The pilot was killed Friday morning when a single-engine plane crashed in a Halifax County field, authorities said.
The single-engine Cessna 182 departed from the Sabot Airport, which is west of Richmond, Va., and was en route to the Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport when the pilot reported engine problems, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The pilot was diverted to the Hanover County Municipal Airport north of Richmond but decided to head to the Halifax-Northampton Regional Airport for an unknown reason, the FAA said.
The plane crashed about 10 a.m. off Andrew Hale Road near Littleton, about 5 miles southwest of the airport.
The pilot’s name hasn’t been released, and authorities said no one else was aboard the plane.
A search of the aircraft’s tail number shows it was manufactured in 1977. It is registered to Poe Inc. in Manakin Sabot, Va.
The FAA sent a team investigators to the crash site.
A blackout cut power to much of Venezuela on Friday, snarling traffic in the capital Caracas and other major cities as authorities scrambled to restore electricity after the outage, which twice interrupted a presidential broadcast.
Pedestrians streamed into the streets of Caracas as the blackout shuttered the underground metro trains and left frustrated drivers honking in the chaos without stoplights.
Government ministers in the late afternoon said they expected power would be restored shortly. It was the second nationwide major electricity outage in less than a year.
“How am I going to get to my house? By the grace of God,” said Pedro Mayora, 58, an accountant who was waiting outside the Metro to see how he would reach his home on the poor west end of the city.
Workers stood in groups outside evacuated buildings, some complaining of difficulty in communicating over congested cellular phone lines.
An outage at a power station in the center of the country led to other generation centers going offline, halting service in that region and in the Andes region in the west, Electricity Minister Jesse Chacon told state television.
The problems extended to Maracaibo, Venezuela’s second city, and the industrial center of Valencia.
The OPEC nation has suffered an increasing number of power outages in recent years, which critics have attributed to low electricity tariffs and limited state investment following the 2007 nationalization of the power sector.
Television screens froze for several seconds as Maduro was speaking during a broadcast of the awards ceremony for a national journalism prize. The words “It looks like the power went out” were audible in the background.
“Traffic normally flows fine, but with the power out it’s complete chaos,” said Carlos Pena, 58, a fuel station worker.
A representative of state oil company PDVSA said there were no reports of the oil industry being affected.
President Nicolas Maduro in December blamed a similar power outage on opposition saboteurs who attacked a transmission line with a firearm.
Critics call the power problems a symptom of 15 years of socialist policies that have left the country without a steady supply of energy despite having the world’s largest oil reserves.
Late socialist leader Hugo Chavez in 2007 nationalized the country’s power sector as part of a broad wave of state takeovers.
Maduro this year weathered three months of often violent opposition demonstrations demanding his resignation that were in part motivated by complaints over shoddy public services. He said the protests were a U.S.-backed attempt to overthrow him.
Sweden’s meteorological agency SMHI warned of storms hitting the south on Thursday and the town of Mörrum wasn’t spared.
“The hailstorm must have lasted about ten minutes and it was absolutely crazy. There was several inches of it on the ground,” Göran Odenhammer, father and occasional snowman builder, told The Local.
Odenhammer and his seven-year-old son David ventured outside to inspect the hail and did what comes naturally – have fun in the snow/hail during the Swedish summer.
“At first we were making snowballs but then I said to myself ‘let’s try to make a snowman’ so David and I got to work.
“It felt a bit strange to be making a snowman during the summer as we were wearing shorts but I have to say it came out pretty well,” said Odenhammer senior.
The father-and-son team didn’t just build any old snowman. Oh no indeed. It was a pretty decent-sized one at 1.2 metres, measuring up well to the younger Odenhammer, who turns eight next week.
“I took the picture so you could see just how big the snowman was. It was a real local storm as the town just ten kilometres away just experienced normal rain while we got the severe hailstorm,” said Odenhammer.
But all good things and snowmen don’t last forever. Once the hail subsided and the sun came out again the June snowman started to melt away.
“There’s about half of it left and the rest will probably melt soon. But it was fun while it lasted and we certainly made the most of it,” concluded Odenhammer.
Japan’s Kanto region, which includes the capital Tokyo, was hit by volatile weather Tuesday, including heavy rain and thunder, with hail piling up as high as 10 centimeters in some parts of the capital.
“There was cold air in the upper atmosphere over the city yesterday, which isn’t rare for this time of year. But it remained at the same spot because it was blocked by a front,” a spokeswoman at the weather information provider Weathernews Inc. told JRT on Wednesday. “This caused the heavy and concentrated downpour of ice particles, some as big as 10 millimeters in size.”
Weathernews said the hailstorm peaked around 3 p.m. (0600 GMT), mainly hitting areas in western Tokyo, including the towns of Chofu and Mitaka. Users of the social network Twitter sent out photos of dented cars and broken windows caused by hail.
“Evacuating into a building is recommended whenever thunder or dark storm clouds are approaching,” the spokeswoman said. The weather is expected to improve but remain unpredictable until the weekend, Weathernews said. The Japan Meteorological Agency said Tokyo could get more hail and thunder until late Wednesday.
A man in East Rome unexpectedly snapped the only known photo of the tornado that hit Verona last Tuesday while testing out the settings on his new point-and-shoot camera.
Daniel Mizer, 53, said that he purchased his new camera while it was on sale, urged by his son to pick up new equipment. Mizer said that he picked up the camera to test some settings and try to capture a few shots of the lightning outside of his fifth-story apartment and didn’t even realize that he had captured to the funnel cloud forming.
It wasn’t until the next day when he was freeing up space on the device that he saw the tornado, which he initially thought was part of a tree.
“I thought it was a tree branch, but then I realized I was way too high up to get one in the shot,” Mizer said.
Mizer recently settled into what he considers an early retirement after he injured his back during a construction incident. Mizer said that doctors have told him he cannot return to work without extensive surgery. For years, he has worked as a caregiver, moving from the ARC to a maximum security hospital in a local correctional facility. He spent several years as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor in Florida before moving back to New York.
Mizer’s interest in photography is nothing new.
“I always liked taking pictures,” Mizer said. “From throw-away cameras to Polaroids, I’ve always taken pictures of fishing trips and other outings. I like to keep memories of things.”
Mizer said that he considers the picture a “stroke of luck” and does not consider himself a photographer. He spends his time behind the camera taking photos of wildlife around his apartment complex and neighborhood, in between coffee breaks and visits with neighbors. He used to hunt, but he said he can’t sit for prolonged periods of time anymore because of his back.
“I was just so excited,” Mizer said. “I was messing with different timing settings and other features and I got a picture of a tornado.”
Mizer said that he plans on spending more time developing his photography skills. His most recently accomplishment, however, was becoming a grandfather– he said that he is looking forward to making a trip to Tennessee soon to meet the newest member of his family and make some new photographic memories.
An official said Friday that flash floods and landslides caused by Thursday’s heavy downpours have left three people missing and hundreds of others displaced in Sukabumi district of West Java.
Mud rushed down from a 40 meter-high hill in Purabaya sub- district, hitting houses and burying three people, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of national disaster.
“Until today (Friday) the three persons still could not be found,” he told Xinhua via phone.
A total of 14 houses were damaged and one bridge collapsed, said Sutopo, adding, “As many as 500 people flee homes and take shelters at relatives’ houses and school buildings.”
Soldiers, police, government officials and volunteers have taken part in the emergency relief works, according to him.
Seasonal downpours often incur floods and landslides each year in Indonesia, a chain of 17,500 islands.