Cuba Plane Crash Reportedly Kills Over 100

A Boeing 737 airliner crashed shortly after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport on Friday, killing more than 100 people, according to Cuban state media.

Officials said 104 passengers were on board, Agence France Presse reported. Cuban media reported that the crew of the flight was foreign, but gave no information on the nationalities of the passengers. 

The cause of the crash was not immediately apparent. 

Photos from the scene show crowds of people gathered around pieces of the plane as smoke rises from the wreckage. Rescuers and emergency services rushed to the area, and video showed at least one person being taken away on a stretcher. The nation’s media reported that three people survived the crash.

An official from Havana’s Calixto Garcia hospital told Reuters that the three survivors, all women, were in serious condition. One person from the flight died in the hospital following the crash.

Cuban President Manuel Diaz-Canel also traveled to the site, where he addressed national media.

“There has been an unfortunate aviation accident. The news is not very promising, it seems that there is a high number of victims,” said Diaz-Canel, who became president in April.

Local media reported that the plane was en route to the city of Holguin, which is on the eastern part of the island. It crashed in the area around the small town of Santiago de Las Vegas, just south of the airport.

Cuba has a history of air disasters, including a crash in 2010 that killed all 68 people aboard. A military plane crashed into a hillside last month, killing eight people.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Remembering the National Guard members killed in Georgia plane crash

After nine members of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard were killed in a plane crash near Savannah, Georgia, their grieving families say the airmen never should have been on the plane, which was on its way to Arizona to be retired.

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Nature Spirits Said To Inhabit Earth’s Astral Plane & Interior: The Gnomes

Many ancient cultures have stories and texts which refer to ‘magical’ and ‘mythical’ lands that c0-exist alongside our reality. Whether these places are actual physical places, or places that reside in ‘another dimension,’ for lack of a better term, has been the subject of great discussion within various material throughout the ages. These stories can be found in ancient Buddhism and Vedic philosophy, along with oral stories passed down from Native cultures throughout the world. Regardless of what tradition the stories come from, however, it’s clear these weren’t just fables, but in fact, a part of reality that many experienced and witnessed.

For example, earlier this year we published an article discussing the Legend of Shambhala, a Hidden Land That Exists Within Our Own.

The idea of gnomes or dwarfs dwelling alongside human beings might seem ridiculous to many readers, but this doesn’t change the fact that some of the world’s most brilliant scholars have critically examined the lore, and the evidence.

They are one of multiple ‘elementals, which are ‘magical’ entities who personifies a force of nature and therefore possess the special capabilities.

Take Plato, for example, who gave a detailed description of Atlantis and the real reason for its downfall. Here’s an article we published about that which goes into more detail: The ‘Lost’ Land of Atlantis and the Real Reason For Its Downfall, According to Plato.

So, who are the gnomes? Perhaps one of the best places to seek the answer to this question is through the writings of Manly P. Hall, whose work, according to Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, “is a classic in the world’s literature” that “will guide histories, philosophers and lay seekers of esoteric wisdom for centuries.” In his book The Secret Teachings of All Ages, An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy, 1928, Hall describes the Gnomes as such:

The elementals who dwell in that attenuated body of the earth which is called the terrreous ether are grouped together under the general heading of gnomes. (The name is probably derived from the Greek genomus, meaning earth dweller.)

Just as there are many types of human beings evolving through the objective physical elements of Nature, so there are many types of gnomes evolving through the subjective ethereal body of Nature. These earth spirits work so close in vibratory rate to the material earth that they have immense power over its rocks and flora, and also over the human and animal kingdoms.

I’ve personally spent some time living amongst Native North Americans, and during this period I heard multiple stories of “people in the rocks,” who were seen by many within the community, and most often by children.

“There is abundant evidence of the fact that small children often see the gnomes, insomuch as their contact with the material side of Nature is not yet complete, and they still function more or less consciously in the invisible worlds.”

According to Hall, the gnomes have families, governments, and communities, just like we do. They wear clothing, and are very fond of food.

According to Paracelsus, a German-Swiss physician and alchemist (like Issac Newton) who established the role of chemistry in medicine, in his Philosophia Occulta, translated by Franz Hartmann: “Man lives in the exterior elements and the Elementals live in the interior elements. The latter have dwellings and clothing, manners and customs, languages and governments of their own, in the same sense as the bees have their queens and herds of animals their leaders.” 

