Pilot in East River chopper crash says emergency fuel lever inadvertently shut off

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The pilot of the helicopter that crashed into the East River in New York last Sunday has told federal safety investigators that moments before the craft hit the water, he noticed a passenger tether under the emergency fuel shutoff lever, which had been inadvertently shifted up into the off position – but by then, he said, it was too late to restart the engine.In a 2010 letter to the FAA reviewed by ABC News, the NTSB had warned the agency of incidents in which straps had “become entwined” with fuel levers on choppers like the one that crashed in the East River. The manufacturer, Eurocopter, added additional lever locking devices to new models starting in 2012. The chopper that crashed was manufactured in 2013.The pilot, the sole survivor of the crash that killed five passengers, says he twice briefed them on how to use the cutting tools placed on the harnesses if they needed to cut themselves out, according to the NTSB.At one point, the pilot said he noticed the front passenger’s restraint was hanging from the seat and asked him to put it back on. This was not unusual, he said, as passengers were moving around to take pictures, the report said.Shortly thereafter, the same passenger turned sideways and extended his feet outside the helicopter, according to the preliminary report, which does not discuss the probable cause of the accident.The doors of the chopper were open – something the FAA banned for flights that don’t use quick-release restraint systems in the wake of the crash.It was at that moment that the chopper began to suffer what appeared at the time to be an engine failure, the pilot told investigators.After telling the passengers to get back in their seats as the aircraft began to descend, the pilot attempted to restart the engine, but his first two tries were unsuccessful, he said in an NTSB interview.He began to prepare for a water landing and activated floats on the helicopter’s skids at about 800 feet.He reached down and noticed the emergency fuel shutoff lever was in the “off” position and a portion of the front seat passenger’s tether was underneath the lever, according to his account.He turned the fuel lever back on, tried to restart the engine and it began to work, but he didn’t have enough altitude to fully restart, he told investigators. He positioned the lever back to off, hit the water, climbed up onto the belly and called for help, he said.The manufacturer – rebranded in 2014 as Airbus Helicopters – did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

NAFCU urges NCUA collaboration with CFPB, others

first_imgNAFCU Senior Regulatory Affairs Counsel Michael Emancipator on Friday urged NCUA to be more proactive in collaborating with CFPB and other regulators to ensure credit unions are not subject to conflicting or redundant regulation.“Just over the past year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Department of Defense (DoD), and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) have each moved forward in promulgating rules that significantly impact our members,” Emancipator wrote. “Unfortunately, many of these rules are redundant to other directives from the agency, or worse, improperly infringe on rulemaking authority congressionally granted to NCUA.“For example, the CFPB’s recently proposed payday loan rule would alter important provisions in the agency’s Payday Alternative Loan (PAL) program, which was designed specifically to combat the types of loans and bad practices that the bureau is trying to eliminate,” he continued. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Syracuse goalkeeper Bono continues impressive play in loss to Louisville

