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TRAGIC: Sonia Marra’s 40th birthday party includes (l. to r.) Paul Nicholson, Marra, Harriet Nicholson and Helen Tamaki two days before the crash that killed Marra.






1.  Airbus clinches biggest order in Australian aviation history with Qantas deal
AIRCRAFT maker Airbus has won the biggest order in Australian aviation history after national carrier Qantas confirmed plans to buy 110 planes.

The flagship carrier has finalised a deal for 110 A320 family aircraft, comprising 78 A320neo and 32 A320s.

The new aircraft will serve short- to medium-haul domestic and international operations.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said: “The Airbus A320 will be the launch aircraft for Qantas’s new, premium airline based in Asia and will support Jetstar’s expansion plans, including the establishment of Jetstar Japan.”

John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, customers, added: “Coming from one of the world’s great aviation pioneering companies, this order is a great endorsement of Airbus and of our eco-efficient aircraft products.”

The Airbus plant, in Broughton, near Chester, employs more than 6,000 staff making wings for its aircraft.

2.  Copter kin hail pal pilot

They’re friends to the end.
The family of an Australian woman killed in Tuesday’s East River helicopter crash called the pilot a hero yesterday, even as federal investigators have focused their probe on his actions before and during the flight.
“The pilot, Paul Dudley, is a family friend who acted with great bravery in the rescue,” said a statement released by Sonia Marra’s father and sisters.
Marra, who was in town celebrating her 40th birthday, died trying to escape from the helicopter as it sank into the river.
“Sonia was loving her first experience of New York, the city and its people,” the statement said.

TRAGIC: Sonia Marra’s 40th birthday party includes (l. to r.) Paul Nicholson, Marra, Harriet Nicholson and Helen Tamaki two days before the crash that killed Marra.

“She was incredibly happy to be here, and it gives us some comfort to remember that.
“We are a strong family, and will cope with our loss in our own way.”
Her father, Paul Nicholson, 71, her mom Harriet, 60, and her partner, Helen Tamaki, 43, all survived the crash.
Tamaki and Harriet Nicholson remained in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital yesterday as Paul Nicholson kept up a bedside vigil.
The statement offered “a heartfelt thank you” to their rescuers, who they said acted with “great courage.” They also thanked Bellevue staff.
“We have all felt protected and cared for in a way we will never forget,” they said.
Marra and the Nicholsons are British nationals. Marra lived with Tamaki, a New Zealander, in Sydney, Australia, where she was a well-known restaurateur.
The family came to New York to celebrate Marra’s 40th birthday. Tuesday’s flight was supposed to be a quick sightseeing tour past the Empire State Building.
Afterward, Dudley and his friends planned to go out to dinner.
But tragedy struck just after Dudley’s chopper, a 1976 Bell 206B, took off from the East 34th Street Heliport.
Dudley lost control as the chopper spun around and turned at a 45-degree angle.
The craft flipped over as it slammed into the East River.
After the craft hit the surface, Dudley managed to unbuckle the seat harnesses worn by Tamaki and Harriet Nicholson, his lawyer told reporters.
But Dudley couldn’t get to Marra in time. He yelled to rescuers that she was trapped inside -- but they couldn’t reach her in time.
After the chopper sank, she unbuckled her harness and tried desperately to escape, rescuers said.
They found her inside the chopper cabin.
National Transportation Safety Board probers have wrapped up their investigation at the crash scene, and expect to issue a preliminary finding on the cause of the tragedy next week.
Dudley, who was convicted of burglary in 1980 -- and got his first pilot license six years later -- faces scrutiny of his flight record, which includes a 2006 emergency landing in a Brooklyn park.
The chopper has been trucked to Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, where it was parked yesterday on a wheeled pallet. Probers say so far they have found no signs of engine failure, as Dudley had claimed.
A veteran copter pilot suggested the chopper might have been close to its payload limit of about 1,500 pounds.

3.  Saudi Stock Exchange rebounds as oil prices recover

The Tadawul market index closed 1.09% higher at 6,084.55 points on Saturday. Petrochemical giant and market bellwether Sabic recovered from its 11-month low by reaching SR90.00 (up 2.85%). Dar Al-Arkan Real Estate Development Co. added 0.82%, closing at SR6.10. Earlier in the day Dar Al-Arkan announced that that the Public Investment Fund (PIF) has granted approval for a SR4bn financing facility for the Company's Qasr Khozam Development project. Dar Al-Arkan is an developer partner of Khozam Development Real Estate Company. 133 stocks advanced in Riyadh, while eight declined and four ended even.

4.  Williams Chapel to host AME Central Conference

The 88th session of the Central South Carolina Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church will be held Oct. 10-14 at Williams Chapel AME Church in Orangeburg.
Kicking off the week-long conference will be the Christian Debutantes-Masters Commission Dedication Ceremony on Sunday evening, Oct. 9. During the ceremony, the conference will review its efforts of the past year, and discuss ways to impact the lives of its youths and young adults.
On Monday morning, Bishop Preston Warren Williams II will host a Breakfast Leadership Forum with church officials and leaders in Orangeburg, Calhoun and Clarendon counties - the geographical area of the Central Conference. There, challenges, issues and possible solutions will be discussed, as will ways the faith community can work with agencies and organizations to improve the quality of life in these areas.
On Monday, Dr. Wilma Delores Webb Williams, supervisor of missions for the AME Church in South Carolina, will preside over the Annual Convention Meeting of the Women's Missionary Society in the Central Conference. Bessie Cleckley, president of the Central South Carolina Annual Conference Branch of the WMS, and her leadership team will give a missions report at the meeting.
The conference's Opening Convocation and Service of Word and Sacrament will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Williams Chapel. Pastors will present a stewardship account of their service for the last 12 months.
As part of the conference, a youth summit will be held Friday evening and Saturday, Oct. 7-8, at Lake Marion High School and Technology Center in Santee.
Bishop Williams is president and presiding officer of the conference. He will be assisted by the presiding elders of the conference, all of whom are members of the Presiding Elders Council of the AME Church in South Carolina. Host pastor is Dr. Caesar R. Richburg.
The AME Church is a global denomination, with churches on six continents and 4.5 million members. The South Carolina AME Church is 225,000 members strong and includes 634 churches.
For more information about this year's Central Conference, call Williams Chapel AME Church at 803-536-0600.


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