this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at apm: a passenger plane crashes in ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board, including seven british citizens. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, warns mps that if they get crucial votes wrong this week they risk losing brexit. hen harriers, the rare bird of prey, are being deliberately ta rgetted and killed, according to the rspb. aston villa footballer jack grealish is attacked by a spectator, as his side play local rivals birmingham city. and in half an hour here on bbc news, inside out takes looks at how gliding clubs could be squeezed out of the skies by airports demanding more space.
good afternoon. authorities in ethiopia say there are no survivors after a passenger plane crashed with more than 150 people on board. the ethiopian airlines plane was carrying 149 passengers and eight crew. seven of those onboard were british, along with more than 30 other nationalities. the plane had only come into service a few months ago. this morning it took off from the capital addis ababa, en route to nairobi in kenya. it came down six minutes after take—off. it's not clear what caused the boeing 737 to crash. from nairobi, alistair leithead reports. ethiopian airlines flight 302 was due to arrive in the kenyan capital nairobi this morning with 149 passengers and eight crew on board. it took off from addis ababa at 8:35am local time. butjust six minutes later, it disappeared from the radar. it crashed near the town of
bishoftu, 37 miles from the airport. a search and rescue operation was launched, but it soon became clear there would be no survivors. the ethiopian prime minister's office put out a statement expressing its deepest condolences to the families of those who have lost loved ones. we need to make sure that the relatives and friends who are meeting them at nairobi airport, who were supposed to meet them at nairobi airport this morning, are supported in the best way possible in this time of anxiety. among the dead were people from 33 countries. a major international united nations convention is due to start in nairobi on monday and delegates were arriving today. some un staff died in the crash. seven british nationals were also among the dead. the aircraft was brand new. ethiopian airlines, africa's biggest operator, received its first boeing 737—800 max aircraft last june. the plane that crashed was only delivered in
november, four months ago. it had flown up from south africa this morning. and it is the same type of aircraft bought by lion air that crashed off indonesia last october with the loss of 189 passengers and crew, also shortly after take—off. boeing said it was deeply saddened and that a technical team was ready to provide assistance. now all thoughts are with the families of those killed. alistair leithead, bbc news, nairobi. our correspondent, emmanuel igunza, is at the crash site near bishoftu in ethiopia, and sent us this update. the rescue recovery efforts are ongoing now and the security services have cordoned off a big area, which is the actual crash site of this flight et302 and from what i can see the area of impact is about the size of a football pitch, and in the middle there is a huge hole which is the point of impact.
and everywhere i've been walking around the cordoned area you can see personal effects and parts of the plane all over, beyond where police forces are concentrating the recovery effort. we have seen lots of emergency services here. we understand that earlier on the department were sent the remains of various people who lost their lives and this is a farming area, several onlookers have come here, a lot of them just looking and some of them have been telling me when the crash happened, they heard a loud bang and then immediately the plane burst into flames, and looking at the crash site i can see that because not much remains of flight et302. so now it's a question of a recovery operation rather than any hope
of helping anyone who may have been in the crash. any indication of how long the emergency services and investigators are likely be working at the scene? this might take several days because we have seen the rescue services, they have been using their hands, going through every part of the area that has been cordoned off, trying to get as much detail from personal effects which survived the crash but now we have seen investigators coming here. we have seen several officials who came by helicopter but they have left and we expect recovery efforts here will continue for a few days. this crash was some time after 8:45am local time. did any of the eyewitnesses you talked to give any indication of how quickly they were able to reach the scene after
they heard the explosion? many of the villagers came here quite quickly and the rescue services came probably one hour after. it might be a farming area but the terrain is quite difficult to get to but rescue services have been here, when i was coming to the crash site we met severalfire engines, and the response was quite quick. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, has warned conservative mps that they risk losing brexit altogether if they fail to back theresa may's deal in the commons on tuesday. he said there was "wind in the sails" of those trying to stop britain from leaving the eu and warned there would be devastating consequences for the conservative party if brexit does not happen. his comments come after leading brexiteers said delaying the uk's
departure would do "incalcuable harm" to public trust in politics. our political correspondent jessica parker has this report. part of the congregation today, theresa may leaving her local sunday service. but, this coming week, she must herself try to herd a rather different crowd. the ayes to the right, 202. the noes to the left, 432. one that so comprehensively rejected her brexit deal injanuary. the foreign secretary says those who want to stop brexit now have the wind in their sails and that voting down the agreement will only aid that cause. we are in very perilous waters and people who want to make sure that we deliver this result need to remember that, if it fails, people aren't going to afterward say it was this person's fault, or this group of people's fault. they will say there was a party that promised to deliver brexit, "we put them into number 10, and they failed" and
the consequences for us as a party would be devastating. all eyes are on what concessions the government can win from brussels on the backstop — those arrangements for keeping the irish border open. but there is no sign yet of a breakthrough and among those waiting for the outcome, this former brexit secretary. he is farfrom convinced by the deal, but is certain brexit must happen or else. britain will get its trump moment. what happens is that the british people, who voted for this, and a large number of remainers, who didn't vote for it, but still think it should be carried through because they believe in democracy, will see a government walking away, a parliament walking away from a question that they themselves put to the people. it is a high—stakes week ahead. on tuesday, the commons is expected to vote on theresa may's brexit deal. if she loses, on wednesday, mps will be asked if they want to leave without a deal. if they don't, it is anticipated, on thursday, they will be asked if they want to extend article 50 — delay brexit.
