May 17, 2020

Russian cargo plane crash kills 11

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Eleven feared dead in Antonov-12 cargo plane crash in Magadan region of eastern Russia
Tragedy struck early Tuesday morning in remote eastern Russia, where a cargo plane crash killed all 11 people on board an Antonov-12 cargo plane, accor...

Tragedy struck early Tuesday morning in remote eastern Russia, where a cargo plane crash killed all 11 people on board an Antonov-12 cargo plane, according to prosecutors.

The wreckage was found in a deep forest in the Magadan region on Tuesday after it had reported difficulties shortly after takeoff earlier that day. The regional prosecutor’s office in Russia’s Far East said the crew reported that one of the plane’s four engines was on fire, and that the pilots were trying to return to the Magadan airport.

Communications with the aircraft were lost shortly after that, however.

Rescue workers had problems reaching the cargo plane wreckage, which was located in a deep forest, surrounded by heavy fog.

“The remains of the plane were found 200 kilometers (120 miles) from Omsukchan village,” Magadan transport prosecutors said in a statement. “According to initial information, 11 people – nine crew members and two passengers – died in the crash.”

Magadan is part of Russia’s infamous Siberia region, one of the world’s most isolated, desolate areas.


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According to, the cargo plane was carrying 16 tons of provisions from Komsomolsk-On-Amur to the village of Kiperveyem before crashing to the ground near a gold mine in one of Russia’s most lightly populated areas.

Spokesman Vladimir Markin said that the country’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal investigation and is looking at whether the pilots breached in-flight regulations.

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Jun 21, 2021

Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight

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Elon Musk’s tunnelling firm plans underground freight tunnels with shipping containers moved on “battery-powered freight carriers”, according to reports

Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports. 

A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers. 

Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US. 

The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two. 


Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels

The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.

The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete. 

Tesla’s supply chain woes 

Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue. 

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Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely

Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany

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