Monthly Archives: September 2017

Pilot had to chase runaway aircraft

air Accident The 54-year-old male pilot, who had 405 hours of flying experience, had also failed to chock the aircraft. Chocks are wedges of sturdy material set against the wheels to stop accidental movement. The upshot of the incident in Mullinahone Airfield, Co Tipperary, on July 5 was that the pilot was uninjured but the aircraft was “destroyed”. In a report on the incident, air accident investigators said they were aware “of a number of similar accidents that have occurred in the past”, including one that led to a fatality in Australia. That particular incident had prompted investigators to comment that “hand-swinging an aircraft propeller is recognised across the aviation industry as a hazardous procedure” and “should only be undertaken when no other alternatives exist to...
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$36.1 Million Verdict Against School Bus Company

The accident happened in Highland on the morning of October 3, 2012, when the plaintiff, Isabella Escamilla Sanchez, was six years old. Isabella attempted to cross 9th street mid-block to get to the bus stop where her school bus was en route to Bonnie Oehl Elementary School. Isabella Sanchez has undergone extensive rehabilitation after she was struck by an oncoming car. That's when the driver of a Subaru Impreza struck the child causing catastrophic injuries that include a traumatic brain injury and fractures to her neck, arm, leg and pelvis. The Sanchez family sued Durham School Services for failing to report and prevent mid-street crossings, which is a blatant violation of their own policies and procedures. It was a common practice for parents and students to cross 9thstreet mid-block directly in...
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Settlement reached in aftermath of Asiana Airlines crash

Dr. Kyung Rhan Rha sued Asiana Airlines for injuries suffered in the July 6, 2013, crash at SFO in which four people died and 49 of the 307 people on board were injured. She claims an injury to her right arm precludes her from grasping the tools she needs as a prosthodontist, a surgical dentist who handles facial and dental problems that involve restoring missing tooth and jaw structures. The airline had challenged the severity of Rha’s injury. “A confidential settlement of Dr. Rha’s case has been reached,” the spokeswoman for Rha’s attorney told Bay Area News Group. “The trial is off calendar.” Jury selection was scheduled to start Friday in the trial that would have only determined damages because Asiana had already admitted liability for the crash. All other...
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Yoko Ono wins legal battle against soft drink manufacturers ‘John Lemon’

When you're one of the most famous musicians of all time, it's somewhat understandable that companies will want to piggyback on that fame to sell their product. One Polish drinks company that tried to circumnavigate trademark laws by calling their drink 'John Lemon' have found themselves on the wrong side of his widow Yoko Ono, however. 'John Lemon', a vegan, gluten-free soft drink, was originally launched in 2012 - and is available in Ireland - but has been forced to change its name to 'On Lemon'. According to Reuters, Ono's lawyers had warned the company that they faced a fine of €5000 per day and €500 per bottle sold if they continued to trade as they were. The company, in turn, claimed that there was no infringement intended - but Ono...
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New hope for Formula One legend Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher There could be new hope in former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher's fight to recover from a serious brain injury sustained in 2013, according to new reports. Swedish and German media outlets today reported the 48-year-old sporting legend could be flown to the US for state-of-the-art medical treatment, where a brain injury specialist is set to offer him "new hope". Schumacher suffered a horrific brain injury in a ski accident in December 2013, from which he is yet to recover. According to Swedish newspaper Expressen and German magazine Bravo, Schumacher's wife Corinna "decided to try new care", including consulting a brain injury specialist named Dr Mark Meeks. Source: NZ Herald

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Prosecutors appeal to extend Oscar Pistorius sentence

Prosecutors are appealing to extend the six-year murder sentence handed to Oscar Pistorius last year. South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal will hear the state's arguments on 3 November. Pistorius, a Paralympic gold medallist, was jailed in 2016 for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The National Prosecuting Authority will claim the sentence was too short. "The state, in the papers, we stipulate clearly that the sentence imposed is shockingly low," said NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku. Source: Sky News

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Irish women take legal action over ‘razor blade’ vaginal mesh implants

A NUMBER OF Irish women are pursuing legal action over complications they suffered after receiving vaginal mesh implants. The cases have emerged following reports of thousands of patients in the US, UK and Australia enduring similar issues with the devices. Transvaginal mesh implants are used to treat stress incontinence and more recently pelvic prolapse – when a pelvic organ such as the bladder drops. Both of these conditions are common in women after childbirth. The mesh, a net-like implant, which comes in a number of forms and sizes, is inserted in order to support the weakened organ. Tissue then grows into the pores of the mesh to fortify the walls of the affected organ. These devices have been used across Europe, the United States and Australia since the...
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Ferris Wheel Provider blame child for the gondola overturning

Family Attractions Amusement LLC blames one of the children injured on their Ferris wheel for the gondola overturning, according to responses to three lawsuits filed following the August 2016 incident at the Greene County Fair. In the responses, the company denies responsibility in the incident and places blame on a minor child who was in the gondola when it overturned. Any further liability, they state, “is barred or reduced by the comparative fault” of the manufacturer. The responses claim the minor child, who a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission identified as having “a severe but unspecified learning disability,” stood and rocked the gondola, therefore allegedly negligently causing the incident. Source: greenevillesun.com  

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Former Corrie actor says daughter’s death was a ‘tragic accident’

The 60-year-old told The Sun that the family had "lost an angel", but that the death of 25-year-old Louella Michie was "not murder". He told the paper: "We've lost our angel. It's not murder - they were friends. It was just a tragic mistake, a tragic accident. "She touched so many lives. She was so very positive, so bright, so out there. She had such energy. The tributes to her have been incredible." In a statement, Michie's agent said: "Sadly, I can confirm the tragic death of John Michie's daughter Louella at Bestival. "John and his wife Carol ask that the privacy of their family be respected at this traumatic time." Source: Irish Examiner  

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Portugal asked to review laser laws after pilot blinded

An investigation into the incident, at Porto Airport in Portugal on September 5 2015, has highlighted the lack of legislation in Portugal covering the targeting of aircraft with lasers. The probe into the incident was delegated by the Portuguese authorities to the Irish Department of Transport’s Air Accident Investigation Unit as Ireland is the ‘state of registry’ for the incident aircraft. The incident flight was a scheduled service from Lille in France to Porto Airport in Portugal. Shortly after 9pm the Boeing 737-800 was on its final approach when the co-pilot, who was the pilot flying, was distracted by a green laser light being shone towards the aircraft. The laser was not pointing directly at the aircraft, and then disappeared from view, leading the co-pilot to believe...
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