first_imgAlex Bono had only faced eight shots on goal in Syracuse’s previous three games.The goalkeeper often went long stretches without having to make a save, as the ball stayed on the other side of the field.That trend changed dramatically Saturday night as he faced a season-high 13 shots, including six on goal, in the Orange’s 2-1 loss to Louisville (7-4, 3-1 Big East) at SU Soccer Stadium. Despite the loss, Bono was a bright spot for SU (9-4, 2-2), making four saves.“It was nice to have some work,” Bono said. “The back four has been absolutely phenomenal and they were very good today. It was good to get some action back there.”Louisville methodically pressured Syracuse’s defense in spurts throughout the game before breaking through for goals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOne of those spurts came in the 41st minute when the Cardinals drew a direct free kick. Louisville defender Greg Cochrane took the kick and delivered a swerving shot directly toward the goal.Bono watched as the ball twisted toward the left side of the net and knew he had to react quickly. He backpedaled, jumped and punched the ball out of bounds, falling several feet into the goal in the process.Bono then stood up and clapped his hands, urging on his teammates to keep fighting.“You don’t really anticipate where free kicks are going to go,” Bono said. “You just react to it. I reacted and I got there soon enough luckily.”The save kept the game knotted 1-1 heading into the half. It drew an ovation from the crowd, but Louis Clark insists it was nothing out of the norm for Bono, saying his teammate is one of the best freshman goalies in the country.“He pulls that sort of thing all the time in training,” Clark said. “I see it on the daily so it isn’t a big deal to me, but it was a fantastic save.”Clark said that Bono stayed calm and kept the team focused throughout the game.The two goals Bono allowed were close to unavoidable. The first came in the 28th minute when Cochrane connected on a one-timer off a pass from the end line. Louisville’s Zach Foxhoven generated space from Syracuse defender Nick Bibbs to set up an open shot, lofting the ball over Bono’s head for the second score in the 70th minute.“I don’t think he was at fault for either goal,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “I think he was pretty solid and made some good saves.”Syracuse defender Nick Perea agreed that Bono’s performance was terrific on Saturday night despite coming in a losing effort.“Those two goals were unlucky,” Perea said. “Nothing to worry. If he keeps going the way he is I think he should be nominated for Big East keeper of the year.”McIntyre echoed the sentiment, saying Bono has been a consistent presence for the Orange all season. The goalie has made 37 saves on the season and helped SU to one of the best shutout percentages in the nation at 0.61 per game.His stellar play has been crucial to Syracuse’s success, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Orange on Saturday night.“I think we should all be pretty excited about what Alex Bono looks like in a Syracuse uniform right now,” McIntyre said. “He was brought here because we feel that he’s one of the premier goalkeepers in the country and I think he’s been demonstrating that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 7, 2012 at 12:41 am Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

WRC is hosting annual Daddy-Daughter Date Night Saturday

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Recreation Commission is hosting the annual Daddy-Daughter Date Night this Saturday.  There will be a special “Once Upon A Time Fashion Show,” which will include finger foods,  desserts for you and your beautiful dates, treat bags, a special keepsake photo, and a welcoming door gift.The event is $10 /Person Early Bird Registration and ends on Wednesday, February 25 at 5 p.m. It will be $15 per person on Thursday and Friday.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Dolphins held at home by resolute Krabi FC

first_imgPattaya United’s free scoring Toyota Cup form was brought to a disappointing halt last Saturday at the Nongprue Stadium as they were held to a goalless home  draw by Yamaha Division 1 strugglers Krabi FC. United failed to get into top gear in a lackluster first half showing and Krabi were unlucky not to take a 1-0 advantage into the halftime break as only the Pattaya woodwork denied them a deserved lead.  United’s best chance fell to midfielder Phicha Au-Tra but his shot was well smothered by Krabi keeper Anusorn Chansod.Pattaya United FC line up for their Yamaha Division 1 match against Krabi FC at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya, Saturday, April 25.The Dolphins tried to inject more urgency into their play in the second half but they appeared to be suffering a post Songkran hangover and most of their build up play and passing remained sloppy at best. Defender Lee Won-young went close to giving Pattaya the lead but his close range header flew just over the Krabi crossbar bar and then Komazec saw his low shot from the edge of the area superbly tipped around the post by Chansod.  It was to be the nearest United came to breaking the deadlock and they had to be content with a single point that leaves them in ninth place in the league standings, nine points behind leaders Police United.Pattaya were due to play an away match at Bangkok FC this past Wednesday, and this coming Saturday will take on TTM Lopburi at the Nongprue Stadium.  Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.In the Thai Premier League, Chonburi FC continued their shaky start to the season with a 2-2 draw away at Bangkok Glass last Sunday.  The ‘Sharks’ twice took the lead through second half goals from Leandro and Cho Byung-Kuk but each time they were pegged back by strikes from Goshi Okubo and Lazarus Kaimbi, the latter’s goal coming late in stoppage time.Chonburi have now slipped to thirteenth position in the top flight standings with only eight points from their first seven league matches.  The Sharks were due to take on Thai Port FC on Wednesday and will travel to league leaders Suphanburi this coming Sunday, May 3.last_img read more

