Worldview Security Report – March 5, 2019
5-Mar-19

AMERICAS

United States (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 1130 local time (1630 UTC) on 4 March 2019, United Express Flight UA 4933 arriving from Newark, New Jersey, slid off the runway upon landing at Presque Isle’s Northern Maine Regional Airport (KPQI/PQI). Reports indicate that the CommutAir Embraer ERJ-145 was carrying 28 passengers and three crew members; at least three passengers and one crew member suffered minor injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Images show that part of the landing gear detached from the aircraft and became stuck between the fuselage and the left engine during the accident. Flight operations to and from the facility have been suspended at least until the late morning on 5 March as Federal Aviation Administration officials examine the aircraft at the crash site. Icy conditions on the runway may have caused the accident.

ASIA

India (Security threat level – 3): On 5 March 2019, farmers protesting against government policy staged a sit-in on train tracks in the town of Jandiala Guru, located in Punjab state approximately 17 km (10 mi) southeast of Amritsar. The protest caused railway authorities to cancel approximately 25 trains and divert at least seven more, including trains bound for Delhi. There was a large police presence at the protest, but there were no reports of violence or arrests. A government spokesperson stated that officials were negotiating with the farmers, but provided no information regarding the progress of the talks.

Indonesia (Security threat level – 4): As of 5 March 2019, Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport (WADD/DPS) will be closed to all commercial and charter flights for 24 hours on 7 March due to the Day of Silence (also known as Nyepi), a public holiday for Balinese Hindus. The airport will be closed beginning at 0600 local time on 7 March (2200 UTC on 6 March). At least 468 flights are expected to be affected, including 261 domestic and 207 international flights. Security personnel will continue to guard the airport, while other personnel at the facility will remain on call for emergencies.

Pakistan (Security threat level – 5): On 5 March 2019, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued an updated Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), which extends the country’s general airspace closure for another 24 hours until 1300 local time (0800 UTC) on 6 March, except for flight operations to and from certain airports. The following airports remain operational, but are subject to routing restrictions: Karachi Jinna International Airport (OPKC/KHI), Peshawar’s Bacha Khan International Airport (OPPS/PEW), Quetta International Airport (OPQT/UET), Islamabad International Airport (OPIS/IBD), Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport (OPLA/LHE) and Faisalabad International Airport (OPFA/LYP). Authorities gave no reason for the airspace extension.

EUROPE

Czech Republic (Security threat level – 2): On the morning of 5 March 2019, two passenger trains collided at Brno Central Railway Station. Authorities evacuated 250 people from the trains; at least 21 people were injured in the collision. While the railway station has mostly resumed normal operations, delays are expected through the afternoon, as only one track is in use between Brno-Zidenice and Brno Central Railway Station. Officials are still investigating the cause of the accident, but believe that one of the train engineers may have mistakenly departed too early, resulting in both trains running on the same track.

France (Security threat level – 3): Overnight on 4-5 March 2019, clashes occurred for a third consecutive night over the deaths of two teenagers in Grenoble, located in southeast France approximately 90 km (55 mi) southeast of Lyon. Police sources reported that late on 4 March, approximately 100 protesters threw cinderblocks, Molotov cocktails and fireworks at police officers in the Mistral district, where the two teenagers had lived. Protesters also burned approximately 65 vehicles. At least three people, including two police officers, were injured and one person was arrested. Sporadic violence also occurred in other areas of Grenoble, including in La Villeneuve, Teisseire and Echirolles. Local authorities reported that the violence lasted until approximately 0230 local time (0130 UTC) on 5 March.




GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Guinea-Bissau (Security threat level – 4): On 4 March 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Guinea-Bissau regarding the upcoming legislative elections, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Preparations for the 10 March 2019 legislative elections are underway in Bissau and across the country. You should avoid any protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings.”

  • United States (Security threat level – 2): On 4 March 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for the United States, which reads in part as follows:

  • “A tornado outbreak hit Alabama, Georgia, the Florida panhandle and parts of South Carolina on 3 March 2019, with reports of at least 24 people killed in Lee County, Alabama. The Governor of Alabama has declared a state of emergency as rescue efforts are underway. Power outages are occurring in localised areas. If you’re in an affected area, you should follow the advice of the local authorities and familiarise yourself with information from the US National Weather Service on what to do during and after a tornado.”

  • Security threat levels range from 1 (Very Low) to 5 (Very High) and are determined using a comprehensive system that utilizes both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The primary factors used to determine a location’s security threat level are Armed Conflict, Crime, Demonstrations/Strikes, Ethnic/Sectarian Tensions, Graft/Corruption, Kidnapping, Political Instability, Government Restriction and Terrorism.