Egyptian pilot becomes first female Arab to fly A380

Captain Nevin Darwish (R) and First Officer Alia Al Muhairi (L) pose for a photo. (Photo Courtesy: Emirates Airline)
Updated 08 March 2017

Egyptian pilot becomes first female Arab to fly A380

DUBAI: Emirates Airline celebrated International Women’s Day by posting a video of Egyptian Captain Nevin Darwish, the first Arab female to pilot the world’s largest commercial aircraft.
The video shows Darwish flying the Airbus A380 from Dubai to Vienna, flanked by Emirati First Officer Alia Al Muhairi.
In the video, Al Muhairi calls Captain Darwish “a wonderful role model,” adding “she’s an inspiration to all young pilots around the world.
“With such a great attitude, and such a wonderful perspective on things, to see her come every day to work, with the same motivation as if it was her first flight.”
The footage garnered thousands of comments and was posted a day ahead of March 8, International Women’s Day.


Taj Mahal damaged in deadly India thunderstorm

Updated 31 May 2020

Taj Mahal damaged in deadly India thunderstorm

  • India’s top tourist attraction has been shut since mid-March as part of measures to try and combat the coronavirus pandemic

AGRA, India: A deadly thunderstorm that rolled across parts of northern India damaged sections of the Taj Mahal complex, including the main gate and a railing running below its five lofty domes, officials said Sunday.
One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, India’s top tourist attraction has been shut since mid-March as part of measures to try and combat the coronavirus pandemic.
AFP images showed workers assessing the railing of the main mausoleum, after the storm on Friday night battered Agra city in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
“One sandstone railing which was a part of the original structure has been damaged,” Superintending Archaeologist of the Archaeological Survey of India, Vasant Kumar Swarnkar, said.
“One marble railing which was a later addition, a false ceiling in the tourist holding area and the base stone of the main gate has also been damaged.”
He added there was no damage to the main structure of the monument to love — built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth in 1631.
Local media reports said thunderstorms and lightning on Friday killed at least 13 people in two Uttar Pradesh districts.
Fatal lightning strikes are relatively common during the June-October monsoon season.
Last year, at least 150 people were killed by lightning in August and September in Madhya Pradesh state in central India.