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The net is closing around the people responsible for the downing of flight MH17. Former Russian soldier Sergej Doebinski was identified on audio recordings as the person who arranged the transport of the BUK missile that shot down the Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine, RTL Nieuws reports.

Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta spoke to the person who identified Doebinski. Doebinski is an old acquaintance of the man and he recognized his voice. At the time of the MH17 disaster, Doebinski was fighting with separatists against the Ukrainian army.

Doebinski's voice was recognized in a recorded telephone conversation in which someone can be heard describing the "beauty" of the BUK missile. Swedish researchers compared that recording with a recent telephone conversation with Doebinski and concluded that it is the same voice.

The person who initially identified the former Russian soldier also told the Novaya Gazeta about a meeting with Doebinski after the MH17 disaster. "'You are  guilty of downing MH17' I said. He waved his arms and said: 'You must not think I did this. It were those freaks from Moscow'." nltimes.nl
American Airlines is taking the rare step of offering a mid-contract raise to its roughly 37,000 pilots and flight attendants after months of simmering tensions about pay rates that lagged behind United and Delta airlines.

The company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that it plans to increase pay rates for flight attendants by an average of about 5 percent, while pilots would see an average bump of 8 percent. 

The unexpected wage increase comes as American Airlines executives attempt to overcome more than a decade of fractured relationships between management and front-line employees. dallasnews.com
Three-foot Simon, destined to be the world’s biggest bunny, died in the cargo section of a Boeing 767 after flying out of Heathrow to a new celebrity owner in the US.

Breeder Annette Edwards, of Stoulton, Worcs, said: “He was fit as a fiddle. I’ve sent rabbits round the world, nothing like this happened.” United’s reputation is at rock bottom after film of a doctor being dragged from a jet went viral.

Edwards, 65, said 3ft Simon, expected to grow to be the world’s biggest rabbit, and was healthy when placed in the cargo hold.

But Simon, heading to a new celebrity owner in the US, was found dead after the Boeing 767-300 landed at O’Hare — the airport where a doctor was violently dragged off a UA plane.

Annette said: “Simon had a vet’s check-up three hours before the flight and was fit as a fiddle.

“Something very strange has happened and I want to know what. I’ve sent rabbits all around the world and nothing like this has happened before." foxnews.com
It was around sunset on Easter Sunday, April 16, when Brad Jones took his DJI Inspire 2 out for a flight in front of his home. Jones hoped, as he does on most nights, to capture some of the forested and hilly scenery in the environs of his hometown, Oliver Springs, Tennessee—about 30 miles west of Knoxville.

He flew back westward. He had just switched the drone’s camera mode from video to taking still photos in RAW format.

“I took two pictures, then I heard the gunshot, and all of a sudden my drone started spiraling down—I’m sitting there trying to keep it aloft and there was no lift.”

A nearby neighbor, who was also in the front of his own home, turned to Jones and exclaimed: “That hit it! You just got shot! It’s going to crash!”

Indeed, Jones watched as his beloved drone came plummeting straight down onto the property of the Coalfield Seventh Day Adventist Church—right next to a neighbor’s home, where young children were playing in the backyard.

“It didn’t hit the ground as hard as it could have,” Jones said. “When it hit, it broke the left landing gear arm, snapped the molding off the Inspire. But it was still running. Didn’t damage batteries, rotors were intact. Everything was fine, except the left rear motor with a bullet hole in it.”

Jones became the fourth reported drone shooting incident that Ars has been made aware of in nearly two years. arstechnica.com
Dr. David Dao, whose forcible removal from an overbooked United Airlines flight unleashed a PR maelstrom for the carrier, was "aggressive" and "flailing his arms" as he fought with officers. That's according to incident reports filed by the Chicago aviation officers who dragged him from the plane.

The reports, released on Monday in response to Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Los Angeles Times and others, show that the officers portrayed a significantly different version of events from those depicted in videos Dao's fellow passengers filmed on their cellphones.

Two of the aviation officers' reports blame Dao for his injuries. One, filed by an officer named James Long, alleges: “the subject started swinging his arms up and down with a closed fist. Ofc. Long was able to grab the subject and pull him away from the window seat towards the aisle. But suddenly the subject started flailing and fighting.”

According to Long, it was Dao knocking the officer’s arm away, “which caused the subject to fall, hit, and injured his mouth on the armrest on the other side of the aisle.” time.com
Chain mail was an essential tool for medieval warriors hoping to avoid a quick (or slow) death by a sword. But NASA engineers hope a similar material, with a few modern upgrades, could prove to be just as useful for spacecraft and astronauts looking to survive the rigors of outer space.

The biggest improvement NASA has made in its twenty-first century version of chain mail, developed by a team led by Raul Polit Casillas at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is how it’s manufactured. Instead of a medieval blacksmith spending weeks painstakingly connecting tiny loops of metal, one by one, the material shown above and below is 3D printed by a machine, which means it could be produced as needed on the space station, or on other off-Earth habitats, depending on where we travel in the coming decades.

But the ease of manufacturing isn’t the only reason this new material could one day be an essential tool for space exploration. Both sides of the metallic fabric have been engineered for very specific, and different, uses. The top, which looks like a mosaic of shiny metal tiles, is able to reflect light and serve as a form of passive heat management. The other side, which looks more like traditional medieval chain mail, can absorb heat instead, allowing it to serve as insulation. gizmodo.com
The ‘Manhattan’ luxury jet channels 1920s american glamour while drawing inspiration from the art deco movement. Created by The Embraer’s vice president of interior design, Jay Beever, in collaboration with former Disney ‘imagineer’, Eddie Sotto, this airplane concept embodies deco-sophistication. The ‘Manhattan’s’ dark blue exterior mimics the style of a pinstripe suit, looking right at home soaring above the New York city skyline.

The Embraer ‘Manhattan’ business jet’s deep mahogany wooden panels, brass and gold trim, and rich jewel hues provide the backdrop for the interior. Artwork in the entryway includes a distinctive metallic mural, reminiscent of the iconic art deco mural in The Empire State building.

Guests can meet in the ‘cloud club’, a  luxury lounge with décor inspired by the chrysler building. The club features a cosmopolitan style bar with retractable bar stools, vintage sconces and a mohair / lambskin divan. A note-worthy feature of this space is the panoramic city loft window inspired by jean-michel frank’s minimalist designs. designboom.com