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Rescue team searching for survivors of C-130 Hercules flight bound for Antarctica
The Chilean air force has said one of its cargo planes that went missing for more than 12 hours with 38 people onboard has crashed and a rescue team is searching for survivors.
The C-130 Hercules took off at 4.55pm (1955 GMT) on Monday from Punta Arenas in the south and was heading to a base in Antarctica, but operators lost contact with the plane just over an hour later.
The air force said it had yet to locate the plane or determine whether there were any survivors, but had concluded the Hercules must have crashed given how long it had been missing. The plane had been carrying 17 crew and 21 passengers, the air force said, adding that a rescue team was scouring the area “where it lost communication with the plane, with the goal of rescuing possible survivors”. Read more HERE.
Published on 10/12/2019 @ 13h07  |

What we know :

1.- Five people have been confirmed killed, a figure that is expected to rise, after a volcanic eruption on New Zealand’s Whakaari/White Island.
2.- Police have said that they believe there are no survivors left on the island after reconnaissance flights showed “no signs of life had been seen at any point”.
3.- The military will deploy drones at first light to assess the situation on the ground.
4.- As many as 27 people were thought to have been stranded on the island after the eruption.
5.- Prime minister Jacinda Ardern arrived in Whakatane, the nearest major town, late on Monday night and met with local council leaders. She is expected to travel to the island on Tuesday. Read more HERE.

Published on 09/12/2019 @ 13h11  |

Emmanuel Macron is facing the biggest strikes of his presidency, as French rail workers, air-traffic controllers, teachers and public sector staff staged walkouts and took to the streets against proposed changes to the pension system.

Rail services almost ground to a halt, with 82% of drivers on strike and at least 90% of regional trains cancelled, amid fears that the open-ended transport disruption could continue for days. In Paris, 11 out of the 16 metro lines were shut, forcing commuters to scramble to hire bikes and scooters. Many schools were closed and even some police unions warned of “symbolic” closures of certain police stations. Shops along the route of a march in Paris were advised to close in case of violence on the edges of the demonstration. Read more HERE.

Published on 05/12/2019 @ 12h26  |

A small passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Congo’s eastern city of Goma, killing 26 people, including passengers, crew and people on the ground, the government said.

The 19-seater aircraft crashed into residential homes on Sunday in the Mapendo district near Goma’s airport in the North Kivu province. Black smoke rose from the remains of the plane in the morning, but it gradually cleared as rescue workers carried bodies on stretchers and hundreds gathered at the scene. The wreckage could be seen amid destroyed homes with dozens of men trying to assist the rescue efforts.

The Dornier 228-200 aircraft was owned by private carrier Busy Bee and was headed to Beni, about 350km (220 miles) north of Goma. The provisional death toll jumped to 26 later on Sunday and included 17 passengers, two crew members and seven Goma residents, according to the ministry of transportation. The government has extended its condolences to all the families of the victims. Read more HERE

Published on 27/11/2019 @ 10h23  |

At least nine people have died and 600 people have been injured after a powerful earthquake hit Albania in the early hours of Tuesday, causing damage along the country’s Adriatic coastline and in the capital, Tirana. Several buildings collapsed, burying residents in the rubble.

The 6.4-magnitude quake struck shortly before 4am local time (0300 GMT), the US Geological Survey said, and was the second powerful tremor to hit the region in two months. It was centred 19 miles west of Tirana, at a shallow depth of 12.4 miles. Scores of aftershocks included three with preliminary magnitudes of between 5.1 and 5.4.

Endri Fuga, the Albanian government’s director of communications, wrote on Twitter shortly before midday local time that the death toll had risen to nine, while 28 people have been pulled alive from the rubble and 600 people have been given medical assistance. Read more HERE.

Published on 26/11/2019 @ 12h35  |