April 24, 2009

Delta flight to Tel Aviv emergency lands in Boston

Per WCVB-5 in Boston, Delta Flight 086 bound from JFK Airport in New York to Tel Aviv, Israel, sustained an emergency landing at Logan Airport in Boston after a passenger apparently tried to break into the cabin area.

A passenger on the plane, @TalKeinan, provided the first tweets on this incident.

  1. Tal Keinan
    TalKeinan Just experienced my first emergency landing during my flight back to tel aviv
  2. Tal Keinan
    TalKeinan We were landed in Boston. Rumors is the plane are suggesting that someone tried to force himself into the pilot cabin.

WCVB-TV in Boston provided one of the first media reports on the incident, shortly after the @TalKeinan tweets, and it didn't take long for its reports to reach Twitter.

  1. Chris Conte
    chrisconte Breaking News: Delta Flight to Tel Aviv diverted to Logan after man tries to get in cockpit. Stay with NewsCenter 5 for updates...
  2. Alyfoley
    Alyfoley Someone tried to break into the cockpit of a delta flight from JFK to Tel Aviv( Isreal) and it landed at Logan #wackjob #wcvb ch 5 #delta

@TalKeinan also provided this update soon after his initial tweets.

  1. Tal Keinan
    TalKeinan News update from Delta flight 086. 5 guys were able to stop a crazy dude from enetring the pilot cabin.


Featured TwitPic: Furry visitor at campground in Maasai Mara, Kenya

"What's black and white and visiting my tent?" (Posted by @katyleakey, Maasai Mara, Kenya)


Jacob Zuma elected president of South Africa

Per Telegraph.co.uk,, Jacob Zuma, leader of the African National Congress (ANC) is in fact the next president of South Africa. According to the Telegraph, "Zuma delighted thousands of revellers gathered outside the party's headquarters at Luthuli House in Johannesburg by dancing and singing with an energy that belied his 67 years."

Twitterers are expressing their thoughts on Zuma's latest victory.

  1. Louise Stoch
    LouiseStoch (Cape Town, South Africa) Ok....i guess we all have to face the fact... Jacob Zuma... is the new president...awesome. at least the western cape gets DA
  2. Mischa Franco
    8mischa8 (Cape Town, South Africa) Its a long weeeekend!!!!! Thank the heavens for public holidays! But thank hell for Jacob Zuma!
  3. Jennifer
    jenstjarnstrom (Undisclosed) Jacob Zuma (educate yourself) have been married at least 4 times, and has 18 kids w/ 7 different women. WOW.
  4. paulfreathy
    paulfreathy (South Africa) According to BBC British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called Jacob Zuma to congratulate him. Oh dear!
  5. Chris Terry
    CTerry1985 (Weymouth, England) Zuma Fact 1: Jacob Zuma was once on trial for rape. He was acquitted.
  6. Alec Schley
    aschley84 (Boston, Mass.) Disturbed but not surprised by the fact that Jacob Zuma is now President of South Africa. Are other people following the RSA election?


Swine flu sparks fears of epidemic

Per the Guadalajara Reporter, at least 16 people have died among 60 confirmed cases of swine flu in Mexico, sparking fears of a larger epidemic. There have also been several confirmed cases of swine flu in the southern United States.

According to the article, Mexican Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova says the virus is believed to have "mutated from pigs and then at some point was transmitted to humans."

Some have been turning to Twitter about the news.

  1. Daphne Fullerton
    circlecf (Ennis, Texas) The current Swine Flu announcements are a very good use of the Twitter system! Rapid updates for an evolving infection outbreak.
  2. Recessionista
    NouveauCheap (San Diego, Calif.) Can someone in the twitterverse talk me down about swine flu? Seriously, being in San Diego, I'm afraid to leave my house now.
  3. AJ Habeeb
    AJ_The_Man (West Chester, Pa.) actly using Twitter for work! RT @CDCemergency CDC press conf rt now on Investig Human Cases of Swine Flu. Listen live http://bit.ly/bRQSG
  4. Chris Harrison
    Jabberwocky (Waipahu, Hawaii) First tweet of the day and I wanna make it good. New strain of swine flu discovered in Mexico. Don't even wanna know how you catch that.
  5. Tanya
    T_Sila (Undisclosed) wow, like five recent tweets on this Mexican swine flu outbreak.

A number of Twitterers in California, Texas and Mexico have voiced fear about the spread of swine flu:

  1. sue blunt
    blunt64 (California) SWINE FLU??????omg 60 people dead from it ?????should i even send my kid to school???????????
  2. Kristy H.
    KristyKitten (Solana Beach, Calif.) Ahhh, really not liking that San Diego is so close to Mexico right now. 60 dead from swine flu: http://tinyurl.com/c6sv6x
  3. Noah Brimhall
    nbrimhall (Guadalajara, Mexico) @LaChilangabacha I first thought "Swine flu, yeah right", but now that there might be 60 deaths, I'll just try not to freak out.
  4. Mauricio Manrique
    fremmedgorelse (Monterrey, Mexico) Swine flu kill 60 people in Mexico!? OMG haven't realised it was that dangerous!
  5. Brant Walker
    brant (San Diego, Calif.) ok, 4 people in San Diego have been infected with Swine Flu. [Expletive].
  6. Shirley Y. Jinkins
    shirlscribe (El Paso, Texas) Winding down the week, won't worry about the economy, swine flu, global warming, or the dreaded 2012. Nostradamus, take yourself a hike!


Minor earthquakes strike Los Angeles area

Per the Los Angeles Times, three small earthquakes shook Orange County, California, on Thursday evening, with most of the action around Los Angeles suburb Yorba Linda. The quakes registered at 3.8, 4.0, and 3.0 on the Richter Scale, per the Times.

Twitterers in Yorba Linda were quite active.

  1. Dan Edmunds
    actual_size (Yorba Linda, Calif.) Just had another earthquake here in yorba Linda. That's four in four hours, ranging from 3.0 to 4.0. Can we be done, please?
  2. anthony valverde
    thonynyc (Yorba Linda, Calif.) ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE !!! GOD SAVE ME I HATE CALI I HATE CALi
  3. Sondra Nason
    thepixelmom (Yorba Linda, Calif.) oh poop!!! another earthquake in yorba linda!! My 5 yo is even more freaked out!
  4. Kristi Davis
    KristiBug (Yorba Linda, Calif.) Was that another earthquake? *laughs nervously* I'm going crazy now

Some managed to mix local sporting events, a National Hockey League playoff game and Major League Baseball game, into their earthquake tweets.

  1. Sam Song
    Artisanwarrior (Irvine, Calif.) Did u feel it? Earthquake at Angels Stadium
  2. SheraP
    FeistyRedheadHB (Huntington Beach, Calif.) EARTHQUAKE!!!! That [expletive] is scary when youre in an arena full of people watching a hockey game!!!!
  3. Tyler Hill
    anaheimrules (Anaheim, Calif.) We just had an earthquake and the ducks scored
  4. Jared Head
    jaredhead (Downey, Calif.) Angels win! Hahaha! I was sitting editing and the Yorba Linda earthquake starting rolling our room. "Hey guys! It's like we're on a boat!"