WPVI-TV(PHILADELPHIA) — One person has died after a Southwest plane engine failed in midair on Tuesday, marking the first accidental domestic airline fatality in nine years, said the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).Flight 1380 was en route from New York City’s LaGuardia International Airport to Dallas Love Field when the engine failure forced the plane to make an emergency landing at the Philadelphia International Airport this morning.Passenger Matt Tranchin said the flight took a turn when he saw a “huge explosion and glass shattering three rows ahead of me.”“Flight attendants rushed up. There was momentary chaos. Everyone kind of descended on where this hole was. As passengers, we weren’t sure if they were trying to cover up the hole, but the plane smelled like smoke. There was ash coming through the ventilation system. We started dropping,” Tranchin told ABC station WPVI in Philadelphia. “Some of the crew couldn’t hold back their horror. And some were crying as they looked out through the open window onto the engine.”Passengers posted photos from inside showing their midair oxygen masks, a blown-out window and the remains of an engine.Passenger Jim Demetros, who said he was about three rows ahead of where the engine failed, told ABC News everybody was looking at “the woman who was sitting next to window that had blown out.”“It was a pretty harrowing experience,” he said, adding that the “crew did fantastic job … keeping everyone calm.”Seven people were minorly injured but not taken to hospitals, said Thiel. The NTSB said 144 passengers and five crew members were on board.NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt described the emergency as engine failure. The crew had reported damage to the main body of the plane, an engine and a window, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.“This is a sad day and on behalf of the entire Southwest family I want to extend my deepest sympathies for the family and the loved ones of our deceased customer,” Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said. “They are our immediate and primary concern and we will do all that we can to support them during this difficult time and the difficult days ahead.“The safety of our customers and our crew is always our uncompromising priority,” Kelly added. “I do want to thank and commend our flight crew for their swift action and for safely landing this aircraft. I also want to thank all involved in Philadelphia for their quick professional and compassionate response.“I’m immensely grateful there are no other reports of injuries but truly this is a tragic loss,” Kelly said. “Please join us in offering thoughts and prayers and support to all of those affected by today’s tragedy.”The runway was closed for over two hours but has since reopened.The NTSB and the FAA are investigating. Boeing said it is providing technical help to the investigation and Southwest said it is cooperating.The last accidental domestic airline fatality in 2009, when Colgan 3407 crashed near Buffalo, New York, killing all 49 people on board and a person on the ground.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Jason Gotay (Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Strong-voiced star Jason Gotay has been cast as Che in New York City Center’s upcoming special gala staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Tony-winning musical Evita. The previously announced production, directed by Sammi Cannold, music-directed by Kristen Blodgette and co-choreographed by Valeria Solomonoff and Emily Maltby, will run for two weeks from November 13-24.Gotay is a City Center alum who appeared earlier this year in the Encores! production of Call Me Madam. He has been seen on Broadway in Bring It On The Musical and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and off-Broadway in The Anthem and F#%king Up Everything.Gotay joins a previously announced cast that includes Solea Pfeiffer as Eva and Maia Reficco as Young Eva, along with Philip Hernandez as Magaldi and Enrique Acevedo as Perón, with an ensemble comprising Sergio Martín Almirón, Fabio Angelo, Isa Antonetti, Leah Barsky, Kristina Bermudez, Edgar Cavazos, Alexander Gil Cruz, Rebecca Eichenberger, Jennifer Florentino, David Michael Garry, Mariano Loguidice, Robin Masella, Phoebe Garcia Pearl, Patricia Phillips, Guillermina Quiroga, Maria Cristina Slye, Lucas Thompson, Daniel Torres and Ricardo A. Zayas.Cannold’s vision for Evita uses dynamic visual storytelling and an original approach to excavate new depths within Webber and Rice’s text, with Reficco playing Perón from ages 15-20 and Pfeiffer portraying her from ages 20-33. View Comments
Scouts from the area have collected supplies to donate to the SMSD Department of Family Services and Shawnee Mission Area Council PTA Clothing Exchange. Photo credit Lynne Milum.SMAC Clothing Exchange is happening today. The Shawnee Mission Area Council’s Clothing Exchange is set for Wednesday. The exchange takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at the SM Early Childhood Center, 6701 W. 83rd St., Overland Park. Entry is at Door #7. Several groups and schools have donated hundreds of new pajamas, and each child within SMSD can receive five new pairs of socks and underwear per semester. Identification with proof of address will be needed to ensure that the Shawnee Mission community is being served.
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Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave [email protected] MPP-Dairy margin improvesThe increase in the U.S. average milk price coincided with small declines in average feedstuff prices used in MPP-Dairy margin calculations.The U.S. average price for corn received by growers was down 2 cents from May, to $3.43 per bushel. At $300.72, soybean meal was down $6.91 per ton, and alfalfa hay averaged $152 per ton, $3 off May’s eight-month high. The overall feed cost was $7.97 per cwt of milk sold, down about 11 cents from May (Table 2).advertisementSubtracted from the average milk price, the June MPP-Dairy income margin was $9.33 per cwt, up about 71 cents from May.The June MPP-Dairy calculations are the second half of two-month factors used to determine potential payments for the May-June pay period. The two-month margin average was $8.97 per cwt, meaning no MPP-Dairy indemnity payment will be made.As of July 31, the Program on Dairy Markets and Policy projected monthly MPP-Dairy margins to incrementally rise during the next several months, hitting $10 per cwt in August and peaking at about $11 per cwt in October and November. Although conditions may change, those margins are well above MPP-Dairy indemnity payment triggers.While the current MPP-Dairy pogram runs through the end of next year, an amendment included in a fiscal year (FY) 2018 agricultural spending bill could provide a head start for changes in the next farm bill.The start date to select MPP-Dairy coverage for calendar year 2018 has been delayed until Sept. 1, running through Dec. 15, 2017. Dairy producers will receive an enrollment reminder notice from USDA’s Farm Service Agency national office. Farmers must complete and submit form CCC-782 to their FSA county office during the period. The USDA’s monthly Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) calculations showed a slight improvement in June. Milk and feed futures prices point to continued improvement through the remainder of the year. June milk prices tick upwardJune 2017’s U.S. average milk price of $17.30 per hundredweight (cwt) was up just 60 cents from May, but up $2.50 compared to June 2016, according to the USDA’s monthly Ag Prices report. The January-June 2017 average of $17.58 cwt is $2.28 per cwt more than the same period a year earlier.advertisementadvertisementAmong individual major states (Table 1), Arizona and Oregon (each up $1), Washington (up 90 cents) and Pennsylvania and Kansas (up 80 cents) saw the largest increases compared to May. Only Idaho saw a price decline. Compared to a year earlier, June 2017 milk prices were up $3 or more per cwt in Illinois, Iowa, Oregon, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Pitcher Ryoju Kihara has struggled in the inaugural season of the Israeli Baseball League. The right-hander, who pitches for the Netanya Tigers, has a 24.79 ERA in four appearances (one start). He’s worked four innings and allowed 11 runs on six hits, walked nine and struck out none through Thursday’s games. Kihara, a native of Hiroshima, resides in Yokohama. The six-team IBL began its season in late June.