Russia hunts for body fragments, clues after fatal plane crash

UNTV News   •   February 12, 2018   •   2781

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry members work at the crash site of the short-haul AN-148 airplane operated by Saratov Airlines in Moscow Region, Russia February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Emergency workers in Russia searched snow-covered fields outside Moscow on Monday, looking for body fragments and clues after a fatal plane crash a day earlier killed all 71 people on board.

President Vladimir Putin has ordered a special commission to investigate what caused the AN-148 plane operated by Saratov Airlines to crash outside Moscow shortly after taking off for the city of Orsk in the Orenburg region, about 900 miles (1,500 km) southeast of the capital.

Among the possible causes investigators are looking into are weather conditions, human error and the plane’s technical condition. The plane’s crew did not send any distress signals.

Experts are analyzing a flight recorder recovered in the wreckage as well as plane fragments. Footage from a CCTV camera which captured some of what happened was posted online on Monday. It showed what looked like a large ball of fire streaking through the sky.

Debris and human remains are spread over a radius of a kilometer around the crash site, investigators have said.

Officials from Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry told a meeting broadcast on state TV on Monday that DNA tests were being organized with the relatives of those killed to try to identify body fragments.

The plane, manufactured in 2010, had been carrying 65 passengers and six crew. The passenger list showed many young people were on board, including a five-year-old girl.

Reporting by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Jack Stubbs

Firefighting plane crash kills 3 in Australia

UNTV News   •   January 23, 2020

Workers try to put out a bushfire behind a row of factories near West Queenbeyan, Australia, Jan.23, 2020. EFE-EPA/MICK TSIKAS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Sydney, Australia – Three people were killed when a water-bombing plane fighting bushfires crashed into a large fireball in Australia on Thursday amid rising temperatures that have further fueled the blazes in the country.

The New South Wales authorities said the C-130 Hercules tanker aircraft went down in the Snowy Monaro area, south of the Australian capital, Canberra, in the afternoon.

“Three people have lost their lives after a large tanker crashed. Our thoughts and prayers and heartfelt condolences go to their families,” New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters.

She said the disaster was a “stark and horrible” indication that the fire season in Australia was far from over and the “dangerous work” being undertaken to control the blazes.

NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the contact with the aircraft was lost shortly before 1.30 pm.

“Tragically, there appear to be no survivors as a result of the crash down in the Snowy Monaro area. It has impacted heavily with the ground.

“Initial reports are that there was a large fireball associated with the impact of the plane as it hit the ground,” he said.

Fitzsimmons said there was “no indication at this stage on what caused the accident”.

The victims in the plane crash were not immediately identified but the commissioner said all three aboard were residents of the United States.

Canberra Airport was closed on Thursday after the Australian authorities once again activated its fire alert over rising temperatures, which in some places exceeded 40 degrees Celsius.

The flights arriving in and departing from the country’s ninth busiest airport in terms of the number of passengers were suspended around midday due to a fire raging nearby, the airport said in a statement on social media.

The authorities once again activated its fire alert on Thursday over rising temperatures, which in some places exceeded 40 degrees Celsius.

In the Sydney region, where the mercury reached 41 degrees, it is feared that severe heat conditions, strong winds, and potential storms could aggravate the situation.

Strong winds in the mountains posed an increased risk of fires, said the meteorology bureau of New South Wales, the capital of which is Sydney, and. Some 84 fires, 40 of them uncontrolled, are burning in the region.

“There’s every potential for flare-ups and new ignitions to come out of some of these fire grounds,” Fitzsimmons said.

The authorities in the Australian Capital Territory, which includes Canberra, were also on alert against the danger of fires before temperatures begin to fall again on Friday.

Bushfires, which have been raging since September and which worsened on New Year’s Eve, have claimed 32 lives and affected more than 1 billion animals.

The fires have razed more than 2,500 homes and 180,000 square kilometers (some 69,500 square miles) of land, an area equivalent to the size of Syria.

These fires, which experts say have been more intense this year due to global warming, have emitted so far 400 megatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, an amount equivalent to the country’s average annual emissions, according to the global environment monitoring program Copernicus.

A survey by the Australia Institute published on Thursday found that 57 percent of the people surveyed across the country of 24.6 million inhabitants felt the impact of fires and smoke, while 26 percent experienced health problems as a result.

The report also underlined that about 1.8 million people were unable to work because of the fires, and the loss in productivity was estimated at AU$1.3 billion ($894 million).

“Australia is in the grip of a national climate disaster. The social, economic and medical impacts are vast and only just starting to become clear,” said Tom Swann, a senior researcher at the Australia Institute. EFE-EPA

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No survivors after Ukrainian plane crashes outside Tehran: state media

UNTV News   •   January 8, 2020

Members of the International Red Crescent collect bodies of victims around the wreckage after an Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 carrying 176 people crashed near Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran, killing everyone on board, in Shahriar, Iran, 8 January 2020.

Tehran, Iran – There were no survivors from the Ukraine International Airlines crash on Wednesday near Tehran, according to the official Iranian news agency IRNA.

Around 170-180 people are estimated to have been traveling on the Boeing 737 plane bound for Kiev when it crashed after taking off from Imam Khomeini Airport, owing to technical failure.

According to Iran’s emergency spokesman Moytaba Khaledi, 10 ambulances were sent to the scene of the accident.

Red Crescent said on Twitter that it had dispatched helicopters to the site along with ambulances and emergency response teams.

It posted pictures of burnt debris strewn across a field.

The plane crashed in an area between the cities of Shahed and Parand.

The aircraft’s manufacturer Boeing has been facing a deep crisis following two accidents involving its flagship 737 MAX model, causing 346 deaths. The production of this model has been suspended.

The most serious plane crash in Iran in recent times occurred in February 2018, when an ATR-72 belonging to Iran Aseman Airlines crashed in a mountainous area in the center of the country, killing all 59 passengers and six crew members on board. EFE-EPA

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Ukrainian plane crashes with 180 people on board near Tehran

UNTV News   •   January 8, 2020

Emergency services personnel walk amidst the wreckage after an Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 carrying 176 people crashed near Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran, killing everyone on board, in Shahriar, Iran, 8 January 2020.

Tehran – A Ukrainian aircraft with 180 people on board crashed Wednesday near Imam Khomeini Airport, south of Tehran, according to Iranian news agency IRNA.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines, took off from the Iranian airport for Kiev, but crashed soon after owing to technical problems.

According to Iran’s emergency spokesman Moytaba Khaledi, 10 ambulances have been sent to the scene of the accident. However, there is no news yet about casualties.

The plane crashed in an area between the cities of Shahed and Parand.

The aircraft’s manufacturer Boeing has been facing a deep crisis following two accidents involving its flagship 737 MAX model, causing 346 deaths. The production of this model has been suspended.

The most serious plane crash in Iran in recent times occurred in February 2018, when an ATR-72 belonging to Iran Aseman Airlines crashed in a mountainous area in the center of the country, killing all 59 passengers and six crew members on board. EFE-EPA

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