Boston Marathon bombing survivor killed in car crash in Dubai

Published: Monday, March 07, 2016 @ 11:28 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 08, 2016 @ 12:07 PM

            BOSTON, MA - MAY 30: Marathon bystander Bruce Mendhelson, first responder Alicia Shambo, Marathon victim Victoria McGrath, first responder Tyler Dodd, and Boston firefighter Jimmy Plourde on stage during the Boston Strong: An Evening Of Support And Celebration at TD Garden on May 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 30: Marathon bystander Bruce Mendhelson, first responder Alicia Shambo, Marathon victim Victoria McGrath, first responder Tyler Dodd, and Boston firefighter Jimmy Plourde on stage during the Boston Strong: An Evening Of Support And Celebration at TD Garden on May 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

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Two Northeastern University students were killed in a car accident in the United Arab Emirates.

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One of the victims was Boston Marathon bombing survivor Victoria McGrath, a business administration and accounting student whose legs were injured when she was hit by shrapnel in the April 15, 2013, attacks. 

McGrath, 23, and classmate Priscilla Perez Torrez were in Dubai at the time of the crash. The university said the women were on a personal trip, not studying abroad.

Northeastern University released a statement Monday morning:

"Northeastern University has confirmed that two undergraduate students have been tragically killed in a car accident overseas. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Victoria McGrath and Priscilla Perez Torres in this extremely difficult time."

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McGrath, originally from Weston, Connecticut, was five feet away from the first bomb when it went off at the race nearly three years ago. 

Boston firefighter Jimmy Plourde used a T-shirt to tie a tourniquet onto her leg and carried her to a medical tent. Images of the scene became lasting photos of the marathon bombings.

“People come up to me and tell me how terrible this is,” McGrath said at a fundraiser after the bombings. “And to an extent they are right, but we're only going to get stronger from this -- all of us.”

Meet bombing victim #VictoriaMcgrath on @todayshow She is thankful to 4 strangers who saved her life.

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Plourde released a statement Monday on McGrath's death, saying that his family is "devastated."

"My family is devastated with the loss of our dearest friend Victoria McGrath and her roommate Priscilla Perez Torres," he said. "After the Boston Marathon bombing, Victoria become a major part of my life as well as my family's. It's been said that I helped to save her life, but the truth is, Victoria saved my life after the marathon, as her love, support and friendship helped myself and my family deal with the acts of April 15, 2013. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McGrath and Perez Torres families as they deal with this unimaginable tragedy."

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Details of the crash that killed McGrath and Torrez are still unclear.

Those who knew McGrath took to social media to mourn her death.

Life can change in an instant...we know this only too well.  Those who survived the Boston Marathon bombings of April...

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الله يرحمهاThe path of your life can change in an instant...this is so sad.... Victoria McGrath, my student and...

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Love and light to my fellowBoston Marathon attack survivor,Victoria McGrath, taken by accident from our Marathon...

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Mariana and I are heart broken to hear that a beautiful young lady who was one of the Boston Marathon bombing survivors,...

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each and every one of these people are my heroes<3

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Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 7:31 PM

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Southwest Airlines cancels dozens of flights amid inspections after deadly engine failure

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 5:50 AM

Engine Damage Forces Southwest Plane to Make Emergency Landing

Southwest Airlines said it canceled about 40 flights Sunday as it inspects engine fan blades in the wake of an engine failure last week that led to one passenger’s death.

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That’s about 1 percent of Dallas-based Southwest’s daily schedule of nearly 4,000 flights. The airline encouraged passengers to check their flight status. “We anticipate minimal delays or cancellations each day due to the inspections,” Southwest said in a written statement.

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has the same type of engines on the Boeing 737s in its fleet and is also adding ultrasonic inspections of the engines, but said it doesn’t expect any operational impact to customers.

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Both airlines last week, in advance of the Federal Aviation Administration’s official release of an emergency airworthiness directive, said they would accelerate the inspections.

