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MH17 Crash Site
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Antoine E. R. Delaunay
20 Jul 2015

Photos of the site where Air Malaysia flight MH17 was downed by a missile in rebel-held territory in Ukraine's Donetsk province. 

In July 2015, investigators alleged that the missile was fired by pro-Russian rebels who thought the plane was a Ukrainian military aircraft.

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Pilots Go Head-to-Head in Red Bull Ai...
Vienna
By Carsten Snejbjerg
20 Nov 2014

Photo and text by Carsten Snejbjerg

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Spielberg, Austria would be decided among three seasoned pilots, going wing-to-wing to capture the top spot on the podium and to take the big trophy home. Among the three was the hometown favorite Hannes Arch. Excitement around the race was palpable as the pilots prepared to take to the sky.

With an arena filled to capacity and a picturesque landscape with a clear blue sky, big green trees and mountains that almost framed the arena, conditions were perfect for the Air Race season's grand finale. 35,000 fans from around the world flocked to Spielberg and settled into a huge campsite right in front of the sold-out Red Bull Ring. A large proportion of these were Austrians who came to see the local hero Hannes Arch.

Going into the race in second place in the overall standings and with a fresh course record, set during the week's training, Arch was favored to take home the title of world champion, just 30 minutes drive from the town he grew up in.

Sunday's grand finale was also an important race for the 50-year-old British pilot Paul Bonhomme, for whom a victory would have meant becoming the only pilot in the world with three World Championship titles. But after a disappointing qualifying in which he made only 6th place, he was under serious pressure to prepare and review the lines he’d be flying. Line Selection is central to avoiding penalty seconds, the most crucial factor in a Red Bull Air Race.

Despite the extra pressure on Paul's shoulders, he spent his Sunday quietly preparing in the hangar. After a good breakfast, briefing he rest of the team, his strategy was finalized. After the plane’s final check, it was polished to a shine.

"If we win, it will probably be difficult to get hold of me when I start to drink beer," Bonhomme laughed.

Paul ended up drinking beer on Sunday night, but not because he lifted the trophy.
The finale ended up being a race between local favorite Hannes Arch and the 58-year-old Englishman Nigel Lamb. All the shortlisted favorites were among the top eight, but since the four fastest pilots in the qualifier were made it to the final four, Bonhomme was out due to his 6th-place best time.

Local fans covered the tribunes of the recently revamped Red Bull Ring in Austrian colors and held giant letters that together formed "GO HANNES." After breaking out in wild cheers several times, the Austrian fans packed into the stadium held their breath when Nigel Lambs aircraft approached the start gate.

The crowd was even further out on chairs edge when Nigel Lamb only recorded the second best time of the event, leaving Arch a golden opportunity to knock Lamb down to third place and win the title. However, on his on the last lap, approximately 15 seconds from goal, he made a mistake that cost him the title. A tiny error in his manoeuvre cost him two penalty seconds, giving Nigel Lamb - the second oldest pilot in competition - the World Championship title.

A man with plenty of British humor, the Oxford-based Lamb was not slow to thank Hannes Arch for his title-giving mistake.

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The former Athens International Airport
Athens
By Nikolas Georgiou
29 Jul 2014

"Hellinikon", Athens' former International Airport closed its gates to passengers and it's runways to planes in 2001. Aviation services were transferred to the new "Eleftherios Venizelos" airport, built to cope with the demands of the 2004 Olympic Games that were hosted in Greece. Since then, Hellinikon has become a ghost airport in the outskirts of Athens, reminding passers by of another era. In 2014 the airport and the surrounding area was sold to the development company of the Greek tycoon Latsis. The development plan for the area, containing the former airport, is to be rebuilt with luxury villas, malls and casinos, sparking controversy with locals who would prefer to have a park open to everyone.

