Archive | May 10, 2014

Colorado oil train spill put at 6,500 gallons

Breaking News

The Union Pacific Railroad says 6,500 gallons of oil spilled when a train derailed in northern Colorado on Friday.

A railroad spokeswoman said cleanup operations were still underway Saturday. State officials say the spill was contained to a ditch and didn’t reach the nearby South Platte River.

The railroad says the contaminated soil will be removed and replaced with clean soil.

Six of the 100 cars in a crude oil train derailed west of LaSalle, about 45 miles north of Denver. One car leaked.

Three cars were empty and have been moved. Two-thirds of the oil in another car had been removed by Saturday and another was still full.


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Jordan reports 9th corona virus infection

Virus Alert

Jordan announced that it has registered a 9th corona virus infection for a male nurse in his 50s working at a private hospital and was one of a cadre that was treating an infected person at the hospital.

The health ministry said the new case was under an epidemiological investigation the ministry started for persons who dealt with infected people, adding that the man was in a stable condition.

The total number of cases registered in the Kingdom since reporting the first case in 2012 rises to 9; four of them died.

Severe rainstorm triggers landslide killing one and 10,000 evacuated in Central China

Storm Alert

One person was killed in a rain-triggered landslide while flooding has forced the relocation of another 10,000 residents in a county in central China’s Hunan Province, local authorities said Saturday.

Heavy rains started to hit Suining County at 3 a.m. Saturday, with precipitation in one township hitting 186 mm by noon, the office of the county flood control headquarters said in a statement.

The rainstorms disrupted traffic, power and telecommunications in 10 townships. One villager in Jinwutang Township was killed in a landslide.

A total of 112,000 residents were affected and 10,000 have been evacuated, it said.

Also on Saturday, a rainstorm-triggered flash flood tore down 14 houses and two bridges, damaged flood-control dikes and inundated a hydropower generation plant in Fugong County in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, local authorities said.

A total of 264 people in risk-prone areas have been relocated to safe places, the county publicity department said.

Earlier the county was battered by rains on Thursday and Friday.

Landslide kills three in Moulvibazar

Landslide Alert

At least three people were killed in a landslide in Shahbajpur tea garden area under Barolekha upazila of Moulvibazar Saturday morning.

The dead were identified as Rajesh, aged 35, Manju, aged 30 and their one-year old daughter.

Local sources said that big chunks of earth from a hill fell on a shanty of one Rajesh located in the area when it was raining in the area around 8:30am.

One dead in Hamilton Township plane crash, USA

Plane Crash Alert

Police were still on the scene Saturday of a plane crash that left one dead and at least one injured Friday night in Hamilton Township.

The plane, a Navion G aircraft, crashed in a wooded area behind a residence near Cologne Avenue and Paddock Street at about 8:30 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Authorities said two of the four people onboard were able to walk away, while rescue crews removed the other two. The extent of injuries for the survivors was not available. Their identities had not yet been released Saturday.

FAA Spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said Saturday that the pilot was on approach to Runway 13 of the Atlantic City International Airport when he reported engine problems.

On Saturday, 53-year-old Hamilton Township resident Greg Meyer, himself a local pilot, cycled past the scene after reading media reports.

“This area is right in the approach to the airport,” he said. “Runway 13 is a large runway a lot of small and large planes use.”

Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said the aircraft had a serial number NAV-4-2473. 

According to the FAA registry database, the plane was a single-engine Navion G manufactured in 1962. It was registered to RTD Aviation, LLC, based out of Wilmington, Del. Messages left at two phone numbers associated with the company were not returned Saturday.

Knudson said an aircraft recovery company would arrive late Saturday with plans to remove the wreckage by Sunday evening. The crash did not result in a fire, he said.

Similarly, he said, an inspector will be on the scene with a preliminary report expected within five-to-10 business days.

The crash site was calm Saturday morning, with just a few police vehicles parked in the driveway of a private residence. It was a stark contrast of Friday evening when EMTs and firefighters worked late into the night. A number of observers also gathered near the site.

Jim Keefer, a nearby resident, said he heard three loud bangs and thought it was just a truck in the area.

Another resident in the area, Robert Boisvert, said he heard a funny sound – like splitting wood – but didn’t see anything.

Plane Deploys Parachute During Midair Emergency in Australia

Talk about having your camera ready at the right time. Videographer Doug Turner happened to capture footage of a light plane descending to ground via parachute. The footage below is believed to be the only existing video relating to the incident.
Designed for light aircraft, the parachute has allowed four people to make a miraculous escape from a plane crash in the Blue Mountains after their aircraft suffered mechanical failure midair.
The male pilot of the Cirrus aircraft managed to miss houses and major powerlines before the plane landed in the front yard of a house at Lawson (NSW Australia) at 2.10pm on Saturday, 10 May.
All four people on-board escaped serious injury with only one passenger taken to hospital for minor neck pain. The only reported property damage was to the front fence of one house.
NSW Police said the pilot deployed the aircraft’s parachute at 1300 metres “following an emergency incident”. 
According to Cirrus’ guide to CAPS, the parachute is activated by the pilot pulling a red handle in the cockpit. Once it is pulled, a cable causes a rocket to ignite which dislodges the CAPS cover, which sits behind the baggage compartment. The parachute is then deployed. Cirrus says that, as of January this year, 85 lives have been saved when pilots or passengers have activated the system.

Mystery illness causes plane to divert to Dublin airport

A US AIRWAYS flight en route to Philadelphia has been diverted to Dublin Airport after reports that the crew became unwell.

US flight 715 left Venice at around 11.30am this morning and was heading for the US city, but has now landed in Dublin Airport.

A spokesperson for the airport confirmed that the flight had landed due to illness and that a number of HSE ambulances were on standby as the plane was taken to a remote location in the airport.

However, the nature of the illness is not known.

The airline said that no passengers or flight crew were among those that reported the illnesses.

“US Airways flight 715 from Venice to Philadelphia diverted to Dublin because several of our flight attendants reported medical issues.

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“Medical professionals are evaluating our flight attendants and we are reaccommodating our customers on other flights to PHL. There are no reports of illness from pilots or passengers.”


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Depth: 88 km

Distances: 2213 km NW of Vancouver, Canada / pop: 1,837,969 / local time: 07:16:08.7 2014-05-10
954 km W of Whitehorse, Canada / pop: 23,272 / local time: 07:16:08.7 2014-05-10
183 km SW of Anchorage, United States / pop: 291,826 / local time: 06:16:08.7 2014-05-10
48 km NW of Anchor Point, United States / pop: 1,930 / local time: 06:16:08.7 2014-05-10

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Depth: 71 km

Distances: 167 km S of Apia, Samoa / pop: 40,407 / local time: 00:53:23.6 2014-05-11
149 km S of Matavai, Samoa / pop: 1,308 / local time: 00:53:23.6 2014-05-11

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