A search is under way for a Mozambique Airlines (LAM) plane which is feared to have crashed in Namibia with 28 passengers and six crew on board.
Rescuers have been sent to the Bwabwata National Park in the north-east of the country – between Angola and Botswana.
Flight TM470 left Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, at 11:26 (09:26 GMT) on Friday and was due to arrive in the Angolan capital, Luanda, at 14:10.
The last contact made with the plane was when it was over northern Namibia.
The nationalities of those on board have not been confirmed.
Initially, the airline said there were signs it might have landed near Rundu.
“LAM airlines, aeronautical and airport authorities are trying to establish contact to confirm the information,” said the airline.
On Saturday, a police official involved with the search said villagers in the area had heard an explosion.
“Botswana officials informed us that they saw smoke in the air and they thought the crash happened in their country, but when they came to the border they realised that it was in Namibia,” Willie Bampton said.
He said the plane had not landed in the Rundu region.
The Bwabwata National Park in Namibia’s Kavango East region – covering around 6,100sq km (2,355 square miles) – is a sparsely-populated area of dense forests.
“The area is vast, and there are no roads and the park is bushy. So, it is very difficult to locate the scene,” Mr Bampton said.
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One person has been confirmed dead after a police helicopter crashed into a busy pub in Glasgow.
Police Scotland said they expected the final number of fatalities would be higher and a rescue operation is continuing at the scene.
The crash happened at The Clutha in Stockwell Street at 22:25 on Friday.
There were three people on board the helicopter – two officers and a civilian pilot. Thirty-two people have been taken to local hospitals.
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond told a press conference it was a “black day for Scotland.”
Chief Constable Sir Stephen House confirmed that one person had died and further fatalities were expected after the helicopter crashed on to the roof of the pub.
He said there was “deep sorrow” in Police Scotland and thoughts were with all those involved.
He said they “can’t say definitively” whether there are people still trapped within the pub, and added “we are still in a search and recovery phase”.
He went on: “It’s been emotional but it’s the job of everyone here to deal with it and we will continue to deal with it.”
Mr Salmond said: “This is a black day for Glasgow and Scotland but it is also St Andrew’s Day and we can take pride in how we respond to adversity.
“The response from our emergency services and citizens has been exemplary.”
Earlier senior fire officer said they had made contact with some people trapped inside the pub but the building was unsafe and they were taking a “methodical” approach to the rescue.
The emergency services could be seen on the pub’s roof trying to rescue people from inside.
Jim Murphy MP tells the BBC that “something horrific and serious happened”
It has been reported that about 120 people were in the pub at the time of the crash. Many were rescued or escaped but others have been trapped by a collapse on the left-hand side of the building.
Emergency services have erected barriers around the scene and specialist rescue teams are in the pub with sniffer dogs.
- The Police Scotland Casualty Bureau number is 0800 092 0410
- Callers should only contact the Casualty Bureau number if they have concerns for relatives who may have been in the Clutha Vaults pub or surrounding area at the time of the incident
- The injured have been taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Western Infirmary and the Victoria Infirmary
- The fire service said there were people trapped in the building but they could not say how many
Some of the injured were taken to a nearby Holiday Inn Express, while more serious casualties were being treated in hospital.
As he left the accident and emergency department of Glasgow Royal Infirmary, a staff member who did not want to be interviewed was asked how serious the injuries were. He replied: “Very”.
Glasgow’s Health Board said it had put in place its “well-rehearsed major emergency arrangements” and that local hospitals had been on “immediate standby”.
A large area of the city centre has been cordoned off.
Images of the crash showed the wreckage of a dark blue helicopter with a yellow “Police” insignia lying on the pub’s roof.
Police Scotland Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick said: “At 22:25 on Friday evening, the Police Scotland helicopter – a Eurocopter EC135 T2 – came down on the roof of the Clutha Vaults pub in Stockwell Street, Glasgow.
“There were three people on board – two police officers and a civilian pilot. There were a number of customers inside the bar at the time.”
She said the rescue operation was ongoing and it was too early to provide any details around why the helicopter came down.
Helicopter operator Bond Air Services said it was working with the police and emergency services.
Jim Murphy, the Labour MP for East Renfrewshire, was in the area at the time of the crash and said he ran into the pub to help before emergency services arrived.
He told the BBC there was “pandemonium” as people tried to get out of the pub.
“It was almost like slow motion,” he said, adding: “People just formed a bit of human chain, side by side with each other, to help pull injured people out.”
The shadow cabinet minister, who had blood on his shirt which he said was not his, described what he saw as a “horrific scene”.
The band who were playing in the pub at the time of the crash, Esperanza, have released a statement on their Facebook page.
Bassist Jess wrote: “Waking up and realising that it is all definitely horribly real. Despite the situation everyone was so helpful and caring of each other.
