The helicopter pilot held hostage and forced to help heavily armed men snatch a notorious French gangster from prison has spoken for the first time of his terrifying ordeal. Stéphane Buy told how he was expecting to give a flying lesson to two men; instead, he was beaten, knocked briefly unconscious and ordered to take a group of masked men to break Rédoine Faïd from jail. A massive manhunt for Faïd, 46, a serial criminal serving 25 years for his part in a failed robbery in 2010 in which a police officer died, is ongoing. Buy said he had been approached by two men, one aged around 50 and the second in his twenties, seeking flying lessons. “It was the second or third time I’d seen them. They’d already done an initiation flight with me and it had gone very well. I thought it was a father who wanted to treat his son,” Buy, an experienced pilot with 3,000 flying hours, told RTL radio. “It was a flying lesson like any other.” He said … [Read more...] about ‘Gun to head’: French prison break helicopter pilot describes ordeal
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On this Memorial Day weekend, with 15,000 U.S troops still deployed to Afghanistan, we bring you a cautionary tale of how five U.S. soldiers, including two Green Berets, died there on the night of June 9, 2014. As we first reported this past November, the Pentagon concluded the deaths were an "avoidable" accident, known by the contradictory phrase "friendly fire." It was the deadliest such incident involving U.S. fatalities in 17 long years of ongoing war in Afghanistan. It wasn't gunfire that killed the U.S. soldiers, it was a pair of 500-pound bombs dropped right on top of them by a U.S. warplane. You're about to hear what happened that day from three of the soldiers who were there, including the Green Beret commander. They dispute the official version of events and warn it's going to happen again. It started just after sundown on a sweltering night with a fierce firefight. Brandon Branch: Bullets whizzing by, kickin up all around you. Henry "Hank" Montalbano: At certain … [Read more...] about Why were five U.S. soldiers killed by an American bomber in Afghanistan?
This round-up of events is written by readers. To get your event or story included, simply fill out the form www.chroniclelive.co.uk/schoolnews North Shields pupils train to tackle Coast to Coast bike ride St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, North Shields , Headteacher Shaun Dillon said: “Sixteen year 5 and 6 pupils are in training to tackle the challenging Coast to Coast bike ride from Whitehaven to Tynemouth over four days from 23rd- 26th May. The children are making the 140-mile cycle in aid of international charity Children in Crossfire to help children across the world reach their full potential. "Support from the North Shields and school communities has been amazing. Rafa Benetiz and the Newcastle United squad have also supported the Super16 by sending a wonderful inspirational letter and donating signed footballs to help the children raise funds.” BAFTA-nominated illustrator visits Wallsend school Young creatives from Jubilee Primary School in Wallsend … [Read more...] about Thousands of children join Whitley Bay & Gatehead run events
0 Post a comment Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - Local People by Contributed Item - Contributed Item @twitter.com/gem_news [email protected] Original 6th Barry (All Saints) Sea Scout member John Vernon Wilkins died recently in the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. John was an original Troop member when the 6th Barry BP Scouts changed to became Sea Scouts in 1947 under the leadership of Jack Evans.John had been in Cubs, Scouts and Senior Scouts sections before becoming an assistant leader with the scouting name of ‘Buffer’.He will long be remembered as the initiator of an expedition in 1957 rowing from Barry across the Bristol Channel, along the Bristol Canal, the Kennet and Avon Canal and the Thames to Windsor. In the grounds of Windsor Castle, with Her Majesty The Queen there, the three-man expedition presented the Chief Scout Lord Rowallan with a plaque from the Sea Scouts of South Wales congratulating the Scout Association on the diamond … [Read more...] about John Wilkins: a full life that included rowing to Windsor from Barry
This is part two of The Winter Ring Road: our five-day ring of Route One—and the people we met, and places we saw—in Iceland’s dark season. You can start at the beginning and read part one here. Day Three217 km, Fáskrúðsfjörður to Mývatn When morning comes, we start out northwards under a glowering sky. The eastern fjords are held under blankets of deep snow, creating a relief effect on the steep, eroded slopes of the mountains. The road cuts inland over the Vatternes peninsula, passing the unexpected factories and apartment blocks of Reyðarfjörður before traversing the notoriously windswept Fagridalur valley all the way to Egilsstaðir. The capital of the east is mostly closed down on this cold, grey Sunday. The streets are empty as we cruise around, taking in the rows of houses and copses of skinny, shivering trees between jutting outcrops of rock. We fill the car’s petrol tank on an icy automated forecourt … [Read more...] about The Winter Ring Road Pt. 2: Driving Route One In Iceland’s Stormy Season