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Pilot threatened to crash plane with 200 passengers on board if his wife left him

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BERLIN — A pilot threatened to crash a passenger plane with 200 passengers on board if his wife left him – but was stopped by police just minutes before take-off, a report said on Monday.

The anonymous pilot, in his 40s, sent a text to his wife saying he would kill himself alongside the 200 passenger on his Rome-Japan flight after she obviously debilitated to leave him, The Times reported on the incident that occurred in January last year.

However, the police figured out how to stop the pilot at Fiumicino airport in Rome from taking controls of the flight minutes before take-off.

His wife had warned authorities after he sent her an instant message undermining to confer suicide and murder everybody on board the long-haul flight from Rome, the report said.

Another pilot took his place and passengers were not told about the incident that has been kept secret until now, the report said.

The Italian pilot sent the text message after his wife announced she was leaving him, and referred to the flight he was due to take that night.

The pilot had previously been reported to police by his wife for mistreatment. He remains suspended and is undergoing psychiatric evaluation, according to reports.

This incident happened two months before German pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed his Germanwings A320 in the Alps, killing 149 people.

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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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