Four people were killed when they fell through the ice on a lake in southern Sweden on Thursday, police said, as the country experiences a spell of unseasonably mild weather.
Four men aged between 65 and 75 were found in a hole in the ice on Savsjo lake, south of the town of Jonkoping, and could not be resuscitated after being pulled out of the water, a local police spokesperson told AFP.
The exact circumstances of the incident were yet to be determined, she said.
A United Airlines plane suffered a fiery engine failure Saturday shortly after taking off from Denver for Hawaii, dropping massive debris on a residential area before a safe emergency landing, officials said.
A video shot from inside the aircraft — which had 231 passengers and 10 crew onboard — showed the right engine ablaze and wobbling on the wing of the Boeing 777-200, it’s cover entirely missing as the aircraft flew over a barren landscape.
There were no injuries on the plane or on the ground, authorities said.
“I can honestly say I thought we were going to die at one point — because we started dropping altitude right after the explosion,” passenger David Delucia told The Denver Post.
“I grabbed my wife’s hand and said, ‘We’re done.'”
Delucia said his stepdaughter tweeted the online video, which was shot by another passenger.
“Flight UA328 from Denver to Honolulu experienced an engine failure shortly after departure, returned safely to Denver and was met by emergency crews as a precaution,” United Airlines said in a statement.
“The majority of customers originally on UA328 are currently on their way to Honolulu on a new flight,” it added, saying those who did not wish to travel immediately had been provided with hotel accommodation.
In a recording of the distress call obtained from the website LiveATC, which broadcasts air traffic communications, the pilot requested emergency permission to turn back to Denver.
“Three-twenty-eight, uh, heavy. We’ve experienced engine failure, need to turn. Mayday, mayday,” he said, without obvious panic in his voice.
“Mayday, aircraft, uh, just experienced engine failure,” he said, after the tower asked him to repeat himself. “Need a turn immediately.”
Meanwhile, residents in the Denver suburb of Broomfield found large pieces of the plane scattered around their community, including a giant circular piece of metal that landed in the yard of Kirby Klements.
“It was a little overwhelming,” he told CNN.
“It landed square on top of my truck and fell off,” he said, reporting that a separate large piece of debris had put a five-foot (1.5-meter) hole in a neighbor’s roof.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it was “aware of reports of debris in the vicinity of the airplane’s flight path,” adding that the agency and the National Transportation Safety Board would be investigating the incident.
“If you find debris PLEASE don’t touch it or move it. The @NTSB wants all debris to remain in place for investigation,” Bloomfield police tweeted.
It posted photos of debris scattered across a sports field at a park, including one piece of the plane with a warning message painted in red: “Stand clear of hazard areas while engine is running.”
United said it would “continue to work with federal agencies investigating this incident.”
Heather Solar was running a practice at the park for her girls’ soccer team when she said she heard an explosion, following by debris raining down.
“Honestly, what I thought it was at first… I thought we were being bombed,” Solar told The Denver Post. “There was so much debris in the sky.”
“The driver of the Diesel laden tanker was driving recklessly when it suddenly lost control and fell on its side with its content spilling on the road before it exploded,” he said.
“The driver, according to eyewitness account was the only occupant in the vehicle when the unfortunate incident happened and was burnt to ashes before rescue effort could reach him.”
According to him the make and registration number of the tanker could not be ascertained due to the level of explosion.
While appealing to vehicle drivers, especially tanker drivers to avoid reckless driving, excessive speed, and drunk driving, he advised them to have adequate rest before embarking on any journey in order to avoid accidents.
Three politicians accompanying Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, have died in an auto crash on their way back from Mafa, the governor’s hometown.
The governor had returned to his local ward in Mafa on Tuesday from where he flagged off the membership revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former governor of the state, Senator Kashim Shettima, the Party’s caretaker chairman, Speaker of Borno State House of Assembly and other party faithful were among those in Zulum’s motorcade from Maiduguri to Mafa for the event.
The event was successfully conducted and the convoy had headed back to Maiduguri where the former governor was scheduled to revalidate his membership in his local ward of Lamisula, when the ill-fated politicians driving in one of the pilot jeeps met their death.
Witnesses told Channels Television that the vehicle lost a tire, swerved off the road and began to somersault, killing three occupants, one of whom was the Chief of Kanuri people in Lagos, Mai Masa Mohammed.
