World A deadly Himalayan plane crash initially blamed on poor communication may actually have been the fault of the pilot, who reportedly ranted, lit a cigarette and displayed other bizarre behavior in the final moments of the fatal flight. Last March, US-Bangla Airlines Flight 211, carrying 71 people from Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh, crash-landed on the runway at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. The aircraft skidded into a nearby field, killing all four crewmembers as well as 47 out of the 67 passengers on board. Ten months later, the final report on the accident has revealed new details of what went wrong. In a report submitted by Nepal's Accident Investigation Commission to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Aviation, investigators found "that the probable cause of the accident is due to disorientation and a complete loss of situational awareness in the part of crewmember," specifically, the pilot, who … [Read more...] about Pilot Had ‘Emotional Breakdown,’ Was Smoking in Cockpit Before Deadly Plane Crash in Nepal
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By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - The captain of a Bangladeshi aeroplane "seemed to have an emotional breakdown" before a deadly crash last March, Nepali investigators said in a final report on the Himalayan nation's worst aviation disaster in 26 years. They blamed the crew's loss of situational awareness for the crash of the US-Bangla Airlines flight to the Nepali capital from Dhaka that caught fire on landing in Kathmandu, killing 51 of the 71 people aboard. "The pilot thought he could manoeuvre the aircraft and land. But he could not," panel official Buddhisagar Lamichhane, told Reuters on Monday, referring to the captain. The captain was under stress and "emotionally disturbed" because he felt that a female colleague who was not on board the fatal flight had questioned his reputation as a good instructor, Nepal's Accident Investigation Commission said in the report. "This, together with the failure on the part of both the crew to follow the standard operating procedure at the … [Read more...] about Pilot had ’emotional breakdown’ before deadly crash, Nepal probe panel says
AN English teacher who was bitten by a tick believed he just had the flu before he dramatically worsened and was left with life-changing brain damage. Keith Poultney was struck down by the devastating disease encephalitis - which causes the brain to swell - while volunteering as a teacher in Nepal. The 40-year-old, who was volunteering as a teacher in the south Asian country, was given antibiotics after discovering a tick had embedded itself in his right ear and had to be removed by a friend. However, his infection was resistant to the drugs and Mr Poultney began to feel seriously ill as he flew home to the UK, with his temperature soaring to more than 40 degrees Celsius. When he was seen by doctors after he arrived home, they believed he had a tropical disease and discharged him as he showed signs of improving. But the terrified teacher rushed back to hospital after he began to suffer hallucinations and severe headaches caused by the brain swelling. Doctors discovered he did not have … [Read more...] about English teacher severely brain damaged by tick bite in Nepal after initially mistaking symptoms for the flu
“IF SOMEONE cannot communicate and interact with others are they just ‘a being’ and at what point do they become invisible or unknown to society? A frightening and disturbing thought which ultimately forced me to consider my world without the ability to speak.” Five years ago Newtownards artist Rachel McBride wrote this statement for a solo exhibition in Melbourne, Australia when she completely lost her speech. Born with cerebral palsy, which has affected both her limbs and speech, it was when she was forced to flee the remote island she was doing an art residency in, due to an extreme heatwave that her symptoms were exacerbated. “As we looked for new accommodation on the mainland, I noticed a dramatic decline in my speech. An occasional stutter increased to the point where saying a simple 'hello' was an embarrassing ordeal, and a deafening silence encapsulated my world. This had a profound impact and I began viewing life, instead of living it," explains … [Read more...] about I prefer to be seen as an artist first and foremost – my disability is always secondary
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone and can have a major impact on someone's life. Those suffering from the condition can have nightmares and flashbacks - what other signs are there and how is it treated? What is PTSD? PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by stressful, frightening or distressing events. The first cases of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were documented during the First World War, between 1914 and 1918. Soldiers developed 'shell shock' as a direct result of the harrowing conditions in the trenches, and the horrors they had to witness. Almost half of women who miscarry are thought to show signs of PTSD, while American doctors have now approved trials to treat PTSD with ecstasy. Some 12 in 100 Gulf War Veterans develop the illness, as do many British soldiers who have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq in recent years. People affected by the condition are often forced to relive a traumatic event from their past, through a series of nightmares … [Read more...] about How is PTSD treated, what are the signs of trauma and how was shell shock treated in WW1?