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US navy jet crashes during test flight

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A supersonic combat jet crashed Saturday afternoon on a training complex in rural Nevada, the Navy said.

The F/A-18C Hornet went down about 70 miles east of Naval Air Station Fallon in western Nevada, an hour’s drive east of Reno.

The aircraft was conducting a training flight. Navy personnel were en route to the scene Saturday night and had not yet “confirmed the status of the aircraft crew member,” according to a news release.

The plane was assigned to the air station’s Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center.

Bus crash kills students and teachers in Thailand

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A bus crash in eastern Thailand has killed at least 15 people, including 13 students.

The bus was travelling to the seaside town of Pattaya, about 150km (90 miles) south-east of Bangkok, when it crashed into a truck. Thirteen students and two teachers died, while more than 30 were injured.

The crash occurred early on Friday, police said. The students were travelling from the north-eastern city of Ratchasima on a field trip to Pattaya when their double-decker bus crashed into an 18-wheeler truck.

Police officials said the students were between the ages of 10-14. They are now investigating the crash.

Traffic accidents are common in Thailand, with poor safety standards and busy roads thought to be a factor.

Air ambulance crashes, two dead

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An air ambulance has crashed just off the coast of Florida leaving two people dead and two missing but thought to be also dead.

The Learjet took off from Fort Lauderdale and was heading to Cozumel, Mexico, after they had dropped off a patient in Florida. Two pilots, a doctor and a nurse were on board.

The pilots reported an engine failure short after take off, the plane attempted to return to the airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

 

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29 dead in bus crash in South Africa

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Twenty nine people have been killed after a bus collided with a truck in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province north-east of the capital, Pretoria.

Scores of passengers were also taken to a nearby hospital after the collision on Monday night, officials said.

President Jacob Zuma said he was shocked by the death toll: “This carnage must stop. It is completely unacceptable.”

South Africa has one of the highest numbers of road accidents in the world.

The BBC’s Milton Nkosi in Johannesburg says the accident happened on the notorious Moloto Road.

Details are sketchy but it is believed that a bus ferrying passengers collided head-on with a truck which had veered into the opposite lane, he says.

The accident occurred in low visibility conditions when it was pouring with rain.

According to South Africa’s Eyewitness news website, two other vehicles piled into the bus and truck.

Transport Minister Dipou Peters has ordered a high-level investigation to determine the exact cause of the crash.

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Plane crashes in Bolivia

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A plane in Bolivia that was carrying 18 people crashed while landing during wainy weather, killing 8. The bodies of 7 people have not been able to be identified due to the charring of the impact. The plane belonged to the local airline Aerocon and it has been the fourth accident Aerocon has had since 2012.

 

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