The Brazilian government came under fierce attack yesterday after the worst air disaster in Brazilian history claimed an estimated 200 lives when an Airbus-320 passenger plane landed at Sao Paulo's domestic airport, ran out of control after touching down, shot off the runway and over a busy road before smashing into a warehouse and exploding.
Yesterday, as authorities struggled to identify severely burned bodies pulled from the wreckage, aviation experts and relatives of victims accused the government of not acting to close the airport, where the runway has been repeatedly criticised as dangerously short. According to the Brazilian press the runway was recently reopened after repairs but had not yet been 'grooved', a measure that helps pilots reduce a plane's speed - The Guardian
Network Rail's chief executive blamed the extreme weather conditions - a hurricane in January and floods in recent weeks - for widespread delays on the network. The company's annual general meeting in Manchester yesterday heard that adverse weather increased delays to train services - a total of 10.5m minutes - last year, according to outgoing chief executive, John Armitt - The Guardian
Forecasters are warning of further flash flooding with torrential downpours expected to hit Britain in the coming days. The alert came as residents were evacuated from one street in Filey, North Yorks, yesterday following a flood - The Telegraph
The administrator to Metronet, the company responsible for upgrading two-thirds of London Underground, has been forced to borrow 'many hundreds of millions of pounds' to keep the Tube network operating - The Telegraph
Britain was turned into island by an enormous flood that opened the Channel and changed the course of history, scientists have discovered. Between 450,000 and 200,000 years ago, a natural land dam at the Strait of Dover failed, sending a wall of water surging into the once dry basin that is now the Channel bed, with at least 10 times the destructive power of the Indian Ocean tsunami, redrawing the map of Europe - The Times
The world's biggest nuclear power station stands directly above an active earthquake fault line, which provoked an atomic spill this week, seismologists revealed yesterday. The disclosure that the Kashiwazaki plant was prone to further earthquake damage threw Japan's nuclear industry into crisis as seismologists recommended that up to a third of the country's 55 atomic power stations should be closed for inspection - The Times
The steel manufacturer Corus announced plans yesterday to cut almost 100 jobs. The Corus Packaging Plus (CPP) works in Trostre, Llanelli, has announced a 120,000 tonnes capacity reduction after a review of its manufacturing configuration - The Independent