Harmony of the Seas accident: One dead, four hurt in lifeboat crash

One crew member has died and four others have been injured in an accident on the Harmony of the Seas, the world's biggest cruise liner.

The 42-year-old Filipino crew member died when a lifeboat, with five crew, became detached from the fifth deck during a safety exercise.

It fell 10 metres (33 feet) into the water. Two crew members are in hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The accident happened during a stopover in Marseille.

Details of the incident were confirmed by the deputy mayor of Marseilles, Julien Ruas.

The Royal Caribbean Cruise company, which operates the Harmony of the Seas, also confirmed the death on its Twitter account.

Harmony of the Seas is the world's largest cruise liner at 362 metres long, and can hold more than 8,000 passengers and crew.

It is higher than a 25-storey building, and longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower.

It entered service in May this year.

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Austrian Ambassador in Cuba Grateful for Attention to Injured Tourists

Austrian Ambassador in Cuba, Gerlinde Paschinger, acknowledged the support and attention received by the Austrian tourists injured in a traffic accident last April 2, in Jatibonico, Sancti Spiritus.

During a visit paid to the Camilo Cienfuegos University Hospital, the ambassador learned about the condition of each of the patients, and talked with some of them.

“Here in the hospital attentions have been very good, they have been very professional, and the patients are very grateful for that. I want to thank everyone involved in the care provided to the injured tourists. They were very impressed by the rapid assistance in the city, and by the medical staff of the hospital”, said the diplomat.

She explained that there were 8 Austrian citizens involved in the accident, three of whom remained hospitalized in the institution; one is in critical condition and the other two are reported as seriously ill. “The rest left for Varadero, from where they will return to Austria”, she added.

According to Dr. Manuel Rivero Abella, director of the health institution, three other patients were discharged this morning from the Ward 4C (best known as the Foreigners’ Ward), where only nine —six of whom are German— remain.

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Government declares MH370 crash an accident

Malaysia's government formally declared still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 an accident on Thursday and said all those on board were presumed dead, paving the way for compensation claims, but angering victims' families still waiting for evidence of the plane's fate.

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MH17 tragedy: 12 unanswered questions

There are still many questions that need to be answered about the Malaysian plane tragedy.

On what grounds did the Ukrainian authorities blame the crash on Donetsk militias immediately after the tragedy?

Why didn’t Ukraine close the air space over the conflict zone for civilian flights, especially given that the area is not entirely covered by radar navigation systems?

Why did Ukrainian air traffic controllers allow the airplane to deviate from the standard flight path towards the conflict zone?

Questions over why Malaysian plane flew over Ukrainian warzone

Why did Ukrainian security services start working with the recordings of communications between air traffic controllers and MH17 crew, and with data storage systems from Ukrainian radars before international experts arrived?

Will the investigation have access to tracking data on movements of Ukrainian warplanes on the day of the incident?

What was the mission of the combat aircraft that moved close to the MH17 minutes before the crash?

What was the mission of the combat aircraft that was circling over the crash area for 4 minutes immediately after the crash?

Given that militias have no aircraft, for what purpose did Ukraine deploy several battalions of Buk-M1 anti-aircraft systems close to the area of hostilities days prior to the air crash? Why were they withdrawn the day after the incident?

Can Ukraine share all the details of these deployments?

10 more questions Russian military pose to Ukraine, US over MH17 crash

Can Ukraine confirm that internet pictures allegedly showing a Buk system, with one missing missile, being transported in the town of Krasnodon close to the Russian border were actually made at Krasnoarmeysk, a town under control of Ukrainian forces since 11 May?

Is Ukraine prepared to provide the investigation with an inventory of their air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles?

Is the United States prepared to share pictures taken from their intelligence satellite that was over Ukraine for 15 minutes, including at the moment of the crash?

Why did it take so long for Ukraine to establish an investigation commission?

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