Saturday, March 26, 2016

WAR DRUMS: North Korea Propaganda Video Depicts Nuclear Strike On Washington D.C. - Pyongyang Warns Of Strike On Seoul's Presidential Palace!

© 조선의 오늘 / YouTube

March 26, 2016 - KOREAN PENINSULA - A new North Korean video shows Washington DC reduced to ashes after a massive shelling frenzy and a submarine nuclear strike on the American capital. The catch? It’s wishful-thinking propaganda.

The four-minute clip, menacingly entitled “Last Chance,” has been uploaded onto the YouTube channel of the DPRK Today propaganda outlet.

The video takes the viewer through the history of uneasy US-North Korean relations, showing events such as the 1950-53 Korean War, as well as subsequent military skirmishes between the US and North Korea.

A massive artillery barrage can be seen afterward, accompanied by bellicose music and scenes of combat airplanes taking off and warships leaving ports.


WATCH: North Korea propaganda video.




The video ends with a submarine-launched missile strike that surges through clouds, reaches American shores and slams into Washington’s Lincoln Memorial. A bright flash seconds later apparently simulates a nuclear strike at the very heart of the United States capital.

It comes days after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un commanded long-range artillery drills that simulated a strike on Seoul. “If the enemies challenge us ... our artillery forces' merciless retaliating blow will turn Seoul into rubble and ashes,” Kim said, KCNA news agency reported.

Tensions are high in the Korean peninsula following Pyongyang’s nuclear test on January 6 and February’s satellite rocket launch. As a consequence, the UN Security Council slapped tough sanctions on the North, while South Korea, Pyongyang’s enemy for decades, initiated large-scale military games with the US, simulating an amphibious operation against the North. - RT.


North Korea Warns of Strike on Seoul's Presidential Palace

North Korea warned Saturday that its military is ready to attack Seoul's presidential palace unless South Korean President Park Geun-hye apologizes for "treason" and publicly executes officials responsible for what Pyongyang says are plans to attack its leadership.

The warning, issued by state media in the name of a unit of the Korean People's Army, is the latest in a barrage of threats against Washington and Seoul over joint military drills now underway that the North sees as a dress rehearsal for invasion. It also came shortly after a North Korean propaganda outlet posted a video depicting a nuclear attack on Washington, D.C.

The joint military exercises are held annually, but tensions are particularly high this year because the drills are bigger than ever and come on the heels of North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch. Further angering Pyongyang have been reports in South Korean media that this year's exercises include simulated training for a "decapitation strike" targeting North Korea's top leaders.

The warning Saturday said the South Korean presidential palace is within striking range of the North's artillery units, and that if an order to attack is made it is "just a click away."

North Korea is believed to have artillery capable of striking Seoul with little or no warning and causing severe damage and casualties in the city of 10 million. A strike on Seoul, however, is highly unlikely, and Pyongyang has previously issued similar threats without following through.

There were few signs Saturday of the heightened tensions in Pyongyang, where residents went about their daily routines as usual.

Earlier on Saturday, the North Korean propaganda website DPRK Today posted a video depicting a nuclear attack on Washington.

The four-minute video, titled "Last Chance," showed a digitally created scene of a missile fired from a submerged vessel in the sea soaring through the clouds, darting back to Earth, and crashing into the streets near Washington's Lincoln Memorial before the explosion wipes out the city.

"Choose, United States. Whether the country called United States continues to exist in this planet depends on your choice," read a message that flashed on the screen to the background of a burning U.S. Capitol building and American flag. The video also warned that the North would "not hesitate" to attack the United States with its nuclear weapons if "American imperialists even make the slightest move against us."

A similar video got a great deal of attention in 2013, when North Korea also conducted a nuclear test and satellite launch.

North Korea has been developing its nuclear weapons and missile capabilities, but is not believed to have perfected either enough to pose a credible threat to major U.S. cities. - ABC.





 

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Yellowstone Supervolcano Eruptions Were Even Bigger Than We Thought - Geological Society Of America Bulletin!

Scientists have analysed the molten rock within the dormant supervolcano beneath Yellowstone
National Park and found that eruption is possible without any external trigger.

March 26, 2016 - PACIFIC NORTHWEST - A recent study published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin identifies an area of great volcanic activity along the Snake River Plain between Oregon and Yellowstone.

While scientists have long known that the supervolcano now under Yellowstone left a trail of mega-eruptions across the Pacific Northwest, an international research team has found evidence of only 12 distinct eruptions, contradicting earlier theories that the eruptions were more numerous and less extreme.

“The size and magnitude of this newly defined eruption is as large, if not larger, than better known eruptions at Yellowstone,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Thomas Knott, in a University of Leicester press release, “and it is just the first in an emerging record of newly discovered super-eruptions during a period of intense magmatic activity between 8 and 12 million years ago.”Scientists used paleomagnetic data, radioisotope dating, and rock and mineral chemistries to identify the size and location of these ancient eruptions. One eruption, called the Castleford Crossing eruption, produced a volcanic sheet that covers approximately 14,000 square kilometers – an area the size of Connecticut – in southern Idaho.

