Bail hearing set for man charged in plane sabotage case

MIAMI — A bail hearing is scheduled for a mechanic charged with sabotaging an American Airlines jetliner as part of a labour dispute.Prosecutors are seeking pretrial detention for 60-year-old Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani at Wednesday’s hearing. Defence attorneys are expected to argue that he should be released from jail on bail.Alani was arrested earlier this month on a criminal complaint charging that in July he disabled an airliner with 150 people aboard at Miami International Airport because he was upset that ongoing labour negotiations were jeopardizing his chances at earning overtime.The aircraft did not take off and no one was injured.Alani is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Iraq. Prosecutors have not filed any terrorism-related charges in the case. Alani also has not yet entered a plea.Curt Anderson, The Associated Press read more

RAF fears Lake District zip wires would down fighter jets

first_img“Therefore, this application could cause a significant hazard and it would significantly impact upon vital military training conducted in this area.” Caroline Quentin, president of Campaign for National Parks, said the zip wires “will spoil the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful place”.And the writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, who was born and raised in Cumbria, said”The destruction of the great pools of silence in the Lake District will most likely deter more people than it will attract.”This is nothing to do with enhancing the Lake District or enriching the experience. It’s a commercial grab that will disfigure the landscape and destroy its crucial peaceful nature.”Thirlmere Lake was originally two smaller lakes purchased by Manchester City Corporation Waterworks in 1889.The area was dammed and became one vast reservoir 3.5 miles long, 1.2 mile wide and 158 feet deep,In the process, the settlements of Armboth and Wythburn were submerged, the only remaining building being the little church at Wythburn.Their destruction was one of the events which led to the creation of the National Trust – one of the bodies which has now voiced its strong objection to the zip wire plans, alongside the Open Spaces Society, the Friends of the Lake District charity and the Wainwright Society. Thirlmere Reservoir in the Lake District National ParkCredit: Thirlmere Reservoir in the Lake District National Park The planned installation of eight of the longest zip wire rides in the country across Thirlemere Lake could bring down fighter jets using the area for training, the RAF has warned.The plans by the Cumbrian firm Treetop Trek to erect the 1,200-metre ride across one of the finest landscapes in the country have already attracted the opposition of conservationists and environmentalists.Now the RAF has voiced its fears that the rides, which would see thrill seekers cross the lake 130 metres above the water, would interfere with its low flying jets.The MoD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation has strongly objected to the zip-wire in a letter to the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA), which is set to make a decision on the scheme in the coming weeks.Di Sylvester, the DIO’s assistant safeguarding officer, said the zip line “poses a risk to low flying operations.”She added that “military aircraft would not being able to readily identify wires or safely navigate away from them”.The letter goes on: “The Lake District is used by both experienced crews and students undertaking Basic Fast Jet Training, Advanced Flying Training and those from the Defence Helicopter School.”Activity stands to be severely affected, with impacts recognised in safety, cost, efficiency and output. The National Trust said: “The Thirlmere Valley was one of the key locations for the development of the early conservation movement in the Lake District.”It inspired our founders to form the National Trust – it’s one of our birthplaces, and this is recognised in the World Heritage Site inscription.”Just as our founders did all those years ago, we’re standing up for the Lake District – this development could have a significant impact on the landscape.”However, Treetop Trek argues that the activity hub would create 53 local jobs and generate an extra £600,000 spent in the local economy annually.Their plans have also been backed by Cumbria Tourism and the Lake District Park Partnership Business Task Force, who claim the project would boost the county’s tourism industry and local economy.Mike Turner, managing director of Treetrop Trek, said: “I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to create another world-class attraction in the Lake District.”The hub would create 53 jobs altogether and an amazing cycling infrastructure.”The LDNPA has said it will provide a “substantive” update by January 24, when it will confirm whether or not the application will be considered at February’s meeting of its development control committee. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.last_img read more