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PHOTOS: 24 Killed In Jigawa Road Crash

The affected bus destroyed by fire.

 

 

No fewer than 24 people have been killed in a ghastly motor accident around Gwamfai Village in Jahun Local Government of Jigawa State, north-west Nigeria.

A media aide to the Jigawa State Governor, Auwal Sankara, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Monday.

The governor’s aide explained that the accident occurred after the driver of the bus involved lost control and bumped into a petrol seller along the road.

He said the Toyota bus which took off from Jahun Local Government Area was heading to Shuwarin Market in Kiyawa Local Government before the incident occurred.

Sankara noted that Governor Mohammed Abubakar saw the accident on his way to Gumel and instructed the local council chairman to ensure he assists the families of the passengers.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Jigawa, Abdu Jinjiri, also confirmed the incident.

He, however, said the police have yet to get details of the exact cause of the incident and the casualty figure.

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Governor Mohammed Abubakar scene of the accident.

 

A crowd of sympathisers at the scene of the accident in Jigawa State.

 

Two Commuters Die In Ondo Road Crash

Ondo is a state in Southwest Nigeria.
Ondo is a state in Southwest Nigeria.

 

Two commuters, yet to be identified, have reportedly lost their lives, while others were injured in a road accident which occurred along Owo-Ifon road over the weekend.

 The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Adeleye, said the auto-crash occurred at about 10 am at Oyoyo, five kilometres from Ikare junction, along Owo-Ifon express road.

Adeleye said the accident involved a grey colour minibus TYT Premier with number plate Ondo SMK 702 CE and a white CAT, DAF Truck model 95 XE with number plate Lagos MUS668 XC.

According to him, eight people were involved in the fatal accident which resulted in the death of two people. He said the corpses of the dead persons have been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo mortuary.

 Adeleye, who blamed the accident on speed violation, said the six survivors are currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo.

He advised motorists to exercise caution and adhere strictly to speed limits so as to avoid unnecessary loss of lives and property.

The FRSC boss added that the Corps would continue monitoring road users to guard against dangerous driving.

“We will continue to sustain our aggressive patrols across all major highways to ensure that road users adhere strictly to traffic rules and regulations to avoid road accidents,” he said.

13 Missing Off Japan After Cargo Ship, Fishing Boat Collide

 

More than a dozen crew members of a cargo ship are missing after it collided with a fishing boat in waters off northern Japan, a coast guard official said Sunday.

The 1,989-tonne Belize-flagged cargo ship Guoxing 1 was carrying some 3,000 tonnes of iron scrap and rapidly took in water after the hit, Japan Coast Guard spokesman Tomoyuki Hanzawa told AFP.

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The collision between the Guoxing 1 and a 138-tonne Japanese fishing boat happened around 10 pm (1300) GMT Saturday and the cause is unknown, he added.

The Guoxing 1 had a crew of 14 Chinese and Vietnamese nationals, of which 13 are still missing and the coast guard is searching for them, Hanzawa said.

One Vietnamese crew member was rescued by a nearby ship, while the 15 Japanese crew members of the fishing boat are safe.

Malaysia Suspected MH370 Downed In Murder-Suicide – Former Australian PM

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 7, 2015 shows Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creating a sculpture of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Puri beach in eastern Odisha state.
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Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has claimed “very top” level Malaysian officials believed vanished Flight MH370 was deliberately downed by the captain in a mass murder-suicide.

The Malaysia Airlines jet vanished on March 8, 2014 carrying 239 people — mostly from China — en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

No sign of the plane was found in a 120,000-square kilometre (46,000-square mile) Indian Ocean search zone and the Australian-led search, the largest in aviation history, was suspended in January 2017.

A US exploration firm launched a private hunt in 2018 but it ended after several months of scouring the seabed without success.

The disappearance of the plane has long been the subject of a host of theories — ranging from the credible to outlandish — including that veteran pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah had gone rogue.

In an excerpt from a Sky News documentary airing Wednesday, Abbott claims he was told within a week of it vanishing that Malaysia believed the captain had intentionally downed the jet.

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“My very clear understanding from the very top levels of the Malaysian government is that from very, very early on here, they thought it was murder-suicide by the pilot,” he said.