Knott and his team identified 11 other super explosions that they say were likely similar in size to the well known, massive super explosions at Yellowstone.


Yellowstone National Park.

“While it is well-known that Yellowstone has erupted catastrophically in recent times,” said Knott, “perhaps less widely appreciated is that these were just the latest in a protracted history of numerous catastrophic super-eruptions that have burned a track along the Snake River eastwards from Oregon to Yellowstone.”Yellowstone certainly remains volcanically lively. In 2013, a study found that Yellowstone’s “supervolcano” was even larger than scientists had previously believed, with a magma chamber stretching 55 miles long, and 18 miles wide.

If the Yellowstone supervolcano explodes, says the 2013 study, the resulting eruption could be up to 2,000 times as violent as the Mt. St. Helens eruption several decades ago.

In the spring of 2015, scientists discovered an even deeper magma chamber.


Beautifully exposed succession of stacked Snake River eruption-units within a typical deeply incised canyon in southern Idaho. Each cliff forming unit represents a single
eruption, the deposits of which can be traced from 100’s of kilometres. This terrain is typical of that which researchers are faced with when characterising
the individual eruption deposits. David Finn/University of California, Santa Cruz

The last Yellowstone eruption occurred 640,000 years ago – a blink of an eye in the geologic time scale, compared to the Snake River Plain explosions 8 to 12 million years ago – some remain concerned that this destructive supervolcano is ripe for an eruption.

"Three super-eruptions at Yellowstone appear to have occurred on a 600,000-700,000 year cycle starting 2.1 million years ago," explains the BBC. "The most recent took place 640,000 years ago – suggesting Yellowstone is overdue for an eruption."This new study, with evidence of 12 volcanoes in about 3 million years, suggests that the Yellowstone supervolcano can erupt catastrophically on a much shorter cycle of about every 250,000 years. - CS Monitor.



 

FIRE IN THE SKY: Gigantic Comet's Flyby Captured By NASA - The THIRD-CLOSEST COMET To Earth In Recorded History! [VIDEO]


March 26, 2016 - SPACE - A gigantic comet which was making the third closest flyby of Earth in history has been captured by NASA radars. The space body appears to look like “a brick on one side and a pear on the other,” the scientists said.

The stargazers were observing the comet P/2016 BA14 which was about 1 kilometer in diameter on March 22.

“The comet was about 3.5 million kilometers away, making it the third closest comet flyby in recorded history,” NASA said.


WATCH: Flyby comet imaged by radar.



The scientists said they used the Goldstone Solar System Radar in California's Mojave Desert to follow the space body.

"We were able to obtain very detailed radar images of the comet nucleus over three nights around the time of closest approach," said Shantanu Naidu, a postdoctoral researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

According to researchers, the comet spins “around its axis once every 35 to 40 hours.”

"The radar images show that the comet has an irregular shape: looks like a brick on one side and a pear on the other," Naidu said. "We can see quite a few signatures related to topographic features such as large flat regions, small concavities and ridges on the surface of the nucleus."



The comet turns to be reflecting less than “3 percent of the sunlight that falls on its surface,” according to the data presented by Vishnu Reddy, of the Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona.

“Comet nuclei are as dark as fresh asphalt. However, infrared spectra can often yield clues to the makeup of these primitive denizens of the solar system,” NASA wrote. - RT.





SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Weather Phenomenon - Mysterious Iridescent Cloud Falls From The Sky Over Mexico!

Alfonso Topete Ramos

March 26, 2016 - MEXICO - This mysterious iridescent cloud fell from the sky just after the Stations of the Cross parade in Yago, Nayarit, Mexico.

Do you think it is another sign of the end times unfolding in front of our eyes?


Alfonso Topete Ramos

Alfonso Topete Ramos

Alfonso Topete Ramos


Our nature sends us signs... Apocalyptise or contemplation?

You decide. But our Earth will always amaze me. - Strange Sounds.



 

ICE AGE NOW: Global Cooling Continues Relentlessly - Fort Collins, Colorado SHATTERS Snowfall Record, With More Snow On The Way; EARLY APRIL POLAR VORTEX Will Plunge The U.S. Midwest Into UNSEASONABLY COLD WEATHER; Southern Ontario In Canada Hit By FREAK ICE STORM?!

© Valerie Mosley/The Coloradoan

March 26, 2016 - EARTH - The following articles constitutes several of the latest reports on heavy snowfall, low temperatures and snow storms as global cooling continues across the Earth.

Ft. Collins, Colorado shatters snowfall record, more snow on the way

Just days after Fort Collins received a record-setting snow of more than a foot of powder and slush, more snow might on the way for Easter weekend.

