Business Omaha airport reopens after Southwest Airlines plane goes off runwayDavid Oliver•A Southwest Airlines plane went off the runway Friday after landing at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, resulting in the airport’s closure and the suspension of all flights.The airport reopened late Friday following the closure, with a statement on Twitter warning there would be continued flight delays.”Initial reports indicate Southwest flight #1643, a Boeing 737-800, traveling from Las Vegas to Omaha, slid onto a runway overrun area after landing and while taxiing to the terminal,” Southwest confirmed to USA TODAY in a statement.Omaha was the final destination for all passengers.The airport tweeted a statement about the incident.”A Southwest Airlines aircraft is off the end of Runway 14R after landing at Eppley Airfield. There are no injuries and airport fire crews are working with Southwest to deplane the passengers and take them to the terminal,” the airport wrote.Start the day smarter: Get USA TODAY’s Daily Briefing in your inboxNational flight update: Snow: Flight cancellations now stretch into SundayPassengers exit Southwest Airlines flight 1643 after the plane slid off the runway at Eppley Airfield Friday, Jan 18, 2019, in Omaha, Neb.There were 150 customers and six crew members onboard the aircraft,” Southwest added. „We are working quickly to retrieve their luggage. We are gathering more details while working with the Omaha Airport Authority and will post additional media statements on SWAMedia.com as we learn more. Safety is always our top priority at Southwest, and we thank our Customers for their patience and understanding.”Passengers have documented the incident on social mediaAnother Southwest Airlines plane skidded off the runway due to rainy weather in southern California at the end of last year.This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Omaha airport reopens after Southwest Airlines plane goes off runway
Father of four Abu Ihab paddles his boat through the twisting alleyways of his Syrian hometown of Darkush, inundated by the floodwaters of the Orontes River after days of torrential rain (AFP Photo/Aaref WATAD)Darkush (Syria) (AFP) – The alleyways of the Syrian town of Darkush are normally thronged with pedestrians but since the swollen Orontes River burst its banks, Abu Ihab’s boat has provided the main way of getting around.The 49-year-old farmer normally takes a well-earned rest in January when winter frosts turn his fields as hard as rock.But this year, days of torrential rain in the mountains of Lebanon has sent a deluge downstream, submerging the streets of his hometown under as much as a metre and a half (five feet) of water.So instead the father of four is working long hours each day paddling his boat around the streets helping stricken residents to get their children to school, do the shopping or check on relatives.”In winter, I don’t usually leave the house much as it is cold and it rains. But this year I felt that people needed me,” he says as he provides yet another ferry ride to grateful fellow townspeople.Abu Ihab normally uses his boat for summer fishing on the Orontes to supplement his farm produce.He is one of the few in the town to own one so he offers his services for free, delivering fresh bread from the bakery or ferrying excited children on an unaccustomed school run by boat.”Today, people are staying at home. They can’t even get to the shops to buy food,” he says, wearing a woolly hat and jacket against the cold.It is not the first year that he has provided his free boat service. „Most years there are spates but this year is a really big one because of the torrential rains,” he says.The ground floors of houses close to the river have been inundated.The mainly Sunni Arab town close the Turkish border lies in Idlib province which is largely under the control of jihadists led by Al-Qaeda’s former Syria branch.Across the province, the torrential rains have triggered flash floods that have caused widespread hardship, particularly in the vast tent cities set up for the displaced.Civilians who have fled other parts of Syria recaptured by government forces make up around half of the resident population of Idlib and neighbouring rebel-held areas.