labour does not want the prime minister's withdrawal agreement, or a no deal, but say any extension must serve a purpose. how long do you want? as long as necessary and i think myself we could agree labour's deal within a matter of weeks. the european union has looked positively on that. in all the discussions we have had, they see that as the foundation of a proper negotiation, and, to be frank, that is what the prime minister should have done two years ago. two days to go before the big vote here in westminster, 19 days until the uk is due to leave the european union. it has long been said things could go right down to the wire, and they have. jessica parker, bbc news. earlier i spoke tojill rutter from the think tank the institute for government. she explained what could happen this week in parliament if the prime minister's brexit deal is rejected on tuesday.
if the commons, as is expected, rejects the option of leaving with no deal, there is another motion which it said will be on the 14th of march which will allow mps to instruct the government to seek what the prime minister called a short and time—limited extension but those measures will be amendable, so it will be interesting to see what amendments backbenchers bring forward. we also don't know, if the government were to whip on wednesday on a no—deal brexit, the number of ministers who might not vote with the government if they want to kill off no deal as an option and whether the government wants to do that. jeremy hunt this morning indicated that the government wanted to keep no deal as an option but if it's faced with the prospect of a lot of ministerial resignations, the prime minister could whip it, or try to whip it but say as a matter of conscience mps could stay on in the cabinet but suspend collective
responsibility, as she did with heathrow. that would be a possibility or a final possibility would be to say it's a free vote and everyone could make their own judgment. in those circumstances the house of commons makes thatjudgment. it is ultimately sovereign under our system. what does it mean for government? have we been in a situation before where the commons decides its will and that is different from official government policy and the government is still in office, it could carry on with this? governments face defeat quite often. parliament comes together and says we don't like the weight you are doing that and we are going to amend it. they sometimes decide they cannot proceed with whole bills. and what is different now is that this is the only policy, slight exaggeration but it is the big thing the government is doing and we had that bizarre situation injanuary where on one day the government went
down to its biggest ever defeat on a significant issue, a total defeat normally that would be curtains for a government, they must lose a no—confidence motion, but the next day parliament voted that although they hated the policy they had confidence in the prime minister and the government to carry on, and you might see that again. it's always possible that labour decides that maybe it lays another confidence motion and says the government cannot do this, that would be difficult with a short timetable. the other thing is that the commons isn't entirely in control of this because they can only instruct the prime minister to ask for an extension — it's up to the eu to decide whether to agree and what to offer, so just because the uk asks for one sort of extension, it's not clear that will be the offer back from the eu.
jill rutter from the institute for government. more than 50 businesses in northern ireland have written an open letter to mps urging them to unite behind a deal to leave the eu. they warn that a no—deal brexit would have a damaging impact on the local economy and political stability, and urge them to compromise. among the companies that signed were bombardier, coca—cola and queen's university belfast. the uk will remain in "pole position" after brexit, when it comes to technological innovation, according to the chancellor phillip hammond. he's expected to unveil plans for a £200 million investment in cutting—edge scientific research during his spring statement on wednesday. our business correspondent rob young has the details. new technologies are shaping how we live and how we work. scientific discoveries today could determine the economy of the future and can improve our health. on wednesday, the government is expected to say it will allocate £200 million for investment in cutting—edge research.
£79 million is earmarked for a new national supercomputer. based at the university of edinburgh, the machine is promised to be up to ten times faster than the current supercomputer. another £81 million will be spent on state—of—the—art laser technology in 0xfordshire. one recent laser invention at harwell was used to detect explosives hidden in airport luggage. there will also be £16 million for health research taking place in cambridge. the money will be spent on potential new therapies to tackle genetic diseases. the government says innovation will be at the core of the spring statement on wednesday. the chancellor says he wants britain to maintain its competitive advantage in science and technology after brexit. but the chancellor is not splashing the cash. the money being dished out for the research comes from existing budgets. many people will be watching what the chancellor has to say about the forecasts for the economy.
