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5 April: Airborne over Maryland

A pilot who was flying a Southwest Airlines plane back in August of 2020, a has been charged committing a lewd act during a flight. The pilot, Michael Haak, was in command from Philadelphia, Penn. to Orlando, Fla. and the incident reportedly occurred somewhere en route. The complaint states, “On or about August 10, 2020, on an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, namely Southwest Airlines Flight WN 6607, of which he was the pilot in command, the defendant, MICHAEL HAAK, intentionally committed an act of lewd, indecent and obscene exposure of his genitals in a public place, which if committed in the District of Columbia would violate D.C. Code Section 22-1312 (formerly D.C. Code Section 22-1112).” It goes on to say, “The acts began, continued and were completed while the aircraft was in flight from Philadelphia International Airport to Orlando International Airport, during which it overflew parts of the District of Maryland and other federal districts.” Haak was charged under 49 U.S. Code § 46506(2), which pertains to the “Application of certain criminal laws to acts on aircraft.” Southwest spokesperson Brandy King said in a statement, “The Pilot in question is no longer Employed by Southwest Airlines and departed the Company last year prior to us becoming aware of the matter. The event was recently brought to our attention and we’ve cooperated with the appropriate outside agencies as they investigate. Southwest Airlines takes all matters related to workplace conduct very seriously, with a well-defined policy and reporting process for harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims.”

23 March: Nouakchott, Mauritania

In what some are calling an attempted hijacking, a suspect has been arrested after boarding an empty and parked Mauritania Airlines at Nouakchott International Airport-Oumtounsy. Reports say the hijacker was threatening to destroy the aircraft by setting it on fire and issued demands to authorities. The aircraft had been sitting, parked and empty, and there were no reports of injuries or casualties at this time. Flights into the airport were stopped but resumed shortly after.

10 March: London, UK

easyJet settled a lawsuit with a British-Israeli woman who was made to move seats twice because her originally-assigned seatmates, ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, refused to sit with her. She did move even though she did not want to. Later she lodged a formal complaint with the company, asking for 15000 pounds, however the final agreed compensation was not released. A statement by easyJet said, “EasyJet does not believe that female passengers should be asked to move seats simply based on their gender. The airline has a policy to politely inform any customer who raises this request that this will not be accommodated. Unfortunately, according to Melanie Wolfson this policy was not followed in her case. EasyJet is committed to tackling any discrimination on flights…we take this very seriously and in addition to compensating Ms. Wolfson for her experience, easyJet intends to implement additional crew training and renew our crew guidelines in order to prevent these incidents happening in the future.”

9 March: Novosibirsk, Siberia

A woman was restrained on a Russian flight a few minutes after it departed from Vladivostok. The woman, suspected of being on drugs, got out of her seat, began roaming the aisle and disrobing. She refused flight attendants orders to return to her seat and repeated tried to remove her underwear. Passengers and crew used ropes, a seat belt and tape to restrain her in her seat. She was arrested upon arrival at Tolmachevo airport in Novosibirsk, Siberia where she admitted to law enforcement that she had taken a synthetic drug prior to departure.

9 March: Mogadishu, Somalia

An attack consisting of six mortar rounds that landed in the perimeter of the Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu wounded at least two. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility. UN Secretary-General for Somalia, James Swan, quickly condemned the attack, saying in a statement, “I condemn this Al-Shabaab mortar attack on the airport facility in Mogadishu. We wish a speedy recovery to those injured elsewhere at the airport. Despite such acts of violence, Somalia’s international partners remain committed to stand by the people of Somalia, and continue supporting the advancement of the country.”

8 March: Abha International Airport, Saudi Arabia

Insarallah Movement (Houthi forces) said they launched a new ballistic missile strike on targets including a Saudi airport inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e, spokesman for the Ansarallah-linked Yemeni armed forces, tweeted “the Missile Force targeted a sensitive military target at Abha International Airport with a new ballistic missile, which has entered service recently and has not been revealed yet, the designated targeted has been hit with high precision.

