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    17 April 2024: Toronto

    Canadian law enforcement announced the arrest of nine people, one is an Air Canada employee, in connection with the $20 million Canadian ($14.5 million) theft of gold bars and $2.5 million Canadian, ($1.8 million) in bank notes. The items were taken from a warehouse at Toronto Pearson Airport in April…

    17 March 2024: Atlanta, Georgia

    A Texas man was arrested after records show he tried to stow away on a Delta flight on March 17, federal court documents say. Wicliff Yves Fleurizard, of George, Texas, was caught on surveillance video taking photos of multiple people’s phones and boarding passes — “including a minor female.” The…

    9 March 2024: En Route from Jordan to London

    A pregnant woman gave birth on a Wizz Air flight from Jordan to London. A British doctor on board helped deliver the baby inflight and then the aircraft diverted to get the mother and infant to more medical assistance. The crew chose Brindisi Airport, in southern Italy, so the 38-year-old…

    8 March 2024: Rio Grande City, Texas

    A U.S. military helicopter crashed Friday afternoon near the southern border, killing two soldiers and a U.S. Border Patrol agent, according to a statement from the military. Another soldier was injured in the incident. The UH-72 Lakota helicopter assigned to the federal Southwest border support mission was conducting aviation operations…

    17 February 2024: En Route From Phuket to Tel Aviv

    An attempt to take over an El Al aircraft by “hostile elements” was reported. The attack was directed at the communication network of the El Al plane that was flying from Phuket to Ben-Gurion Airport. The attempt tried to divert it from its destination, El Al confirmed the next day.…

    16 February 2024: En Route from Vancouver to Toronto

    An 18-year-old from British Columbia is facing charges after he attempted to open the door of an aircraft while it was en route from Vancouver to Toronto. His actions caused the pilots to divert to Winnipeg, according to a spokesperson for Winnipeg Airports Authority. WestJet flight 710 diverted to the…

    13 February 2024: En Route from Amsterdam to Michigan

    Delta Air Lines Flight 133 departed Amsterdam, Netherlands, headed for Detroit, Michigan. One hour into the flight, the aircraft turned back to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport after maggots reportedly fell onto a passenger from an overhead bin, according to a report by a Detroit news station. Philip Schotte, a Netherlands native…

    7 February 2024: En Route from Thailand to London

    A passenger on a Thai Airways flight en route from Thailand to London Heathrow was arrested after being accused of punching a flight attendant in the face. The London Metropolitan Police met the aircraft upon landing and the man was arrested and charged on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and…

    24 January 2024: En Route from Seattle to Las Vegas

    A man allegedly attacked another passenger on a flight from Seattle to Las Vegas in January. He was arrested and now faces a federal criminal charge. Julio Lopez was taken into custody after the Alaska Airlines flight and is facing one count of assault with a dangerous weapon after investigators…

    15 January 2024: Salt Lake City, Utah

    Lisa Archbold is filing a complaint with Delta Air Lines after she was escorted off a flight. In January, Archbold was flying out of Salt Lake City to San Francisco when she says a flight attendant told to her get off the plane after everyone was boarded. “She came to…

    Burns Announces Promotions of Aviation Leaders Brian Phillips and Kevin Shertz

    Burns announces the promotions of Senior Vice President Brian Phillips, P.E. and Vice President Kevin Shertz, P.E. Burns continues expanding the specialized design and consulting firm’s aviation practice. Burns currently delivers engineering services at more than 100 airports across the United States. Phillips leads the firm’s aviation unit, guiding design…

    7 November U. S. Airspace

    The co-pilot of a Delta commercial flight threatened to shoot the captain during a flight in August 2022. He has now been federally charged with threatening to shoot the plane’s captain. The threat was prompted by a disagreement over a passenger’s medical event and the need to divert the aircraft…

    4 November Hamburg Airport, Germany

    A hostage situation occurred at Hamburg Airport Saturday and Sunday November 4 and 5 and lasted almost 18 hours. The tense situation began when a man drove his vehicle through the gates of the airport according to airport authorities. The man had his 4-year-old daughter with him in the car.…

    30 October Makhachkala, Russia

    An angry crowd numbering the hundreds was shown on video footage posted to social media shouting “Allahu Akbar” and waving Palestinian flags at the Russian airport in Makhachkala, a predominantly Muslim area in the Russian republic of Dagestan. The crowd was reportedly searching for people arriving on a flight from…