The National Weather Service predicts a 40 percent chance of snow and rain Friday night and a 30 percent chance of snow Saturday morning.

If the snow does come, it won't be much. Less than an inch is forecast between 9 p.m. and midnight, and about half-inch is on the forecast for Saturday before noon.

Still, that's another 1.5 inches atop a mounting snow total for March, historically the snowiest month of the year for Fort Collins. Wednesday's snowfall of 13.4 inches put us at 21.1 inches for the month. The 1981-2010 average for March is 12.6 inches, so Fort Collins has collected 168 percent of the monthly average with a week remaining until April.

And that snow was wet. Between the rain and snow from the storm, Fort Collins received 1.44 inches of moisture, which puts the city nearly 2 inches over average for this time of year, and boosted the snow total for the season to 67 inches, which is 19 inches above average.

This bodes well for snowpack. In the South Platte River Basin, snowpack was 102 percent of average for this time of year before Wednesday's storm. It's now 106 percent of average, according to data from the National Water and Climate Center.

Wednesday's storm set a record, too. The previous record snowfall for March 23 was 6.7 inches in 2013, according to records from the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University. - The Coloradoan.



Early April polar vortex will plunge the Midwest into unseasonably cold weather



Arctic air will plunge into much of the central and eastern United States, as the polar vortex shifts its position during early April.

Following a pattern favoring more warm days than cold days into next week, a change will likely bring record cold to parts of the Midwest and East.

"The polar vortex will drop into Ontario during the first weekend in April," according to AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Joe Lundberg.

This means arctic air will have a direct path into the Midwest.

"From Sunday, April 3, through the following week, most of, if not all, days will bring below-average temperatures from the northern Plains to the mid-Atlantic coast,"
Lundberg said. "We expect nighttime temperatures to drop to freezing as far south as the Tennessee Valley."

Temperatures will average 15-30 degrees Fahrenheit below normal with the core of the cold air directed at the North Central states. Normal highs during the first week of April are in the lower to middle 50s in Minneapolis, Chicago and Detroit and in the 60s from Kansas City, Missouri, to Nashville and Cincinnati.





"The intense cold could impact play for opening day MLB games in Pittsburgh and Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday, as well as games elsewhere in the Midwest and Northeast on Monday," according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok.

AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures could plunge into the single digits at times in part of the Upper Midwest and northern Plains.

The cold blast could spell peril for blossoming fruit trees and shrubs from parts of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys as well as portions of the Northeast.

"There is concern for the cold to damage fruit trees that are in blossom or have already blossomed, including apple, pear, plum, cherry and peach varieties," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.

It is the actual temperature and not the RealFeel that has an impact on the blossoms.

How low the temperature gets at night will depend on wind and cloud cover. Light winds and clear skies often allow cold air to collect near the ground. A breeze mixes the air, while cloud cover can act as a blanket and keep temperatures several degrees higher.

The blast of cold air is likely to trigger unusually heavy lake-effect snow for April. The snow could be heavy enough to disrupt travel on the highways immediately south and east of the Great Lakes.


The cold air will run into some resistance along the Gulf Coast and east of the Appalachians. In these areas, it will be chilly for early April, but not as extreme as the Midwest cold.

For a few days during the first week of April, highs could be in the 40s in New York City and perhaps in the 60s in New Orleans. It is possible that before the arctic air leaves the U.S., it pivots eastward across New England and to the Northeast coast for a couple of days.

"On or around April 10, the pattern will change and the second half of April will be warm [in the Central and Eastern states]," Lundberg said. Temperature departures will not be as high as they were in March and other months of the winter.

AccuWeather will continue to provide updates on the arctic blast in the days ahead. - AccuWeather.



Freak ice storm in southern Ontario, Canada

WATCH: Freak ice storm in southern Ontario.








- Earth Sky.






SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Fata Morgana Mirage Or Alternate Reality - Yet Another Ghostly "FLOATING CITY" Over China Sparks Fears That CERN's Large Hadron Collider May Have Opened INTER-DIMENSIONAL PORTAL To A "PARALLEL UNIVERSE"?! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

A stunning mirage depicting a group of buildings was seen above the sea along the port of Dalian in northeast China's Liaoning Province on Friday.
Seen from the land, it appeared as though the buildings were looming in the fog, resembling a fairy city on the sea. CCTV, YouTube

March 26, 2016 - CHINA - New footage showing yet another ghostly “floating city” over China has gone viral online. The latest sighting occurred on Friday, March 18, 2016, in the major seaport city of Dalian, located in the south of the Liaoning Province of northeast China.

The ghostly “floating city” was witnessed by hundreds of stunned residents of Dalian who stopped to gawk and snap photographs of the massive ghost city with towering skyscrapers that loomed in fog or city smog over the Dalian harbor.


Is that a city floating in the skies above China?  CCTV, YouTube

Footage uploaded to YouTube on March 19 by China’s CCTV News shows scores of residents observing, photographing, and filming the mysterious phenomenon and asking what it could be.



