first_imgA new study highlighting aviation safety in Australia has found 2015 was the nation’s safest year for commercial air travel in a decade.Australian Transport Safety Bureau research into aviation safety occurrences from 2006 to 2015 released on Wednesday found that only one person died in 2015  from nine commercial air transport accidents.Of the nine accidents, down from 27 in 2014 and the lowest number recorded in the study period, one-third were charter operations and another third involved the high capacity air transport category in which major airlines sit.Overall, Australia recorded 31 fatalities involving 28 aircraft in 2015 and 32 serious injuries involving a further 28 planes.  There were  227 aircraft involved in accidents and 185 involved in serious incidents that could have led to an accident.Small aircraft in the general aviation sector were involved in 12 fatalities and 130 accidents, while recreational aviation recorded 18 fatalities from 76 accidents. “The majority of fatalities in the 10”‘year period occurred within general aviation, with around 20 per cent of fatal accidents resulting from a loss of control,” ATSB commissioner Greg Hood said.Thousands of safety occurrences are reported to the ATSB every year and are analysed by safety investigators to uncover trends and see can be learned from them.The number of incidents involving Australian-registered large airliners in the high capacity regular public transport category rose by about 40 per cent over the decade of the study, reflecting a 50 per cent rise in the rate of departures.The report said the number of accidents in 2015 was consistent with the 10”‘year average but the number of serious incidents was significantly lower. The most commonly reported incidents were bird strikes Three accidents that year included a passenger seriously injured in turbulence encountered during a Brisbane-Sydney flight and another injured by an aircraft fitting during a flight from Sydney to Hobart.An ATR-72 turboprop aircraft was also “substantially damaged’’ at Moranbah, Queensland, when high winds caused a wing strike.There were four serious incidents, including one in which a Jetstar Airbus A321 took off from Melbourne outside the loading limits for the aircraft. The crew of an A320 from the same airline had taken off 10 days earlier from Brisbane with 16 more passengers than advised, resulting in a 1328kg discrepancy to the take-off weight.Others included a fire on an A320 oven during descent into Sydney and a diversion into Darwin due to faulty flight instruments.The number of incidents involving smaller airliners significantly declined over the decade, mainly due to a fall in flying activity.The ATSB said the decline was a result of a trend towards the use of bigger aircraft for resource industry flying, a trend for regional carriers to use bigger airliners and the move by the big airlines on to regional routes.There were no accidents in this category in 2015 and the five serious incidents were consistent with the 10-year average. Bird strikes were again the most commonly reported incidents.Serious incidents damaged propellers from a multiple bird strike in NSW and a kangaroo in Queensland as well as an autopilot problem and a near miss, both also in Queensland.The number of charter accidents —  generally the highest for the commercial air transport category —  was relatively stable over the decade but dropped significantly in 2015 to three, from 23 in 2014.Birds were again the biggest problem and the incidents included a runway overrun by an Aero Commander 500-U at Badu Island off Queensland and a collision with terrain after a runway excursion in Western Australia.Hood said that for all accidents, the highest accident rates occurred with recreational aeroplanes, followed by aerial agriculture, private/business and sports aviation, and recreational gyrocopters.He was particularly concerned about the flying training accident rate per million hours flown in 2014, the latest available, which was more than double that of any year in the previous eight years.“The increase in accident rates involving flying training is an emerging safety concern—we’ll continue to keep a close eye on this sector to get a better understanding of the safety issues involved,” Hood said.Also on the rise was the number of remotely piloted aircraft accidents and incidents. “This has gone up from 14 occurrences in the eight years from 2006–2013 to 37 in 2014–2015,’’  he said.“Given the significant growth in the use of remotely piloted aircraft, it is likely that the number of incidents and accidents will continue to increase in the short term.”last_img read more

first_imgNowitzki has already said he is considering a 21st season. Barring a dramatic improvement through a trade, the draft or free agency, that likely means another year of helping turn Smith into a point guard that can guide a champion the way Nowitzki credits Jason Kidd for doing in Dallas.Assuming the Mavericks stay near the bottom of the West standings, they’ll have another high draft pick after getting Smith at No. 9. That will be another young player who sees the work Nowitzki does away from the court to stay in shape, and a 13-time All-Star who is frequently the last player to quit shooting after practice.J.J. Barea spent his first five seasons with the Mavericks and was still a relatively young guard at 26 when the Mavericks won the title.“I used him a lot,” said Barea, who returned to Dallas three years ago. “If I work half of what he does, I’m going to be all right. These guys, they really didn’t get him at his best like I got him. But they still see how hard you’ve got to work to be able to play out there with us.”Nowitzki doesn’t mind admitting that practice isn’t quite as fun as it used to be.“But once the ball goes up, it’s still great,” said the 2007 MVP, who has career averages of 21.4 points and 7.7 rebounds. “I still love to compete. I still love to be out there for the guys and trying to help them with my experience and spread the floor for them and maybe getting some timely scoring here and there.”Always big on self-deprecation, Nowitzki quips that he can’t help the younger players by showing them any moves. He doesn’t have to be joking to acknowledge that his patented one-legged fadeaway jumper isn’t nearly as dangerous as it was when he was Finals MVP.What Nowitzki can offer is work ethic and experience, not to mention longevity. He became the sixth NBA player to reach 50,000 minutes Tuesday night at the Los Angeles Clippers.