8 March: En Route Ft. Lauderdale – L.A.

A Delta Air Lines flight attendant is accused of inappropriately touching, rubbing and/or stroking an 11-year-old passenger traveling alone from Fort Lauderdale to Australia in December of 2019. The account alleges the unidentified attendant did this “multiple times and in different manners.” The flight attendant is also accused of making inappropriate, sexualized comments, including: “your body’s beautiful” and “I love you,” the suit alleges. The girl reported the incident to Los Angeles police at the airport. A police report says the victim “visibly shaken,” according to the complaint filed by Coral Gables lawyer Ian Pinkert. the airline said it was aware of the lawsuit. “Delta contacted law enforcement immediately upon learning of the initial allegations and cooperated in their investigation,” the airline said in a statement after learning of the allegations. “To Delta’s knowledge, no criminal charges were brought against any Delta employee. Delta has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct in any form by its employees.”

5 March: Isfahan, Iran

A plot to hijack an Iran Air aircraft was apparently foiled before it could be carried out in Iran on March 5. “A conspiracy to hijack a Fokker 100 aircraft belonging to Iran Air was neutralized thanks to the vigilance of the IRGC flight security unit,” the IRGC public relations office said in a statement published on its official website. The hijacker was planning to make the flight deviate toward an unspecified country on the southern shore of the Gulf, the statement said. The aircraft instead diverted to Isfahan airport after declaring an emergency and the accused hijacker was arrested.

4 March: Vantaa, Finland

Finnair’s customer loyalty database was hacked, a statement by the airline said. Some 200,000 frequent flyers were effected when hackers breached the Finnair Plus program. The airline reported the event to the country’s Data Protection Authority. Finnair says that although names and customer numbers were compromised, the hackers did not get credit card info, contact info or passwords. The airline also says their own systems were not hacked – this event took place via a service provider that held the data. Nevertheless, the airline recommended changing passwords to their Plus members.

1 March: Seoul, South Korea

A 12-year-old boy allegedly made threat against the Incheon International Airport. The boy, a regular Youtuber, allegedly made a video that warned of an attack at the Incheon airport, on March 1, Korean Independence Movement Day. Google and Youtube (owned by Google) assisted in confirming where the video was uploaded which helped authorities find the child. He is said to be born in South Korea but living in the US. Authorities are considering charging the culprit in violation of the Aviation Security Act.

28 February: Phoenix, Arizona

A woman believes she may have been the target of a racist TSA worker. Aundrea DeMille says she was ordered to remove her sports bra while processing through security at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in Arizona. Upon observation, she said she was the only person subjected to the to the strip. DeMille says she was ordered to remove the bra while passing through a full body scanner as she headed home to Utah.

28 February: Port Hedland, Australia

Six FIFO workers are alleged to have threatened airline workers and refused to wear facemasks at the Port Hedland airport in Australia prior to boarding a flight. Witnesses reported the men were drunk and belligerent. They were refused alcohol service as a result. Things went downhill from there. Police told three of the men to leave the premises, but two more were initially allowed to board the plane. Shortly before take-off however, they were removed from the aircraft when a brawl ensued.

23 February: Montreal, Canada

Bombardier suffered a limited cybersecurity breach, the company said in a press release. An unauthorized party accessed and extracted data by exploiting a vulnerability affecting a third-party file-transfer application, which was running on purpose-built servers isolated from the main Bombardier IT network, the company said. The company initiated a response protocol upon detection of the data security incident. As part of its investigation, Bombardier sought the services of cybersecurity and forensic professionals who provided external confirmation that the company’s security controls were effective in limiting the scope and extent of the incident. Approximately 130 employees located in Costa Rica were impacted having personal and other confidential information relating to employees, customers and suppliers compromised.

22 February: Napier, New Zealand

Stewart Dempsey, 58, of Napier, New Zealand was sentenced for commenting that he had bombs in his luggage when asked if he had any bags to check by Air New Zealand personnel. The airport, per protocol, had to evacuate the premises. He was arrested and then found to have been driving illegally. Dempsey was fined and blacklisted from flying Air New Zealand.

USAF Investigating Intruder at Andrew AFB

An intruder reportedly gained access to the Andrews Air Force Base, possibly making it onboard an aircraft on the field. Joint Base Andrews is the home of Air Force One the presidential transport aircraft. The incident occurred the day before President Biden was schedule to fly aboard Air Force One to Delaware. The Air Force says they are investigating how the individual was able to get on to the base, which is located in the state of Maryland. No further details were available.

