A Russian cargo plane has been captured exploding in the sky just minutes after taking off from Ulan-Ude airport.
The Tu-204 airplane was seen trailing flames after its engine appeared to explode. The pilots were forced to make an emergency landing just minutes after takeoff.
Witness Lyubov Pichueva said: “I heard a powerful explosion coming from above. At first, I thought it was fireworks, but the sound was too strange. It was very scary.”
Another witness said: “It was burning very bright just now. Something is falling out of it … It is dumping something.”
The flight was thought to be ferrying goods between China and Russia amid Western sanctions targeting Vladimir Putin’s economy.
The Aviastar aircraft took off from Baikal Airport, in Ulan-Ude, heading for the Chinese city of Zhangzhou when the engine caught fire in the explosion.
The plane dumped its fuel before making an emergency landing using one engine, according to Alexey Tsydenov, head of the Buryatia region.
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Queen Camilla’s ex-husband has “secretly” dated a TV star since last year, according to insiders.
Andrew Parker Bowles, 83, has found love with the former Weakest Link host, Anne Robinson, 79.
According to reports, the Queen fully supports her ex-husband’s new relationship and is also good friends with Robinson.
A friend of the couple said: “They have judiciously avoided being photographed together as they both wanted to keep this quiet for as long as possible.
“Annie proudly tells everyone she is the daughter of a market trader chicken-seller and is as far removed from a toff as could be — frankly it beats any storyline The Crown could possibly come up with.
“Annie and Andrew get on splendidly — she makes him laugh, a lot, and he is one of the few people to get away with poking fun at her.”
The source also told The Sun: “She loves to joke she’s ‘new money’ — despite the fact she went to boarding school, her father got a double first and she holidayed for part of the summer at The Carlton in Cannes, when not working behind her mother’s stall.
“They were set up by a mutual friend.”
The Weakest Link star lives in a sprawling 17th-century barn in The Cotswolds.
According to the close friend, Robinson often hosts dinner parties where Parker Bowles is her plus one.
They added: “Annie remains fiercely independent and while she has staff, who regularly whip up meals for the pair, she’s been impressed with Andrew’s own cooking skills.
“The Brigadier and the Queen of Mean does have a certain ring to it — but there’s no chance of them living together as she’s far too self-sufficient.”
Their romance has been described as an “open secret” by friends.
Queen Camilla originally married Parker Bowles in 1973 and divorced in 1995.
The ex-couple have remained close, with the 83-year-old retired army officer even attending the Coronation in May.
They share two adult children and five grandchildren.
Keisha Nash Whitaker, the ex-wife of actor Forest Whitaker, has died following a battle with anorexia.
The Oscar winning actor and the former model shared three daughters together, Autumn, Sonnet and True, and were married for 20 years.
Their youngest daughter confirmed the devastating news on Instagram, writing “goodbye mommy,” True wrote to begin the heartfelt tribute. “I love you 4ever and beyond. the most beautiful woman in the world … thank you for teaching me every single thing I know. I’ll see you in my dreams and I’ll feel you in my heart.”
The Post has reached out to Forest Whitaker and Keisha Nash Whitaker’s reps for comment.
“Keisha battled anorexia for years,” a source told The Daily Mail. “And in 2014 she entered rehab in Chicago. Forrest stayed by her side during those difficult times, but the following year he filed for divorce.”
Forest and Keisha tied the knot back in 1996 after meeting on the set of the 1994 film, “Blown Away” … their other daughters are 27-year-old Sonnet and 32-year-old Autumn.
In an interview with Ebony years ago, Keisha said of Forest, “I had seen him in ‘A Rage in Harlem,'” and “Right away, I thought Forest had a gentle soul and a nice spirit.”
It was back in 2018 when Forest filed for divorce from Keisha after more than 20 years of marriage, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split.
It’s currently unclear how Keisha died. She was 51.
Chevy Chase is falling hard for the holidays, but not in a good way. He tumbled off a stage during a ‘Christmas Vacation’ event, and despite Clark Griswold’s smartwatch having some serious concerns … he’s doing fine.
Chevy was greeting fans Wednesday night at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY … where they screened his National Lampoon holiday classic, but as you can see in this clip we got, the Q&A sesh got off to a rocky start.
For some reason, Chevy was rolled out onstage in a wheelchair, but quickly stood up and started walking toward the crowd, before suddenly dipping out of sight, as he stepped right off the stage!
