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Air safety investigators confirmed Friday that an exploding oxygen cylinder ripped a gaping hole in a Qantas jet's fuselage midflight last month, but said they were no closer to solving the mystery of why the tank failed.

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Passengers on board a Ryanair flight to Spain spoke yesterday of the dramatic moment that their plane lost cabin pressure and was forced to make an emergency landing.

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Scientists have devised a cheap and simple method of turning water into rocket fuel using solar power in a development that could generate a new source of green energy for the home and workplace.

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Passengers on a packed jumbo jet flight from London spoke today of their terror after a gaping hole appeared in the plane as it headed for Australia.

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Navy says sorry for death of submariners

The Armed Forces minister and the head of the Royal Navy publicly apologised yesterday for grievous "systemic failings" that led to two submarine crewmen being killed by an underwater explosion.

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Dear Virginia, I had a brief fling with a man. At first I thought he was great, but I went off him. He was far more interested in me than I was in him. I told him how I felt, but he's pestering me with texts and calls and has even appeared at my door with flowers. I don't want to hurt him, and I know it was my fault, but I feel a bit threatened. What can I do? Yours sincerely, Corrie

The Independent: More sales success

Alone among national daily newspapers, The Independent recorded a year-on-year rise in circulation in the latest audited sales figures for the industry, released yesterday.

Dizziness: Does my lifestyle have anything to do with it?

Why is it that whenever I bend down and then stand up suddenly I feel dizzy?I have had a normal ECG and blood test. I am a 58-year-old man, a smoker, slim build and reasonably fit. I work in an office and walk for two to three hours a day.

Widow wins £1m damages from the world's most expensive matchmaker

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