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.
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 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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Memorials are planned to mark the deaths of five World War II airmen who died when their plane crashed in Conwy.
Deganwy historian Gwyn Hughes has been researching the incident after learning of the deaths almost 70 years ago.
Over the years he has interviewed eye witnesses and found archives to piece together details of the 1944 crash which he said was not well documented.
A memorial park is being opened at Llandudno Junction Community Club near to the crash site at Marl Woods.
And a separate plaque near the site and memorial service are also being arranged
“It’s a tragic story,” said Mr Hughes whose research published on the website of Deganwy History Group explains how the men had been on a training flight from north Wales when they ran into difficulty.
The airmen, including three from Britain and two from Poland and New Zealand, had left Mona Airfield, Anglesey, en route to Lancashire when the Avro Anson MK1 plane were seen in difficulty over Llandudno.
Mr Hughes explained how school children were among the witnesses that February afternoon in 1944 and they described loud noises and debris falling from the sky before the plane crashed.
“There was no explosion, just a thud,” said Mr Hughes.
In his research he found medical officer’s report said the crash was one day, while the graves of some of the airmen say it was another day.
Mr Hughes said this shows there was not a comprehensive report into the crash and he is at a loss to explain why.
The transcribed medical report says: “On the afternoon of the
16.2.44 the ambulance was called out to a flying accident near Llandudno Junction. On arrival there it was found that the crew of five were all dead and had been established as personnel from this unit. They were conveyed back to RAF Station Mona Sick Quarters Mortuary. Two of the funerals were carried out here, the rest elsewhere.”
Over the years Mr Hughes has traced the families of three of the five airman and they will be invited to a memorial service due to be held next February.
A new plaque is also due to installed by Deganwy History Group near to the scene once permission is granted.
“There are people who still remember the crash,” said Mr Hughes.
“Some have thought for years that we need to remember these men.”
An investigation is under way after a microlight aircraft crashed in Gwynedd.
Fire crews from Abersoch and Nefyn along with a specially-trained crew from Caernarfon were called to Rhydlios, near Pwllheli, shortly before 21:00 BST on Tuesday.
They isolated the battery and removed a wing from the aircraft while the tank remained intact, the fire service said.
Two men suffered minor injuries in the crash. Air accident investigators are looking into the cause.
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The mayor of Birmingham, William Bell, noted a long debris field, with the airframe broken up into several parts, and that there were no storms in the area.
The airframe was delivered to UPS in 2004, and is 9.8 years old.
Weather shortly after the crash was not significant: KBHM 141106Z 00000KT 9SM FEW005 OVC070 23/22 A2999 RMK AO2 FEW005 FU
UPS has issued the following statement:
At 6:11 a.m. EST, UPS Flight 1354 from Louisville, KY to Birmingham, AL, an A300 with two crewmembers, was involved in an accident on approach into the Birmingham airport. At this time, we have not confirmed the status of our pilots.
“This incident is very unfortunate, and our thoughts and prayers are with those involved,” said UPS Airlines President Mitch Nichols.
“We place the utmost value on the safety of our employees, our customers and the public. We will immediately engage with the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation, and we will work exhaustively on response efforts,” continued Nichols.
UPS will release more facts about this accident as they become available, but the NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will be the primary source of information going forward.
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By Megan Davies & Nick Zieminski,
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Sukhoi Superjet made a belly landing during a test flight on Sunday at Iceland’s Keflavik airport in Reykjavik, according to a statement by its Russian manufacturer.
The Superjet program hit uncertainty last year after one of its planes crashed in Indonesia during a promotional flight, in which 45 people were killed.
At the final stage of a test flight to evaluate the Sukhoi Superjet 100′s automatic landing system on Sunday, the aircraft “touched the runway with retracted landing gear,” Sukhoi Civil Aircraft said in a statement.
One certification center expert injured his leg during evacuation, but the other four people aboard were unharmed, the statement said.
Sukhoi is currently looking at debt restructuring options to support the Superjet program, which it expects to break even in 2015.
Sukhoi is part of state-owned United Aircraft Corp, an umbrella corporation Russian President Vladimir Putin created in 2006 to revive the country’s aircraft industry in partnership with Italy’s Finmeccanica.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft is 75 percent minus one share owned by Sukhoi, which also makes military aircraft, and 25 percent plus one share owned by Alenia, a unit of Finmeccanica.
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A San Francisco hospital says a third victim of a plane crash, a Chinese girl, has died from her injuries.
She was among about a dozen injured still in hospital after Asiana flight 214 struck a sea wall as it approached the airport too low last week.
And officials now confirm another victim was hit by a fire truck as she lay on the tarmac, police say.
Ye Mengyuan, 16, was found covered in fire-fighting foam in the tyre tracks of the truck.
It is not clear if she was still alive when it hit her.
Dozens of passengers were also wounded, although most suffered minor injuries.
Ye’s cause of death has not yet been established, but county coroners have suggested their findings could be released next week.
“We know for sure she was at least run over one time, but at the time she was under foam, so nobody could have seen her,” San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr told the San Francisco Chronicle.
She and another Chinese 16-year-old who died, Wang Linjia, had been in the rear of the plane, where many of the most seriously injured passengers were seated. Their bodies bodies were found on the tarmac.
The third victim’s name and age were not released at the request of her parents.
About a dozen passengers remain in hospital on Friday, including three in critical condition.
The plane came in much too shallow last Saturday before its main landing gear struck a sea wall well short of the end of the runway. The tail of the 777 was ripped off.
The plane went into a 360-degree spin before coming to rest.
Officials have said that pilots only realised the plane was flying too slowly seconds before the crash.
The pilot, who was about half way through his training, pushed the throttles to speed up and then tried to abort the landing, but it was too late.
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