WATCH: ‘Buildings’ appear to emerge above sea in China.



The latest incident in China follows the recent appearance of a “ghost” or “floating city” over Foshan in China. The recent spate of sightings of ghostly floating cities in China and other parts of the world have sparked conspiracy theories about intrusion of a “parallel universe” into our world through an inter-dimensional portal due to the creation of a mini-black hole by CERN scientists conducting experiments using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

But meteorologists have dismissed the conspiracy theory claims, saying that the latest incident in China, like the previous, is a natural phenomenon, an optical illusion called Fata Morgana.


A Fata Morgana [Photo By Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News/MCT via Getty Images]

According to Chinese media reports, the floating city mirage seen along the port of Dalian during daylight hours looked like a “fairy city” floating over water. Witnesses watched the “fairy city” with eerie towering structures for several minutes before it disappeared.

The sighting in Dalian follows the October, 2015, sighting of a ghostly city in the sky (see video below) with towering skyscrapers by thousands of stunned residents of the city of Foshan in central Guangdong province.


"Floating city" over Foshan.

The sighting, which lasted only a few minutes, caused excitement because it came very soon after a similar sighting was reported in the southeast Jiangxi province of the country.


WATCH: Mysterious floating city over Foshan.




A massive “floating city” with colossal skyscrapers was also seen hovering over Huangshan City in the southern Anhui province of China in 2011. Thousands of residents snapped pictures of the mysterious apparition.

The Inquisitr also reported, in 2015, on a March, 2011, sighting of a floating city by hundreds of residents of the village of Dulali in the rural Lanzai South Ward of Darazo Local Government in Bauchi State, northern Nigeria.

Other sightings were reported in Hastings, England, and California in the U.S. (see video below).


WATCH: Other "floating cities".



The sightings have spurred claims in conspiracy theory circles that CERN scientists working on experiments to replicate conditions that occurred in the early stage of evolution of the universe may have opened an inter-dimensional portal to a parallel universe.

Conspiracy theorists fear that opening a portal into another dimension could have catastrophic consequences for the world.

But other conspiracy theorists insist that the reports of “floating cities” from around the world could be a sign that the Illuminati elite are close to implementing the much-anticipated Project Blue Beam deception.

Conspiracy theorists say that the sightings could be tests of the latest Project Blue Beam technology to see how people around the world would react when the New World Order (NWO) elites move to implement their sinister agenda.

Project Blue Beam, according to Serge Monast, a Quebecois conspiracy theorist, is a plan to take over the world by using holographic image projection technology to simulate the second coming of Christ. Some versions of the theory claim that the NWO elite will simulate an alien invasion.


A section of the CERN LHC complex [Photo by KEYSTONE/Martial Trezzini/AP]

But meteorologists have dismissed the conspiracy theory claims, saying that the “floating city” can be explained as a natural phenomenon called Fata Morgana.

A fata morgana is a naturally occurring optical illusion on land or sea due to the inversion and distortion of light rays from objects at sea — such as boats and ships or structures on coastlines — passing through layers of air with different temperatures. - Inquisitr.




 

WAR ON MOTHER NATURE: Human Devolution And Vampirism - Poland Approves Logging Europe's Last Primeval Forest?!


March 26, 2016 - POLAND - Poland on Friday gave the go ahead for large-scale logging in the Bialowieza forest intended to combat a spruce bark beetle infestation, despite scientists, ecologists and the EU protesting the move in Europe's last primeval woodland.

"We're acting to curb the degradation of important habitats, to curb the disappearance and migration of important species from this site," Jan Szyszko, environment minister with Poland's right-wing government told journalists.

Szyszko vowed that the logging plans would not apply to strictly protected areas of the primeval forest that was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

But under the new plan, loggers will harvest more than 180,000 cubic metres (6.4 million cubic feet) of wood from other areas of the forest over a decade, dwarfing previous plans to harvest 40,000 cubic metres over the same period.

Vowing to protect the forest, Greenpeace accused Szyszko of "ignoring the voices of citizens and scientists, the European Commission, UNESCO and conservation organisations."

Along with other environmental groups protesting the move, Greenpeace also said the logging could trigger the EU to launch punitive procedures against Poland for violating its Natura 2000 program.

Sprawling across 150,000 hectares, the Bialowieza forest reaches across the Polish border with Belarus, where it is entirely protected as a nature park.

It is home to 20,000 animal species, including 250 types of bird and 62 species of mammals—among them Europe's largest, the bison.

Europe's tallest trees, firs towering 50 metres high (164 feet), and oaks and ashes of 40 metres, also flourish here, in an ecosystem unspoiled for more than 10 millennia. - PHYS.





 

EXTREME WEATHER: EF2 Tornado Confirmed In Northwest Arkansas - The 11th This Year!