growth has been lower recently, as brexit uncertainty and a global economic slowdown affect the uk. rob young, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: a passenger plane has crashed in ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board — including seven british citizens. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, has warned mps that if they get crucial votes wrong this week they risk losing brexit. hen harriers, the rare bird of prey, is being deliberately ta rgetted and killed, according to the rspb. sport now, and with all the rugby and football action, there has been plenty of it, john watson is at the bbc sports centre.
west midland police have arrested a man after an incident involving aston villa captain jack grealish at st andrews. the game was stopped briefly as a fan jumped out of the crowd and appeared to aim a punch at the villa captain. the person in question was led away by stewards and police and grealish was ok and able to continue, even going on score the winning goal for villa. after the game grealish said... but as you can imagine, both clubs condemning the action of that support are concerned. with just eight games of the season remaining, liverpool are back to within a point of the league leaders manchester city after a 11—2 win over burnley. sadio mane and roberto firmino
with two goals apiece. david dom reports. it's not been easy to score against liverpool this season and it even harder to score from a corner but under this match pressure from james tarkowski, it's clear to see why the set piece cleared everyone. failing to bail out tom heaton, roberto firmino had the easy finish. adam alanna showed what it means to chase down manchester city and his persistence pays off, sadio mane benefits. 0nly mo salah failed to get on the scoresheet, not without a goal in four premier league games. charlie taylor intervened here. fortune favoured burnley looking for crucial points in the battle for survival. a glimmer of hope but that barely rounded as sadio mane rounded
off the afternoon with a second. liverpool remain second but they are back to within a point of city. a stunning stoppage time strike from eden hazard saw chelsea salvage a draw with wolves at stamford bridge. it was the vistors who scored first, rauljiminez breaking free, exchanging passes with diegojota, before prodding home — via a deflection — for his 14th goal of the season. but just when chelsea needed a moment of magic, there was hazard to guide his effort into the far corner. chelsea unable to move into the champions league places, stay in sixth, 13 points clear of wolves in seventh. to the final match of this weekend's by to the final match of this weekend's rugby union. ireland are taking on france in dublin to round off this weekend's six nations action. captain rory best went over for ireland's first try, whichjonny sexton duly converted. before the fly half crossed over with a well worked second, touching down under the posts, ireland, the reigning six nations
champions, have added a third, they must win to keep their title hopes alive. 19-0 at 19—0 at the moment. britain's sam bird has been stripped of his victory at the hong kong formula e eprix. bird collided with the leader andre lotterer on the final lap, who then suffered a punctured tyre and crashed out. the fia issued bird a five second penalty for puncturing lotterer‘s tyre. the penalty drops the brit to sixth place, handing venturi's edoardo mortara and the team their maiden win. that's all the sport for now. plenty more to come throughout the evening. let's go back to our top story. an ethiopian airlines jet has crashed shortly after take—off from ethiopa's capital, addis ababa, killing all on board,
including seven british nationals. the plane was bound for nairobi in kenya. from there, let's speak to our correspondent, larry madowo, who's atjomo kenyatta larry madowo, who's at jomo kenyatta at jomo kenyatta international airport. the families want to know more. ethiopian airlines says it has contacted the families of all those involved and they have been here at the airport where they have been taken to an emergency centre set up ata taken to an emergency centre set up at a nearby hotel to get more information and counselling. the airport have said they have formed a multi—agency team to identify the body of those in the airport and once they have done that investigation they will release the identified bodies to their families but that may take some time to get through all that 157 on board from
33 nationalities. as it was a mixed roster of passengers because of this big conference due to take place in nairobi this week, perhaps there we re nairobi this week, perhaps there were more people travelling on this ﬂight were more people travelling on this flight at that time than would otherwise have been the case. absolutely not addis ababa is the headquarters of the african union, and also there is this un environment conference opening there are and later this week that one planet summit that will be attended by the french president among others and that explains why the scale of this tragedy is so international, to ca nyo ns , this tragedy is so international, to canyons, nine ethiopians, people from togo, switzerland, france, canada, sweden, china and italy, so
many people on this flight. what about the concerns about this aircraft, bought from the wing but you said it was practically brand—new. you said it was practically brand-new. yes, this aircraft only started operating last november, it has only been running for four months with the airline, it flew in this morning from johannesburg and then was supposed to do this routine drop, it flies in four times a day along that route so really shocking that this happened six minutes into the flight. the captain, ate kenya an ethiopian, had 8000 flight hours, so more an ethiopian, had 8000 flight hours, so more distressing that an experienced pilot was unable to get to his destination safety and a lot of questions being asked tonight. thank you, you have given us a lot
of information and insight in the last few hours. two more british women who travelled to syria to join the islamic state group are reported to have been stripped of their uk citizenship. reema and zara iqbal, who are sisters, left their home in east london in 2013 after marrying is fighters and are now living in detention camps in syria with their children. our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani has this report. the latest scenes in syria as families flee the chaos. as the self—styled islamic state's last stronghold collapses, the humanitarian crisis deepens, and some of those seeking sanctuary are foreign—born women who supported is. an increasingly difficult legal question for western nations — should they be allowed home, or kept out for good? the bbc has learned more of the british women who went to syria have been stripped of their citizenship. what do we know about the women whose names havejust emerged? they are called reema and zara iqbal, from east london.