“The police, ambulances, firefighters all did a stellar job and continue to do so today in extremely difficult conditions.”
Eyewitness Fraser Gibson, 34, was inside the pub with his brother to see his former band, Esperanza.
“Midway through their set it sounded like a giant explosion,” he told BBC Scotland.
“Part of the room was covered in dust. We didn’t know what had happened. We froze for a second; there was panic and then people trying to get out the door.”
Mr Gibson added: “I would say there was maybe 120 people inside the pub. A lot of people managed to get out straight away, but it was hard to tell how many were actually trapped in the other half of the bar.
He said there had been no indication a helicopter had caused the devastation, adding: “The roof had just totally collapsed.
“There were shards of wood sticking out the top but nothing that said there had been a helicopter crash.”
Eddie Waltham, a former firefighter who had a friend inside the pub, told the BBC: “A roof joist came down and hit him and pushed him towards the window which is at the left side of the left door.”
He added later: “My own reaction was to run straight up to the pub.
“It was amazing to watch just how people were trying so hard to get into this building.”
John McGarrigle who said he feared his father had been in the pub at the time said: “I’ve checked every hospital and there’s no sign of him. I’m very anxious.
“I’m just going to stand here till I see casualties come out of the building.”
Gordon Matheson, the leader of Glasgow City Council, said his heart went out to the families affected.
He also praised the response of ordinary people in the area before the emergency services arrived.
He said: “People who were in the pub, the people who were in the streets and who just helped out their fellow human beings who were out having a good time.
“It’s Glasgow at its best you know, if people are in need the spontaneous response is to go to their help. And I want to pay great tribute to that and I’m very proud as leader of the city that that was the reaction. It doesn’t surprise me.”
Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: “My thoughts are with everyone affected by the helicopter crash in Glasgow – and the emergency services working tonight.”
In 2002, a police Eurocopter EC-135 came down in a field in Ayrshire. All three people on board survived.
In 1990, a police sergeant was killed when a Bell Jet 206 helicopter crashed in bad weather at Newton Mearns in East Renfrewshire.
The Boeing 747 Dreamlifter cargo plane took off safely from the airport in Kansas
A gigantic Boeing 747 Dreamlifter cargo plane has safely taken off from a tiny airport in Kansas after it landed there by mistake.
The huge cargo jet had been heading for McConnell air force base in Wichita, but instead touched down at nearby Colonel James Jabara airport.
No-one was injured and no property damage occurred when the plane landed.
There had been questions as to whether the aircraft would be able to depart from the much shorter runway at Jabara.
The Dreamlifter normally needs a runway of 2,780m (9,119ft) to get airborne at maximum weight; Jabara’s runway is only 1,860m long.
Listen to an excerpt from the exchange between the control tower and pilot
A tug was dispatched to the airport to turn around the giant cargo plane.
Brad Christopher of the Wichita Airport Authority told the Associated Press news agency earlier that the company operating the aircraft had “assured us they’ve run all the engineering calculation and performance and the aircraft is very safe for a normal departure at its current weight and conditions here”.
The Dreamlifter, which landed at Jabara on Wednesday evening, is a modified 747-400 passenger aeroplane, which can carry more cargo by volume than any aeroplane in the world, according to Boeing.
The aerospace company uses its fleet of four Dreamlifters to transport large assembled components of its 787 Dreamliner from suppliers around the world to the final assembly location in Washington state.
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A 47-year-old woman has been airlifted to hospital with leg injuries after an accident with a buggy.
She was believed to have been driving the vehicle when it fell down an embankment.
Paramedics were called to the scene by wooden lodges at Llantysilio near Llangollen, and took her to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. Bodelwyddan.
A fire service spokeswoman said two crews from Llangollen were called the help the woman in a vehicle described as a cross between a quad bike and a golf buggy in a lakeland area.
She said: “She was released before we got there. We administered oxygen.”
Welsh Ambulance Service said Wales Air Ambulance was called. A spokesman said: “We were called at 11.12am to an incident in Llantysilio, near Llangollen.
“We sent an emergency ambulance, an ambulance officer and the Helimed helicopter to the scene, and a woman with leg injuries was flown to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.”
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Police have confirmed the names of the two people who died in an air crash in Flintshire on Friday.
It is thought that Gary Vickers, 58, and Kaye Clarke, 42, both from the Chester area, were flying home from Paris when their twin engine light aircraft came down at Hawarden airport.
Mr Vickers was pronounced dead at the scene while Ms Clarke died at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) is leading an inquiry.
The area around the incident remains cordoned off at the airport, next to the Airbus wing factory, used by private and commercial planes.
North Wales Police said the alarm was raised at 13:07 GMT on Friday, with fire and ambulance crews also in attendance.
The force said the coroner had also been informed.
The AAIB confirmed on Friday that it had sent an investigation team to the site.
