  • He was adjudged ‘FIFA Player of the Century’ award in 2000, along with Pele. He acquired the majority of the votes at 53.6% against Pelé’s 18.53%. However, the latter was voted by the ‘Football Family’ committee.

  • His second goal against England in the quarter final match during the 1986 World Cup was voted as the ‘Best Goal Ever Scored in World Cup’ in 2002 FIFA poll. Following year, the Argentinos Juniors named its stadium after him.

  • In 2010, the Times chose him as the Greatest 10 World Cup Players of all times. Diego Maradona

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Passengers flee Emirates jet after Dubai crash-landing

Dubai (AFP) – Hundreds of passengers fled an Emirates airliner that crash-landed and caught fire in Dubai Wednesday, resulting in the death of a firefighter and a four-hour shutdown of the busy airport but no other fatalities.

The exact circumstances of the accident involving a Boeing 777 flying from India with 300 people on board were not immediately clear.

Footage on social media showed thick black smoke billowing from the aircraft on the ground.

Emirates chief executive officer Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum spoke of an “operational incident” that happened on landing and ruled out any “security issue”.

The fire erupted on board the aircraft after the incident, he said, adding that the cause was not yet clear.

Emirates said that all passengers and crew on board flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai were accounted for and safe.

Sheikh Ahmed later told reporters later that 13 people on board were hospitalised, most of them for minor injuries.

The director general of the General Civil Aviation Authority, Saif al-Suwaidi, said in a statement that “one of the firefighters lost his life while saving the lives of the others.”

Investigators had been sent to work with Emirates and the Dubai airport authorities, he said.

Emirates said that there were 282 passengers and 18 crew members on board, including 226 Indians, 24 Britons and 11 Emirati nationals.

Sheikh Ahmed said that the pilot was an Emirati with more than 7,000 hours of flight time and the aircraft had “all necessary inspection checks” before take-off.

Footage on social media showed thick black smoke coming out of the centre of the plane while the fuselage appeared to be lying on the runway with escape slides opened.

– ‘I ran without my shoes’ –

Shaji Kochikutty, who was on board the plane with his wife and three daughters, recounted surviving the “near disaster.”

“We are grateful to be alive. What more can we ask for?” the Dubai-based businessman said, speaking to weekly newspaper XPRESS.

After the plane caught fire on landing, airline staff “opened all emergency exits and guided us out,” Kochikutty said.

“I first sent my three daughters. My wife went next but hurt her knee while jumping out. I bruised my feet as I ran without my shoes. We were promptly given first aid and we are all fine now,” he said.

The accident comes almost four months after a plane belonging to Dubai’s other carrier, flydubai, crashed and burst into flames as it was landing in Rostov-on-Don, in southern Russia, killing all 61 people onboard.

On July 26, an Emirates Boeing 777-300 aircraft heading to the Maldives made an emergency landing in Mumbai because of a “technical fault”.

Airport authorities halted all operations at Dubai International Airport for around four hours Wednesday, causing delays and diversions.

Arriving planes were diverted to other airports in the UAE, Oman, and Bahrain, Emirates said.

Despite later resuming operations, Dubai International said its capacity was still restricted and it was operating with one runway.

It is the world’s largest air hub in terms of international passengers, and is the base for Emirates, from where it serves more than 153 destinations.

Dubai opened a smaller second airport, Al-Maktoum International, in 2013.

Emirates, Qatar Airways and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad have seized a significant portion of transcontinental travel, capitalising on the geographic locations of their Gulf hubs.

Emirates is the largest single operator of the Boeing 777, as well as the Airbus A380 superjumbo, and expanded its fleet to 250 aircraft last year.

Emirates Airline flight crash-lands at Dubai airport One firefighter died tackling blaze after Emirates aircraft crash-lands at Dubai International Airport.

A firefighter died when an Emirates airline flight crash-landed at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday, but all 300 passengers and crew were evacuated safely from the aircraft, authorities said.

Dramatic pictures and video posted on social media, purportedly of the crash-landing, showed a thick plume of black smoke rising from the top of a burning aircraft on a runway.

Emirates’ Chairman & Chief Executive Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum told a new conference on Wednesday evening that a firefighter at Dubai International died in the operation to douse the flames that engulfed the plane.

All 282 passengers and 18 crew escaped the aircraft safely, though four passengers suffered minor injuries, Al Maktoum said, adding that it was too early to say what caused the accident.

However, he ruled out “anything in terms of a security issue at this stage.”

The pilots and crew were the last to abandon the aircraft, Al Maktoum said, praising the “maximum level of professionalism they have demonstrated.”

Dubai airport, which was closed following the accident and all departures and arrivals halted, re-opened at 6:30 pm local time (14:30 GMT), according to Dubai Airports.