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He eventually got up and back to his seat onstage with help from his wife, Jayni, and the Q&A’s host … and the whole room had a laugh when Chevy’s smartwatch called him out for his tumble!
Folks in the audience told us he ended up doing the event with an icepack on his knee but still stuck around to snap some pics with fans and answer questions.
Sources close to Chevy tell us he simply misjudged the edge of the stage when walking out — saying the stage lights on him blacked it out … but he’s doing just fine, apart from a bruised knee.
Hey, it sure beats taking a fall off the roof while hanging up Christmas lights!
A BBC news anchor got caught flipping off the camera while live on the air Wednesday — but she claims it was all a “silly joke.”
Maryam Moshiri — one of the BBC’s “chief presenters” — was sitting behind the news desk shielded from the audience’s view by the intro to her noon show — a digital countdown mixed with other graphics.
At the end of the intro, Moshiri flashed on screen making a funny face with her head tilted to one side — while flipping the bird.
She suddenly realized she was live on air and quickly abandoned her goofy behavior, turning serious as she dived into a story about former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologizing to the UK for the pain caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Moshiri issued her own apology after her embarrassing gaffe went viral on social media.
In a statement posted on X, Moshiri said she was sharing a “private joke with the team and I’m so sorry it went out on air!”
She continued, “It was not my intention for this to happen and I’m sorry if I offended or upset anyone.”
She also insisted she was not “flipping the bird” to her viewers or anyone else — and it was all a “silly joke” meant for a small number of colleagues.
Three people were killed in a shooting at the Las Vegas campus of the University of Nevada (UNLV) on Wednesday morning.
The gunman, described as a white former college professor in his 60s, was killed in a shootout with police.
One other victim is in stable condition at a local hospital, police said.
The campus, about two miles from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, will remain closed on Thursday and Friday.
There have been more than 630 mass shootings in the US this year. Las Vegas is also the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, where more than 50 people were killed at a music festival in 2017.
The Associated Press has reported that he had applied for a job at the school.
Police said they will not release his name until his family has been notified of his death.
Speaking at a Wednesday press conference, Kevin McMahill, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department sheriff, also said that they had “no idea on the motive” as of now and did not have details on his weapon.
The university first tweeted at around 11:53 local time (19:53 GMT) that police were responding to reports of shots fired on campus.
About 20 minutes later, the university said campus police were responding to an additional report of shots near the Student Union building.
It warned students at Beam Hall to “evacuate to a safe area” and to “RUN-HIDE-FIGHT”, which is a common active shooter protocol in the US.
Adam Garcia, university police chief, said two campus officers engaged the suspect in a shootout before he was struck and killed.
One additional victim is in stable condition at a local hospital, the sheriff said at a Wednesday evening press conference. Four other people were also taken to hospital for panic attacks and two police officers were treated for minor injuries.
One student who was on campus told a local ABC station that it seemed like police were on campus right away.
Describing the scene to the reporter he said: “You don’t know what to do. You’re calling your family, texting your friends like ‘I love you guys’ because he [the shooter] could burst through the door at any minute.”
Shortly before 13:00 local time, the university said police were “evacuating buildings one at a time”.
A ground stop was temporarily issued at Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International Airport – which is near the school – and the airport is warning travellers that roadways around the airport are closed due to police activity.
President Joe Biden said in a statement that UNLV is the “latest college campus to be terrorized by a horrific act of gun violence” and that he and First Lady Jill Biden are “praying for the families of our fallen”.
The president is expected to visit Las Vegas on Friday for an infrastructure event, before continuing on to a campaign reception in Los Angeles. The White House has not said if his travel plans will change in light of the shooting.
Carolyn Goodman, mayor of Las Vegas, called it “tragic and heart-breaking news” and said she was “praying for everyone on campus”.
Nevada’s Governor Joe Lombardo said his office was in “constant communication” with Las Vegas police, the university and emergency responders.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are assisting local police with the investigation.
The Clark County Fire Department has established a family reunification centre at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Late on Wednesday night, students were allowed back into their campus housing, with the university tweeting that there would be a “strong police presence”.
A passenger on a Spirit Airlines flight in a rush to stand up after the plane landed, climbed over a fellow traveler sitting in the aisle seat and then unleashed a profane tirade, bellowing: “Touch me, motherf—er.”
