5 Mart 2016 Cumartesi

Sledgehammer Remembrance; Stinging Butterfly

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 5 March 2016)

Düşen THY uçağı hostesin mezar taşı oldu
  A not-so-subtle reminder of the cause of death.

The Aşiyan cemetery in Istanbul is home to one of the most
interesting gravestones in the world.  The grave is that of Rona
Altınay, who was a flight attendant on the Turkish Airlines (THY)
DC-10 that crashed in France in 1974. She was one of the 345
people who lost their lives that day.

Altınay's grave has a marble model of a DC-10 type airplane
in nose-down crash configuration and the words "Hostes Rona
Altınay' are written on the body of the plane.  Written on the wings
of the plane model are the birth and death dates of Altınay, and
the THY emblem is on the tail.

Kerem Gök (whose surname means 'sky'!) took a photograph of
the headstone for his book "Airplane Crashes of Importance in
Turkish Civil Aviation History".  The 'Ankara'-named THY DC-10
had 335 passengers and 11 crew members on board when it crashed
after take-off from Paris Orly Aiport en route to London on 3 March
1974. There were no survivors.

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     May she rest in peace.

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 5 March 2016)

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    This time, the 'butterfly effect' hurt!

Egyptian tourist Yehia Elsayed Abdelailim Aly (23) came for a
vacation with his friends to Fethiye district of Muğla province.
Yesterday, Aly and two of his friends decided to descend 400
meters into Kelebek Vadisi (Butterfly Valley).  However, Aly
lost his balance on the path and plunged down 20 meters into a

UMKE (rescue) and Gendarmerie teams were dispatched to
rescue Aly, who could not walk because of broken bones.  The
rescuers descended into the crevice by ropes and the nail-biting
rescue effort began.  Because of the steepness of the crevice,
the team decided to take Aly down to the valley floor.

Setting up relay points on the rocks, the rescuers carried the
injured man on a stretcher for 2 kilometers to the Kelebek Vadisi
beach.  There, Aly was put on a tourist boat and taken to Öludeniz,
where an ambulance awaited him.  The rescue took 5 hours.

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