Rockin n rollin on Mars Rolling Stones have space rock named after

first_imgThe Rolling Stones have rocked stages around the world in their more than 50-year career. But now their influence has gone into space after NASA’s Mars InSight Mission named a rock on the planet after the band. Slightly larger than a golf ball, the “Rolling Stones Rock” is said to have rolled some 3 feet (1 meter), spurred by the InSight spacecraft’s thrusters during touchdown on Mars in November, NASA said. “In images taken by InSight the next day, several divots in the orange-red soil can be seen trailing Rolling Stones Rock,” it said. “It’s the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll while landing a spacecraft on another planet.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. announced the name as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts were about to perform on Thursday night at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium, close to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Rolling Stones, known for hits such as “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Brown Sugar”, called the honour “a milestone in our long and eventful history”. While the “Rolling Stones Rock” name is informal, it will feature on working maps of Mars, NASA said, but only the International Astronomical Union can give official scientific names for locations, asteroids and other objects in the solar system. NASA is using its robotic mission to Mars to help set the stage for manned missions to the Red Planet. As a gateway to that lofty goal, the space agency’s Artemis programme will send humans to the moon, to prepare them for further space exploration. A giant leap for mankind — and the Rolling Stones, already immortalized in popular culture, are now also a part of space exploration history.last_img read more

Zion Williamson Packed A Lot Of Greatness Into A Short College Career

Zion’s place among Naismith Award winnersFor Zion Williamson and Naismith College Player of the Year winners since 1996, team Final Four status and win share statistics 2011Jimmer FredetteBrigham YoungGSr.8.5.256 The 2019 Naismith winner will be announced April 7Sources: Wikipedia, Sports-Reference.com College basketball’s biggest weekend will be missing college basketball’s biggest star. After Michigan State knocked off Duke 68-67 on Sunday to advance to the Final Four, the Blue Devils are out of the NCAA Tournament — and that means we won’t see forward Zion Williamson again until the NBA draft. (Presumably.) CBS had invested a lot in following Williamson’s every move during the tournament, and with good cause. By at least one metric, Williamson had the best season in recent college history. But that’s all in the past now. So how weird is it that Zion won’t be present for the tournament’s finale in Minneapolis? And what can we make of his brief, brilliant stay in the college game, possibly as one of the final megastars of the one-and-done era?Williamson has spent most of the season as the heavy betting favorite to win the men’s Naismith college player of the year award. His money-line odds were as high as -700 (that’s roughly 88 percent without removing the vig) before his midseason injury, and they currently sit around -300 (75 percent). Other players could potentially take the honor when it is announced April 7, but it would be a surprise if Williamson were not the winner.If Zion does pick up the award, he will become only the third freshman (joining Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis) and 12th underclassman to do so in the history of the honor. It’s an elite award to earn, having been won by the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton and Michael Jordan, in addition to KD and AD. But it hasn’t exactly been out of the ordinary for the Final Four to move on without the nation’s best player. Through 2018, the Naismith award winner has seen his team make the Final Four just 48 percent of the time — meaning roughly half of college basketball’s very best stars since 19691The first year the award was given out. have watched the Final Four from home. Williamson wouldn’t be the first to fit that description, and he likely wouldn’t be the last.But even among players of the year, Williamson would be unusually good — particularly by the standards of some recent winners:2We went back to 1996 in the table below because that’s the earliest season for which Sports-Reference.com calculates its win shares player-value metric. 2004Jameer NelsonSaint Joseph’sGSr.6.6.243 1998Antawn JamisonNorth CarolinaFJr.✓8.3.271 2007Kevin DurantTexasFFr.8.8.280 2014Doug McDermottCreightonFSr.7.7.261 2019Zion WilliamsonDukeFFr.8.3.335 2001Shane BattierDukeFSr.✓10.1.298 2000Kenyon MartinCincinnatiFSr.9.0.398 2015Frank KaminskyWisconsinFSr.✓9.8.299 2008Tyler HansbroughNorth CarolinaFJr.✓8.7.272 2012Anthony DavisKentuckyCFr.✓9.9.310 2006J. J. RedickDukeGSr.7.8.233 2010Evan TurnerOhio StateGJr.6.8.247 2002Jason WilliamsDukeGJr.6.3.213 YearPlayerCollegePos.ClassFinal four?TotalPer 40 2003T. J. FordTexasGSo.✓4.3.155 2013Trey BurkeMichiganGSo.✓8.6.249 2016Buddy HieldOklahomaGSr.✓7.6.232 1997Tim DuncanWake ForestCSr.10.4.367 2018Jalen BrunsonVillanovaGJr.✓7.7.241 1996Marcus CambyMassachusettsCJr.✓8.1.320 2017Frank Mason IIIKansasGSr.7.5.230 2005Andrew BogutUtahCSo.10.9.358 1999Elton BrandDukeFSo.✓10.0.350 2009Blake GriffinOklahomaFSo.9.7.332 Win Shares From ABC News: On a per-40-minute basis, Williamson would have the most win shares of any Naismith winner since Andrew Bogut in 2005 (Bogut went No. 1 overall in the NBA draft that summer) and the fifth-most since 1996, period. And unlike some of the other names on the list above, Williamson wasn’t a one-man show dragging a bunch of weak teammates along. Duke ranked fourth in our pre-tournament Elo ratings — higher than the team of anyone ranked ahead of Zion in win shares per 40 minutes except Elton Brand (whose own Blue Devils ranked first going into the 1999 tourney).In that regard, maybe the best comparison for Williamson’s freshman season was that of Davis on the 2012 Kentucky Wildcats — a stellar, standout individual year on a highly ranked squad full of other elite NBA prospects. But while Davis got to the Final Four and ultimately won the NCAA championship, Williamson and Duke fell short, relegating him to a separate list of freshman phenoms — one including Durant and Michael Beasley, whose individual efficiency in 2008 was (amazingly) even greater than Zion’s this year — on teams that couldn’t get to the tournament’s third weekend.The end of Duke’s season won’t diminish the personal success Williamson had during his one NCAA season, nor will it affect his presumptive status as the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. And few fans outside Durham will be crying for Duke, which had its chances to close out Michigan State late on Sunday but was unable to do so (in large part because Williamson took only one shot in the game’s final six-and-a-half minutes). Even so, the Final Four won’t be quite the same without Williamson’s dizzying array of highlight-reel drives, dunks and swats. Instead, the Season of Zion Williamson will come to an end with Zion Williamson nowhere in sight. Check out our latest March Madness predictions. read more

