A man walking on a footbridge to a Detroit Tigers game says he fell 15 feet to the ground when part of the concrete collapsed. Ely Hydes said the incident occurred May 9, but the bridge still was open until The Detroit News reached out to the state Transportation Department on Sunday. The Spruce Street pedestrian bridge is above the Lodge Freeway. Hydes says he was walking to Comerica Park with a friend when “the bridge just collapsed under my feet.” Hydes says he landed about six feet from traffic. He describes himself as a “giant walking bruise.” Hydes says “crazy things” happen to him at baseball games. In 2019, he caught a home run hit by Albert Pujols, the slugger’s 2,000th career RBI.
Sri Lanka’s new prime minister wants to privatize the country’s loss-making national airline as part of reforms aimed at solving the country worst economic crisis in decades. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he plans to propose a special relief budget that will take the place of the development-oriented budget earlier approved for this year. It would channel all funds allocated for infrastructure development to public welfare. He says the country’s financial health is so poor that the government has been forced to print money to pay the salaries of government workers and buy other goods and services. The president appointed Wickremesinghe prime minister last Thursday in a bid to quell the island nation’s political and economic crisis.
Stocks fell in morning trading on Wall Street Monday, continuing a losing streak that has brought the market down for six weeks in a row. The S&P 500 slipped 0.3%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.3%, and the Nasdaq fell 0.3%. Technology stocks led the decline and retailers also fell broadly. Bond yields fell and crude oil prices were relatively stable. Spirit Airlines rose after JetBlue said it would make a hostile offer for the budget carrier after Spirit rebuffed its earlier bid. ManTech surged after investment firm Carlyle Group said it will buy the defense contractor.
A man charged with shooting up a New York City subway train last month in an attack that wounded 10 people has pleaded not guilty to terrorism and other charges. Frank James entered the plea Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. He’s charged with committing a terrorist attack or other violence against a mass transportation system and discharging a firearm during a violent crime. Both counts carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. A lawyer representing James at the time of his arrest cautioned not to rush to judgment.
The CEO of Alaska Airlines says the high level of flight cancellations since April will continue through this month. The Seattle Times reports Ben Minicucci said in a message to employees Thursday evening that stability should return in June. He said the airline has been cancelling about 50 of the 1,200 flights it operates every day. He said Alaska started April and May with 63 fewer pilots than needed to fly the published flight schedule. Management didn’t recognize this shortage until too late. The airline has centralized staff and schedule planning under one team and prioritized hiring, training and recruiting for pilots, flight attendants and other workgroups.
One of the world's biggest airlines and the Mideast's top carrier, Emirates Air, says it lost $1.1 billion in the past fiscal year, but the figure is an 80% improvement from the year before. As Emirates Air claws it way out of the worst of the pandemic, its main hub of Dubai International Airport remains the busiest in international travel. The airline said Friday revenue was up 91%, reaching $16.1 billion. Emirates expects to climb out of the red and see profits this year as it plans to start paying back its shareholder, the Dubai government, some of the $4 billion it threw the airline to stay afloat amid COVID-19 lockdowns.
Hawaiian Airlines is exploring electric aircraft technology with a company based in Boston. Hawaii News Now reports the airline is interested in using the vehicles for travel between Hawaii’s islands. The company called REGENT is designing electric planes called “seagliders” that would each carry up to 100 people. Hawaiian Airlines hasn’t committed to purchasing any aircraft but is exploring the possibility. A news release from REGENT says Hawaiian Airlines agreed to strategically invest to support the initial design of the company’s next-generation seaglider. Hawaiian is the first airline to partner with the company, which hopes to have its Monarch seagliders in the air by 2028.
Three companies that operate more than 600 school buses in New York City are being sued by the state attorney general’s office on allegations they repeatedly violated bus idling laws and polluted the city’s air since 2019. Attorney General Letitia James announced the lawsuit Thursday. She says the state is seeking monetary relief and a court order for the companies to fully comply with city and state idling laws. The companies being sued are Jofaz Transportation, 3rd Avenue Transit and Y&M Transit Corp. No one at the companies could be reached for comment. The lawsuit alleges the companies' buses were left idling longer than state and city laws allow.
A jury in Texas has cleared American Airlines of responsibility for an alleged sexual assault by a celebrity chef it hired against one of its flight attendants. In the verdict Wednesday, jurors in the civil lawsuit concluded that an assault occurred but that Fort Worth, Texas-based American was not at fault. Flight attendant Kimberly Goesling was seeking $25.6 million in damages. The chef, Mark Sargeant, has never been charged with a crime. He reached a confidential settlement with Goesling, who has since retired after 30 years with American.
The European Union will no longer recommend medical masks be worn at airports and on planes starting next week amid the easing of coronavirus restrictions across the bloc. Member states can still require them, however. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said they hoped the decision will mark “a big step forward in the normalization of air travel” for passengers and crews. They said Wednesday that the decision was partly taken due to "the levels of vaccination and naturally acquired immunity." The new recommendations take effect on May 16. Rules for masks may still vary by airline beyond that date if they fly to or from destinations where the rules are different.