Malaysia Airlines 777 Boeing Shot Down near Ukraine-Russian Border

By | LOCAL NEWS

Plane shot down by a surface-to-air missile, U.S. officials say.

HRABOVO, Ukraine (KXAN/AP) – A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 295 people on board has crashed in the Ukraine after being shot out of the air. The jetliner was shot down as it flew over the conflict-riddled eastern portion of Ukraine near the Russian border, the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists deny they shot at the airliner.

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The flight, known as MH17, was enroute to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it went down. There were 280 passengers and 15 crew members onboard.

In the Social Networks already the hashtags #RIPMIH17 NBC News reports senior U.S. Officials confirmed MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

A reporter for the Associated Press counted at least 22 bodies among the wreckage at the crash site. It is unclear if these casualties were on the plane or killed while on the ground.

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Malaysia Airlines announced it lost contact with the flight via Twitter: #MalaysiaAirlines #RIPMH17

Popular flight-tracking website Flightaware.com showed the plane was last over Ukraine, when it disappeared from tracking. The aircraft was flying at a cruising altitude of 33,000 feet when it last reported in to Flightaware.

Twitter exploded with the news in various languages, including pictures and videos of plumes of smoke. NBC News aired this video, saying they were unable to independently confirm the smoke plume is from MH17.

Still, a Reuters correspondent is reportedly on the scene in Easter Ukraine and “sees burning wreckage of air plane, bodies on ground.”

The area where the aircraft reportedly crashed is has seen frequent rocket attacks in recent days as part of the ongoing conflict between the Ukraine and Russia. Ukrainian military officials said a military transport plane was shot at as it flew over the area earlier this week.

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Malaysia Airlines made headlines in March when a Boeing 777 disappeared over the south Indian Ocean on flight MH370 to China and has not been found. All 241 aboard are presumed dead. Flight MH370 disappeared in an area with scattered radar coverage. Thursday’s flight, MH17, was in an area with heavy radar coverage when it crashed.

The airline flies 13 Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. The crashed aircraft, registration number 9M-MRD, was delivered to Malaysia Airlines on July 29, 1997. A typical cabin configuration for a Malaysia Airlines 777 allows for 35 business class seats and 247 economy seats for a total of 282 passenger seats, according to Seat Guru.com.

Associated Press reports contributed to this article.

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Emirates and world’s first Pelé-ane to its fleet of Boeing 777s

By | 777-300 ER AIRCRAFT, LOCAL NEWS

DUBAI, U.A.E., 11thJune 2014 – Just hours before the first World Cup match kicks off in Brazil, Emirates, an Official FIFA Worldwide Partner, is pleased to unveil the first Boeing 777-300ER to feature the distinguishable signature of Emirates’ Global Ambassador and three times World Cup winner, Pelé.

The first Emirates Pelé-ane will be connecting football fans with the action this summer on the Dubai to São Paulo route. Identifiable from the ground or the air, the 350 seater aircraft now has a creative design, specific to the FIFA World Cup™, emblazoned on the fuselage along with the recognisable signature of the legendary Brazilian football great. Two further Boeing 777 Pelé-ane’s will be unveiled on the day of the opening match and one Airbus A380 will launch shortly afterwards. 115 Boeing 777 from the Emirates fleet, which will fly football fans to Brazil, will also carry a large 2014 FIFA World Cup™ logo.

 

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Those passengers lucky enough to be travelling to Brazil, or any of the other 142 destinations served by Emirates, can also experience different facets of the tournament in a number of ways:

At the airport: The world Cup buzz begins at the airport, especially at the airline’s hub in Dubai, where check-in desks now prominently feature the hero image from the Emirates #AllTimeGreats commercial featuring Pele and Cristiano Ronaldo. In the award-winning lounges both in Dubai and the many other locations around the world, passengers can relax with a bite to eat in front of the live streamed games.

ice TV Live on 16 Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft: From 12th June to 13th July, passengers on board one of these 16 Emirates aircraft can watch all 64 matches ‘as live’ on the Sport 24 channel. This capability means not even a flight can get in the way of a football fan’s passions. Or if watching the whole match is too much, one of the seven rolling news channels can keep everyone up to date with the goals.

