Four killed as tourist balloon crash-lands in Slovenia
Four people were killed and 28 injured when a hot-air balloon carrying tourists, including children, caught fire and came down near the Slovenian capital Ljubljana on Thursday, the police said.
The balloon was still in flames when the firefighters arrived at the scene of the crash, firefighters’ chief Tomaz Kucic told the official STA news agency.
Police confirmed four people had been killed and recovered their bodies, STA said.
Sleepy woman’s epic 18-hr flight after she misses stop
A Frenchwoman endured an 18-hour journey from the Pakistani city of Lahore to Paris and back again after sleeping through her plane’s stop in the French capital, officials said on Wednesday.
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) are investigating how ground crew failed to notice the woman during the plane’s two-hour stopover at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.
The woman, named as Patrice Christine Ahmed, who is married to a Pakistani, left Lahore at noon on Tuesday to fly to Paris via Milan, but did not wake up to get off the plane, airline spokesman Sultan Hasan told AFP.
Tropical Storm Isaac takes aim at Puerto Rico, threatens Haiti
Tropical Storm Isaac brought rain and gusty winds to Puerto Rico and the eastern Caribbean Islands and was expected to gradually strengthen as it moved west through the northeastern Caribbean on Thursday.
Forecasters predict Isaac will become a hurricane by Friday morning, but perhaps the more ominous threat in the short term is the potential for extremely heavy rainfall over the islands near Isaac’s path, weather.com reported.
United Airlines plans slimmer seats to fit in more passengers
The Seattle Times
United Airlines plans to install slimmer seats next year on some of its planes, enabling the airline to squeeze in more passengers.
The Chicago-based airline said it would add the seats manufactured by German company Recaro Aircraft Seating to its fleet of 152 narrow-body Airbus planes.
The padding on the Recaro seats is thin enough that United can add a row of seats on each plane without reducing legroom, the airline said. The use of an aluminum frame also makes the seat lighter, according to the manufacturer.