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EasyJet flight hit by lightning after leaving Edinburgh

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 06:02

An easyJet flight was struck by lightning as it flew from Edinburgh to London Stansted.

The airline said the safety of the EZY238 flight was not compromised during the incident on Wednesday afternoon.

EasyJet said its aircraft are equipped to safely withstand lightning and the aircraft landed safely with no reports of any injuries.

The flight back to Edinburgh (EZY239) was delayed while engineers checked the aircraft before it departed.

It was scheduled to leave at 7.30pm but departed just after 10pm on Wednesday, arriving in the Scottish capital at around 11pm.

An easyJet spokesman said: "EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY239 from London Stansted to Edinburgh was delayed due to the aircraft being hit by lightning on its previous sector.

"The aircraft is equipped to safely withstand lightning and at no point was the safety of the flight compromised. In line with our procedures, engineers undertook inspections following the aircraft landing.

"We would like to apologise to passengers for any inconvenience. EasyJet operates it fleet of aircraft in strict compliance with all regulations. The safety of its passengers and crew is the airline's highest priority."

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Plane drops 500ft after ice nearly stalls engine mid-air

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 00:01

A pilot had to take emergency action after a plane nearly stalled mid-air due to ice rapidly forming on its wing.

The Sumburgh-bound flight took off from Edinburgh Airport with 33 passengers on board.

During the climb, the Saab-Scania went through some cloud and hit light turbulence.

This then intensified and ice began to quickly form on the upper wing of the plane, causing a performance loss.

The stick shaker, which warns the pilots of an imminent stall, activated three times before the co-pilot brought the flight into a descent of 500ft in order to pick up speed.

After this, the plane regained its normal position and carried on its journey without any further issue.

The incident - from just after 2pm on June 5, 2017 - has been reported in the latest Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) bulletin.

In its paper, the AAIB said: "Safety action is being taken by the European Aviation Safety Agency, the operator and the manufacturer to implement an improvement that would address concerns about repeated activation of the stick shaker in the latter stages of an approach."

There were no injuries as a result of the incident.

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Site of Cockenzie power station purchased by council

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 16:57

East Lothian Council has bought the site of Cockenzie Power Station after the iconic building was demolished in 2015.

An agreement was reached with Scottish Power which allowed the the site to be transferred to the local authority on Wednesday.

The power stations's two 500ft-tall chimneys dominated the skyline until they were brought down in a controlled explosion.

Thousands of spectators gathered to watch the chimney stacks come down in September 2015, after the plant was decommissioned.

The council said it will market the site for commercial purposes, with office buildings, landscaped areas and an "energy quarter" among plans for the future.

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Depute council leader Norman Hampshire said: "I am delighted at this outcome.

"This is a key site of huge importance to the economic future of East Lothian and for the communities that surround it.

"The council has been actively involved in discussions around the future of the site for a number of years now, since it became clear that Cockenzie Power Station was to be decommissioned and that plans for a gas-fired station would not be going ahead."

Lee Warren, head of thermal generation at Scottish Power, said: "Scottish Power is pleased to have completed the sale of the former Cockenzie power station site after several months of positive discussions with East Lothian Council.

"ScottishPower will work closely with East Lothian Council to ensure arrangements are finalised for the ongoing maintenance and management of the assets it continues to be responsible for associated with the Musselburgh Lagoons."

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Rail line blocked by overhanging snowdrifts for two days

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 16:04

A rail line in East Lothian has been blocked by overhanging snowdrifts for two days.

The line near North Berwick has been disrupted since services resumed on Monday.

Network Rail said the snowdrifts were overhanging the railway cutting, where the tracks run below ground level.

The snowdrifts are very unstable and could potentially fall and block trains.

Engineers have been working to clear the snow and hope to plough and reopen the line later on Wednesday.

Services from Edinburgh have been terminating at Drem while the tracks have been blocked.

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Hibernian: Neil Lennon says his legacy will not be determined by derby results

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 15:43
Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon says league positions are more important to him than individual derby results ahead of Hearts' visit.
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Highly respected placemaking and transport expert appointed to lead major Capital transformation project

City of Edinburgh Council - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 14:16
One of Scotland's leading placemaking and transport experts has been appointed to head up a major city centre transformation project for the Capital. 
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Power station site

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 13:58
Cockenzie, which generated 150 terawatt hours of electricity in its lifetime, was decommissioned in March 2013.
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Leith trams survey questions the need for extension

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 13:27
Councillors want to extend the Edinburgh trams to Newhaven to cope with rising resident numbers.
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CCTV appeal after 'violent and unprovoked' attack on man

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:19

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to trace following a "violent and unprovoked" attack in Falkirk.

The incident took place on Princes Street, near the junction with Park Street, around 12.15am on Sunday, December 3 last year.

A 27-year-old man was punched in the face, leaving him with serious injuries which required hospital treatment.

Police say the man shown in the CCTV image may be able to help with their investigation.

He is described as being around 20-years-old, around 6ft tall and wore a grey Fred Perry top with a blue and red trim.

Detective constable Carolyn Alexander, from Falkirk CID, said: "This was a violent and unprovoked attack and we are keen to trace the man pictured.

"I would ask anyone who recognises him and can help us trace his current whereabouts to get in touch.

"Equally if the man pictured sees this appeal we would urge him to contact officers as soon as possible."

Information can contact Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident number 117 of December 3, 2017.

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NHS Fife boss suspended pending investigation

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:03
The chief operating officer in charge of acute services at NHS Fife is understood to have been absent from his post since November 2017.
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Trams to Newhaven: Public consultation

City of Edinburgh Council - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 06:00
Members of the public, businesses and a wide range of stakeholders will help shape plans for taking trams to Newhaven, should the project be approved by Council later this year.
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Tram to Newhaven: Public consultation

City of Edinburgh Council - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 06:00
Members of the public, businesses and a wide range of stakeholders will help shape plans for taking the tram to Newhaven, should the project be approved by Council later this year.
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Funeral to be held for skeletons discovered in Edinburgh playground

City of Edinburgh Council - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:24
A funeral service will be held for a series of 17th Century plague victims discovered underneath an Edinburgh playground.
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Hearts: Swedish goalkeeper Viktor Noring leaves club

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 17:26
Goalkeeper Viktor Noring has departed Hearts by mutual consent, the Tynecastle club have confirmed.
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John Hardie: Scotland would have been 'silly' not to recall flanker - Mike Blair

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 15:08
Scotland would have been foolish to ignore John Hardie after his return from a ban, says assistant coach Mike Blair.
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Juan Pablo Socino: Edinburgh sign Argentina & Newcastle back for next season

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 13:25
Versatile Argentina and Newcastle back Juan Pablo Socino will join Edinburgh on a two-year contract this summer.
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John Hardie: Scotland flanker recalled to Six Nations squad after three-month ban

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:20
John Hardie is called into Scotland's Six Nations squad for the first time since serving a ban for alleged cocaine use, with nine other players also added.
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Praise for winter weather efforts as normal service resumes

City of Edinburgh Council - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 16:28
As business begins to return to usual after days of heavy snow and freezing temperatures, Council leaders have praised those working to keep the city moving during this period.
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Your pictures of Scotland: 23 February to 2 March

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 13:45
A selection of your pictures of Scotland sent in between 23 February and 2 March.
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Efforts to keep Edinburgh moving during severe weather

City of Edinburgh Council - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 15:46
Staff from across the Council have been working to deliver essential services, despite severe weather and an amber warning for snow.
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