“It’s been two decades of fun and competing,” Nowitzki said. “Getting to 20 years is special. There’s not a lot of guys that have done it. Not a lot of guys have done it with one franchise. I’m proud of that, but want to finish the season strong.”Nowitzki always finds a way to steer the conversation back to the present — and future. Now in his 20th season, Nowitzki is comfortable with the idea that he led the Mavericks to their first title and can try to help a younger core build toward making Dallas a title contender again.“I just think I pride myself with this city, with this organization, whatever this city or this franchise goes through, I want to push it through,” Nowitzki said. “I want to be there for it. If it’s rebuilding, I want to push it through and help as much as I can. If we’re playing for a championship, then I’ll do that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Mavericks haven’t won a playoff series since beating Miami in the Finals in 2011, LeBron James’ first season with the Heat. They had a woeful start for the second straight year, all but assuring that they will miss the playoffs with consecutive losing seasons for the first time since Nowitzki’s first two.The slide out of contention means little to the context of Nowitzki’s career: a 7-footer who changed the game with his 3-point shooting, the first foreign-born player to reach 30,000 points and the distinction with Kobe Bryant (Lakers) as the only players to spend 20 seasons with the same franchise. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises FILE – In this May 25, 2011, file photo, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, holds up his arms as fans cheer during the final seconds of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Dallas. Now in his 20th season, Nowitzki is comfortable with the idea that he led the Mavericks to their first championship and can try to help a younger core build toward making Dallas a title contender again. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki made peace years ago with the reality that spending his entire career with the Dallas Mavericks would likely mean little or no chance to win a second championship.The most accomplished European player in NBA history never seriously considered leaving the franchise that courted him as a teenager in Germany and drafted him five days after his 20th birthday in 1998.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Wizards beat Pacers to win 5th straight without Wall NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “I think the reality is that when you see this kind of consistency of greatness, there’s a tendency to take it for granted,” said Rick Carlisle, in his 10th season as Nowitzki’s coach. “And we must be careful about taking this for granted. We’re seeing a generational player that’s changed the game.”Nowitzki still starts — Carlisle pretty much declared earlier this season that he will start as long as he’s playing — but often sits at the end of close games. He’s probably the fourth scoring option, behind Harrison Barnes, Wesley Matthews and even rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr.But the 39-year-old played the first 54 games, an important measure for him to feel he’s contributing. Nowitzki, the only 7-footer to win the 3-point contest that’s part of All-Star weekend, is in position for the best shooting percentage of his career from beyond the arc. The number of attempts isn’t far off from his prime either.“I wish he can play forever,” said Washington coach Scott Brooks, who was at Oklahoma City when the Thunder lost to the Mavericks in the 2011 Western Conference finals and beat them in the first round the next year.“You know the time is winding down, you don’t know how many more years he has. He probably has maybe six or seven more left in him,” Brooks said, trying to keep a straight face.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

first_imgLandon Donovan and Clint Dempsey will be crucial for USA at the World CupFor the first time since 1990, the United States heads to the biggest football tournament on the planet with no central defenders with World Cup experience.The reformed defense appears to be as shaky this year as it was in 2010, and offensive leaders Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey have struggled with their form recently.Michael Bradley, son of former coach Bob Bradley, has become the key figure in the American player pool, which has seen an infusion of German-Americans under Bob Bradley’s successor, Jurgen Klinsmann.Here are five players to watch:TIM HOWARDTim Howard is having perhaps his best season for Everton.The 35-year-old goalkeeper, preparing for his second World Cup as the No. 1 choice, will be counted on to blunt the attack of talented opponents such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Gomez.LANDON DONOVANGetting ready for his fourth World Cup at 32, can Landon Donovan provide the spark that helped the Americans reach the 2002 quarterfinals and the second round in 2010, especially after his lengthy sabbatical in 2012-13?CLINT DEMPSEYClint Dempsey, now 31, has struggled for goals for the past year with Tottenham and Seattle, but as United States captain provided a steady presence in qualifying.Will coach Jurgen Klinsmann use him in midfield or as a withdrawn striker?MICHAEL BRADLEYThe son of former United States coach Bob Bradley, 26-year-old midfielder Michael Bradley has become the most influential player on the national team.Will his January transfer from Roma to Toronto cause a drop in sharpness?advertisementJOZY ALTIDOREStill only 24, Jozy Altidore seemed to have his breakout season in 2012-13 when he scored 31 goals in 41 matches for AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch league.But Altidore had only two goals in his first 33 games this season for Sunderland, leading some to question whether he can lead the American attack.last_img read more