Plane crashes at private airstrip near Paso Robles; pilot and passenger both killed, USA
A spokesman for the San Luis Obisbo County sheriff’s office says two people have died in a plane crash at a private airstrip in the town of Templeton.
Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla says witnesses reported seeing the single-engine Piper Cub take off, lurch to the right and then spiral into an open field at about 10 a.m. Saturday.
Cipolla says the people who died were the pilot and a passenger, both male. Their identities are not being released until relatives are notified.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are headed to the crash site.
Templeton is a little more than five miles south of Paso Robles.
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Severe thunder & lightning storm forces England’s World Cup warm-up game against Honduras in Miami to be delayed
Super sized hailstorm forces Belgium’s World Cup warm-up game against Tunisia to be delayed
Belgium’s final warm-up game before the World Cup was postponed after a severe hail storm forced players off the field.
Many people’s choice as dark horses to succeed in Brazil were playing Tunisia at the King Baudoin stadium in Brussels when supercell thunderstorms erupted over north east Europe.
Hail stones the size of golf balls rained down on the pitch, eventually forcing players from both teams off after 24 minutes with the score still goalless.
The game was resumed after 40minutes once the storm passed.
Train crash kills at least 10 with many injured in Iran
A passenger train collided with a freight train in northern Iran on Thursday, killing at least 10 people and injuring dozens, Iranian media reported.
“The train was en route from the northeastern city of Mashhad to Tehran. So far 10 passengers have been killed and dozens wounded,” the semi-official Fars news agency reported. “The death toll is expected to rise.”
A local official said the train carried 340 passengers.
State television said the cause of the crash was under investigation by authorities.
The Students News Agency ISNA put the death toll at two and said four people were in critical condition.
In 2004, a runaway train laden with fuel and fertilizers derailed in northeastern Khorasan province, exploded and burst into flames, killing about 300 people.
Alert raised in China after storms, floods kill 27
Alerts were raised for southern and north-eastern China Saturday after the death toll reached 27 with two missing from this week’s heavy rains.
Ten people died in the southern province of Guizhou and nine in the south-western city of Chongqing. Neighboring Sichuan province and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region suffered three deaths each.
The National Meteorological Center warned students taking college entrance exams to leave home early to make sure they arrive on time, as up to 80 millimeters of rain was expected over the weekend in certain regions.
Hail, floods and landslides wreaked havoc across southern areas. The weather bureau also expanded its warnings to include northern provinces of Liaoning and Jilin, as well as the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.
The National Commission for Disaster Reduction announced that 239,000 people had been relocated and 116,000 were in urgent need of basic living necessities.
The picturesque Guangxi region was hit hardest, with thousands of residents facing water and power outages. Luzhai county suffered its highest rainfall in 30 years – 326 millimeters in 31 hours – Xinhua news agency said.
Primary schools cancelled classes in Fengshan county, where 480 students had to be evacuated after flooding reached up to 1.8 meters deep, Xinhua said.
Boat capsizes killing 60 in the Red Sea
Sixty migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia have drowned in the worst disaster to occur off the coast of Yemen this year, the United Nations has said.
Two Yemeni crew members also died when the boat capsized in the Red Sea.
“The tragedy is the largest single loss of life this year of migrants and refugees attempting to reach Yemen via the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden,” the UN’s refugee agency said.
After the incident, witnesses said that the bodies of dozens of illegal immigrants were found on the beaches of Yemen.
Approximately 50 bodies were found and buried near the town of Zoubab. Local residents used a bulldozer to bury the migrants in a mass grave.
An unnamed official said that the capsized boat was one of two which were travelling in convoy.
The first boat, holding the 60 immigrants, capsized while the second boat, carrying 45 migrants, was captured and those on board were arrested.
This week, Yemen’s Ministry of the Interior released a statement saying that up to 2,500 African immigrants arrived in Yemen in May via boats from Somalia.
This influx has led to fears within the country that some Somali members of al-Shabaab may be disguising themselves as immigrants to sneak into the country, which already acts as a haven for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants.