LOT Passengers Afraid of Ukraine

July 26, 2014
No Ukraine Fly

No Ukraine Fly

The last days saw the unspeakable horror of the Malaysian aircraft disaster in which 295 people lost their lives. The plane was shot down during a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. While the culprit of the disaster still remains unknown, Polish citizens who often visit Ukraine are becoming increasingly scared of crossing the Polish-Ukrainian border. Many customers of LOT Polish Airlines have already bought tickets to Ukraine, but are now wondering whether they should stay in Poland. In order to calm their fears, a LOT spokesperson claims that there are no flights near the danger zone in Ukraine. Those passengers, however, who are travelling to Odessa, Lviv or Kiev within the next few days can change the date of their flight without any additional fees. This procedure is applicable only for tickets for flights scheduled between 17 July and 15 August. Passengers who have such tickets can choose another date within a 12-month period. This will enable LOT customers to avoid unnecessary stress during their journey. Nevertheless, to pacify those who have to fly to Poland’s eastern neighbour and are still afraid, LOT stresses that the area that is now rife with separatists is not included on its flight paths. Even flights to Far Eastern countries do not fly over the danger zone in Eastern Ukraine. Those who are flying to Moscow or Tbilisi should not be anxious: the flight paths are also safe. Passengers who want to change the date of their flight should visit the LOT official website. What is more, special telephone lines have been activated for those who do not have access to the internet.
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Mysterious Death

July 25, 2014
Shrouded in Mystery

Shrouded in Mystery

In Zawiercie, Silesia, a 21-year-old man died shortly after being examined by doctors in a local hospital. He arrived at the hospital with seemingly superficial injuries, which he attributed to an accidental fall. After being discharged, the young man left with a female friend, who had accompanied him to the hospital, to her place. The woman popped out for a while and when she returned she found her friend lying unconscious on the floor. She called for help, but EMTs were unable to resuscitate the man. The cause of death has not been determined, pending autopsy and toxicology results; however, the police have been able to ascertain that the man consumed large quantities of alcohol just prior to his sudden death. Meanwhile, friends of the 21-year-old have informed the media that the young man was assaulted by the police, which was why he supposedly had to go to hospital in the first place. The police say that there is no truth to these revelations. Nevertheless, on Saturday evening, a group of about twenty people who believe there is much more to the story, protested in front of the local police station.
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Tragic Summer in Warsaw

July 23, 2014
Watery Death

Watery Death

Since the holiday season started, 22 people have already drowned in the province of Masovia (up to the start of July); 18 of them in Warsaw or the surrounding area. Warsaw Metropolitan Police informs us that there are several particularly dangerous places on the water map of Masovia, where the number of accidents is highest. These so-called “black spots” have even been signposted for safety reasons. This year, there will be 13 new spots added to the already existing 90. The greatest number of tragic accidents has taken place on so-called wild beaches. A large number of drownings were registered last year: up to 62 in Masovia, including 37 in Warsaw and its surroundings, which was more than during the past 2 years put together. This year is also not promising to be a good year by looking at the already high number of people who have lost their lives. “Alcohol and recklessness are, unfortunately, the main reasons why people drown. Other tragic accidents are the result of ignorance, especially amongst the youngest, most inexperienced swimmers, who do not realise that calm-looking water may be rough or have a swift current under the surface,” according to Adam Struzik of the Warsaw Metropolitan Police. “Many people from Warsaw enjoy sun and nice weather beside the water. Unfortunately, every year fatal are accidents caused by a lack of concern for safety,” he added.
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Skye McCole Bartusiak Dies at 21

July 23, 2014
RIP Skye McCole Bartusiak

RIP Skye McCole Bartusiak

Skye McCole Bartusiak, an American actress of Polish descent, was found dead in her apartment in Texas. The cause of death is unknown, but according to various media reports, the 21-year-old actress died in her sleep. Skye made her film debut at the age of seven in “The Prophet’s Game”, but was best known for playing Mel Gibson’s daughter in “The Patriot”. Her credits include guess appearances in numerous popular television series, such as “Lost”, “24″, “CSI”, “House”, “Law and Order: SVU”. She received three nominations to the Young Artist Awards, one of them for her role in “The Patriot”, which Skye said was her personal favourite. She starred in various movies, including “Don’t Say a Word” alongside Michael Douglas and, most recently, in “Sick Boy”. Her death has been confirmed by her long-time friend and fellow actress Abigail Breslin, who wrote on Twitter: “One of my very good friends and someone who was like a sister to me, Skye McCole Bartusiak passed away today. So devastated”.
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Mother Refuses to Accept Son’s Death

July 18, 2014
Heartbreaking

Heartbreaking

According to doctors, 17-year-old Kamil died on Friday, after suffering serious injuries in a car accident. His father has agreed that the teenager’s organs should be donated for transplantation. Kamil’s mother, however, refuses to accept that he has passed away and demands that the death certificate is annulled, so that she can move her son to another medical facility for treatment. For the last few days, a group of people who knew Kamil has been demonstrating in front of the hospital in which the 17-year-old died. The protesters do not believe that their friend is brain-dead and say that his doctors are too eager to go ahead with the transplants. According to friends of Kamil, he is about to be “murdered for his organs”, which is why they “came to make sure that the doctors knew that someone was watching”. Kamil’s father says that even though he understands his ex-wife’s position, he believes the doctors when they tell him that nothing can be done for his child. He adds, “If the doctors could transplant Kamil’s organs, they would be able to save other people’s lives, and, in that way, Kamil would live on, his heart beating in another person”. The doctors have assured the mother that no steps would be taken without both parents’ consent.
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Eleven Die in Plane Crash

July 8, 2014
Plane Crash

Plane Crash

Eleven people were killed and one person was injured in a plane crash near Częstochowa on Saturday. The sole survivor is a 40-year-old man. Although his injuries are extensive, he is stable and responsive.  The Piper Navajo, property of a local private parachuting school, was carrying twelve people; it crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff. The cause of the accident is as yet unknown, but it has been pointed out that the plane was not meant to carry more than ten people, and not adhering to this restriction could be a factor, as an overloaded plane in combination with high temperatures can sometimes cause engine failure. The first person on the scene, a local resident and a former firefighter, managed to get three people out of the wreckage before the fire engulfed the entire aircraft. The injuries of two of the people were too severe and they died soon after, but the third person survived thanks to the quick intervention of the ex-firefighter. After the fire had been extinguished, it was confirmed that there were nine more people, burnt beyond recognition, inside the wreckage. It is one of the most tragic plane crashes in Poland in recent years.
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Parachutist Dies

July 4, 2014
Deathly Descent

Deathly Descent

The fatal accident took place in Chrcynno, near Nasielsk, not far from Warsaw. A 42-year-old parachutist died and another is injured. The accident happened during a series of training jumps. Six people jumped out of a plane. After successfully maneuvering into position, everyone opened their parachutes. However, two of the parachutists collided during their descent. It is still unclear how or why it happened. According to RMF FM journalist Krzysztof Berenda, both parachutists were experienced members of Warsaw Aeroclub. The 42-year-old man who died was an instructor and had completed 1,500 jumps. The second man had 1,200 jumps under his belt. He is in hospital with serious injuries. Prosecutors and police are currently investigating the accident.
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Cyclist Hit by Car

July 2, 2014
Tragic Accident

Tragic Accident

A terrible accident took place in Rogożno Wielkopolskie last week. A car hit a 13-year-old girl who was riding a bike. She died on the spot. The 22-year-old man, a resident of Rogożno, who was driving an Audi A4, was taken to hospital after sustaining injuries. After his car hit the girl, the driver lost control of the vehicle, and rammed into several signs and a fence. Blood tests carried out on the man after the accident found no traces of alcohol or drugs in his body. Psychologists are currently talking to the girl’s family and police are interviewing all witnesses of the accident.
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Man Falls from Building

July 2, 2014
Horrible Death

Horrible Death

The incident took place on the Wichrowe Wzgórze housing estate in Poznań, according to police. They received notification of the tragedy on Saturday at 10 in the morning. Witnesses indicate that a man fell out of a window of a utility room on the thirteenth floor of a block of flats. He was 25 years old. Soon after the police and medical services were called out to the housing estate, the man was pronounced dead. The circumstances of his death are as yet unknown, but the police are not ruling out suicide. A similar accident happened in Kraków a few days ago. A young man died when he fell out of a window on the twelfth floor of a university dorm.
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5 Year-old Suffocates in Car

June 26, 2014
Perpetrator

Perpetrator

All it took was a moment for the 5-year-old girl to suffocate on a seatbelt while having playing in the car. The incident took place in Łomnica-Zdrój, Piwniczna. The child was found in the car with a seatbelt twisted around her neck by her grandmother. At first she thought the girl was asleep. However, she noticed that the girl was not breathing, so she called an ambulance immediately. After nearly an hour trying to resuscitate the little girl, paramedics managed to get her breathing going after which they transported her by helicopter to the nearest children’s hospital. Unfortunately, 5-year-old Magda died in hospital. The prosecutor in Muszyna has now begun an investigation into the case. Firstly, he needs to confirm whether strangulation was the only cause of death of the 5-year-old, and then check if her grandmother took adequate care of her granddaughter.
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