they left for syria in 2013 and, between them, they have five children. amber rudd, the former home secretary, deprived them of their citizenship in her last year in power. like shamima begum, their children were born british. lawyers and charities have argued that whatever the wrongs of the parents, the children have rights the uk must protect. today, a minister defended the decision not to rescue ms begum's baby, who died days ago. this is a war zone. the mother chose to join a terrorist organisation — to leave a free country to join a terrorist organisation — and we have to think about the safety of the british officials that i would send into that war zone. 104 people lost their citizenship in 2017, but none of these decisions resolve what to do with their children — a growing legal minefield that could end up in the courts. dominic casciani, bbc news. the family of a 23—year—old british
woman missing in guatemala say they're "desperately worried" for her safety. catherine shaw, from witney in 0xfordshire, was last seen on march fourth in the lake atitlan area of the country. her parents said her disappearance was of "great concern". a foreign office spokeswoman confirmed it was supporting the family of a british woman and were "in contact with the local authorities". a 17—year—old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed in the chest in north london. police were called to reports of a stabbing on a bus in north finchley yesterday afternoon. the 19—year—old is in a critical condition in hospital. a man has been arrested after attacking an aston villa footballer on the pitch during their match against local rivals birmingham city. it happened shortly after kick off, when the man ran up behind the midfielder, jack grealish, and knocked him to the floor. the man was led off by stewards and the aston villa captain was able to continue playing.
villa went on to win the game — with jack grealish scoring the winning goal. hen harriers, which are rare birds of prey, are being deliberately targetted and killed, according to the rspb. in the most recent case in wiltshire, one of the birds, which was being tracked by a satellite tag, has vanished and is presumed dead. police are investigating, and there are concerns over a government plan to introduce more hen harriers into the wild, as andrew plant reports. out on the hunt for a bird of prey. teams have been searching this wiltshire countryside. it's where vulcan, a rare hen harrier‘s satellite tag suddenly stopped responding. but both the bird and its tag have disappeared. sadly, suspicious occasion. so that tag just one day stopped working? stopped working — so the tag was in very good health, so that could only have happened through human interference, which is why it's being investigated by wiltshire police as a very suspicious case. hen harriers almost died out in england. now, just a handful are born every year.
conservationists tag the strongest ones. of 3a chicks in 2018, they tagged 11. six have now vanished, tags included — deliberately shot, say the rspb. so the question is, why would anyone want to kill one? well, that's a difficult question to answer, because this is a blatant criminal act. they are a highly protected bird. but that is what you think is happening, that people are deliberately... that's what we know to be the case. there have been convictions. unfortunately, there's a pattern of birds of prey going missing on the grouse moors, where there is intensive shooting. there has long been a plan to introduce more hen harriers back into england. the experts say that the environment can support a lot more breeding pairs. but, because of what has been happening to those tagged birds over the past few years, the rspb now say that plan should be put on hold. absolutely. all the research tells us that the environment in england can support hundreds of hen harriers, and yet we only have 34 chicks.
and the one limiting factor, let's make no mistake about this, is illegal persecution. there's an estimated 575 pairs left in the wild, most in scotland. the rspb say, until the birds can be properly protected, they will continue to vanish into thin air. andrew plant, bbc news. strong winds of up to 65mph have caused travel disruption and damage across parts of england today, with the qeii bridge between kent and essex closed and cross—channel ferries disrupted. several cars were damaged when winds ripped scaffolding into a road in west london earlier this morning. while strong winds also blew part of the roof off a tesco store at westwood cross in broadstairs. i don't know if we will see anymore of that kind of activity. alina
jenkins is the map. strong winds and snow have been causing travel problems today and we still have strong winds for the rest of the day, gusting between a0 and 50 miles an hour, even higher for exposed coasts and hills so still some tricky travelling conditions. stay up—to—date with bbc local radio. still some snow this evening and overnight, chiefly over higher ground in scotland and northern england. elsewhere wintry showers could bring hail and thunder, also some clearer skies, quite a cold night with temperatures just above freezing. winds slowly start to ease down but we will still see gusts quite widely of 30mph come the morning, perhaps higher for exposed coasts and hills. briefly a ridge of high pressure builds tomorrow so wintry showers will start to ease, sunshine before cloud gathers towards northern ireland and the western isles. wet and windy here later in the day. temperatures from eight to 11 celsius but gales, if not severe gales, throughout the rest of the day, further spells of heavy rain and also some drier and brighter spells.