As other passengers queued in the aisle, the impatient passenger appeared frustrated as he loomed over the man in the aisle seat, who was putting away his electronic device.
Suddenly, the passenger, wearing a mask, steps over the seated fellow flier, who exclaimed: “What are you doing?”
“Touch me again and see what the f— happens,” the foul-mouthed passenger said. “Touch me, motherf—er.”
After several moments of back and forth, the man in the seat asked the unruly passenger “What are you going to do?” now that he was stuck in the line of people in the aisle.
The hurdler responds: “I’m gonna wait right here.”
“I don’t do what the f— you tell me to do. Who in the f— are you?” the masked traveler said, glaring down at the man who remained seated.
An 11-year-old boy has tragically died after being shot in the head with a rifle by his 12-year-old sister while rabbit hunting.
The freak incident happened during a family trip in Mississippi after the two siblings were out hunting for rabbits on Saturday with their 19-year-old stepbrother. The boy had knelt to hand his sister the rifle so she could have a turn shooting at the rabbit but as he stood up she pulled the trigger and he was shot in the head.
Horrified family members quickly rushed to help as emergency services rushed to the scene. The boy was taken to a nearby hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Despite sustaining critical and life-threatening injuries from the 22-calibre rifle gunshot, he continued to fight for his life but sadly succumbed to his injuries. The young boy was tragically pronounced dead after being first transported to Forrest General Hospital and then to the University of Mississippi Medical Centre in Jackson, according to Jones County Sheriff’s Office.
The children have not been identified due to their ages. However, it is unclear if any charges will be filed against the 12-year-old sister or family members, with the incident being labelled a “tragic shooting” by investigators. “Right now, our investigation is sadly ongoing,” said Colonel Jerry Carter, chief of law enforcement for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
Jones County Sheriff’s Department public information officer Lance Chancellor labelled the shooting “tragic” and said it took an emotional toll on everyone involved at the weekend.
The Chancellor said that the boy’s organs could save other lives after they were donated following his death: “Out of this horrible tragedy, some child or children somewhere around the country will receive organ donations that could be the gift of life.”
The tragic shooting comes just days after a 36-year-old man was shot “between the eyes” as he reached for his rifle on the top shelf of a closet in his home. Willie Hall Lack reached for his weapon when the 380-calibre handgun rifle decided to discharge. Fortunately, he was able to walk to a neighbour’s house for medical assistance.
Police believe that by pulling the rifle, Lack fired the handgun, as it appeared to have entered the right bridge of his nose and exited the top left side of his forehead. The bizarre injury left officers baffled as JCSD Sgt. Denny Graham called Lack “extremely lucky to be alive” and another first responder described him as a “walking miracle”.
Others admitted that “it just wasn’t his time to go” following the very narrow escape.
A man was found dead inside a big cat enclosure at a Pakistan zoo on Wednesday by staff carrying out routine cleaning, officials said. The body was found at Bahawalpur’s Sherbagh Zoo in the eastern province of Punjab after staff spotted a shoe in the mouth of one of the big cats.
“When they cleaned the zoo and the dens, they found the (animal) holding a shoe in its mouth,” Zaheer Anwar, a senior government official in Bahawalpur, told the media.
“The staff got suspicious and then they found a body inside the den,” he said.
The official described the big cat using a word that in Pakistan can mean tiger or leopard, and both are believed to be housed inside the zoo.
“Our assessment so far is that this appears to be a lunatic, because a sensible person would not jump into the den,” Anwar said. “You can see that the den is secured. There are stairs behind the den, maybe he jumped from there.”
Anwar added that the zoo staff are accounted for.
Zafarullah, an official of the rescue service 1122 in Bahawalpur, told AFP that the victim’s legs had been heavily mauled.
“It is yet not known who he is and how he got there. It is being investigated. The body looked several hours old,” said Zafarullah, who goes by one name.
He said forensic experts were examining the body.
The zoo is run by Punjab’s wildlife department, according to its website, and costs adults 18 cents to enter.
“Lions, tigers, and hyenas are housed in … modern moated enclosures,” the website says.
The department has not commented.
The man’s death comes just days after a zoo keeper was mauled to death by a black bear in India. According to the Times of India, the incident at the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park happened after the staffer accidentally left the night house doors open while cleaning the enclosure.
In 2000, the remains of a missing teenage boy were found in the lion enclosure of a different zoo in Pakistan, the BBC reported.