Plane crash near Kerrville sends one to hospital, USA
A plane crash at Silver Wings Airport near Kerrville on Wednesday morning sent a passenger to the hospital with a fractured leg, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The plane is a Cessna O-1 Bird Dog, an old military single engine aircraft, and was being used for training during this flight — making several touch-and-go landings at Gillespie County Airport. The plane crashed short of the runway around 10 a.m.
There were only two people on the plane when it crashed: pilot Joe Zullo and instructor Bob Snowden, who was also serving as co-pilot. Snowden said the engine stopped as they were attempting to land.
One of them suffered a compound leg fracture and was airlifted to a San Antonio hospital; the other person sustained only minor injuries.
MAGNITUDE 5.1 CENTRAL ALASKA
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Depth: 76 km
Distances: 63km (39mi) N of Talkeetna, Alaska
154km (96mi) N of Knik-Fairview, Alaska
185km (115mi) N of Anchorage, Alaska
243km (151mi) SSW of Fairbanks, Alaska
819km (509mi) WNW of Whitehorse, Canada
MAGNITUDE 5.4 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G.
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Depth: 38 km
Distances: 76km (47mi) WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
87km (54mi) SW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
390km (242mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
541km (336mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
633km (393mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands
MAGNITUDE 5.0 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
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Depth: 10 km
Distances: 154 km SE of Sendai-shi, Japan / pop: 1,037,562 / local time: 03:17:19.0 2014-04-17
103 km E of Namie, Japan / pop: 21,866 / local time: 03:17:19.0 2014-04-17
**EXTREMELY URGENT**QUAKE SWARM PUERTO RICO
Ferry sinks leaving 4 dead and 295 missing in South Korea
Almost 300 people are missing after a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea.
Four people have been confirmed dead so far – including a male student, a female crew member and another unidentified man.
The South Korean government says about 180 people have been rescued so far but 295 remain unaccounted for.
The ferry, with 476 people and 150 vehicles on board, was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call at 9am local time (1am UK time) on Wednesday morning as it began listing to one side.
Within two hours it had completely capsized, with only the front part of its hull visible above the water.
There is no indication yet what caused the ship to list and roll onto its side, although one witness told television channel YTN there had been a “loud impact and noise” before it began sinking.
Captain John Noble, a marine salvage expert, told Sky News the most likely explanation was the ferry hit a rock.
He added that passengers would have struggled to get off the ferry quite soon after it began listing.
“Once a ship gets beyond 20 degrees it is impossible for passengers to stand up without holding onto something,” he said.
“Once a ship gets to its side you completely lose your orientation. Those poor people would really have relied on rescuers to get them out.
“It’s truly remarkable so many rescue crews got there so quickly.”
The 6,825-ton ship left Incheon port, west of Seoul, on Tuesday evening and ran into difficulties about 60 miles (100km) south of the Korean peninsula.
The 325 students and 15 teachers on board were from a high school in Ansan, near Seoul. They were reportedly on their way to the Jeju island for a four-day trip.
One student, Lim Hyung-min, told YTN he jumped into the ocean wearing a life jacket with other students and then swam to a rescue boat.
“As the ferry was shaking and tilting, we all tripped and bumped into each another,” he said, adding some people were bleeding.
He said the ocean was “so cold”, adding: “I was hurrying, thinking that I wanted to live.”
The news agency AP is reporting 55 injuries, including people with burns, hypothermia and fractured bones.
A total of 18 helicopters, 87 rescue boats and 160 divers are at the scene, according to AP.
The US Navy has dispatched its amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard to aid the operation.
Fishing and other commercial vessels appeared to rescue many passengers before emergency teams arrived at the scene.
Passenger Kim Seong-mok told YTN he was “certain” people were trapped inside as water quickly rushed into the vessel, and the severe tilt of the ferry stopped them getting out.
Some people yelled at those who could not get out, urging them to break windows, he said.
Mr Kim said he felt the ship tilt and heard it crash into something before the ferry operator made an announcement asking passengers to wait and not move.
Darkness has now fallen in South Korea and the rescue operation is also being hampered by muddy waters.
“There is so much mud in the sea water and the visibility is very low,” Lee Gyeong-Og, the vice minister of security and public administration, told a press briefing in Seoul.
Those rescued are being taken to the nearby Jindo Island, where medical teams are wrapping them in blankets, checking for injuries and directing them towards a school gymnasium.
Meanwhile, parents of the children on board have gathered at their high school in Ansan to wait for news.
One of the dead was found inside the sinking ferry, while the other died soon after arriving at the Mokpo Hankook hospital on the mainland.
American Airlines Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Abilene
An American Airlines plane heading from Mexico to Dallas-Fort Worth made an emergency stop in Abilene Tuesday afternoon after experiencing a cabin pressure problem.
American spokesperson Matt Miller said Tuesday that Flight 1225 was on its way from Cabo San Lucas to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport when it was forced to land.
Miller said the MD-80 landed safely in Abilene after “an issue related to cabin pressure.” The oxygen masks did not deploy, despite the depressurization, Miller said.
That did not mean the passengers were spared from the sensation of the pressure drop.
“It’s sort of like you’re on a roller coaster, really,” said Najmah Walton, of Dallas, who was one of the 133 passengers and five crew members on board the flight from Cabo San Lucas to DFW.
“We just went down so fast, because I think [the pilot] said we were at like 30,000 feet and then we went down to 10,000 just like that,” Walton said.
Other passengers mentioned the same sudden pressure loss as the most uncomfortable part of the incident.
“I got up to go to the bathroom and I was so dizzy I couldn’t see what I was doing because my ears were popping so bad,” Priscilla Hiley of Fort Worth said. “I kept trying to make them pop and they wouldn’t and I thought, ‘Gosh this is odd.’ And then it kinda just got worse and worse and worse.”
Once on the ground in Abilene, the passengers were held on the plane while ground crews made repairs because the regional airport does not have customs agents to process people arriving on an international flight.
At one point, an ambulance was called to the plane because one of the passengers suffered a panic attack, further delaying the flight’s departure.
After approximately 90 minutes to two hours in Abilene, flight 1225 took off toward DFW and arrived shortly after 7 p.m.
United Airlines plane skids off the runway in Quebec, Canada
Operations at Quebec City’s Jean-Lesage Airport are returning to normal after a United Airlines flight went off the runway while taxiing to the terminal after landing early this morning.
No one was injured when UA 5835 from Chicago was making a low-speed left turn after landing just before 2 a.m. ET.
Reports say 49 passengers were on the plane.
“The plane landed without incident but went off the runway while taxiing to the terminal,” Jonathan Trudeau, the airport’s director of communications, told CBC’s Radio-Canada.
The Embraer 145 got stuck in a field at an intersection between two tracks and required assistance from emergency response teams to move it back onto the tarmac just before 6 a.m.
“The plane turned straight into the field, which was quite muddy from all the rain we’ve had,” Trudeau said.
Airport operations were not seriously hampered by the incident and were returning to normal by 6:30 a.m.
MAGNITUDE 5.1 FIJI REGION
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Depth: 625 km
Distances: 390 km E of Suva, Fiji / pop: 77,366 / local time: 15:33:46.0 2014-04-16
350 km SE of Lambasa, Fiji / pop: 24,187 / local time: 15:33:46.0 2014-04-16
MAGNITUDE 5.3 OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE
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Depth: 19 km Distances: 66km (41mi) W of Iquique, Chile
197km (122mi) SSW of Arica, Chile
217km (135mi) NNW of Tocopilla, Chile
249km (155mi) SSW of Tacna, Peru
495km (308mi) SSW of La Paz, Bolivia