The National Weather Service confirms an EF2 tornado hit eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas earlier this week.

March 26, 2016 - ARKANSAS, UNITED STATES - The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF2 tornado hit eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas earlier this week.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa, Oklahoma, says the twister had winds of 120 mph to 130 mph when it hit Wednesday night.

The tornado was on the ground for 11 miles and had a maximum width of 800 feet.

Four people were injured and a handful of homes were destroyed in the storm.

Forecasters say more severe weather could hit the eastern half of Arkansas on Sunday, with small hall and gusty winds the biggest concern.


WATCH: National Weather Service examines tornado path.




- KATV.



 

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Huge Explosion Destroys House In Columbus, Ohio - Officials Say Might Have Been A Natural Gas Leak?!

© YouTube/wcmhnbc4

March 26, 2016 - OHIO, UNITED STATES - A South Side house that reportedly had been sold this week was leveled Friday evening in an explosion that fire officials say might have been a natural-gas leak.

Officials with Columbia Gas, however, say the lines outside the home have been inspected and are safe.

The explosion of the one-story brick home at South Champion Avenue and Stockbridge Road occurred at 6:08 p.m., said Battalion Chief Steve Martin, a spokesman for the Fire Division. No one was in the home at the time, and no one was injured.

However, the blast destroyed the house, at 870 Stockbridge, and damage to a few nearby houses included blown-out windows.

"In my 30 years, I haven't seen an explosion like this," said Fire Battalion Chief Tom DeLong, who was at the scene.

Although a blaze immediately engulfed the structure, fire crews had it out within an hour or so.

DeLong said new owners had just closed this week on the sale of the house but hadn't moved in. He didn't have their names. DeLong said it looked like the explosion was caused by a gas leak.


WATCH: House explosion in Cole.




A news release from Columbia Gas of Ohio, however, said that a "thorough inspection of our natural gas main lines and service lines in the area" confirmed them to be safe. Shana Eiselstein, a spokeswoman for Columbia Gas, says that means all lines outside the home leading to the meter were determined to be OK. Anything inside the home, she said, is the responsibility of the homeowner. Fire investigators are expected to be working at the house through the weekend to determine a cause.

This explosion comes a year to the week that a gas explosion at an Upper Arlington home reduced that house to rubble and damaged another 30 houses in the same neighborhood, making eight of the homes uninhabitable.


In that case, Columbia Gas eventually was fined $400,000 for not properly capping and marking a gas valve box at the house, and not disconnecting a line that should have been shut off. The fine eventually was cut in half after Columbia Gas proposed a new safety program. - The Columbus Dispatch.




 

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Whale Found Dead On Shore In Vietnam?!

The dead whale on the coast of Quang Binh.

March 26, 2016 - VIETNAM - Fishermen in the central province of Quang Binh found a dead whale on shore along the coast in Duc Trach Commune in Bo Trach District in the morning of March 23.

The heavily decomposed whale was 10 meters long and weighed about 5 tons.

According to locals, many dead whales wash ashore the coast of Quang Binh but this was the biggest whale they had seen in recent decades.

Ho Dang Chien, Chairman of Duc Trach Commune, said shortly after receiving information from fishermen, the local government buried the whale in accordance with local beliefs.

Vietnamese fishermen believe that whales rescue people in danger at sea and can bring them a prosperous fishing season. They consider whales as the Nam Hai god and sea gods for protecting and supporting them in their daily lives and at sea. - VietNamNet Bridge.




 

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States - 40 FEET DEEP Sinkhole Opens Up In California Back Yard!

There is a hole in the backyard of Tasha Jenkins home more than 20 feet deep where her lawn use to be in Riverside. She was trying to put a ladder
into the hole to see how deep it was when it fell in.
© Terry Pierson/Press Enterprise

March 26, 2016 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - A hole estimated to be four feet wide and 30-40 feet deep opened in the backyard of a Riverside home Wednesday morning, March 23, leaving the people who live there scratching their heads.

Tasha Jenkins, 23, said she and her boyfriend discovered the hole at their Pennsylvania Avenue home after he began to drain their above ground backyard pool. Water began falling down the hole. Jenkins' boyfriend then came inside and grabbed her as she was doing dishes and had her come outside.

"He said, 'come here' but his face was so in shock. ... I was scared something had happened to the kids," she said. "But when I came outside, he said, 'what do you hear, what does it sound like?' It sounded like a waterfall."
The sound was the above ground pool's water flowing into the deep hole where there had once been grass and dirt.

Jenkins said that since she and her boyfriend discovered the hole, neighbors have been coming to look at it all day. One neighbor almost fell in. Neighbor Christopher Grays was among those who came to look.

He said he expected to find a hole, but not one so large or deep. Jenkins said Riverside Public Utilities workers who came to look at the hole believe it may be an old well or drainage system. She said she was told by workers that it may not fall upon the city to fix the hole but on her home insurance instead.

