Two people have been killed in a small plane crash near Nanaimo.
Transportation Safety Board spokesman Bill Yearwood says the plane, an “amateur built” Avid amphibious aircraft, crashed on takeoff from the Nanaimo Airport in Cassidy Saturday evening.
Cassidy is located about 20 kilometres northeast of Nanaimo.
Yearwood says the single engine two seater went down on the Cottonwood Golf Course, which is adjacent to the airport, and that the two people on board died of their injuries.
Some golfers were on the course at the time of the crash, but Yearwood says there are no reports of anyone else being injured.
He adds that Mounties are interviewing witnesses on the ground as they, along with the TSB and the B.C. coroner’s service, investigate the crash.
No details have been released at this point concerning the victims.
Weather conditions were sunny and clear at the time of the fatal accident.
An American doctor working with Ebola patients in Liberia has tested positive for the deadly virus, an aid organization said Saturday.
North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse issued a news release saying that Dr. Kent Brantly tested positive for the disease and was being treated at a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Brantly is the medical director for the aid organization’s case management center in the city.
Brantly, 33, has been working with Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia since October 2013 as part of the charity’s post-residency program for doctors, said the group’s spokeswoman Melissa Strickland. The organization’s website says he had worked as a family practice physician in Fort Worth, Texas.
The highly contagious virus is one of the most deadly diseases in the world. Photos of Brantly working in Liberia show him in white coveralls made of a synthetic material that he wore for hours a day while treating Ebola patients.
Brantly was quoted in a posting on the organization’s website earlier this year about efforts to maintain an isolation ward for patients.
“The hospital is taking great effort to be prepared,” Brantly said. “In past Ebola outbreaks, many of the casualties have been healthcare workers who contracted the disease through their work caring for infected individuals.”
Strickland says that Brantly’s wife and children had been living with him in Africa, but they are currently in the U.S.
The deadly disease has killed 672 in several African countries since the outbreak began earlier this year.
Nine coal mines have been temporarily closed and 3,000 miners have been evacuated in Ukraine’s eastern region of Luhansk due to the threat of a power outage, leaving no working mines in the region, a local news portal City News reported on Sunday.
“The mining had to be stopped and people brought to the surface because two high-voltage power lines that belong to Ukrenergo have been damaged as a result of military action,” the report said.
“A total of 3,000 people were evacuated. Until the threat of the power being cut off is extinguished, the mines will work in the life-support regime (ventilation and un watering),” the report said.
Four other mines have already suspended work in the Luhansk Region since July 11, after the death of miners following a bus explosion and due to the ongoing military action near the enterprise.
Kiev authorities launched a special military operation in eastern Ukraine in mid-April in a crackdown on the independence movement. The fighting intensified after Donetsk and Luhansk regions proclaimed themselves independent people’s republics. Hundreds of people, including civilians have died in both regions over the past months.
Moscow has described the ongoing military action as a punitive operation and has repeatedly called on Kiev to put an immediate end to the bloodshed. Russia’s Foreign Ministry has also urged the international community to intervene and investigate the crimes against humanity that occurred in Ukraine in recent months.
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353 km SE of Manokwari, Indonesia / pop: 53,190 / local time: 19:15:31.7 2014-07-27
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Strong wind and large hail hit parts of Douglas County near Corsica. People in town say many homeowners spent the day picking up branches and trees blown over in the storm.
Homes and businesses also had some broken windows and damaged siding. In rural areas around the region, entire fields of corn and farm structures were blown over. There are also reports of a roof blown off a local church.
The community says it could take quite some time to clean up the mess from Saturday’s severe weather.
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