Gnomes are nature spirits (elements), and many scholars agree that, when it comes to their rare interaction with man, they are faithful and true, and also very trustworthy. However, one must not betray their trust, because they could cause much sorrow and destruction in retaliation. As long as man was in service to others, the gnomes would work with them and protect them, but “if he sought to use their aid selfishly to gain temporal power they would turn upon him with unrelenting fury. The same was true if he sought to deceive them.”

On the other hand, some have described them as difficult to manage, malicious, tricky, and treacherous. Perhaps if they were to describe human beings, the same descriptions would fit, as not all of us share the same traits.

Hall also points to the fact that the elementals, one group being the gnomes, were also touched upon in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where earth spirits meet at certain times of the year in great conclave. Where “the elementals all gather to rejoice in the beauty and harmony of Nature and the prospects of an excellent harvest.”

Entities Existing Within the Non-Material World

As mentioned in the article linked above regarding Shambhala, many of these lands exist in a world that’s separate from our own. Peracelsus believed, as did many others, that the gnomes are only visible at certain times and only to those “en rapport with their ethereal vibrations.” That being said, many also believed that these Nature Spirits also had a physical/material composition which allowed them to function in both the material and non-material worlds.

When it comes to the non-material world, quantum physics, among other disciplines, has shown that there is substance there, energy, a whole world that’s invisible to the senses and we are just starting to learn how to detect. This stuff, according to many of these physicists, is known as the “aether,” which is interesting because this is also where it is believed these elementals dwell.

See Related CE article: Space Is Not Empty: What The Whole World Should Know About “The Quantum Vacuum.

In all facets of life, including science, we continue to rely on the measurements of the material world, searching for the God particle and more, despite the fact that groundbreaking science has shown that at the quantum level, a majority of what we call the physical material world isn’t really physical at all — that most of our reality is made up of that which we cannot perceive with our senses. Human beings do not even see all levels of the light spectrum, so who knows what we could be missing?

If science is confirming this ‘invisible’ world, who is to say that there are not lifeforms that dwell within these worlds? Lifeforms existing within these places have been the subject of lore for thousands of years, so should we really just brush all of this information off as ‘mythical?’

I’ll leave you with this quote from Abbe de Villars, an author and French clergyman born in 1635: “The earth is filled well nigh to its center with Gnomes, people of slight stature, who are the guardians of treasures, minerals and precious stones. They are ingenious, friends of man, and easy to govern.”

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Several National Guard members dead after military C-130 plane crashes in Georgia

Bound for Arizona, the plane crashed on the side of a busy Savannah highway shortly after takeoff.

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Russian jet intercepts American Navy surveillance plane over the Baltic Sea

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A Russian SU-27 jet flew close – reportedly within 20 feet – to a U.S. Navy plane over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday. While the maneuver was deemed safe, it was criticized as “unprofessional” by two defense officials who spoke with CNN.

What’s the background?

The Russian SU-27 is a one-man fighter plane. It was developed by the Soviet Union as a counter to the American F-15. The Navy plane involved was a Boeing P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane. The P-8 is the military version of Boeing’s 737 airliner.

The U.S. Navy does not classify encounters as “unprofessional,” so this will be officially recorded as a “safe” encounter. Lt. Cdr. Zach Harrell, a spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Europe, declined to give an official comment to CNN, but said, “U.S. Navy ships and aircraft routinely interact with military units from other countries.”

The U.S. Navy has not yet released an official statement. The incident lasted around nine minutes and occurred in international airspace.

Does this sound familiar?

This is not the first time this year that an incident like this occurred. On Jan. 29, a Russian SU-27 intercepted a Navy EP-3 plane. Like the P-8, the EP-3 is a surveillance plane.

According to U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Ellis, in that case the Russian plane came within 5 feet of the Navy plane’s wingtip. Ellis said that the Russian plane could have had serious consequences.

“The smallest lapse of focus or error in airmanship by the intercepting aircrew can have disastrous consequences,” Ellis said. “There is no margin for error and insufficient time or space for our aircrews to take corrective action.”