If the flight doesn’t have ice TV Live: Passengers can still get goal-by-goal text updates on the ice Airshow moving map channels. On ice Digital Widescreen, the scores are shown in the news headlines under a dedicated FIFA Update section.

Fun for young fliers: To keep the children on board entertained, Emirates will be providing colourful snack boxes with cardboard cut-outs and stylish wrist bands in support of participating teams.

Emirates Peléane 777 Photo Gallery

FIFA Boeing 737 Paint for Brazil’s World Cup Team

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You won’t miss this colourful big bird in the sky that’s for sure! Vibrant colours, from nose to tail and even the engine are painted on this 737 Boeing plane by Brazilian artist twins, Osgemeos. The pictures fittingly represents the colourful people of the Brazilian culture and are depicted in the twin artists’ styles with elongated faces, quirky outfits, colourful skin and animated expressions.

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The Boeing 777-200

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The Boeing 777-200, One of the planes preferred by passengers and airlines around the world.

The Boeing 777, a leader in the market range consists of six aircraft, five passenger models capable of flying from point to point without connecting flights in large congested airports, and a freighter model.

777 The design responds to the needs and preferences of the client. The result is a line of aircraft that is distinguished by its fuel efficiency, a spacious interior, autonomy and reliability. The 777 has the highest payload capacity, range and the greatest potential for growth in the category of medium-sized aircraft – all with lower operating costs.

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General Description

  • The Boeing 777 can carry 301-368 passengers in a three-class configuration with a range of up to 17,395 km.
  • The model 777-200 carries 305 passengers with a range of up to 9,695 km.
  • The 777-300 model can accommodate 368 passengers with a range of up to 11,135 km.
  • The 777-200ER (Extended Range) carries 301 passengers over distances up to 14,260 km.
  • The 777-300ER (Extended Range) carries 365 passengers over distances up to 14,685 km.
  • In May 2005, Boeing launched the 777 Freighter. Based on the platform of the 777-200LR, 777 Freighter to fly 9,045 km with maximum payload – becoming the most capable twin-engine freighter in the world

Design Twin – Fuel Consumption Efficient, Quiet and Reliable
Three engine manufacturers developed a more efficient and quieter turbofan to power the 777. GE90 General Electric offers its series, Rolls Royce Trent 800 series offers and Pratt & Whitney PW4000 series offers. GE is the exclusive provider of engines for longer-range models of the 777 and the freighter, with its GE90-115B and GE90-110B. The three engine types provide excellent economy in terms of fuel consumption.

Lighter Design
Progress in the development and production of advanced composite materials that enable weight reduction is evident at 777. Tail in vertical and horizontal plane have been introduced carbon fibers embedded in hardened resins available recently. The soils of the cabin are also made with this advanced material.

Composite materials, including resins and adhesives, formed structural 9% weight of 777; is the same type of material used on the 787 Dreamliner.

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The Boeing 777 is manufactured with two different fuselage lengths. The original 777-200 model entered service in 1995, followed by the extended-range version of 777-200ER as it did in 1997; the elongated model 777-300, which is 10.1 m longer, entered service in 1998. variants broader 777-300ER and 777-200LR entered service in 2004 and 2006 respectively, while the cargo version , the 777F, debuted in 2009. Both longer-range versions and the load incorporate General Electric GE90 engines, as well as wingtips tilted and larger.

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Other models are equipped with GE90 engines, or Pratt & Whitney PW4000 or Rolls-Royce Trent 800. The 777-200LR is the largest commercial aircraft scope that exists in the world and holds the record for the longest distance traveled nonstop in the category of commercial aircraft, 6 7 with the proven ability to fly more than halfway around the world.

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Sunseeker Duo First Passenger Flight

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On May The Solar Powered Sun Seeker took flight for the first time with two people onboard.

Eric and Irena Raymond where the Pilots of the Solar Plane.

The Sunseeker’s accomplishment may not seem as impressive as, say, the Solar Impulse crew’s plan to circumnavigate the globe using nothing but wind currents and solar power – or, even its test flight from San Fran to Phoenix – but it’s a huge step forward in the Raymonds’ plans to bring solar-powered electric aircraft to the recreational airplane market.

You’ll be able to see more solar plane goodness at Osh Kosh in July. Until then, you can see more of the Sunseeker Duo at Gizmag’s photo gallery, via the link, below. Enjoy!

Sun Seeker Duo Photos

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