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Last Hiroshima bomber crewman dies

Last Hiroshima bomber crewman dies

The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died in the US. Tom VanKirk says his father, 93-year-old Theodore VanKirk, died on Monday in Stone Mountain, Georgia. VanKirk, also known as Dutch, was the navigator of the Enola Gay. The B-29 Superfortress aircraft dropped Little Boy – the […]

Black box found in Algeria crash

Black box found in Algeria crash

French soldiers have secured one of the black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in restive northern Mali with the loss of at least 116 people, French president Francois Hollande said. Terrorism has not been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely cause is bad weather. The black box […]

US Military Planned Spying Base On The Moon

US Military Planned Spying Base On The Moon

The United States military once made plans to build a surveillance station on the Moon, newly declassified documents reveal. A 100-page document compiled in 1959 details Project Horizon, a plan to install a Moon-to-Earth surveillance system used to “facilitate communications with and observation of the Earth”. The US Air Defence Support Program currently operates multiple […]

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: What we know so far

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: What we know so far

Following the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash Thursday — which killed all 298 on board — many questions remain. 247Latest News lists what we know now about the downed plane as the international community seeks answers: What challenges remain at the crash site? Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Saturday he is “deeply concerned” […]

Weapon ‘Moved To Russia After MH17 Shot’

Weapon ‘Moved To Russia After MH17 Shot’

A missile launcher allegedly used to shoot down flight MH17 has been moved over the border into Russia after video emerged purportedly showing it on the back of a truck, Ukrainian officials have claimed. The video appears to show the Buk launcher with one of the four missiles it carries missing. The film was allegedly […]

Meet prime suspect in shooting down of Malaysia airliner

Meet prime suspect in shooting down of Malaysia airliner

A Russian-made surface-to-air missile is the most likely cause of the suspected downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, analysts said on Friday, as claim and counter-claim swirled over who launched the weapon. The truck-mounted “Buk” missile is capable of soaring to the height of a civilian airliner like Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, unlike lighter […]

History Of Civilian Planes Being Shot Down

History Of Civilian Planes Being Shot Down

Flight MH370 went missing in March with 239 passengers and crew on board on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. And now flight MH17 carrying 298 people has reportedly been shot down in eastern Ukraine. It would not the first time a passenger plane has been lost to military action. In 2001, Ukraine admitted […]

Family Of Six Killed On Doomed Passenger Plane

Family Of Six Killed On Doomed Passenger Plane

A family of six are among the almost 300 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, it has emerged. Tambi Jiee, 49, his wife Ariza Ghazalee, 47, and their four children, Mohd Afif, 19, Mohd Afzal, 17, Marsha Azmeena, 15, and Mohd Afruz, 13, were travelling on the Boeing 777, Malaysia’s The Star newspaper reported. The […]

‘It Was Hit By A Rocket’: MH17’s Final Moments

‘It Was Hit By A Rocket’: MH17’s Final Moments

Dramatic mobile phone footage has emerged showing debris falling from the sky and a black plume of smoke moments after flight MH17 was struck by a rocket. The footage has garnered more than 100,000 views on YouTube after it appeared on a social media account purporting to belong to senior pro-Russian separatist Igor Strelkov. Strelkov, […]

Russia ‘Must Reflect’ On Shooting Down Of Plane

Russia ‘Must Reflect’ On Shooting Down Of Plane

Britain has said it is “clear” where responsibility for the shooting down of a packed passenger plane lies, as the US said it cannot rule out Russian involvement in the crash. Peter Wilson, the UK’s representative to the UN, told a Security Council meeting Russia must “reflect carefully on the situation it has created”, adding: […]

‘End Of The World’ Crater Mystery In Siberia

‘End Of The World’ Crater Mystery In Siberia

Scientists have been baffled by the discovery of a 260ft-wide hole in the ground in north Siberia. It has the appearance of an 80m wide crater at the edges, but continues down into an underground chamber of unknown depth. The sides of the crater are said to be fresh earth, which experts say indicates that […]