    22 October En Route From Everette Wash. to San Francisco, Calif.

    A flight operated by Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, diverted to Portland International Airport in Oregon on Sunday, October 22. The carrier said, and ATC recordings confirmed, the diversion occurred because of a security threat related to an authorized occupant in the cockpit jump seat. “On Oct. 22,…

    15 April 2024: Puerto Rico

    A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew conducted a medevac for a Disney Fantasy cruise ship passenger, Monday, in the Atlantic Ocean 180 miles northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The medevac patient was a 35-year-old pregnant woman, U.S. citizen, who experienced health complications and required a higher level of medical…

    13 April 2024: Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz

    Commandos from Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard rappelled down ropes from a helicopter onto an Israeli-affiliated container ship in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz and seized the vessel April 13. This was the latest in a series of attacks between the two countries. A special forces unit…

    19 February 2024: Yemen

    The crew of a cargo transport abandoned ship after it came under attack by Houthi militia in Yemen. The Houthi have been firing missiles at ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. The group says it is a campaign to pressure Israel to end its war in the…

    12 February 2024: Off the Coast of Libya

    A wooden boat was sighted at night in international waters north of Libya by a team from Doctors Without Borders. The small wooden fishing boat contained people waving lights from their cellphones to attract attention after the boat’s engine quit. They had been drifting for hours in the pitch black,…

    26 November The Aegean Sea

    A cargo ship sank off the coast of Greece near the island of Lesbos Sunday, November 26. One person was rescued, one body was recovered but twelve crewmembers were still missing according to Greek authorities. The ship was en route from Alexandria, Egypt, to Istanbul with a 6,000-ton load of…

    20 November The Red Sea

    Houthi rebels from Yemen seized what they referred to as an Israeli cargo ship in the Red Sea. The group then warned that all vessels connected to Israel “will become a legitimate target for armed forces.” The Houthi rebels released a video showing what they say is the attack and…

    9 November

    The captain of a dive boat has been convicted of criminal negligence after 34 people were killed on board the boat. Jerry Boylan, the captain, was found guilty of misconduct/neglect of a ship officer in a trial in Los Angeles, Calif. The fire occurred in 2019 on the commercial scuba…

    24 October The North Sea

    One person died and four others went missing after two cargo ships collided in an incident that took place in the North Sea off the coast of Germany. An additional two crewmembers were rescued, according to German officials. The British-flagged Verity is said to have collided with the Bahamian-registered Polesie.…

    14 September Alpefjord, Greenland

    The cruise ship MV Ocean Explorer was pulled free three days after running aground in Greenland. The cruise ship ran aground above the Arctic Circle in Alpefjord in Northeast Greenland National Park, the northernmost national park in the world. The ship had 206 people on board at the time of…

    12 September Lampedusa, Italy

    Early on September 12, a group of unseaworthy, overcrowded iron boats came into Italian island Lampedusa, a fishing and tourist hub south of Sicily. 6,800 migrants came in about 24 hours, more people than the full-time population of Lampedusa. The boats and migrants launched from Tunisia. The flotilla taxed the…

    7 September Loiza, Puerto Rico

    Marine interdiction agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations (AMO) intercepted a vessel with three men from the Dominican Republic transporting 723 pounds (328 kilos) of cocaine, north of Loiza, Puerto Rico. The estimated value of the seized narcotics is approximately $7.9 million. A CAMB Multi-role…

    27 August Mallorca, Spain

    A P&O Cruise vessel broke free from moorings in a storm in Mallorca and collided with another ship. Inspections showed one of the lifeboats was damaged and could not be repaired on board, according to the cruise company. Some passengers were told they’d have to fly home. A total of…

    11 August Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

    An investigation ensued after a boat exploded at a marina at Lake of the Ozarks. It is thought that the explosion was caused by a buildup of gas fumes in the engine area and a spark that set off the explosion. A group of 16 people were injured (15 on…

    3 August

    Two U.S. Navy sailors were indicted and arrested for allegedly sending sensitive U.S. military information to Chinese intelligence officers. Jinchao Wei was arrested as he arrived for work at Naval Base San Diego, according to a statement released Thursday by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California. The…

    2 August Off the Brazilian Coast

    Brazilian federal police rescued four Nigerian migrants who spent 14 days at sea on a ship’s rudder. The four had hoped to reach Europe from Nigeria but were shocked to learn they’d landed thousands of miles away in Brazil. Roman Giomene Friday, one of the four, was quoted as saying,…

