Photos: Taiwan Plane Crash, 48 Killed

24 07 2014
The plane came down in buildings in a village near Magong airport in Penghu

The plane came down in buildings in a village near Magong airport in Penghu

A Taiwanese ATR-72 TransAsia Airways plane crashed in Xixi village outside the Magong airport in Taiwan’s Penghu archipelago on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

The ATR 72 turboprop aircraft departed from the southern municipality of Kaohsiung at 17:43 local time (09:43 GMT), but lost contact with controllers at 19:06, CNA said, citing the Civil Aeronautics Administration.

The plane, carrying 58 people, crashed into buildings after a failed attempt to land at Magong airport.

BBC News reported that forty-eight people were killed while another 10 people were injured.

A few empty apartment buildings adjacent to the runway caught fire after the crash.

Officials said that two French nationals were among the dead, and no crew members are thought to have survived.

Five Penghu residents were injured on the ground but by Thursday morning all had been discharged from hospital, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said.

Official said visibility at the time of the crash was 1,600m (one mile) and within acceptable standards for landing, despite the stormy weather.

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MH17: Photos And Videos Of The Plane Crash

18 07 2014
A general view shows the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. The Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official said. (Photo REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev).

A general view shows the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. The Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official said. (Photo REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev).

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17  carrying 295 people crashed near the town of Torez in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

According to a Facebook post from a top Ukrainian official, as it flew at about 10,000 meters (nearly 33,000 feet) on the way from Amsterdam to Malaysia.

CNN reported that a senior U.S. official said, a radar system saw a surface-to-air missile system turn on and track an aircraft right before the plane went down.

The senior U.S. official also said that a second system saw a heat signature at the time the airliner was hit.

The United States is analyzing the trajectory of the missile to try to learn where the attack came from.



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Malaysia Airlines Jet Shot Down Over Ukraine – Huffington Post

18 07 2014

Boeing told CNN that it will aid in any investigation that follows the Malaysia Airlines plane crash.

Reuters reported:

“EMERGENCIES MINISTRY OFFICIAL ON SITE SAYS BODY PARTS SCATTERED AROUND UP TO 15 KM FROM CRASH SITE, AT LEAST 100 BODIES SEEN”

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The Malaysian Prime Minister tweeted that:

I am shocked by reports that an MH plane crashed. We are launching an immediate investigation.





In Photos: Australia Bush Fire

23 10 2013

200 homes have been damaged or destroyed during a massive bush fire in New South Wales.

The fire started at the Port Stephens area, more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Sydney on October 13th.

A 63-year-old man died of a suspected heart attack on Friday, defending his house from the big fire.

Police said Monday they had arrested two boys, age 11 and 15, over two earlier bush fires.

The 11-year-old has been charged with two counts of intentionally causing fire and being reckless as to its spread, NSW Police Force said.

About 287,000 acres (116,167 hectares) were affected by the fire.

A volunteer fire fighter, Michael Green recorded a video of the fire using his phone.

CNN reported that Forecasts of high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds over the next few days in the Blue Mountains region, west of Sydney, have state officials especially concerned.

Power lines were also blamed for the fire as reported by CNN.

Locals feared that three big fires could merge into an inferno in New South Wales where lots of people live.

Here are the photos of the fire…

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A Magnitude 7.7 Paskistan Earthquake Killed 327, Created An Island

25 09 2013
The rubble of a house is seen after it collapsed following the quake in the town of Awaran, southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan, September 25, 2013. The death toll from a powerful earthquake in Pakistan rose to at least 208 on Wednesday after hundreds of mud houses collapsed on people in a remote area near the Iranian border, officials said. REUTERS/Sallah Jan (PAKISTAN - Tags: DISASTER)

The rubble of a house is seen after it collapsed following the quake in the town of Awaran, southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan, September 25, 2013. The death toll from a powerful earthquake in Pakistan rose to at least 208 on Wednesday after hundreds of mud houses collapsed on people in a remote area near the Iranian border, officials said. REUTERS/Sallah Jan

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Baluchistan on Tuesday.

The U.S. Geological Survey said, the quake, with a depth of about nine miles (about 15 kilometers), struck 43 miles (69 kilometers) northeast of Awaran and 71 miles (114 kilometers) northwest of Bela.

It destroyed houses and cut communications with the worst affected district of Awaran.

The earthquake was so powerful that it caused a small island to emerge from the Arabian Sea, just off the Pakistani coast.

Pakistani officials said that the earth moved with enough force to create a small island visible off the southern coast after the huge tremor. 

By Wednesday, 327 people were reported killed by the disaster.

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Washington Navy Yard Mass Shooting-7 Victims Identified

17 09 2013

13 people including the suspected gunman were killed in the a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard Monday morning.

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None of those killed were military personnel.

CNN reported that officials have identified seven of the victims killed in the mass shooting.

They are: 

  1. Michael Arnold, 59;

  2. Sylvia Frasier, 53;

  3. Kathy Gaarde, 62;

  4. John Roger Johnson, 73;

  5. Frank Kohler, 50;

  6. Vishnu Pandit, 61; and

  7. Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46;

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Photos: Fire Rages Along New Jersey Boardwalk

13 09 2013

On Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, a massive fire rages along several blocks of boardwalk and businesses in a New Jersey shore town that was still rebuilding from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

Photos: New Jersey’s Boardwalk Fire Aftermath

KYW reported that the fire started at Kohr Brothers frozen custard shop on the FunTown Amusement Pier around 2:15 p.m. ET.

AP reported that more than three hours after the fire started in the vicinity of an ice cream shop, television footage showed flames still leaping into the sky and thick black smoke covering a stretch of the coastline.

About 20 businesses have been burned and damaged over six blocks.

As reported by CNN, the fire was still burning along Ocean Terrace Avenue between Stockton Avenue and Lincoln Avenue Thursday evening.

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