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A Pegasus Airlines flight
skidded off the runway of a
Turkish coastal airport and
plunged down a steep slope on
the edge of the Black Sea, ending
up only metres from the water’s
None of the 168 people on
board was hurt in the incident,
but passengers spoke of panic
as the aircraft tipped nose first
towards the sea.
Just after the flight from
Ankara landed at the Black
Sea city of Trabzon there was
a loud noise, Fatma Gordu was
quoted as saying by the State-run
Anadolu news agency.
“ We tilted on the side and the
front of the plane went down and
the back of went up,” she said.
“There was a huge panic, people
When the plane came to a halt
in thick mud, passengers smelled
“ We thought there would
be fire,” Gordu said. “ People
panicked — there were pregnant
women and children. ”
Video on social media showed
fire crews pumping water over the
plane on Saturday night.
“ It was a miracle,” said another
passenger, Yuksel Gordu. “ We
could have burned, we could have
exploded or we could have gone
into the sea.”
Trabzon governor Yucel Yavuz
said all passengers were safely
taken off the plane and some had
gone to hospital as a precaution.
“They were all okay,” he said.
Pegasus Airlines said in a
statement that the Boeing
737-800 aircraft “had a runway
excursion incident ” as it landed
but the 162 passengers, two pilots
and four cabin crew were unhurt.
Airliner skids off runway, plunges towards sea
A Pegasus Airlines aircraft stuck in mud metres from the sea after it skidded off the runway at Trabzon
airport by the Black Sea in Trabzon, Turkey.
United States President Donald
Trump said a programme that protects
illegal immigrants brought to the US
as children from being deported would
“probably” be discontinued.
Trump has said he would end the
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,
or DACA, and his Twitter comments
overnight came as lawmakers worked on
a bipartisan compromise on immigration
Efforts to extend the programme
are further complicated because it
could make a funding bill to avert a
government shutdown due on Saturday
“DACA is probably dead because the
Democrats don’t really want it, they just
want to talk and take desperately needed
money away from our military,” Trump
said on Twitter. But he left a door
open that a deal could be reached with
Democrats in Congress.
A US judge ruled last Tuesday that
DACA should remain in effect until
legal challenges brought in several courts
The debate over immigration policy
became increasingly acrimonious after it
was reported on Thursday the president
described immigrants from Haiti
and Africa as coming from “sh—hole
countries” in a private meeting with
The comments led to harsh
recriminations from Democrats and
Republicans alike, even as bipartisan
talks continued in Congress. It has
distracted from the policy discussion of
not only DACA, but of broader issues
like immigration based on merit, which
the president says he favours over a
policy of family reunification, what he
calls “chain immigration”.
“I hope that we are actually going to
work on fixing DACA,” Representative
Mia Love said on CNN’s State of the
Union programme. “ We cannot let
this derail us. ” Love, whose parents are
from Haiti, had criticised Trump for his
remarks and called on him to apologise.
Trump denied making the remarks,
although Senator Richard Durbin, who
was in the White House meeting, said
the president had used the term.
Lawmakers hope to reach an
immigration deal before January 19,
when Congress must pass a funding bill
or the government will shut down. Some
Democrats insist the DACA question be
addressed by then.
Lawmakers are trying to combine some
form of relief for DACA immigrants
along with enhanced border security,
including a wall along the Mexican
border, sought by Trump. The president ’s
inflammatory comments left lawmakers
struggling to find a path for ward.
“I hope we can move beyond that.
What was reported was unacceptable.
But what we have to do is not let that
define this moment,”
Senator Cory Gardner said on CBS’s
“Face the Nation” programme.
Republican Senator David Perdue,
who was at the same White House
meeting and had said he did not recall
whether Trump made the comment, was
more explicit overnight. He called the
new stories a “gross misrepresentation”.
“I ’m telling you, he did not use that
word,” he said on ABC’s This Week
However, Republicans and Democrats
have both said they either heard Trump
say it, or heard directly from colleagues
One of Trump’s top advisers, Homeland
Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, said
on Fox News Sunday she did not recall if
Trump used “that specific phrase”.
She also appeared to rebut Trump’s
remarks from earlier in the day, with
talks continuing. “DACA is not dead,”
she said. — Reuters
MP blasted over
Markle ‘tainted’ remarks
The leader of Britain’s eurosceptic UK
Independence Party is facing calls to
stand down after a newspaper published
racist messages sent by his girlfriend
about Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan
Last year, Henry Bolton was the fourth
leader in a year to be appointed to the
helm of UKIP, a party which helped
bring about a Brexit vote.
He hit the tabloid newspapers over
Christmas when they reported that he
had left his wife for 25-year-old model
and UKIP member Jo Marney.
The Mail on Sunday published a series
of messages sent by Marney to a friend
in which she made offensive comments
about Markle and black people.
Marney wrote that Markle, an
American actress whose mother is black
and father is white, will “taint ” the royal
family, the paper quoted one of her
messages as saying.
In another message Marney reportedly
said that she would never have sex with
“a negro” because they are “ugly”.
The newspaper also published an
apology from Marney.
“The opinions I expressed were
deliberately exaggerated in order to
make a point and have, to an extent,
been taken out of context. Yet I fully
recognise the offence they have caused,”
Marney said in a statement.
The party suspended Marney after the
story came out.
Bolton, 54, announced on Twitter his
girlfriend “was suspended immediately
following our receipt of the information”.
UKIP’s Bill Etheridge, a member of
the European parliament, said: “ The
time has come for Henry Bolton to
resign as leader of UKIP. He must go, he
must go quickly, he must go as quietly
“ It appears to me that the lack of
experience in politics from Henry has got
the better of him,” he said, describing the
last few months as “hell” for the party.
Peter Whittle, UKIP ’s member of the
London Assembly, also criticised the
remarks, saying they were “disgraceful”.
Led by Brexit campaigner Nigel
Farage, UKIP won nearly four million
votes in 2015, 12.6% of those cast, on its
anti-European Union platform, putting
it at the forefront of British politics even
though it managed to win only one seat
But its fortunes have sunk since, hurt by
internal fights over its future direction.
At last year’s election in June, UKIP won
1.8% of the vote. — DPA-Reuters
Missile false alarm apology
A false alarm that warned of a ballistic
missile headed for Hawaii sent the islands
into a panic on Saturday (yesterday
NZT), with people abandoning cars in
a highway and preparing to flee their
homes until officials said the cellphone
alert was a mistake.
Hawaii officials apologised repeatedly
and said the alert was sent when
someone hit the wrong button during
a shift change. They vowed to ensure it
would not happen again.
“ We made a mistake,”
administrator Vern Miyagi said.
For nearly 40 minutes, it seemed like
the world was about to end in Hawaii,
an island paradise already jittery over the
threat of nuclear-tipped missiles from
For their part, Hawaii Governor David
Ige and Miyagi apologised and vowed
On the H-3, a major highway north
of Honolulu, vehicles sat empty after
drivers left them to run to a nearby
tunnel, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser
reported. Workers at a golf club huddled
in a kitchen fearing the worst. — AP
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