    22 April 2024: Los Angeles, California

    A woman died after being stabbed in the throat Monday, April 22 on a Metro train before she got off at the Universal/Studio City station, and a suspect was arrested, according to police. The attack was reported shortly after 5 a.m. in the 3900 block of Lankershim Boulevard, a Los…

    3 April 2024: Manhattan, New York

    Eight men were charged on April 3 with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of Modelo and Corona beer that is imported from Mexico. The group worked by robbing train yards and warehouses in dozens of thefts across the Northeast during the past two years. An indictment unsealed by…

    26 March 2024: Brussels, Belgium

    A group of protesting farmers sprayed manure and threw projectiles and clashed with police during a demonstration in Brussels, Belgium. At the same demonstration, on Tuesday, March 26, protesters set the Maelbeek metro station on fire. Two police officers were injured in the melee with protesters, according to the Brussels…

    26 February 2024: Jammu, India

    Rail authorities in India are investigating an incident where a freight train was able to travel more than 80 km without a driver. The train was pulling 53 wagons full of chip stones and began rolling downhill along the tracks at Kathua in Jammu, northern India. The train reached a…

    8 February 2024: Ragland, Alabama

    A railroad crossing in St. Clair County, Alabama, reopened after a train derailed in Ragland on Thursday morning, February 8. The incident closed part of Highway 144. The incident happened around 2:30 a.m., according to James Brown, Ragland police chief. Chief Brown said loaded cars from the nearby cement plant…

    3 February 2024: Paris, France

    A man went on a stabbing spree at 7:35 a.m. on March 2 at the Gare De Lyon station. This station operates domestic trains as well as those heading to Switzerland and Italy. One person suffered life-threatening injuries to the abdomen while two others were lightly wounded, according to Laurent…

    22 November Rockcastle County, Kentucky

    A chemical fire caused by a train derailment in Kentucky has been extinguished. People had been encouraged to evacuate but now are able to return to their homes, according to rail operator CSX late last week. “The fire is completely out,” CSX spokesperson Bryan Tucker said in a statement. The…

    8 September Aberdeen, Scotland

    Network Rail was fined £6.7m in the high court in Aberdeen after admitting guilt over a rail crash in which three people died. The driver of the train, Brett McCullough, 45, Donald Dinnie, 58 (the conductor), and a passenger, Christopher Stuchbury, 62, died in the derailment near Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, on…

    10 September Geseke, Germany

    A train derailment occurred on September 10 near Geseke, Germany, when one train collided with another train operating on the same track. The impact caused multiple carriages to derail, and passengers and cargo spilled out onto the tracks. The initial reports indicate that a communication breakdown between railway control centers…

    8 September Across Nebraska

    The head of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) wrote a letter saying inspectors found an alarming number of defects in Union Pacific’s freight cars and locomotives during a focused inspection in Nebraska this summer. The FRA performed focused inspections and “identified a concerning number of locomotives and freight cars with…

    11 August Bedford Park, Illinois

    The Belt Railway Company of Chicago — based in Bedford Park, Illinois, which is the largest switching and terminal railroad in the U. S. — is investigating a ransomware data theft by the Akira Ransomware gang. The ransomware gang claimed to have stolen 85 GB of data. Christopher Steinway, general…

    6 August Near Multan, Pakistan

    Thirty people were killed and at least 90 others were injured when the Hazara Express train derailed in Pakistan on Sunday, August 6, near the town of Multan. The train departed Karachi in the southern part of the country and was traveling to Havelian in the northern part of the…

    26 July Brussels, Belgium

    The Brussels Airport bombers were found guilty of terrorist murder seven years after suicide bomb attacks that killed 32 people at the airport and also at a metro station. The attacks occurred in March 2016 and were perpetrated by a group of six men, several of whom were already convicted…

    24 June Stillwater County, Montana

    A train derailed into the Yellowstone River in Montana on June 24 leading state agencies to warn people not to eat fish caught in the Yellowstone River in the area where the train, which was carrying chemicals, went off the tracks, according to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and…

    1 May New York City

    A New York City subway rider allegedly put another man in a chokehold which ultimately resulted in the man’s death. Daniel J. Penny, 24, a U.S. Marine veteran said he was acting to protect himself and other riders and never intended harm. Jordan Neely began acting strangely according to passengers…

