Christchurch, New Zealand
A man opened fire in two New Zealand mosques, killing 49 and injuring at least 40 others. The attack, which is the worst situation of mass murder in New Zealand’s modern history, was orchestrated by 23-year-old Brenton Harrison Tarrant, an Australian citizen, who has since been arrested and charged with murder. Three others were arrested in relation to the attack, but one has since been released.
Original article by Richard Perez-Pena, March 15, 2019. The New York Times.
After the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 plane crashed in Ethiopia, killing 157 passengers, experts suggest the plane’s stabilizers were tilted upward, which would have forced down the nose of the jet. This was the same issue connected with the crash of the Lion Air flight that killed 189 people in October 2018. This suggests both planes had a problem with a newly installed automated system intended to prevent a stall. The investigation has just begun, so new theories may arise.
Original article by Jack Nicas, Thomas Kaplan and James Glanz, March 15, 2019. The New York Times.
A pedestrian bridge collapsed, killing at least five people and injuring at least 36 people, with some in serious condition. The bridge connected a road to a train station, and some drivers whose vehicles were under the bridge when it collapsed are among those injured. Some minor damage to the 39-year-old bridge was discovered in an audit conducted last year, but the damages were not xed prior to the collapse.
Original article by The Associated Press, March 14, 2019. The New York Times.