7 April: 113 miles southeast of Cape Cod

The Coast Guard medevaced an injured fisherman 113 miles southeast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Wednesday. At approximately 3:34 p.m., Coast Guard District One watchstanders received notification from a crewmember of the commercial fishing vessel Motivation, home-ported in Cape May, New Jersey, reporting a 50-year-old crewmember experiencing shortness of breath and a fever and requested assistance. A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched and safely hoisted the fisherman at approximately 6:50 p.m.The fisherman was transferred to EMS who transported him to Cape Cod Hospital for care. Weather on scene was 16 mph winds with six-foot seas.

7 April: En Route to Rotterdam

The Baltic Tern, a boxship en route from the Port of St. Petersburg in Russia to the Port of Rotterdam, reportedly lost five containers in rough seas and heavy weather. The containers lost included two tank containers, one full of acetone, a low flash point chemical, and the other was carrying used cooking oil, according to Ron Corstanje, spokesman for the Dutch Coast Guard. Another lost container was carrying pellets, as well as a box with paper and an empty container.

6 April: San Juan, Puerto Rico

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized 96 pounds (44 kilos) of cocaine within a cooling vent of a container on board cargo vessel M/V GH Pampero calling the port of San Juan from Rio Haina, Dominican Republic. The estimated value of the seized cocaine is $1.3 million. “Smugglers continue find means to conceal their illicit drug loads into the international supply chain”, stated Noel De Jesus, acting assistant director of Field Operations for Border Security in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Our officers’ expertise, along with the utilization of all available tools, resulted in the detection of these narcotics. Our communities can feel safer knowing that the men and women of CBP are securing their borders.” A CBP Contraband Enforcement Team boarded the vessel for a routine inspection of containers using non-intrusive inspection technology. One container was further inspected opening the container’s cooling vent access panel, where CBP Officers discovered forty-one (41) brick shaped objects, which tested positive for cocaine.

5 April: Ålesund, Norway

A yacht transport ship began listing and called for help 60 nautical miles west of Ålesund, Norway. The cargo ship was reported to be the MV Eemslift Hendrika belonging to Starclass Yacht Transport. The company offers yacht transport between Norway and Turkey. The Norwegian Joint Rescue Coordination Center received a distress signal from the vessel, which said they had 12 crew members on board. Three helicopters and two vessels were sent to assist and all crewmembers were rescued. The ship is abandoned and listing approximately 30 degrees.

4 April: Dhaka, Bangladesh

At least 27 people were killed when a cargo ship and a ferry boat crashed off the coast of Dhaka, Bangladesh Easter Sunday. The Sabith Al Hasan ferry crossing the Shitalakhsya River, just south of the city. The cargo ship did not stop according to authorities. They are searching for it as we went to press. Local media said it was cargo ship SK-3. Around 20 passengers jumped off the ship and swam to shore. Local officials said the vessel capsized and sank with at least 27 onboard.

2 April: Unknown Location

A family out for a relaxing sail became entangled with a yacht. Their 20ft sail boat became entangled with a Russian billionaire’s £360million mega-yacht when they decided to get a closer look. The small craft’s sailors were eventually able to extricate themselves from the yacht.

9 March: Suez Canal, Egypt

“This was the result of successful push and tow maneuvers which led to the restoration of 80% of the vessel’s direction; with the stern 102 m. away from the bank of the Canal now instead of 4 m. prior to the refloating,” the Suez Canal Authority said. It was then positioned into the navigable waterway of the canal, where it was able to continue to a lake for inspection. The world watched as the situation with the 400 meter Ever Given container ship became stuck diagonally in the canal and remained so for six days while other vessels backed up in both directions waiting for it to clear. Experts say the canal is treacherous to pass and that the containers onboard stacked high can act as a sail, catching the wind and moving the ship. The winds were reported to be high at the time of the incident in which the Ever Given became stuck, even though they had the obligatory help of a Suez Crew – a local team with specific knowledge of tricky parts of the canal. Indeed, the Egyptian government requires ships to have a canal pilot or team come aboard, experts who know the canal intimately and can pilot it through. Reports say there were two canal pilots from the Suez Canal Authority aboard when the ship ran aground. As the canal authorities and experts from around the world worked to devise plans to free the ship, the backlog of others waiting to get through the canal grew from a dozen to more than a hundred to ultimately more than 300. Concerns about the cargo of the ships waiting for passage rose each day. Cargo included live animals, food products, consumer good and oil, among many other things. A report in the January 2014, Volume 7, Issue 1 of the CTC Sentinel entitled, “Attacks in the Suez: Security of the Canal at Risk?” by Stephen Starr states that “while security in the bordering Sinai Peninsula remains transient and the Egyptian state appears unable to stamp out militant activity in the Sinai, terrorist groups would have to employ new tactics to sink vessels if their goal was to block the canal for any period of time. Yet such tactics are not beyond their reach, and previous incidents of maritime terrorism could serve as their guide.” The report also explains that closure of the Suez Canal “would add an estimated 2,700 miles of transit from Saudi Arabia to the United States around the Cape of Good Hope via tanker.” While the world watched and waited, the threat of compromised security increased hourly. Ultimately, there was no security breach, however, the event did highlight the chokepoint that the Suez becomes when blocked and the need for additional security-related planning in the event another similar occurrence happens in the future.

