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20 October 2017 7:12 AM Brisbane-bound Virgin flight forced to return to Melbourne Airport after bird strike

A Virgin Australia flight has been forced to return to Melbourne Airport after hitting a bird. The airline said Virgin flight VA319 had taken off for Brisbane this morning when the pilot reported the problem. "Upon suspecting a bird strike the pilot decided to return to Melbourne Airport," the airline said in a statement. The decision to return was "in line with standard 18

20 October 2017 12:32 AM Virgin plane makes emergency landing after striking eagle at Melbourne airport

A passenger plane bound for Brisbane has been forced to make an emergency landing at Melbourne airport after it hit a large bird, believed to be an eagle. Virgin Australia flight VA319 made the emergency landing at 9.45am on Friday after the pilot decided to turn back, suspecting the plane hit a bird mid-flight. "Upon suspecting a bird strike, the pilot 61

19 October 2017 10:11 PM Trump says he will work with Congress on more aid for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will work with the U.S. Congress to approve grants and loans to help rebuild Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria a month ago. Already mired in debt after years of recession, the U.S. territory faces storm-related damages that some estimates have pegged as high as $95 billion 19

12 October 2017 6:36 PM What is Trump's plan for Puerto Rico?

President Donald Trump has been bellyaching about Puerto Rico's parlous finances, as the US territory struggles to regain its footing after Hurricane Maria. His focus on the Caribbean island's more than $70bn (£53bn) debt mountain has renewed questions about how it is to be solved. The Puerto Rican government can't borrow money on the private market 22

12 October 2017 11:46 AM Plane makes emergency landing in Brisbane

A passenger flight from Coolangatta to Sydney has made an emergency landing in Brisbane after experiencing engine troubles. The pilot spotted the engine problems shortly after taking off from the Gold Coast on Thursday evening and diverted the plane. The Virgin Australia flight VA546 touched down in Brisbane about 10pm on Thursday, with firefighters 13

8 October 2017 3:50 PM A weakening Nate brings burst of flooding, power outages

Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast before weakening rapidly Sunday, sparing the region the kind of catastrophic damage wreaked by series of hurricanes that hit the southern U.S. and Caribbean in recent weeks. Nate — the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Katrina in 2005 — quickly lost power 40

1 October 2017 6:02 AM Virgin check-in issues resolved

Virgin Australia has fixed a technical issue which took down its check-in computer system for nearly three hours. The disruption was due to an Optus technical issue which delayed flights from about 2pm as passengers had to be manually checked in, the airline said. The Adelaide Crows, who were due to fly home from Melbourne after Saturday's defeat in the AFL grand 17

1 October 2017 4:23 AM Adelaide Crows, Virgin passengers face flight delays due to check-in disruption

Virgin passengers, including Adelaide Crows players keen to leave Melbourne after their AFL grand final loss, have been caught up in flight delays due to a disruption in the airline's check-in system. The Crows were due to fly home earlier this afternoon for Family Day, which started at 1:00pm. But, just a day after being defeated by Richmond at the MCG, the Crows 16

27 September 2017 1:24 AM Food aid and face masks dispatched to Bali as 75,000 flee volcano

Mount Agung, 75 kilometres from the resort hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August and threatening to erupt for the first time since 1963 - a potential blow to the country's lucrative tourism industry. Increasingly frequent tremors show the molten magma is still rising towards the surface, with the mountain entering a "critical phase", said the national 81

26 September 2017 3:22 PM Rep. Nydia Velazquez: Response to Hurricane in Puerto Rico Is ‘Totally Inefficient’

WASHINGTON — With Hurricane Maria’s devastation coming into full view, a group of congressional lawmakers called on the Trump administration Tuesday to step up its response to recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Several legislators of Puerto Rican descent, Democratic leaders and lawmakers with sizable Puerto Rican populations in their 43