"They said because it wasn't part of the pipes or the sewer system, they couldn't help us," she said.

Riverside Public Utilities spokeswoman Heather Raymond said officials were aware of the hole and were investigating but that she had no other information to share early Wednesday evening. She said more information might be available later in the day.

Jenkins said she found it somewhat nerve-wracking to know that a giant hole had been ready to open at any time. She said the backyard has been a place where her four children have played almost every day; it's been the site of birthday parties and bounce houses.

"I'm just happy that no one has fallen in," she said. "It was a day when no one was outside. All the kids were in and watching TV." - The Press Enterprise.






 

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Disaster Precursors - 2 Pit Bull Terriers Maul Alleged Thief To Death In South Africa!

When the Daily Voice visited the house on Wednesday, the SPCA were also there looking for the owners, who were not home.
Only the white pit bull could be seen in the yard.
© Bertram Malgas

March 26, 2016 - SOUTH AFRICA - A video of a man being mauled to death by two pit bulls has gone viral on social media.

Police who arrived at the scene shot and killed one of the animals, leaving friends to rescue a bleeding Wayne "Wayntjie" Kayster.

Kayster was rushed to hospital, but died later on Monday night.

Some residents in Lotus River claim Kayster was a known thief, who had been trying to break into the house in First Avenue while the owners were away.

However, his distraught family says the 35-year-old drug addict was merely looking for scrap when the dogs attacked him and ripped out his throat.

The eight-minute long video, taped by a resident, shows Kayster being bitten and mauled by two large pit bulls.

Kayster lies on the ground, trying in vain to fight off the animals, a brown male and a white pregnant pit bull.

Kayster's friends and family, alerted by his cries for help but too scared to go into the yard, can be seen sitting on the vibracrete fence, hurling abuse and trying to scare the animals off with sticks and stones, but the dogs would not stop attacking him.

At one point, the male dog grabs a limp Kayster by the neck, and a woman can be heard hysterically screaming: "Hy is by die gorrel!" (He is at his throat.)

Another man shouts: "Wayntjie lê stil! Hosh, daai man is klaar." (Waynetjie, keep still! Oh no, that man is finished.)

Police arrived on the scene and moments later a gunshot goes off, the male dog whimpers, and collapses next to Kayster.

A man jumps over the fence and pulls Kayster away, while his friend Bernadette Hendricks rushes to his side.

When the Daily Voice visited the house on Wednesday, the SPCA were also there looking for the owners, who were not home.

Only the white pit bull could be seen in the yard. The animal became aggressive and tried to attack the Daily Voice team.

Kayster's shocked sister, Theresa Demas, 39, denies claims that her brother was a thief: "I was at the owner's house [on Tuesday night] and he said Wayne was at his home looking for scrap, as he usually does.

"He told Wayne there was nothing.

"People say when Wayne was peeping over the wall, the dogs dragged him over.

"Wayne has been (hustling) since he was at school and he is a drug addict.

"He also cuts grass at people's homes. He would not steal... he doesn't have a criminal record."

Kayster's family now want the female dog to be put down.

"It was just horrible what happened," Demas said.

"Wayne had pieces of flesh missing. The police shot the one dog but why is the other one still allowed to stay there?"

Hendricks said they could only watch in horror as her friend was being ripped apart.


"It was like Wayne gave up at one stage because he was exhausted."

Bernadette Abraham, of The Cape of Good Hope SPCA, says they have viewed the footage and are looking into the incident.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Taut says an inquest docket has been opened for investigation. - IOL.





 

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: The Ebola Outbreak - Fifth Person Dies In Guinea Ebola Flare-Up, Liberia Closes Border As Precaution!

 A health worker gets sprayed with disinfectant in an Ebola virus treatment center in Conakry, Guinea, November 17, 2015. Reuters/Saliou Samb

March 26, 2016 - GUINEA - A fifth person has died of Ebola in southeast Guinea since March 17, a health official told Reuters on Tuesday, raising concerns that a recent flare-up of the deadly virus could spread.

The latest case was detected in Macenta prefecture, about 200 kilometers from the village of Korokpara where the four other recent Ebola-related deaths occurred, said Fode Sylla Tass, spokesman for National Coordination of the Fight against Ebola in Guinea.

The man, who has not been identified, had recently visited Korokpara and had been in direct contact with the first patients, Tass said. He was buried in the village of Makoidou without any sanitary precautions.

Burials, where bodies of the deceased are often washed, have been a main cause of transmission of Ebola, which has killed at least 11,300 people in West Africa since 2013 in the worst outbreak on record.

Guinea, one of the worst hit countries, was declared Ebola free in December, but the World Health Organisation warned about possible flare-ups.

It was not immediately clear how the people from Korokpara had contracted the disease but the area had previously resisted efforts to fight the illness in the initial epidemic.

Guinea's Ebola coordination unit has traced an estimated 816 people who may have come into contact with the first four recent victims.