22 March: Seoul, South Korea

A New York Times report published March 22, 2021 reveals some details about how illicit oil reaches North Korea. The Times was able to track secret oil deliveries in violation of United Nations sanctions by piecing together reports and observations from a dozen journalists and convoluted maze of connections. UN sanctions limit North Korea’s imports of refined petroleum but they find ways of getting it anyway. “By reviewing satellite imagery, examining vessel reports, sifting through corporate records and interviewing key players, we were able to untangle a web of companies and individuals across Asia connected to the oil,” the NYT piece states. See the full report at

19 March: Suez Anchorage, Egypt

The general cargo ship the MV Aman (IMO 9215517) was detained at the Suez anchorage in Egypt in July 2017. Chief Officer Mohammad Aisha, who had only been on board for two months at that time, was designated the ship’s legal guard, legally binding them together. The rest of the crew was allowed to disembark and go home. Four years later he is still on board, alone. The ship is for sale but the sale is stalled and therefore he has stayed. “I’ve requested repatriation many times,” Aisha told The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). “But the port authorities are refusing to allow me to leave.” The ship ran aground about a year ago and since then no one is providing him with essentials. He is without power and has only one way to get basics like food and water — he swims to shore and must swim back. The ship is registered in Bahrain. The ITF reports, “Egyptian authorities hold his passport and refuse to cooperate to change his situation. To make matters worse, his passport expire[d] on the 22nd of March.”

15-17 March: New Orleans, Louisiana

The US Coast Guard and multiple law enforcement agencies conducted a three-day operation from March 15-17 focused on commercial fisheries along the Central Gulf Coast. The multi-agency operation ensured commercial fishing vessels along the Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi Coasts were complying with federal vessel and commercial fishing safety laws. The three-day operation resulted in 40 vessel boardings, 24 violations, 15 of which were living marine resources violations.

6 April: Washington, DC

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) finalized its 2021-2022 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements during a board meeting held in early April. The five-member board voted to include 10 items in the 2021-2022 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements which involve all modes of transport, including rail. One the one main item for rail is “Improve Rail Worker Safety” but what was not included drew some attention in the rail industry. Positive Train Control (PTC) first appeared on the Most Wanted List in 2001 and has been included in some form until the current 2021-2022 list. PTC is a technology that offers extra control of a train’s movements and prevents certain train accidents from occurring. The U.S. rail industry was required by law to have the technology installed by Dec. 31, 2020. Two days before that deadline, Dec. 29, the Federal Railroad Administration said PTC was in operation on all required freight and passenger railroad route miles. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released a statement noting its appreciation of NTSB removing the safety recommendation from its Most Wanted List. “After commuter rail agencies invested more than $4 billion to implement PTC, they successfully met the statutory deadline of Dec. 31, 2020, for full PTC implementation. In addition to the $4 billion implementation cost, commuter rail operators will spend more than $100 million each year to maintain and operate the PTC system,” said Paul Skoutelas APTA president and CEO in a statement. “Industry-wide implementation of PTC has been a massive undertaking, achieved only through dedication and innovation by commuter rail operators along with PTC equipment providers, consultants and the Federal Railroad Administration.

2 April: Tilburg, Netherlands

Two women were arrested in Dutch National Railway NS after dodging fares and being confronted by security. The security guard was bitten in the arm and also sustained head injuries. “The duo did not want to cooperate with the check and started to resist. When the NS employee stopped one of the women, she started to swear and hit,” a police statement said.

2 April: Hualien, Taiwan

A Taiwanese passenger train carrying hundreds of passengers derailed a tunnel just north of Hualien. The eight car train came off the rails after hitting a truck which had slid down from an embankment onto the tracks. Some cars hit the sides of the tunnels. Fifty people were killed, including the train’s driver. Many others were injured. Rueters reported that authorities in Taiwan have sought an arrest warrant for a construction site manager whose truck may have caused the accident. He later reportedly apologized for the situation. Many people were traveling to hometowns for a public holiday known as Tomb Sweeping Day.