His title was Mai Kanuribe and he was also the Sarkin Hausa of Ijora.
The governor accompanied the corpse of the late chieftain to his family compound in Bulumkutu area of Maiduguri where he is being prepared for burial later today.
Bandits have opened fire on six commuters along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road.
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement issued on Friday.
He said the bandits, who were on the run from aggressive patrols by security agencies in the Birnin Gwari general area, took to the highway around Ungwan Dangedda, adding that as they retreated, they shot at several vehicles.
The driver of one commercial vehicle was said to have been hit and lost control of the vehicle, which somersaulted several times before coming to a stop.
According to the Commissioner, the bandits then fled the location.
Four persons have died in a multiple fatal accident along the Ilorin-Ogbomoso expressway in Kwara State.
The State Sector Commander, Jonathan Owoade, confirmed this to Channels Television on Sunday via a telephone conversation.
He said that the accident occurred today at Otte town, close to Ilorin International Airport road as a result of a collision involving a commercial Toyota Hummer bus with vehicle registration number FFA717YR and a truck.
The FRSC boss said the accident was caused by a speed violation with the driver of the bus running at an excessive speed of more than 100km/hr, adding that the bus was burnt beyond recognition.
The four dead victims include two males and two females, while no item was recovered at the scene.
Seven persons comprising three males and four females secured varying degrees of injuries on the leg, hand, fracture, head, burn and bruises, while a total of 18 persons consisting of 10 males and eight females were involved in the accident.
Officers and men of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) were sighted with emergency ambulance moving towards the accident scene at the time of filing the report.
While six victims have been taken to State General Hospital in Ilorin, one person has been taken to a private hospital at Eyenkorin also in Ilorin.
The dead were taken to State General Hospital, Ilorin by the FRSC team, Police.
Fifteen people have been confirmed dead following a motor accident that occurred on the Abuja-Kaduna highway.
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who disclosed this to Channels Television on Sunday, said that the accident occurred around the Greenfield University portion of the Abuja-Kaduna highway in Chikun Local Government Area.
He said that the accident was caused by vehicles driving in the opposite direction to the oncoming traffic.
According to the Commissioner, the crash involved a trailer conveying grains and motorcycles to Abuja and was caused by a combination of speeding and driving against the direction of traffic, adding that it caused the trailer to veer off the pavement and tip over on its side.
Aruwan noted that seven persons died in the crash while five were injured, and were receiving treatment in the hospital.
Similarly, Aruwan said that two people lost their lives on Saturday morning, in such a crash around Olam Farms, while two days before that, four other persons died in another crash close to the NYSC camp along the highway.
The commissioner lamented that several other fatal accidents have occurred recently along the route, noting that they were all caused by drivers switching lanes to drive against the normal flow of traffic, usually leading to head-on collisions with oncoming vehicles.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed dismay over the incident, and commiserated with the families of the deceased, while wishing the injured quick recovery.
The governor also asked drivers not to switch to another lane to drive against the flow of traffic, adding that the risks involved are too great.
Two policemen have lost their lives while trying to convey a colleague’s corpse to his village in Kogi State.
The police officers, along with a driver of the ambulance, died on Thursday in a road accident along the Ajaokuta-Ojodu-Ayingba road.
According to eyewitnesses, the victims had carried the dead body of their colleagues from the mortuary and heading for his home town when the accident occurred at Ojuwo-Olijo village.
The sources said the driver of the ambulance and the two police officers in the ambulance died on the spot while the driver of the truck that hit them ran away.
While confirming the incident, the Kogi State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Solomon Aghure said that the policemen and the driver were travelling in an ambulance with an empty casket to collect the corpse of a police Sergeant from a mortuary in Ayingba.
He noted that the ambulance, in which they were travelling collided with a Mercedes Benz truck coming from the opposite direction at a spot in Ojodu community on the road.
The State Police Command spokesman, DSP William Aya who also confirmed the incident explained that the two policemen were detailed to go and pick the corpse of the deceased sergeant at Ayingba and accompany it to Adamawa State for proper burial as requested by the family of the deceased.
According to him, the driver of the truck and his motor boy took to their heels before they could be arrested.
He said that the corpses of the two police inspectors were deposited at a morgue in Lokoja while that of the civilian driver of the ambulance was released to his family.
Aya expressed the sympathy of the Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Ede, assuring that their death will not be in vain.