The Navy released footage of this earlier encounter, in which the Russian plane can be seen just off of the American plane’s wing. The Russian jet turned so quickly that the Americans could feel its effects.

A statement from the U.S. Navy said, “The Russian Su-27 then proceeded to enter the flight path of the U.S. Navy EP-3, crossing within 10 feet and executing a sharp dive below, which resulted in violent turbulence for the U.S. EP-3 and its crewmembers.”

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Photo: It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a hawk moth!

Say hello to a member of one of the largest – and most interesting – moth families in the world.

Behold the incredible hawk moth! While some may think of moths as little more than fluttering dusty things that flit around the porch light, the world of moths is in fact a fascinating one filled incredible creatures. Case in point, the hawk moth or Sphingid family – a member of which is shown here visiting a bee balm flower.

These moths include some of the largest in the world. I mean look at this one, it looks like a bird! They are fast flyers and incredibly agile in the air – many can hover, many can dart, and some can even fly backwards. And this: They have the longest tongues of any moth or butterfly … some up to 14 inches long, all the better to sip nectar from flowers with especially long tubes.

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Qatari fighter jets endanger Emirati passenger plane – UAE officials

The civilian jet was crossing airspace run by Bahrain when it was shadowed by fighter planes on Sunday. The approaching military aircraft came so close that the passenger plane was forced to take evasive action, according to Emirati civil aviation authorities cited by the UAE state news agency.

Bahrain’s aviation authority also issued a statement Sunday criticizing the actions of the Qatari military jets, stating that the passenger plane was over international waters when it came under threat.

“[T]his incident constitutes a clear violation of international regulations, threatens the safety and integrity of international air traffic, poses serious risk… and threatens the lives of passengers and property,” the authority’s statement read

READ MORE: Qatari forces participate in Gulf war games, compromise seen among Arab states

In 2017, several Arab nations – including Bahrain and the UAE – hit Qatar with sanctions, including banning Emirati aircraft from entering their airspace. At the time, the countries said the sanctions were in relation to Qatar’s alleged ties to terrorist organizations, which Qatar denied. In August, Saudi Arabia threatened to shoot down any commercial Qatari plane that violated its airspace. has reached out to the government of Qatar for comment.

In January, Qatar was accused of using military aircraft to “harass” flights from the UAE to Bahrain. Qatari government communications officer Saif bin Ahmed Al Thani denied the accusations, labelling them “completely untrue.”

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Man Loses 326 Pounds After His Weight Took Up 2 Plane Seats During Wildfire Rescue

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

On May 1, 2016, the costliest disaster in Canadian history ignited. A wildfire began spreading southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. By July 5, 2016, it was finally extinguished — but not before it engulfed 1,500,000 acres. 43-year-old Tony Bussey remembers the natural disaster well, for it influenced his decision to change his life and better his health.

Near the end of May, Bussey and many of his colleagues thought the wildfire scare was over. So, they returned to work. But not long after, the the fire picked up again. The camp was ordered to evacuate immediately.

Once Bussey checked in at the airport, staff led him to the front of the line because of his weight. He disliked the attention, but was used to it. After all, he was 567 pounds, wore size 66 pants, and struggled daily to put on his socks.

It was when Bussey learned that he needed two seats on the airplane that his attitude changed immediately. He felt ashamed that because of his weight, someone else had to wait for another plane. “Seeing people having to wait because I was too fat to sit next to, that was it for me,” he said. ”It was like, ‘I’ve got to do something about this.’”

The incident was so striking for Bussey, he vowed to lose weight and better his health. “I kept thinking, ‘Here it is: somebody’s wife, somebody’s husband, somebody’s family member is waiting for their mom or dad or their loved one to come home, and their loved ones have to wait longer now because I’m too fat to sit next to.’”

In the time that has passed, he has done exactly that. As CBC News reports, the heavy equipment tire changer dropped a whopping 326 pounds. He now weighs 241 pounds and just bought a size 34 pair of jeans.

Most impressive, perhaps, is that he lost all of the weight without pills, surgery, or fad diets. Rather, he ate a low-carb, high-protein diet and engaged in basic physical activity. “Three-hundred and twenty-six pounds gone. All naturally. No surgery, no anything. Just watching what I eat and walking,” said Bussey.