“I’m not going to say who said what to whom but let me reiterate, I want to be absolutely crystal clear, it was understood at the highest levels that this was almost certainly murder-suicide by the pilot — mass murder-suicide by the pilot.”

Zaharie’s family and friends have long strongly rejected such claims as baseless.

Malaysia’s former premier Najib Razak, who was in power during the tragedy, said suspicions over the disappearance weren’t made public and there was no proof that the pilot was responsible.

“It would have been deemed unfair and legally irresponsible since the black boxes and cockpit voice recorders had not been found,” he told online portal Free Malaysia Today.

“There was no conclusive proof whether the pilot was solely or jointly responsible.”

Najib said the scenario involving the pilot was “never ruled out” during the search for the plane.

Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the former head of Malaysia’s civil aviation regulator, criticised Abbott’s remarks and said there was not sufficient proof to support the idea.

“It is only a theory,” Azharuddin, who led the regulator when Flight MH370 disappeared, told AFP.

“You do this speculation and it will hurt the next of kin. The family of the pilot will also feel very bad because you are making an accusation without any proof.”

In 2016, Malaysian officials revealed the pilot had plotted a path over the Indian Ocean on a home flight simulator but stressed this did not prove he deliberately crashed the plane.

A final report into the tragedy released in 2018 pointed to failings by air traffic control and said the course of the plane was changed manually.

But they failed to come up with any firm conclusions, leaving relatives angry and disappointed.

Six passengers were Australian, including four from Queensland state, where Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk this week suggested authorities may pursue an inquest into their deaths.

Mid-Air Plane Collision Kills Four In Australia

Scene of the crash. Credit: 9News.

 

Four people were killed in a mid-air collision between two light planes in Australia on Wednesday, scattering debris across a rural area north of Melbourne.

Police said the two twin-engined aircraft were each carrying a pilot and a passenger when they crashed around 4,000 feet (1,200) above the town of Mangalore.

Images from the crash scene on the ground showed twisted metal and chunks of fuselage scattered in a field and among trees.

Police said both planes were flying legally in the area but investigations were ongoing.

“We’re not sure why both aircraft were exactly on the same trajectory or why they were in that area but unfortunately they have collided mid-air,” Police Inspector Peter Koger said.

One aircraft had just taken off from the nearby airfield but the other plane’s origin was still unclear, he added.

22 People Killed, 11 Injured In Katsina Accident

The scene of the accident in Katsina State.

 

Twenty-two people mostly women and children were killed in a car accident along Kankia-Danja Road in Kafur town, Katsina State on Saturday.

The tragic crash involved two J5 buses and 36 people.

Spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state, Abubakar Usman, told Channels Television that 11 people were injured in the crash, while three others escaped unhurt.

Both vehicles burst into flames after the crash and all 22 persons who lost their lives were burnt to death.

A witness, Shafi’u Suleiman, said those involved in the crash included a bride, her friends and some married women and children who were escorting her to her marital home.

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According to the witness, the bride and one of the drivers were among the survivors. This has, however, not been confirmed by the FRSC, who are still working out the full details and identities of those involved.

Usman, who is also a route commander with the FRSC, said the victims were taken to the General Hospital in Malufashi for treatment and certification and later take from their “to various places by their relatives”.

He added that those who were burnt beyond recognition were buried according to Islamic injunctions by the community and religious leaders.

PHOTOS: Mob Sets Truck Ablaze In Ogun

 

A mob of residents in the Ota on Saturday set a truck ablaze at the Old Toll Gate axis of the Lagos – Abeokuta Expressway in the state.

This followed an accident involving the truck and two other vehicles, which affected 17 people.

Officials of the Ogun State Fire Service later arrived at the scene to put out the fire.

The accident, which left seven people killed and 10 others injured, occurred in the morning as a result of speed and brake failure on the part of the truck.

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According to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the injured victims have been taken to the hospital while the bodies of the dead people have been removed to the morgue.

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A scene of the accident which occurred along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway in Ogun State on February 15, 2020.

India Bus Hits Power Line, 10 Killed

 

At least 10 people in India were killed when their bus made contact with a roadside power line and caught fire, officials said late Sunday.