Liberia closed its border with Guinea on Tuesday as a precaution against the latest outbreak.

In Makoidou, news of the latest test was met with panic.

"When the villagers realized that the test conducted by our health teams on the man were positive, they all fled into the bush," Tass said. - Reuters.





Tracking the EBOLA Virus Outbreak





 

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: The Effects Of Magnetic Polar Migration - The Latest Incidents Of Plane Crashes Across The Globe! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

The wreckage of the crashed Boeing 737-800 Flight FZ981

March 26, 2016 - EARTH - Here are the latest incidents of plane crashes across the planet.


Flydubai Boeing crash in Rostov-on-Don kills all 62 on board

Flydubai flight FZ981 has crashed in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don killing all 62 passengers and crew on board. The flight was en route from Dubai and crashed during its second landing approach amid poor weather conditions.

Air-traffic control and local emergency services confirmed that the Boeing 737-800 jet crashed near the runway during a second approach in conditions of poor visibility.

“According to preliminary data, the Boeing 738 crashed in poor visibility conditions, some 50-100 meters left of the runway,” the source said.

A video recorded at the crash site reveals the Boeing-737-800 disintegrated on impact. Tiny pieces of the aircraft are scattered over a large part of the runway at Rostov-on-Don’s airport.

An eyewitness, Arina Kozlova, who was driving near Rostov-on-Don Airport at the time of the crash, said the blaze from the explosion was so bright it was like having dawn in the middle of the night.






CCTV camera footage posted on YouTube claims to have captured the moment of the explosion as the aircraft impacted the ground. However, its authenticity could not be immediately verified.

All crew and passengers on board the plane were killed in the crash, according to the regional Emergencies Ministry.

“During the landing approach a Boeing-737 crashed. It had 55 passengers on board. All of them died,” a regional spokesman told TASS.

There were 55 passengers and seven crew members on board FlyDubai flight FZ981, Victor Yatsutsenko, head of EMERCOM National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC), confirmed during a press statement in Moscow. Seventeen were foreign citizens.








“Eleven of the 55 passengers were citizens of foreign states and their names have already been identified. Six of seven crew members were also citizens of foreign states,” Yatsutsenko said.

Ten of the 23 flights, scheduled to arrive at Rostov-on-Don, were canceled while three others landed in Krasnodar. The remaining 10 due in will also be redirected to Kransodar.


WATCH:  Boeing 737-800 jet crashed near the runway.






“The plane, according to preliminary data, crashed during the second approach,” the source told Interfax.

Spokesman for the southern bureau of Russia’s Investigative Committee, Oksana Kovrizhnaya, has put forward two versions of the crash: “Pilot error in deteriorating weather conditions or a technical failure,” she said. - RT.



Private plane plunges into Sao Paulo downtown, killing 7 on board & injuring 1 on ground 

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A small private plane has slammed into two buildings in a northern suburb of Sao Paulo, killing seven people on board, and injuring one person on the ground, according to Brazil’s emergency services.

The plane crashed at around 3:20pm local time (6:20pm GMT), shortly after taking off from Campo de Marte airport, authorities have announced. All six of the aircraft’s passengers as well as the pilot were killed in the accident.








According to local fire department officials, only one person inside the buildings which had been struck by the aircraft was injured, while the rest were evacuated safely.


WATCH: Plane crash in Brazil.






The seven seater CA-9 model plane belonged to the former CEO of a mining company named Vale, Roger Agnelli. According to Brazilian Globo Newspaper, the businessman was killed on board the aircraft. - RT.

2 UAE pilots killed after Saudi-led coalition plane crashes in south of Yemen

Two pilots from the United Arab Emirates have been killed after their fighter jet crashed while taking part in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen. The jet reportedly came down as a result of a technical fault near the southern city of Aden.

Hani Al-Yazidi, director of the Buraiqa district in northern Aden, said the local authorities had found the wreckage of a Mirage fighter plane after it crashed into a mountain, Reuters reported.

The Saudi state news agency SPA stated that a “technical fault” was responsible for the crash. Earlier, the authorities from the United Arab Emirates had confirmed that one of its planes was “missing.”

"The Supreme Command of the Armed Forces announced today that a fighter jet taking part in the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia ... in Yemen was missing," the statement read, according to AFP.In December, a Royal Bahraini Air Force F-16 fighter jet taking part in airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen crashed in southern Saudi Arabia.

“A pilot from the Bahraini contingent participating in the coalition survived after the fall of his F-16 plane in the Jizan region this morning due to a technical malfunction,” Reuters reported, citing a statement on the Saudi state news agency.

A Saudi-led coalition of Arab states began a military campaign a year ago in an attempt to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and to prevent the Houthi rebels from taking complete control of Yemen.

The Houthi rebels are loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

In February, human rights group Amnesty International stated more than 3,000 civilians have died, which include at least 700 children. In excess of 5,600 people have been injured, while upwards of 2.5 million have been displaced. - RT.


