155 believed lost in crash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) The air force helicopter pilots who spotted what was left of a jetliner that crashed in the dense Amazon rain forest found no way to land, and no reason for hope. After apparently clipping a smaller plane, the airliner carrying 155 people hurtled at 310 mph into jungle so thick that emergency workers had to be lowered by rope to cut down trees and clear space for helicopters to touch down, Brazilian aviation officials said. “At that speed, it is highly unlikely any survivors will be found,” said Jose Carlos Pereira, president of Brazil’s airport authority. Rescue teams reached the crash zone hours after the air force pilots found it on Saturday. The pilots did not see any sign of an intact fuselage in the small debris field. “There’s little indication of survivors, but we won’t rule out the possibility,” Brazil Air Force Brig. Gen. Antonio Gomes Leite Filho said in a news conference Saturday evening. “We haven’t fully explored the crash scene; it’s a very complicated area.” Filho said search and rescue operations would continue until authorities are sure there are no survivors. Officials suspended the search after sundown Saturday, however, citing difficulties to access the location at night. They planned to resume at daybreak today. Meanwhile, some 50 weary-eyed relatives and friends of the Gol airliner’s passengers waited for news in a hotel lobby in the capital of Brasilia. “The worst thing of all is not knowing how it happened and why it happened,” said Carmelita Meira, the 70-year-old grandmother of one of the passengers. If no one survived the crash of Gol airlines Flight 1907, it would be Brazil’s worst air disaster. The Boeing 737-800 with 149 passengers and six crew vanished Friday while flying from the jungle city of Manaus to Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro. Pereira said the plane and an executive jet may have collided before the crash, though that was still under investigation. The wreckage was found near the 49,500-acre Jarina cattle ranch, 1,090 miles northwest of Sao Paulo in the state of Mato Grosso. “We heard a loud explosion and some of our employees saw a plane flying low,” ranch manager Milton Picalho said by phone. He said the plane may have crashed inside the neighboring 6.92 million-acre Xingu Indian reservation. If no survivors are found, the death toll from the crash would top the 137 people killed in 1982, when a Boeing 727 operated by the now-defunct Vasp airline crashed in the northeastern city of Fortaleza. Gol vice president David Barioni said both Brazilians and foreigners were aboard the Gol jet, but did not provide any breakdown. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva declared three days of national mourning for the crash, which came just ahead of Brazil’s presidential elections today. The cause of the crash was unclear, but Pereira said the jetliner may have touched a Brazilian-made Legacy executive jet in flight. “There was some kind of contact between the two aircraft and it is highly probable that this was the cause,” he said. “But we will only be absolutely certain after a full investigation.” “The main question the investigation must address is, how can this happen with two ultramodern aircraft with collision-preventing equipment,” he said. New York Times spokeswoman Diane McNulty said Times Business Travel columnist Joe Sharkey was one of seven people aboard the Legacy jet, which was on route from Sao Jose dos Campos, near Sao Paulo, to the United States. Sharkey was on assignment in Brazil for a business magazine specializing on corporate jets. Sharkey said the Legacy jet stabilized after the apparent collision until it landed at a Brazilian air force base in the Amazon state of Para, according to McNulty. It was the first major incident for Gol Linhas Aereas Intelligentes SA, a Brazilian airline that took to the skies in 2001 with six Boeing 737s, serving seven Brazilian cities. Gol said its jet had been delivered by Boeing Co. just three weeks ago, and had been flown for only 200 hours. Gol has grown exponentially since it took to the skies, dramatically boosting its fleet using the same model of plane to keep costs down while giving passengers cold box lunches and soft drinks instead of hot meals and free alcohol, the norm on most Brazilian flights. The company is now Brazil’s second-largest airline after Tam Linhas Aereas SA, with more than 500 daily flights within Brazil and to Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay. It rapidly gained market share by offering low-cost tickets, modeling its service after low-cost carriers in the United States and Europe. Gol also benefited from the demise of Brazil’s flagship airline Varig, which virtually disintegrated earlier this year under a mountain of debt.last_img read more

Why are moral decisions so important for self-driving cars?

first_imgSelf-driving cars are in the news again, after several surveys were released showing how people would want their computer-controlled car to react in a situation where it has to decide whether to save the driver or pedestrians.Most survey results suggested the driver would want to limit the amount of casualties, though we have seen sometimes that humans do not choose that option and end up killing more people to save themselves.See Also: Is NVIDIA outpacing Apple, Google with its self-driving tech? Nevertheless, the surveys appear to be a mandate for autonomous car developers to program a system to limit the amount of casualties. But is it possible we’re overthinking this function of autonomous cars?Fatal accidents where the human can decide what to do are incredibly rare and are likely to be even rarer when self-driving eliminates drunk and tired drivers and turns off malfunctioning motors.On top of that, Google has already patented a car hood that sticks pedestrians to it, which could prevent serious injuries if someone walks in front of the car at the wrong time. We are bound to see even more innovative solutions in the next four years, as automakers prepare to launch their first autonomous cars.Can it just be coded to avoid harming humans?With the additional safety from self-driving, we should be asking if programming life-and-death decisions is necessary. Why not instead work towards a world where cars don’t harm humans, or at least where the car protects both the driver and pedestrian from fatal injuries at all times.It sounds like a dream world, with 32,000 car deaths in 2014, but McKinsey & Company expects that to fall to 3,200 as self-driving cars become commonplace. The 90 percent decrease does not include improvements to traffic, roads, and car safety that we are going to see in the next 10 years, three things that may reduce deaths to the hundreds for the first time since 1908.We also need to take into consideration the massive reduction in accidents that are not fatal, estimated at 5.4 million in 2010, which could be stopped with self-driving.That may not be enough for some, but if self-driving is able to save 30,000 deaths in a year, I think it’s worth the potential “moral” risks that come attached with it. 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… David Curry IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#Autonomous car#driverless#Google#Self-Driving center_img Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

DNV GL to Class RCLs Icon Class Newbuilds

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: RCCL DNV GL has secured a classification contract for Royal Caribbean International’s new Icon Class vessels.The contract, signed with the vessels’ builder, Finnish Meyer Turku Shipyard, covers two vessels with delivery scheduled for 2022 and 2024. “These ships are set to push the envelope of what we can expect from a modern cruise vessel in terms of environmental performance, and we are looking forward to supporting Royal Caribbean and Meyer Turku to realise a successful delivery,” Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, said.The two 200,000 gross ton ships were ordered in 2016 and will be able to carry over 5,500 passengers each.The ships will feature liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their primary fuel and introduce fuel cell technology.The final concept for the first vessel is currently being discussed, and the concept design phase is expected to start this spring. The initial building phase of the first ship will begin next year, with keel laying planned for October 2019, DNV GL said.Back in December 2017, Royal Caribbean Cruises secured USD 2.96 billion to finance the construction of its two new Icon-class ships.The loan is being provided by an international consortium led by German lender KfW IPEX-Bank. The banking syndicate also includes BNP Paribas, HSBC, Commerzbank, Santander, BBVA, Bayern/LB, DZ Bank, JPMorgan and SMBC.last_img read more