The team will continue with an on-site investigation before the wreckage is taken to the AAIB headquarters at Farnborough, Hampshire, for further analysis.
Aviation consultant Chris Yates said he thought the cause may lie in mechanical failure.
“Nothing should have gone wrong in that final landing phase,” he told BBC Wales.
“The pilot in question was very skilled in fixed wing flying and also in rotary flying.
“So probably the air accident investigators will focus more on the maintenance of the aircraft and whether any mechanical failure happened.”
A passenger plane has crashed at an airport in the Russian city of Kazan, killing at least 50 people, officials say.
The Boeing 737 had taken off from Moscow, and was reportedly trying to land but exploded on impact.
Russian officials told local media there were no survivors.
The plane belonged to Tatarstan Airlines, and crashed about 7:20pm local time (15:20 GMT) on Sunday, reports said.
The Emergencies Ministry said there were 44 passengers and six crew members on the flight.
There were no immediate indications of what may have led to the crash, but reports said the pilot had already tried to land twice before – and crashed on the third attempt.
The airport in Kazan – the capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan – has been closed since the accident.
The BBC’s Daniel Sandford, in Moscow, says that although some of Russia’s biggest airlines now have very good reputations, frequent crashes by smaller operators mean the country has one of the worst air safety records in the world.
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A man and a woman have died after a light aircraft crashed near the runway at Hawarden Airport in Flintshire.
North Wales Police they were called at 13:07 GMT to the incident involving a twin engine light aircraft.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital where she later died. There were no other people on board the aircraft.
The Air Accidents Investigation Bureau (AAIB) is investigating.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service sent three appliances to the scene but said the incident was dealt with by on-site firefighters from the nearby Airbus factory.
“Police are currently at the scene and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has been informed,” said a police spokesperson.
“A full investigation will be undertaken to establish the full circumstances of the incident.”
The Welsh Ambulance Service said it had sent a rapid response vehicle and emergency ambulance to the scene, along with two emergency response doctors.
The AAIB said it had deployed a team to the airport to begin its investigation.
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It is the second time in a week that a BA plane has been diverted to Shannon
The plane landed safely shortly before 6.20pm.
Emergency services had been standing by but were stood down shortly before the jet landed.
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Two climbers were winched off a cliff in Gwynedd by an RAF rescue helicopter after one fell 10m (32ft) and was knocked unconscious.
The pair from Leeds had been climbing at Tremadog, near Porthmadog, when the incident happened on Saturday just before 16:00 GMT.
A fellow climber heard cries for help and alerted emergency services.
A rescue helicopter from RAF Valley, Anglesey, airlifted the injured man to hospital.
The climbers were flown to Bangor where the injured climber received treatment for suspected head and back injuries at Ysbyty Gwynedd.
The helicopter winch man had to cut the rope securing the injured climber before lifting him to safety from a popular climbing route known as “Christmas curry”.
The Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team was involved in the rescue which ended at about 18:30 GMT, along with North Wales Police who closed the road below the scene.
A mountain rescue spokesperson said: “The team were on scene within 14 minutes of the call and quickly reached the top to set up a technical rope rescue system and evacuate the pair.
“The casualty suffered a minor head injury during the fall, and was treated for a suspected spinal injury and a dislocated right arm.”
The operator was forced to pay the 53-year-old £24,000 in damages after a judge found it should have ensured the hotel was safe.
Mrs Japp had been relaxing on the balcony of her suite at the Crystal Cove Hotel, in Barbados, and was wearing only her swimsuit, when she accidentally walked into the closed French windows leading into her room.
The glass shattered and she suffered deep lacerations all over her body.
Virgin Holidays has now taken the case to the Court of Appeal, saying that the judgment, if upheld, would “create great difficulties for the tourist industry” in applying British health and safety standards to foreign countries, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Sarah Prager, the lawyer representing Virgin Holidays, confirmed the incident had occurred but warned the judges against “exporting English standards” across the globe.
“Travel agents, when they send people off abroad, if they are told that facilities have to comply with English notions of reasonableness, that is going to create great difficulties for the English tourist industry in general,” she said.
“Exporting English standards of reasonableness would give rise to lack of clarity – some nations are more risk averse than others”.
But Andrew Spencer, representing Mrs Japp, argued that Virgin Holidays had rightly been held liable, saying: “When people book a package holiday, they are entitled to expect that the facilities are not unsafe.”
Judges will rule on the appeal at a later date.
Simon Lomax, a specialist in travel law, told the newspaper that the cost of claims like these – ranging from slipping on wet floors to car accidents during airport transfers – could be passed on to consumers in the form of price hikes by holiday groups.
“The operator can carry the can, or they can pass it on to the hotel, or they can pass it on to the consumer,” he said. “More than likely the company will end up paying. At the end of the day they do make millions of pounds in profit.”
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