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Indonesian plane crashes in Java Sea with 188 aboard

JAKARTA: A Lion Air flight with at least 188 people on board is believed to have sunk after crashing into the sea off Indonesia ’s island of Java on Monday, shortly after take off from the capital on its way to the country’s tin-mining hub, officials said. A spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said the Lion Air flight, JT610, lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff, adding that a tug boat leaving the capital’s port had seen the craft falling. “It has been confirmed that it has crashed,” the spokesman,…

At least 17 killed in South Sudan plane crash

JUBA: At least 17 people died in South Sudan on Sunday when a small aircraft carrying passengers from Juba International Airport to the city of Yirol crashed, State information Minister Taban Abel told Reuters. “The plane crashed and killed 17 people and we have three survivors,” Abel told Reuters by phone from Yirol. The plane carried a total of 22 people and two were still missing. One of the survivors, an Italian doctor working with an NGO, is in critical condition and undergoing surgery in Yirol Hospital, the…

Kathmandu airport scare after plane skids off runway

KATHMANDU: Nepal's only international airport had to be closed for some 11 hours after a domestic aircraft skidded off the recently repaired runway, officials said Sunday. The Jetstream 41 was flying in to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj in southern Nepal late Saturday with 21 passengers onboard when it suffered a runway excursion before coming to a halt onto the adjoining grassland. Nobody was hurt in the incident but incoming and outgoing flights to Nepal's sole international air gateway were diverted while authorities…

Boy survives, eight killed in Indonesian plane crash

JAKARTA: A 12-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed eight people in mountainous eastern Indonesia, authorities said Sunday. The Swiss-made Pilatus aircraft lost contact with air traffic control Saturday during what was supposed to be a flight of around 40 minutes in remote Papua province. The wreckage of the plane was found in a heavily forested area on a mountain side in the Oksibil subdistrict on Sunday morning. "Eight passengers were found dead and one was found alive," Papua military…

Airline worker steals empty plane, crashes it into island

An airline worker stole an empty plane from Seattle airport on Friday and crashed it into a nearby sparsely populated island, sparking a security scare that saw US fighter jets scrambled. There was no indication that the incident was an act of terror, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter. Follow this thread for official info. This is not a terrorist incident. Confirmed info .. this is a single suicide male. We know who he is. No others involved. — Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) August 11, 2018…

Passengers ‘grateful to God’ after plane crashes in Mexico with no deaths

MEXICO CITY: Dozens of people were injured when a packed Aeromexico-operated Embraer jet crashed right after takeoff in Mexico’s state of Durango on Tuesday, but authorities said most were not seriously hurt and there were no fatalities. The mid-sized jet was almost full, with 103 people including two infants and four crew members on board, when it crashed at about 4 p.m. local time (2100 GMT), authorities said. Passengers and crew jumped to safety before the plane was engulfed in flames. Passenger Jackeline Flores…

Plane crashes in Cuba killing more than 100, investigation underway

HAVANA: More than 100 people were killed when a Boeing 737 crashed soon after taking off from Havana in what appeared to be Cuba’s worst air disaster in nearly 30 years, and there were only three survivors, officials and state media said on Friday. The passenger plane, on a domestic flight to Holguin in eastern Cuba, crashed at 12:08 p.m. (1608 GMT). There were 105 passengers, including five children, plus crew members, state media reported. Five of the passengers and the crew were foreign, according to media reports.…

Small plane crashes outside Philippine capital, killing 10

MANILA: Ten people died when a small plane crashed into a house north of the Philippine capital on Saturday, aviation and police officials said. The Piper 23 Apache single-engined aircraft, operated by Lite Air Express, had just taken off from a small airport nearby, said Eric Apolonio, spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). It was carrying five people, including the pilot, and was en route to Laoag in northwestern Luzon. Read More: All 11 on board presumed dead after Turkish plane…