26 March Sohag, Egypt

32 people were killed and more than 100 were injured when two trains collided in Egypt on 26 March. The emergency brakes were triggered on one of the trains causing it to stop, rail authorities stated but said it had not determined yet who the culprit(s) is or are. A second train, traveling in the same direction crashed into the rear of the other.

18 March: Oakland, California

None of the 111 passengers or crew members were hurt when an Amtrak train headed from Seattle to Los Angeles hit a utility truck stopped on the tracks in Oakland. There was no one inside the truck which had been parked too close to the tracks, reports say. The truck caught fire immediately after being struck.

5 March: Ottawa, Ontario

The Canadian Supreme Court ruled that two men convicted of terrorism offences received a fair trial in spite of jury issues. Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier were convicted of terror-related charges arising from an al-Qaida-inspired plot against a Via Rail passenger train that ran between the US and Canada back in 2015. They tried to contest the conviction on grounds the jury was chosen incorrectly. A second trial, however, ruled the convictions should be upheld. “…there was no infringement of the right to a fair trial by an independent and impartial jury, no prejudice, and no substantial wrong or miscarriage of justice,” the ruling said.

16 March: Oakland, California

Johan Strydom, 32, was arrested for allegedly grabbing a 26-year-old woman by the neck at a California train station, the Diridon Station, part of the Caltrain system. Strydom is accused of throwing the woman to the ground, yelling “Fuck you, Asians,” tossing her side to side by her hair, and dragging her across the ground. The woman was on the phone with her boyfriend, who arrived quickly thereafter and with support from bystanders, helped free her. Strydom was arraigned for sexual assault, assault with intent to do boldly harm and hate crime enhancements. The victim, Tiffany, who refused to give her last name, is Filipino. The attack happened as Asian hate crimes are on the rise.

2 March: Jacksonville, Florida

CSX, a US rail operator, reportedly had a data security breach exposing employees and retirees personal information. The breach was found to be associated with a software provider, Accellion. A company statement said they notified law enforcement officials of the hack. “To date, this incident has had no impact on business operations or our ability to serve our customers,” CSX said in a statement. A ransomware group called Clop is believed to be involved as they posted shots of the data. CSX changed systems after the attack.

9 March: Mumbai, India

A woman trying to catch a running train almost fell and was left hanging on to the train car. She was saved from falling from the quickly moving train by a quick-thinking train guard and Railway Protection Force (RPF) constable at Cotton Green station on Tuesday morning. The woman came running to board the CSMT-Panvel train from rear end of platform when it had already gained speed to leave the station. The woman was hanging precariously on the foot board of the compartment with one leg stretched out, according to a public relations officer. RPF constable Sardar Singh quickly push her into the compartment. Train guard Nitesh Chandrakumar alerted the motorman to apply brakes of the train.

28 February: Lötschberg, Switzerlannd

Swiss operator BLS has restarted normal services through the Lötschberg Base Tunnel at the end of February. The restart comes after completing repairs after flooding last year that damaged the tunnel.

22 February: Kalgoorlie, Australia

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating a collision between a freight train and a tractor trailer that occurred in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. “A road train truck had driven into the path of freight train 2C74, resulting in the collision and the derailment of the train’s locomotive,” a spokesman said. The two train drivers were airlifted to Perth, one listed as being in a critical condition and the other stable. The truck driver only received minor injuries. The crossing equipment was reported to be operating at the time of the accident.

20 February: Fargo, North Dakota

A North Dakota man received a light sentence for trying to derail a train angering some law enforcement officials. The man was convicted of placing a re-railer, a tool used to place a train back on the track after a derailment, but which is also capable of causing a train to derail, on the track. Skylar Goodman of Fargo, N. D. was sentenced to four days’ incarceration followed by three years of supervised release for his convictions on charges of attempting to derail a BNSF train. “We take strong exception to a sentence that allows the defendant to walk free, avoiding the applicable guideline sentence of 2-2 1/2 years in federal prison,” said Drew Wrigley, U.S. Attorney, in a statement. Goodman was also ordered to pay $3,124 in restitution.