Indian artists imagine an unknown Russia

first_imgThe third edition of the Indian Artists Paint Russia art camp brought together a group of artists here who painted images of the country solely based on their imagination.Held for the first time in July 2011, the annual Art Camp has been gaining popularity among artists in the Indian capital, with the 2013 edition breaking all records with the participation of 17 artists. Indian Artists Paint Russia is being held at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC), which is jointly organising the event with the Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists (FIPA). This year’s main theme is city life, with the artists being asked to focus on A Day in Moscow. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”This year, we decided to split the display: the main part includes this year’s works, but next to them, you can see the paintings by the participants in previous Art Camps and those created by our guests of honour, including (Russian artist) Maxim Pridanov,’ said Anastasia Khokhlova , head of the RCSC cultural department.The camp is the second workshop in the series for Padmini Mehta and Aakshat Sinha, the latter having been granted the honorary status of its curator. He is the only participant to have been to Russia. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’Russia is an unfailing source of inspiration,’ Sinha said. ‘If they asked me to paint my most overwhelming impression of Russia, I would definitely paint Tsvetnoy Bulvar, where, between two busy roads, there’s a park with benches and very beautiful people sitting on them.’ This year, Sinha painted the fans of FC Spartak Moscow against the background of the Red Square. ‘Each city must have football fans,’ Sinha explained.For Mehta, Russia is a vibrant country. ‘People are very sweet, cooperative. That I really like.’ In Mehta’s painting, Russian girls enjoy a circle dance on snow-covered mountain peaks next to a pianist playing Tchaikovsky. The background features Victory Day fireworks. Sugandha Menda learnt about the workshop from her father. ‘My dad introduced me to the Art Camp. He was part of it much earlier, two years ago,’ she said, admitting that the hardest thing for her was to choose something special about Russia to paint.’But I asked myself: I have never been to Russia, so what shall I do? My father advised me to look through all the photos on the internet about the history of Russia, whatever I could find. Then we were given a few books and started painting. By that time, I realised that I had the feeling that Russia was famous for snow and its winter. Many people also told me that winter in Russia was amazing. And the architecture is something magnificent.’last_img read more