Stories about plane crash

Kate Winslet survived in Titanic but will she be able to make it out alive in The Moutain Between Us?

The upcoming film, The Mountain Between Us, seems like yet another joyride full of jumps, scares and goose bumps. It is based on the book ‘Mountain’ by Charles Martin. The film stars Kate Winslet as Alex, a thriving photojournalist and Idris Elba as Ben, a neurosurgeon. Furthermore, it is the Palestinian directors, Hany Abu Assad’s, Hollywood debut and trust me, if you love survival films you are in for a treat. How can anyone not love a film with Rose from Titanic starring in it? Our all-time favourite survivor is seen in numerous excruciating conditions, from surviving underwater to manoeuvring the wildlife of the mountains. The trailer of The Mountain Between ...

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Aftermath: “I’d like for someone to say that they are sorry for killing my family”

Anyone would agree to the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger – a bodybuilding icon, an action hero and a true international star – is one of Hollywood’s biggest success stories. He has been successful not only in winning the hearts of many generations by his famous quote “Hasta La Vista, baby” from Terminator, but also by winning the votes of the people and becoming the 38th Governor of California. However, one thing Arnie has not been able to achieve is praise for his acting skills. But that might change in the coming few months. The trailer of his upcoming movie,  Aftermath, co-starring Scoot McNairy and Maggie ...

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Remembering the ones we lost too soon

It seems like the year 2016 just started a while back, but here we are, just a few days shy from welcoming 2017. A lot happened last year which took us by surprise and shocked us. But even amidst such unpredictability, we were not prepared to see some of the deaths that came our way. Some were lost to old age, some to disease and some to murder. But regardless, they were all taken too soon. Here are some of those names, in no particular order. Peter Vaughan Photo: IMDb Even though he had a career spanning 75 years, ...

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Paris Hilton, Ramez Galal, you are not funny

The viral video that showcased Paris Hilton being allegedly tricked in to believing her plane is about to crash didn’t make me laugh; it didn’t even make me smile or chuckle inwardly. In fact, I was struck by strong indignation as Ramez Galal, producer of Egyptian TV series ‘Ramez in Control’, made the 35-year-old socialite believe that the plane she was getting an aerial view of Dubai in was about to crash. I grimaced at the ensuing scene of horror and panic while Hilton displayed the appropriate amount of terror. When the man posing as a flight attendant opened the back hatch ...

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A pilot’s perspective on the disappearance of MH370

In just over a century, man has gone from earning his wings to making air travel one of the safest and most economical means of global transportation. Although the early days of aviation often spawned mysterious disappearances and names like Amelia Earhart and the Bermuda Triangle haunt us to date, such stories have become exceedingly rare. The last such incident in Pakistan occurred in 1989 when a small Fokker F27 aircraft disappeared in the northern areas, the wreckage of which was never located and remains a mystery to date. In the modern digital age, aircraft like the Boeing 777 are hailed as wonders of modern technology and ...

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9 things you should know about the missing Malaysian Flight MH370

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has proven to be an absolute mystery with more questions than answers. The Boeing 777 plane, which was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 00:41 local time on March 8. Its transponder’s signal was lost to air traffic control at 1:22 local time while still over the sea in the Gulf of Thailand; barely 40 minutes into its flight to Beijing, China. If there was one thing which was immediately clear, it was that Flight 370 had gone through a catastrophic event at 1:22 when its transponder stopped ...

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On board Shaheen Air: Emergency exit, anyone?

I recently had to make an official trip from Islamabad to Karachi and Shaheen Air turned out to be the only option given my meeting schedule. My misgivings about travelling on Shaheen (given its bad reputation) were further fuelled by news of the Bhoja Air crash near Rawalpindi – an incident that had happened only two days ago, in which all 121 passengers as well as crew members had lost their lives. With these worries on my mind, I boarded the Shaheen Air flight NL122, a Boeing 737 (same as the crashed Bhoja aircraft), on the morning of April 22, 2012. To the pilot’s credit, the ...

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AirBlue crash report: An expected waste

We love to be experts, be it speculation behind the reasons for an avalanche or an aviation disaster. But unfortunately some of our experts fail quite miserably. Their reflection on events and their opinions are not only shallow but unworthy of being called an ‘expert opinion’. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has recently released the investigation report of the AirBlue crash. Now I must proclaim that my expertise in aviation accident investigation does not go beyond watching National Geographic’s investigations of air disasters. However, having watched multiple seasons of that series, I understand that the purpose of an investigation report is twofold. The ...

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The last few minutes on a crashing plane

They were headed for a destination; some for familiar places, others looking for new ventures. She must’ve been sitting on the aisle, slowly sipping a glass of coke, glancing at the in-flight entertainment every now and then. A toddler must’ve been on his first flight looking out the window amazed at the puffy white clouds outside his window. The crew may be behind the curtain, cracking jokes, stacking up food trays and fixing their attires. There might have a been a man in a suit, typing away corporate plans for his company for the next two quarters. A father may have ...

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Bhoja Air crash: Where are our media ethics?

Hit by one colossal tragedy after the other, the people of Pakistan are heartbroken and disappointed. What could have been an averted disaster became the inevitable when Bhoja Air decided to fly its 40-year-old Boeing 737-200 for Rawalpindi on April 20, 2012. Boarded by newly married couples, children and their parents among others, at 5:05 pm from the Karachi airport, the inaugural flight came hurtling down towards the outskirts of Rawalpindi at around 6:46 pm on Friday. While I checked channels for updated reports and alerts on any survivors, I couldn’t help but notice how rash and obscenely inappropriate the local ...

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