The accident occurred in the eastern state of Odisha, near Mandarajpur, when part of the bus carrying about 40 passengers ignited after touching an 11-kilovolt power line, the Press Trust of India cited a police officer, Sadar Jayant Kumar Mohapatra, as saying.

Five other people were in critical condition, a hospital emergency officer in Cuttack city said, according to PTI.

Initial investigations suggested the luggage carrier of the bus touched the power line when the bus driver tried to give way to a two-wheeled vehicle on the narrow road, PTI quoted Chief Fire Officer Sukant Sethi as saying.

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Two Dead As Train Derails Near Milan

 

Two people were killed and about 30 injured on Thursday when a high-speed train derailed near Milan in northern Italy, Italian media said.

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The accident occurred near the town of Lodi, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Milan. The two people killed were rail workers on the train, the media said.

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Three Dead, Scores Hurt, In Turkey Plane Accident

 

Three people have died and 179 were injured when a plane skidded off the runway at an Istanbul airport, caught fire and split into three after landing in rough weather.

Live images broadcast on Turkish television showed several people climbing through a large crack in the severed aircraft and escaping onto one of the wings at the rear.

The Boeing 737 operated by Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines had flown into Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport from the Aegean port city of Izmir on Wednesday, NTV television reported.

The plane was apparently buffeted by strong winds and heavy rain lashing Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city.

Three Turks were killed and 179 injured, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told reporters.

“Some passengers evacuated the plane by themselves but others are stuck inside and our rescuers are working to free them,” Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan said on CNN-Turk television.

The plane was carrying 177 passengers and six crew members, state news agency Anadolu said, revising the previous total given by Turkish authorities. Turkish media reports said there were 12 children on board.

Istanbul governor Ali Yerlikaya said the plane “slid some 60 metres (200 feet)” after skidding off the runway, and then “fell about 30-40 metres” down a bank.

The accident, which he attributed to bad weather, “could have had more serious consequences”, he said.

NTV showed images of the badly damaged plane and flames inside, which were later put out by firefighters.

After darkness fell, television footage showed dozens of rescue workers in high-visibility jackets surrounding the plane with flashlights.

Some sprayed water jets onto the severed body of the aircraft, while others could be seen climbing up onto the plane to comb through the cabin.

‘Strong landing’

According to NTV, Turhan said the plane broke after a “strong landing” at Sabiha Gokcen, one of two main international airports in Istanbul.

The front of the plane including the cockpit was sliced off from the bulk of the fuselage, and another huge fissure separated the rear of the aircraft including the tail.

Sabiha Gokcen, which lies on the Asian side of Turkey’s commercial hub, was closed and flights were being redirected to Istanbul’s main airport.

There had been very strong winds and rain in the area before the incident and poor weather conditions in Istanbul, particularly in winter, often lead to the cancellation of flights.

The Istanbul public prosecutor has launched an investigation into the incident.

The plane had landed at the airport at 1518 GMT, the private DHA news agency reported.

In January 2018, a Pegasus Boeing 737-800 slid down an embankment at Trabzon airport on the Black Sea, and landed just metres from the water with its wheels stuck in thick mud.

After four days, the plane was eventually lifted back onto the runway with engineers using cranes. All 162 passengers and six crew were safely evacuated.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sought to make Istanbul the world’s top aviation hub and in 2018 opened a new mega-airport in the city of 15 million people.

Pegasus, which has been flying for 20 years, has a fleet of 83 aircraft, including 47 Boeings and 36 Airbus planes, according to its website.

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120 Injured In Turkey Plane Accident

This picture taken on February 05, 2020, shows Pegasus airlines Boeing 737 plane after it skidded off the runway at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport.  Muhammed DEMIR / AFP

 

At least 120 people were injured Wednesday, when a plane skidded off the runway at an Istanbul airport and split into three after landing in rough weather, the city’s governor said. 

“At the moment, 120 people who were injured have been hospitalised,” said governor Ali Yerlikaya, adding that most of them were “doing well, aside from one or two people.”

The Boeing 737 operated by Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines had flown into Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport from the Aegean port city of Izmir.