Four Die In Sweden After Falling Through Ice On Lake

Aerial view shows a boat making its way through the icy water of Lidingo, near Stockholm, Sweden, on February 22, 2021. Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP
Aerial view shows a boat making its way through the icy water of Lidingo, near Stockholm, Sweden, on February 22, 2021. Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP

 

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.

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Accidents caused by people walking across unstable ice are common in Sweden, but it is rare for the death toll to be so high.

After several weeks of intense cold throughout most of the country, which drew walkers to frozen lakes and estuaries, parts of Sweden have seen a rapid hike in temperature over the past few days.

A national heat record for February was set on Thursday, according to the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute.

A temperature of 16.8 degrees Celsius (62.2 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in Kalmar, in the southeast of the country.

AFP

Six Mexican Military Personnel Killed In Air Crash

View of a Mexican Air Force plane after it crashed near the airport of Xalapa, Veracruz state, Mexico, on February 21, 2021. EDUARDO MURILLO / AFP
View of a Mexican Air Force plane after it crashed near the airport of Xalapa, Veracruz state, Mexico, on February 21, 2021. EDUARDO MURILLO / AFP

 

Six military personnel have died after the airplane they were traveling in crashed on takeoff in eastern Mexico, the defense secretariat said on Sunday.

The Airforce LearJet 45 crashed at around 1545 GMT after taking off from Emiliano Zapata in Veracruz state, the secretariat said in a statement.

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The secretariat’s accident investigation commission will join the army and air force to “carry out the corresponding expert reports to determine possible causes,” the statement said.

No details were given about the identity of the military personnel, nor why they were aboard the flight.

“We express our deepest condolences to our comrades in arms,” said the secretariat.

Danger Averted As United Airlines Boeing 777 Suffers Engine Explosion

An American Airlines Boeing 777 passenger plane is seen over the Courtyard by Marriott London Heathrow Airport hotel taking off from London Heathrow Airport in west London on February 14, 2021. 
An American Airlines Boeing 777 passenger plane is seen over the Courtyard by Marriott London Heathrow Airport hotel taking off from London Heathrow Airport in west London on February 14, 2021. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP

 

 

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.

‘Mayday, mayday’

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.”

AFP

Driver Burnt To Death In Ogun Diesel Tanker Explosion

The scene of the accident in Ogun State. Credit: TRACE

 

One person has been burnt to death in a diesel laden tanker explosion at Atoyo, outbound Ijebu Ode along Ijebu Ode Ogbere expressway in Ogun State.

The spokesperson of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement,  Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Friday in Abeokuta.

Akinbiyi explained that the accident occurred at 10:45 am and was caused by reckless driving by the driver of the tanker who was alone in the truck.

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“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.

16-Year-Old Killed By Hit And Run Driver In Ogun

 

A 16-year-old girl has died in the Sango Ota area of Ogun State after a hit and run driver, lost control and rammed into her.

The police in the state confirmed the incident on Friday.

The incident led to an uproar in the area as angry resident blocked the Abeokuta/ Sango expressway.

But according to the police, normalcy has been restored as officers have been deployed to the area to maintain peace and order.

Three Politicians In Zulum’s Convoy Die In Borno Auto Crash

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.
A map of Borno, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

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.

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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.

Six Die As Bandits Open Fire On Commuters Along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.

 

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.

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The six persons that died on the spot from the crash were identified as: Abdurrashid Ya’u, Sa’idu Ya’u, Suwaiba Ali, Sulaiman Ustaz, Ramatu Ya’u and an unidentified infant.

Meanwhile, the following persons suffered injuries – Ubale Yahuza, Rabiu Ibrahim, Umar Musa, Saude Yusuf, Mohammed Aminu and Kadima Mercy.

Reacting to the incident, Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed sadness, praying for the repose of the souls of those who perished in the crash.

While commiserating with the families of the deceased, the governor wished speedy recovery to those injured.

Three Police Officers Die, 10 Injured In Ebonyi Road Accident

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

Three police officers have died in a road accident in Ohuakwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Garba, who confirmed the incident to journalists in Abakaliki on Wednesday said the accident involved a Toyota Hilux van belonging to the State Police Command.

He explained that the officers were returning from a routine security patrol from the troubled community of Effium, following a crisis that enveloped the town recently.

The police commissioner said 10 others who survived the fatal crash were currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in the state.

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Just two weeks ago, many lives were lost in the Effium community crisis in Ohaukwu local government area which threw the state in mourning.

The crisis started from a motor park in the area where two faction of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) clashed over leadership of the park.

The clash spilled into the community leading to loss of several lives and properties.

It was gathered that some residents of the community who fled to Izzi, Ohaukwu, and parts of Benue state have started making their way back home as normalcy has gradually returned to the community.

Accident Claims Four Lives Along Ilorin-Ogbomoso Road

Kwara Senator, Eight Others Arrested Over Alleged Killing Of Two
A map of Kwara State.

 

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.

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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.

15 People Die In Motor Accident Along Kaduna-Abuja Road

The scene of the accident in Kaduna State on January 24, 2021.

 

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.

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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 Die On Way To Pick Colleague’s Corpse In Kogi

A file photo of a police officer displaying the crest of the Nigeria Police Force. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

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.

13 Killed In Niger State Road Crash

 

At least thirteen persons have been killed in a road crash at Panti village along Bida-Mokwa road in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.

The Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Niger State command, Joel Dagwa confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

According to him men of the command located at the Kutigi Unit Command carried out evacuation operation in the early hours of today.

He disclosed that the accident involved a trailer and an 18-seater bus that was heading to Lagos from the north.

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Dagwa said the corpses of those killed have been deposited at the Kutigi General Hospital, while those injured have been taken to the Federal Medical Centre Bida and Kutigi General Hospital.

He, however, said many of the injured victims were in critical condition and still unconscious.

The FRSC boss also said details of the passengers and the specific state from which the bus was travelling are yet to be ascertained.

As at the time of filing this report, effort was ongoing to get the Manifest of the bus.