The FAA on Friday issued the anticipated directive requiring airlines to inspect fan blades on certain engines within 20 days. The directive draws from information gathered in the investigation of Southwest’s engine failure last Tuesday. The FAA said the inspection requirement is estimated to affect 352 engines in the United States and 681 engines worldwide.

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The CFM56-7B engine that blew on the Southwest flight showed evidence of “metal fatigue,” according to the National Transportation Safety Board. That engine model is on all of Southwest’s 737-700s and 737-800s, which make up the vast majority of Southwest’s fleet.

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Delta has a fleet of about 185 Boeing 737s with the engines, out of a fleet of more than 800 planes of various types.

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Waffle House shooting: How police captured Travis Reinking

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 3:17 AM

Waffle House Shooting: Who is Travis Reinking

Travis Reinking, the man suspected of killing four people during a shooting at a Waffle House outside Nashville, Tennessee, has been arrested.

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Reinking had been at the center of a statewide manhunt for 32 hours until he was caught Monday in the woods near his apartment. 

Nashville police confirmed the 29-year-old was taken into custody Monday afternoon. They tweeted these photos of him in the back of a cop car.

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In a news conference, police said they received a call about a man matching Reinking's description going into a wooded area. When officers arrived, nearby workers pointed them in the direction where the man was seen walking.

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Officers entered the wooded area and walked along pathways.

One of the detectives came across a man. When that man turned around, the detective realized it was Reinking.

Police said the detective drew his gun and ordered Reinking to get on the ground. Other officers quickly surrounded the suspect and he was taken into custody.

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The 29-year-old Reinking looked tired but had clothes, a backpack and identification when Nashville police caught him, authorities said. He surrendered without confrontation, police said.

“When they looked into the backpack they say a semi-automatic weapon with 45 caliber ammunition,” said Lt. Carlos Lara of the Nashville Police Department.

Reinking reportedly slipped through a law enforcement drag net of nearly 200 police, deputies and federal agents. He was able to walk back to his apartment to get clothes and other items, police said.

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The reason why he allegedly opened fire at this Nashville area Waffle House is still under investigation

Reinking was wearing a backpack, which was cut off once he was handcuffed, authorities said. Inside, police said they found a Kimber semi-automatic handgun with .45 caliber ammunition.

A wallet was also inside the backpack, and police used the ID to confirm the man was Reinking, officers said.

“He immediately asked for a lawyer and refused to make a statement,” said Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron.

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For people who work and live near the mass shooting, the capture brought relief. 

Now begins the healing for a community caught in terror, the victims and their families. 

Acting Nashville Mayor David Briley said: “We need to move on as community and do what we can to curb this violence in the future.”

Reinking was taken to a hospital to be examined. From there, he will be taken to the Nashville jail to be booked on four murder charges, according to police.

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Blown Southwest jet engine shows evidence of 'metal fatigue,' NTSB says

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 10:56 AM

Engine Damage Forces Southwest Plane to Make Emergency Landing

A preliminary examination of the blown jet engine that forced a Southwest Airlines plane to make an emergency landing Tuesday at Philadelphia International Airport shows evidence of “metal fatigue,” officials with the National Transportation Safety Board said.

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Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 was carrying 144 passengers and five crew members from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Dallas Love Field when it made an emergency landing around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday. One person was killed and seven others were injured after the twin-engine 737 blew an engine at 30,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window.

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Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the NTSB, said Tuesday that officials discovered during a preliminary investigation that one of the engine’s 24 fan blades was broken at the hub and missing, the Philly Voice reported. Metal fatigue appeared to be the cause of the break, Sumwalt said.

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Officials also found part of the engine’s covering in Bernville, Pennsylvania, about 70 miles west of Philadelphia.

Sumwalt said the investigation into the cause of Tuesday’s incident will likely take between 12 and 15 months.

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“The investigation is very extensive,” Sumwalt said. “We’re just literally at the very, very beginning of the investigation.”

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board examine damage to the engine of a Southwest Airlines plane at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.(National Transportation Safety Board)
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