Egypt Air denies ‘snake on board’ claims

A screengrab from a video alleging to show a snake hanging from the plane’s ceiling. (Courtesy of Youtube)
Updated 18 March 2018

Egypt Air denies ‘snake on board’ claims

CAIRO: Egypt Air has denied news reports claiming that a snake has attacked a passenger boarding its Saturday flight from Cairo to Kuwait.
The Egyptian national carrier released a statement on Sunday denouncing the reports as “baseless,” noting that there had been a similar incident on the airliner back in 2012.
Several news outlets in Egypt have quoted a Kuwaiti newspaper report that published a video alleging to show a snake hanging from the plane’s ceiling.

The report by Kuwait’s Al-Anba Newspaper claimed the reptile had bitten a passenger on board, forcing the plane en route to Kuwait to revert back to Egypt for an emergency landing at Hurghada airport, about an hour after taking off.
Al-Anba alleged a number of passengers were surprised by the presence of a “poisonous Cobra on the plane, which caused fear and panic. It also reported one passenger was stabbed before they succeeded in killing the snake.
In a statement, Egypt Air urged all media outlets to rely on the company’s official statements regarding issues similar to this incident.


Alaska man discovers 50-year-old message in bottle from Russian Navy

Updated 19 August 2019

Alaska man discovers 50-year-old message in bottle from Russian Navy

  • Then Russian Navy Capt. Anatolii Prokofievich Botsanenko wrote the letter when he was a 36-year-old aboard the Sulak
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska.
Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage, television station KTUU reported.
“I was just looking for firewood when I found the bottle,” Tyler Ivanoff said. “When I found the bottle, I had to use a screwdriver to get the message out.”
Ivanoff shared his discovery on Facebook where Russian speakers translated the message to be a greeting from a Cold War Russian sailor dated June 20, 1969. The message included an address and a request for a response from the person who finds it.
Reporters from the state-owned Russian media network, Russia-1, tracked down the original writer, Capt. Anatolii Prokofievich Botsanenko, KTUU reported.
He was skeptical he wrote the note until he saw his signature on the bottom.
“There — exactly!” he exclaimed.
The message was sent while the then 36-year-old was aboard the Sulak, Botsanenko said. Botsanenko shed tears when the Russian television reporter told him the Sulak was sold for scrap in the 1990s.
Botsanenko also showed the reporter some souvenirs from his time on the ship, including the autograph of the wife of a famous Russian spy and Japanese liquor bottles, the latter kept over his wife’s protests.
Ivanoff’s discovery of the bottle was first reported by Nome radio station KNOM.