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Helicopters pluck homeowners to security as rains eyelash Japan


Kyodo News by means of AP

An individual inside a house waves to a helicopter as your house is submerged in water flooded from a river in Joso, Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. Heavy rain is pummeling Japan for a 2nd straight day, overflowing rivers and triggering landslides and localized flooding in the eastern part of the country.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015|12:20 a.m.

TOKYO– Japanese military helicopters plucked dozens of locals from the tops of their homes Thursday, however rescue officials said they were not able to stay up to date with the pleas for aid after raving floodwaters overloaded parts of a city north of Tokyo.

As heavy rain pounded Japan for a 2nd straight day, the Kinugawa River broke through a flood berm, sending a wall of water into Joso, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Japan’s capital.

National broadcaster NHK showed aerial video of rescuers lowered from helicopters and climbing onto second-floor terraces to reach stranded locals. There were no instant reports of deaths or injuries.

In one dramatic scene, the rescuer could be seen coming down four times from a military helicopter over a 20-minute period to lift up 4 people one-by-one, as a deluge of water swept around their house.

Close by a guy clung to an utility pole as the waters rose, prior to being used up by a rescuer who needed to be first reduced into the water so her could make his way over to the man.

Others waved cloths from their deck as torrents of water removed cars and knocked buildings off their structures.

Japan’s Kyodo news service reported that 39 people had actually been rescued by Japan’s Self-Defense Forces, as its armed force is called, and rescue work was continuing.

Akira Motokawa, a city evacuation official, told NHK that rescuers have actually been unable to react to the volume of calls for assistance.

The Transportation Ministry approximated that 6,900 homes have actually been impacted by the flooding, Kyodo said, adding just about 2,500 of the city’s residents had actually been evacuated beforehand to shelters. The floodwaters reached a minimum of 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the breach.

Tokyo was soaked with rain, but the hardest-hit location was to the north in Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures. One female was missing out on hours after a landslide struck residences at the foot of a steep, wooded slope. Bullet train service was partially suspended.

The rains began the heels of Hurricane Etau, which triggered comparable flooding and landslides Wednesday as it crossed main Japan.

The Fire and Disaster and Management Agency said 15 people were hurt by Etau, two seriously, both elderly women who were overturned by strong winds.

Bryan Kroten of Maverick Helicopters: With travelers, the sky’s the limit



Visitor columnist Bryan Kroten, vice president of marketing for Maverick Air travel Group, father and mother business of Radical Helicopters.

Thursday, July 30, 2015|2:27 p.m.

Guest Writer Bryan Kroten
Guest columnist Bryan Kroten, vice president of marketing for Maverick Aviation Group, parent company of Maverick Helicopters.Launch slideshow “

2015 EDC: Maverick Helicopters VIPs
VIPs arrive and depart via Maverick Helicopters at the 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival from June 19-21, 2015, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Pasquale Rotella and Holly Madison are pictured here.Launch slideshow “

Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach wraps his summer season travels in Italy to go back to the United States, numerous of our Strip personalities have actually stepped forward in his absence to pen their words of wisdom.

We continue today with Bobby Reynolds, among the Las Vegas home entertainment kingpins who books the stars to keep our showbiz city on top, and Bryan Kroten, vice president of marketing for Radical Aviation Group, who hosts thousands of travelers every year to the marvels of our desert kingdom and its concerning attractions. Right here’s Bryan:

Radical Helicopters just wrapped up its fifth year of air travels during the Electric Sissy Carnival Las Vegas. Our fans got to be amongst a range of top DJs, manufacturers, artists and more as 19 of our modern ECO-Star helicopters flew over the radiant Las Vegas Motor Speedway

This is the busiest weekend of the year for our group. It’s really all hands on deck– everybody from pilots to customer service representatives to our business’s president prepares for the exciting weekend.

Usually, I forget that it had not been constantly by doing this. A simple 6 years ago, EDC wasn’t even in Las Vegas or part of our company. Heck, I didn’t even understand who Tiesto was! The first year, we had four helicopters in our EDC fleet, and it has actually grown significantly.

Radical Aviation Group, parent business of Radical Helicopters, is always searching for ways to enhance the experience for its clients while growing business, and EDC, to name a few endeavors, has certainly led the way. The amount of possible and growth in this distinct city, Las Vegas, is unbelievable.

For instance, at Maverick, we don’t correspond our time at the business with years. Instead, we relate it with the amount of helicopters that remain in the fleet. When I began in 2006, we had 14 helicopters and now have 47.

It does not stop there. Given that Maverick’s inception, it has grown from 2 employees in 1996 to more than 400 in 2015 and one location in 1996 to five (Las Vegas Strip, Henderson Executive Airport, Grand Canyon West Rim, Grand Canyon South Rim and Maui).

We have logged more than 350,000 helicopter air travel hours and host more than 250,000 patrons per year. Additional flight choices have actually been contributed to satisfy demand. Those include Mustang Helicopters, in Henderson, and Maverick Airlines, where visitors book planes (not helicopters) to the Grand Canyon.

This development can be credited to changes in tourist in this city. While pc gaming is still a big market, the demand for experience-type opportunities, like EDC, is big. We want to think about our aerial experiences in the exact same way– as unique, bucket-list chances.

There is no better way to see the Strip, travel to EDC and NASCAR and take in the full beauty of the Grand Canyon than by sky. And our fans like to talk (or boast, rather) about their flights with Radical. Social network and websites like Trip Advisor have actually been a fantastic influence in this desire of boasting about experience-type taking a trip.

I check out that it’s not unusual for travelers to post on social media about their holidays within 10 minutes of arriving at their destination, so leveraging those channels and showing our fans exactly what they can experience with Maverick has actually helped grow our customer base and awareness.

In truth, we’ve seen a big development in our Instagram account @MaverickHelicopters in the previous year, as we reveal our clients that the very best views are from the sky. Another fantastic factor for our business has been the boost in global tourist. The Grand Canyon is a big draw for global tourists considering that we offer a fast 45-minute flight to among the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

With the addition of Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport and the more direct global air travels, we have actually seen an increase in bookings. Our company has actually been growing at a fast rate.

Due to growth and market modifications throughout the years, we were able to open a new area in Maui in April and will be revealing a multimillion-dollar, remodelled Las Vegas Strip terminal by the end of 2015.

Next year will mark Radical Helicopters’ 20th anniversary. To reminisce on all the amazing updates our city and company have actually made is astonishing. With Hawaii opening, the success of EDC and the upcoming remodel, 2015 has certainly been the best year yet.

I’m eager to see where the future and changes in the travel industry will take it from right here. The sky’s the limitation.

Check out our other guest column today from AEG Live authority Bobby Reynolds. On Sunday, we turn the spotlight on kitchen area appeal expert Heather Marianna and her trip searching for appeal keys in Morocco and who has actually teamed with reality-TV star Farrah Abraham for a brand-new product line of natural cosmetics, and Mosaic member Josh Huslig, who discusses how those guys make all that sound without any musical instruments.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” fame has actually been a reporter for more than 50 years and has actually spent the previous 15 years providing readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum play area.

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