WATCH: Middle East Airlines pilot pulls off spectacular Heathrow landing during storm Ciara

WATCH: Middle East Airlines pilot pulls off spectacular Heathrow landing during storm Ciara
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Updated 10 February 2020

WATCH: Middle East Airlines pilot pulls off spectacular Heathrow landing during storm Ciara

WATCH: Middle East Airlines pilot pulls off spectacular Heathrow landing during storm Ciara

LONDON: A Middle East Airlines (MEA) pilot has been praised for a spectaclar landing at London's Heathrow Airport during the height of a major storm. 

Video shows the aircraft being buffeted by the winds as it approached the tarmac.

 

The landing on Sunday came as the UK and Europe were blasted by at times hurricane force winds from storm Ciara.

While many flights were cancelled and diverted, others were given the go ahead to attempt the landing at Heathrow. Videos showed some aircraft being forced to perform a go around just as they reached the runway due to the strong gusts.

Twitter users reacted with amazement at the pilot's skill in bringing the aircraft from Lebanon's national flag carrier on to the runway.

"Amazing skills for this #MEA pilot," one user tweeted. "Hopefully our new government will manage a similar skillful landing," he added, referring to the new administration in Lebanon, attempting to deal with an economic crisis and mass protests.

 


Lion cub Simba born in Singapore via artificial insemination

Lion cub Simba born in Singapore via artificial insemination
Updated 26 January 2021

Lion cub Simba born in Singapore via artificial insemination

Lion cub Simba born in Singapore via artificial insemination
  • It is rare for lions to be conceived through artificial insemination
  • Singapore’s new cub, named after the main character in Disney’s ‘The Lion King’

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Zoo has welcomed a lion cub named Simba to its animal kingdom following artificial insemination that officials said Tuesday was a first for the city-state.
It is rare for lions to be conceived through artificial insemination, with the procedure first carried out successfully in 2018 — resulting in two cubs in South Africa.
Lion populations in the wild have plummeted more than 40 percent over the past two decades, with about 23,000 to 39,000 mature animals left, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
It lists lions as vulnerable.
Singapore’s new cub, named after the main character in Disney’s “The Lion King,” was conceived with semen from an elderly African lion.
The father Mufasa, who also takes his name from the animated film, was in poor health and did not survive the procedure, the zoo said.
Simba, who was born in October, is being cared for by his mother Kayla and zookeepers, and is “healthy and inquisitive,” officials said.
A video showed Simba being fed from a bottle and playing with a ball.