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MH17 Crash Site 02
Torez, Ukraine
By Antoine E. R. Delaunay
18 Jul 2014

DNR soldier looking over the burned remains of MH17's passengers

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MH17 Crash Site 04
Torez, Ukraine
By Antoine E. R. Delaunay
18 Jul 2014

Local man looking at a piece of the MH17 wreckage

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MH17 Crash Site 05
Torez, Ukraine
By Antoine E. R. Delaunay
18 Jul 2014

DNR soldier looking over the burned remains of MH17's passengers

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MH17 Crash Site 06
Torez, Ukraine
By Antoine E. R. Delaunay
18 Jul 2014

Remain of on the victims still strap to his sit in the middle of a field

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MH17 Crash Site 07
Torez, Ukraine
By Antoine E. R. Delaunay
18 Jul 2014

DNR soldier looking over the burned remains of MH17's passengers

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MH17 Crash Site 09
Torez, Ukraine
By Antoine E. R. Delaunay
18 Jul 2014

Local taking pictures in the middle of the crash site

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MH17 Crash Site 10
Torez, Ukraine
By Antoine E. R. Delaunay
18 Jul 2014

White piece of cloth attached to stick used a marker to indicate the emplacement of one of the victimes

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Athens' Forgotten Airport 1
Athens
By Nikolas Georgiou
03 Jul 2014

The cockpit of an abandoned Boeing 747 in Athens' former International Airport "Hellinikon".

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Athens' Forgotten Airport 2
Athens
By Nikolas Georgiou
03 Jul 2014

An old Olympic Airlines Boeing 747 abandoned on the runway of "Hellinikon" Airport.

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Athens' Forgotten Airport 3
Athens
By Nikolas Georgiou
03 Jul 2014

Abandoned aircraft at the former Athens International Airport "Hellinikon".

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Athens' Forgotten Airport 4
Athens
By Nikolas Georgiou
03 Jul 2014

A vintage shuttle bus of the once highly esteemed national carrier, Olympic Airways.

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Athens' Forgotten Airport 5
Athens
By Nikolas Georgiou
03 Jul 2014

An old Olympic Airways plane lays on flat tires at "Hellinikon", the former Athens International Airport.

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Athens' Forgotten Airport 6
Athens
By Nikolas Georgiou
03 Jul 2014

A view of the departure gates and the control tower at "Hellinikon", Athens' former International Airport, which closed its gates to passengers and it's runways to airplanes in 2001.

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Athens' Forgotten Airport 7
Athens
By Nikolas Georgiou
03 Jul 2014

The former Athens International Airport, seen through an abandoned helicopter.

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Athens' Forgotten Airport 8
Athens
By Nikolas Georgiou
03 Jul 2014

"Hellinikon", the former Athens International Airport is seen through an abandoned aircraft.

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Athens' Forgotten Airport 10
Athens
By Nikolas Georgiou
03 Jul 2014

"Hellinikon", Athens' former International Airport, closed its gates to passengers and it's runways to airplanes in 2001.

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Athens' Forgotten Airport 11
Athens
By Nikolas Georgiou
03 Jul 2014

The old VIP lounge, is now falling to pieces.

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Athens' Forgotten Airport 12
Athens
By Nikolas Georgiou
03 Jul 2014

A view of the restaurant at "Hellinikon", the former Athens International Airport, which closed its gates to passengers and it's runways to aiplanes on 2001. Aviation services were then transferred to the all new at the time "Eleftherios Venizelos" airport that was built to cope with the demands of the upcoming 2004 Olympic Games that were hosted in Greece. Since then, Hellinikon has become a ghost airport next to the sea in the southskirts of Athens reminding passersby another era.

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Athens' Forgotten Airport 13
Athens
By Nikolas Georgiou
03 Jul 2014

A destination sign lays on a baggage conveyor belt at the former Athens International Airport.

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Athens' Forgotten Airport 14
Athens
By Nikolas Georgiou
03 Jul 2014

Old aviation control equipment at the former Athens International Airport.

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Athens' Forgotten Airport 15
Athens
By Nikolas Georgiou
13 Jun 2014

The runway at "Hellinikon" that has been closed since 2001.

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Athens' Forgotten Airport 16
Athens
By Nikolas Georgiou
13 Jun 2014

"Hellinikon", Athens' former International Airport, closed its gates to passengers and it's runways to airplanes on 2001.

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Athens' Forgotten Airport 18
Athens
By Nikolas Georgiou
13 Jun 2014

An Olympic Airways airport shuttle bus at "Hellinikon".