Even when he was staying in a hotel and had to eat-out, he made the effort. He would take the skin off his chicken and order vegetables instead of fries. Then, he would exercise, increasing the duration by 5-minute increments. “Two years ago, I could barely walk to my car,” said Bussey. “I could barely fit in my car.”  

Because of the drastic weight loss, Bussey has approximately 20 to 30 pounds of loose skin, which he plans to have surgically removed. After that milestone, he will join the gym. His 5-year goal is to run a marathon on the anniversary of the Fort McMurray wildfire.

Bussey also hopes to inspire others who are hoping to lose weight. “You used to think there was no hope. That it was just total despair that you were that big,” he said.. “That there was no going back. It was almost as if you were just waiting to die, as sad as that sounds, but that’s all your life was.”

“There is hope. I was 41 when I started this, almost 600 pounds. If I can do this, anyone can.”

What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!

Source: CBC News

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NASA Hires Lockheed Martin to Build Quiet Supersonic X-Plane

NASA Hires Lockheed Martin to Build Quiet Supersonic X-Plane

April 3rd, 2018


NASA has taken a huge leap forward in its quest to create an aircraft that can travel faster than the speed of sound without causing the ear-splitting sonic boom.

The space agency announced today (April 2) that it has awarded the aerospace company Lockheed Martin a $247.5 million contract to design and build a new X-plane, known as the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator (LBFD), which may soar silently over the U.S. by 2022.

Today’s announcement comes less than two weeks after President Donald Trump signed a federal budget for FY2019 that fully funds the LBFD. In his budget proposal, Trump noted that the X-plane “would open a new market for U.S. companies to build faster commercial airliners, creating jobs and cutting cross-country flight times in half.”




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Independent witnesses report silent ghost plane over Ripley, UK which ‘turned the sky dark’

Was a ghost plane really seen in Derbyshire's skies?


Separate reports of a mysterious ghost plane have emerged in Derbyshire where witnesses have seen a dark, silent shape’ sweep across the sky.

Onlookers have stated they have seen a dark shape in the sky at around 6.45pm on Monday night at different locations across the county.

Mark O’Brien believes he saw a quiet, low-flying plane fly above him after picking his daughter up from her swimming lesson in Ripley.

He said: “It was so low, it must have been only been around two or three houses high. I thought it was going to crash at one point but it was large and very quiet.

“I remember it flying above me and my heart stopping for a second. It looked like an old World War Two plane but it was dark so I couldn’t make it out.

“I panicked because I thought it was coming down on the houses near Ashford Rise which is near my house. There was no noise or smoke. It just flew off and disappeared between some nearby trees.

“I came into work today and told my colleagues about what had happened, thinking they would expect me to be crazy.

Dozens more sightings of silent ghost plane over Derbyshire

“But one of them said they had saw the plane as well fly around Heage. It’s so weird really but I know quite a lot of people have seen them before”.

Lyndsey Taylor, of Barnsley, claims to have seen two ghost planes at the same time as Mr O’Brien, only this time near the village of Hope, in the Derbyshire Peak District.

She said: “The whole thing was really weird, we were driving towards Bamcroft when the radio suddenly lost all signal and the sky just went really dark.

“All of a sudden this huge old aeroplane flew straight over our heads, completely silent and was heading for the ground.

“My partner and daughter both saw the same thing. We thought it was going to crash, but then it just disappeared.

“Seconds later we saw what looked like the same aircraft, this time to our left, and it banked over on its side and looked as though it was going to crash before disappearing.

“There is no way a real plane could have had the speed or the height to pull out of it, but we heard no crash at all.

“The plane looked really old with propellers and was green.

“The whole thing lasted a couple of seconds and before we knew it, it was all over and it had got brighter again.

“I don’t know if there is such a thing as a ghost plane, but I cant think what else it can be.”

Pam Orridge said the news of the new sightings prompted her to remember a sighting from a few years ago.

She said: “My son and I were driving along the A6 towards Rowsley from Darley Dale.

“We had just passed Church Road on our left and well before Arconic Forgings and Extrusion also on the left.

“Suddenly in front of us was an aircraft flying very low towards us.

“So low we thought it would crash into us but then it banked sideways and disappeared.

“We could not identify the aircraft other than it was old because it happened so quickly and left us quite shocked.”

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