Video of Dubai ruling family’s only female pilot flying Emirates plane goes viral

The video was posted on Instagram on Tuesday by Sheikha Shamsa Al-Maktoum, showing her cousin Sheikha Moza Al-Maktoum in the pilot seat with the aircraft speaker in hand. (Screen grab)
Updated 26 September 2018
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Video of Dubai ruling family’s only female pilot flying Emirates plane goes viral

DUBAI:  A video of a member of the Dubai royal family addressing passengers as she flies an Emirates aircraft to Italy has gone viral on social media.

The video was posted on Instagram on Tuesday by Sheikha Shamsa Al-Maktoum, showing her cousin Sheikha Moza Al-Maktoum in the pilot seat with the aircraft speaker in hand.

“Good morning ladies and gentlemen, this is first officer Moza Al-Maktoum speaking,” she said. “We are currently cruising at an altitude of 35,000 feet and will descending to Milan airport shortly.”

The video gained over 70,000 views, with followers applauding her as “inspirational for the young Emiratis.”

Sheikha Mozah carried out her first assigned flight as a commercial pilot in February 2017. 


Two get life sentence in S.Africa ‘cannibalism case’

Updated 13 December 2018
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Two get life sentence in S.Africa ‘cannibalism case’

  • Police refused to believe his claims until he took them to a house where more body parts were found
JOHANNESBURG: Two South African men accused of cannibalism were given life sentences for murder on Wednesday, with the judge saying they were guilty of “the most heinous crime,” local media reported.
Sitting at the Pietermaritzburg High Court, judge Peter Olsen sentenced Nino Mbatha, 33, and Lungisani Magubane, 32, to life in prison for the killing of Zanele Hlatshwayo last year, the Witness newspaper said.
Mbatha, a traditional healer, was arrested after handing himself in at a police station in Estcourt, a town in KwaZulu-Natal province.
He was carrying a bag containing a human leg and a hand, telling officers he was “tired of eating human flesh.”
Police refused to believe his claims until he took them to a house where more body parts were found.
A third man was acquitted on Wednesday. Seven people were initially arrested.
At earlier hearings in Estcourt, angry residents had gathered outside the courthouse to protest against the grisly murder.
South Africa has no direct law against cannibalism, but mutilating a corpse and being in possession of human tissue are criminal offenses.