7 April: Dublin, Ireland

A bus was set on fire on Lanark Way in Dublin near the junction with Shankill Road, according to local police and news reports. Photos from the event showed people on both sides of a gate throwing items across. Some of those items included petrol bombs. Protests and unrest amid rising Brexit concerns are being blamed. Union anger about police not prosecuting leaders of the Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein for allegedly breaking pandemic restrictions during the funeral of a former IRA figure were also cited.

7 April: Pomona, California

A police chase that lasted more than an hour and reportedly reached speeds of 75 miles per hour ended with a murder suspect crashing into a tractor trailer. The suspect was apprehended at that point surrendering to police. Video from helicopters showed the suspect driving on the wrong side of the road and weaving through a parking lot as part of police chase. Michael Caleb Reed from Bakersfield, Calif. was wanted for shooting and killing Michael Lewis. The truck driver who blocked the suspect exited his truck cab and calmly walked away. He is being hailed as a crucial part of the capture of the murder suspect.

6 April: Interstate 80/94, Indiana

Two semitrailers collided one into the rear of the other when the first slowed for traffic on a busy stretch of Interstate 80/94 in Indiana. Eastbound Interstate 94 was closed for 12 hours as a result of the crash which happened at 1:30am. The truck was carrying paint and diesel fuel which was then spilled over the Interstate.

5 April: Dallas, Texas

Felix Lopez was charged with second-degree felony of theft of property after he allegedly stole an ambulance and proceeded to lead law enforcement on a several-hour-long chase through Dallas, Texas. The ambulance was taken from a fire station and later spotted after which the chase ensued, finally ending when Lopez became trapped by fencing, exited the vehicle and tried to run. He finally surrendered.

2 April: Washington, DC

One U.S. Capitol Police officer was killed and another injured when a man identified as 25-year-old Noah R. Green, of Indiana, rammed a vehicle into them at a barricade outside the Capitol building in Washington, DC. Officer William “Billy” Evans was the officer killed. He had been with the police force for 18-years. Green, an African American man, was not on any watch lists and appeared to have acted alone, sources say. Social media posts by Green suggest anti-government sentiments played a role in his actions. Other experts say mental health issues were at play as well. For more on vehicle ramming incidents see our feature story on page 48.

31 March: California/Mexico Border

A human smuggler was charged with organizing a smuggling event in early March 2021 that ultimately ended with 13 people losing their lives. Jose Cruz Noguez was charged “with conspiracy to bring aliens to the United States outside a port of entry causing serious bodily injury/placing a life in jeopardy, and bringing in aliens without presentation for financial gain.” An SUV Cruz, a legal US resident, was driving allegedly carry 25 migrants hit a tractor-trailer near the California/Mexico border. Twelve people died on scene, one person died en route to the hospital and some survivors suffered “serious injuries,” according to prosecutors.

26 February: Islam Qala, Afghanistan

After an explosion at the Islam Qala border crossing between Afghanistan and Iran, casualties and the destruction of a number of trucks, Afghanistan is looking to reform road transport with help from the International Road Transport Union. IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto met in late February with the Afghan Minister for Transport, Qudratullah Zaki, to discuss how such incidents could be avoided in the future. The IRU says incident at Islam Qala was particularly devastating because there were a huge number of trucks waiting at the border. The TIR system, based on the UN TIR Convention, smooths border-crossing procedures and enables goods to be cleared when they reach their destination, rather than at the border. Reducing congestion at borders significantly, the TIR system would also therefore mitigate damage and casualties resulting from accidents like the one at Islam Qala.

4 February: Greenville, Tennessee

Forward Air Corporation said the December 2020 ransomware attack they experienced hit its fourth quarter financial results to the tune of $7.5 million. The incident impacted their operations and IT systems causing delays. The company said they were able to get control of the December 2020 attack fairly quickly, informed authorities and launched an investigation.

9 December 2020: Lindale, Texas

A man, David Joshua Green, was indicted in connection with allegations that he hit and killed two people with his pickup in December. Other charges included indecency with a child by sexual contact, contempt of court, driving with a license suspended, failure to maintain financial responsibility, and violating a promise to appear. The victims were jolted 65 feet from the RV trailer they were in ultimately hitting a house, the warrant stated. Timothy Robin Nelson Jr. died on impact. Shelby Duarte, was found breathing later died because of her injuries, the warrant stated. Green stated he wanted to die in the attack and had placed propane tanks in the vehicle he used in hopes they would blow up on impact. They did not.