Accidents and disasters
DUESSELDORF, Germany - How could someone once diagnosed with suicidal tendencies get a job as a commercial pilot, entrusted with the lives of hundreds of people? That's the question being asked after officials confirmed Monday that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz received lengthy psychotherapy before receiving his pilot's license.
FORT PIERCE, Fla. - The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service.
Alexis described how he frantically tried to check who was alive after their overloaded church van crashed in the darkness in rural southwest Florida.
ISTANBUL - Turkish Airlines said it diverted an Istanbul-to-Sao Paulo flight with 256 people aboard to Morocco after finding a note with the word "bomb" in the toilet.
The airline later declared Monday's incident on Flight TK15 a hoax after the Boeing 777 was searched in Casablanca. It said the passengers would be returned to the plane, which would continue to Sao Paulo.
Turkish Airlines says it is standard procedure to make an emergency landing under such circumstances.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Two bodies were found Sunday amid rubble from the Manhattan apartment building collapse three days earlier and authorities said everyone was accounted for since the apparent gas explosion that caused a massive fire and altogether levelled three buildings and damaged a fourth.
MONTABAUR, Germany - The pastor of the Lutheran church in Andreas Lubitz's hometown said Sunday that the community stands by him and his family, despite the fact that prosecutors blame the 27-year-old co-pilot for causing the plane crash that killed 150 people in southern France.
The town of Montabaur has been rattled by the revelation that Lubitz, who first learned to fly at a nearby glider club, may have intentionally caused Tuesday's crash of Germanwings Flight 9525.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Searching with hands and dogs through scoops of rubble from three apartment buildings levelled in an apparent gas explosion, emergency workers painstakingly looked for signs of two missing people Saturday, though authorities acknowledged the chances were slim.
Meanwhile, investigators worked to piece together exactly what caused the blast that injured 22 people in Manhattan's East Village.
Officials estimated it could take a week of 24-hour-a-day work to sift through the heap of loose brick, wood and debris.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Hope dimmed as emergency workers continued their search Saturday for two people still missing after an apparent gas explosion levelled three Manhattan apartment buildings and investigators worked to piece together what exactly caused the blast that injured 22.
MONTABAUR, Germany - Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers — including a torn-up doctor's note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountainside.
STOCKHOLM - Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said Friday.
Under a treaty governing deaths and injuries aboard international flights, airlines are required to compensate relatives of victims for proven damages of up to a limit currently set at about $157,000 — regardless of what caused the crash.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Firefighters used high-powered water towers Friday to extinguish pockets of fire at the site of an apparent gas explosion in Manhattan's trendy East Village as authorities reported that two people were missing and six others might be, too.