    20 April 2024: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    An Oklahoma City man punched and tackled a city bus driver causing the bus to crash into a building. A 23-year-old suspect, Tihron Harrison, was arrested and charged with assault and battery. Police said Harrison became enraged when the bus driver wouldn’t stop the bus at an earlier stop. “The…

    15 April 2024: Blackburn, U.K.

    Saleem Chaudhri, who was arrested for smuggling cocaine in blocks of gouda cheese during a raid on an industrial unit in Blackburn in May 2023, has been sentenced. The cocaine had a street value of more than £17m. Chaudhri has been jailed since police found the drugs hidden in the…

    13 April 2024: Balochistan Province, Pakistan

    Gunmen killed 11 people in two separate attacks in the Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan on Saturday, April 13. This province borders both Afghanistan and Iran. Police were searching for the assailants who killed nine people after abducting them from a bus on a highway on Friday. The same attackers…

    12 April 2024: Benham, Texas

    A man stole a semitrailer in Texas on April 12 and crashed it into a state government office where he had been denied a commercial driver’s license the day before. The crash occurred after a police chase. The accident killed one person and injured 13, according to authorities. Clenard Parker…

    1 April 2024: Atlanta

    Ervin Lee Bolling was arrested and charged with interference with government property, Dekalb County Police spokesperson Officer Elise Wells said after he rammed his vehicle through an entrance gate at the FBI’s Atlanta field office. He was also charged in federal court with destruction of government property, according to a…

    31 March 2024: Sylmar, California

    Thieves accessed a storage facility and removed around $30m on Easter Sunday in one of the biggest such robberies in LA history, according to local media. The Los Angeles Police Department and FBI are jointly investigating the case. No alarms were tripped and no one knew thieves had entered the…

    29 March 2024: Near Tollgate, Oregon

    Thousands of live salmon accidentally died when they were released into the wrong river in the U.S. state of Oregon. A truck carrying 102,000 of them crashed, causing the salmon to be thrown into the wrong river. The young Chinook, also known as King salmon, were being taken to the…

    2 March 2024: Cleveland, Ohio

    Two horses escaped their enclosure and ran wild down a busy highway in Cleveland, Ohio, in March. The horses got out of a police stable, according to an official release from Ohio Department of Transportation. The police managed to recapture the horses and reported there were no injuries.

    1 March 2024: Louisville, Kentucky

    A March 1 crash on the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge that connects southern Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky, prompted a dramatic rescue as a Louisville firefighter rappelled off the bridge to rescue the driver of the tractor-trailer as it dangled over the river. The trailer ended up between the bridge’s…

    17 February 2024: Toronto

    Investigators say two shootings left one dead, and a youth injured after two shootings at the Toronto bus stop that occurred in one 24-hour period. The Toronto Police Service said the same car was also seen fleeing the scene after the shootings on February 17.

    14 February 2024: Austin, Texas

    The driver of a vehicle that drove into an Austin, Texas, medical center emergency room died and at least five people were injured, according to the facility’s chief medical officer. “This investigation is in its early and preliminary stages, however there is no indication at this time that this was…

    1 February 2024: Oslo

    Two motorists escaped unharmed after their car plunged into an Oslo fjord. How were they able to escape? A floating sauna came to their rescue, Norwegian police said. The vehicle, a Tesla, partly submerged in the water as its occupants scrambled onto the roof. “When the car ended up in…

    24 January 2024: Polish-Belarusian border

    Five people were caught trying to illegally cross the Polish-Belarusian border. On the Belarusian side, people tried to destroy elements of the technical barrier protecting the Polish border. The events took place in the section protected by the Border Guard Post in Czeremcha. Movement along the barrier is always monitored…

    30 November Jerusalem, Israel

    Two gunmen shot and killed three people waiting at a bus stop in Jerusalem during the morning commute on November 30. Eight others were wounded during the attack. The attackers were Palestinians and were shot dead by off-duty soldiers and an armed civilian, according to local police. “The terrorists arrived…

    22 November Niagara Falls, New York

    A vehicle exploded Wednesday, November 22 at the Niagara Falls International Rainbow Bridge border crossing between the United States and Canada raising concerns of terrorism. The two people in the car died and a border patrol officer was injured. Video from an eyewitness at the scene shows an inspection booth…