22 Ekim 2014 Çarşamba

Death-defying Incidents Edition

turkce links to original Turkish article

(Aksam Newspaper, 22 October 2014)

//ed. note: coincidentally, our editor is currently in Samsun but 
missed the show :( //

action footage Jump! Jump!

Samsun‘da intihar girişimi!
Crowd wanted a suicide leap. Abdullah did not disappoint (but lived).

The incident occurred on Cumhuriyet Boulevard in the Kale neighborhood
of Samsun's Ilkadim district during the evening hours. Abdullah H.I., who
works in a bakery, became despondant when he separated from his
girlfriend.  He hung off the 3rd floor balcony and threated suicide. Police
and rescue teams rushed to the scene and firefighters put an air mattress
underneath Abdullah H.I.

As police tried unsuccessfully to talk him down, Abdullah H.I. demanded
that his girlfriend come to talk to him. Meanwhile, a crowd had gathered
at the scene and began chanting in unison "Jump! Jump!. Evidently
challenged by the chanting, Abdullah H.I. jumped and fell off the side of
the mattress, hitting his head on the ground. He was taken to Samsun
Training and Research Hospital for treatment.

       Ilkadim district is in central Samsun city.

turkce links to original Turkish article

(Hurriyet Newspaper, 22 October 2014)

          "You know how to swim, right?"

As the Turkish Airlines (THY) flight from Athens was descending
to land at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul yesterday a flight
attendant accidentally pushed the wrong announcement button
resulting in the following warning: "we are making an emergency
landing in the sea. Put your seats in an upright position, loosen
your ties and scarves, close your tray tables and open the blinds
on your windows."

Panic among the passengers ensued but abated when the flight
attendant explained that there had been a mistake. Nevertheless,
the passengers did not breathe a sigh of relief until the plane
touched the runway.  One of the passengers, G.A., stated that
after the mis-announcement, the plane circled for 20 minutes
over the Sea of Marmara waiting to land, adding to their anxiety.

G.A. added that "we were in shock. The Turkish passengers were
praying. At this point I came eye to eye with a flight attendant
collecting empty glasses and she just smiled and said there had
been a mistaken announcement. We were white as sheets. Why
didn't they explain to us what had happened?  We all hugged
each other when the plane landed but THY still gave us no
explanation. That was the hardest part to stomach."

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