Columbia River plane crash claims 2 Vancouver residents


The yellow pin indicates where a plane was believed to have crashed
into the Columbia River Wednesday afternoon. (U.S. Coast Guard)
A trip to the mouth of the Columbia River meant to bring closure instead ended in tragedy.

Vancouver residents John McKibbin and Irene Mustain are presumed dead after an airplane believed to be McKibbin’s was seen crashing into the Columbia River near Astoria, Ore., just before 4 p.m. Wednesday. The two had planned to scatter the ashes of Mustain’s late husband, Terry Mustain, a Vietnam veteran of the Air Force and a pilot, near the mouth of the Columbia. Wednesday would have been Mustain’s 69th birthday.

McKibbin was a private pilot and one of Clark County’s best-known citizens of the past four decades. He is a former Clark County commissioner and real estate developer, with a long list of local civic duties, accomplishments and awards. Most recently he was head of Identity Clark County, a civic group.

Sheriff Tom Bergin of Clatsop County, Ore., confirmed the incident to The Columbian on Thursday.

“We believe it is Mr. McKibbin,” he said.

Irene Mustain’s death was confirmed by her eldest son, Michael Mustain, and her pastor, Steve Briner of the First Evangelical Church in Vancouver. According to Briner, Mustain was a member of the church for more than 20 years and just last week spoke to the congregation about the upcoming flight.

The two were last seen at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when they took off in McKibbin’s plane from Pearson Field in Vancouver, said George Welsh, a pilot and friend who helped McKibbin restore the antique plane he was piloting.

About 3:50 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard received reports of a private plane crash landing in the Columbia River east of the Astoria-Megler Bridge, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross, a Coast Guard spokeswoman in Seattle.

The cause of the crash is unclear. Bergin said the weather was “a little stormy” but overall a decent day. The National Weather Service reported the weather at the nearby Astoria airport was slightly overcast with very light precipitation and sustained winds of 17 mph with gusts of up to 28 mph. Visibility was four miles at around the time of the crash. - Columbian.


IDF general dies in plane crash in northern Israel

IDF Brig.-Gen. Munir Amar, 47,  was named as the pilot who died Friday when the light plane he was operating crashed into a mountainside in the North near the Misgav region.

Amar served as the head of the COGAT Civil Administration in the West Bank and previously served as a former battalion commander in the predominantly Druze "Herev" Brigade.

Amar was manning a private civilian flight when the crash occurred.

His aircraft departed from Haifa and crashed about a quarter of an hour after takeoff.

After the Israel Airports Authority (IAA) reported lost contact with the aircraft in the Lower Galilee region, police began searches for it.

According to initial reports, Amar was alone in the plane.

Less than an hour later the aircraft was located on the southern side of Mount Kamon.

Magen David Adom reported that there was no ground vehicle access to the site of the crash, and that Air Force personnel arrived on foot to the downed plane. - JPost.


1 killed in Chesterfield Co. plane crash

Investigators with the FAA are trying to determine why a small experimental aircraft crashed in Chesterfield County.

Deputies say the pilot 59-year-old Walker Hester of Atlanta was killed instantly.

Hester is well-known in aviation circles, he's a Navy Veteran and flew Boeing 777's commercially with Delta before he retired.

Deputies with the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office learned about the crash from a farmer who witnessed it.

"After an extensive search and help with a helicopter some debris on the Pee Dee river in some of the thickest swamp in the County," said Sheriff Jay Brooks.

"Started a search with boats on foot and 4-wheelers, and the plane was located in a couple of hours."

Brooks says the farmer told him the aircraft clipped a power line and went straight down crushing the cockpit and killing the pilot instantly.

Hester kept his experimental aircraft at the Cheraw Airport and would often make the commute to get some hours in flying. - WCNC.


Former 'Bachelor' contestant killed in plane crash

The female pilot who was killed after the ultralight aircraft she was flying crashed in Hawthorne was a former contestant on "The Bachelor," Erin Storm.

The Airborne XT-912, a glider-like three-wheeled craft with a rear engine, crashed around noon Monday in the 3600 block of 120th Street near the Hawthorne Municipal Airport.

Storm's friends gathered on the beach in Venice Tuesday night to share stories about someone they all loved.

Storm's Facebook page says she was a pilot at an aircraft training facility based at Hawthorne's airport, right near where she crashed.

"Erin Storm was the most beautiful, amazing human being I've ever known. She was the brightest light. She touched everybody's lives," said Donna Trousdale, a friend.

Storm's friends are crushed by her untimely passing. She was engaged, had set a date for her wedding and just bought the dress she'd be wearing to walk down the aisle.

Fans of "The Bachelor" may remember Storm from her brief time on season 12, the "London Calling" year with British bachelor Matt Grant.

Storm's friends now hang on to the love of their friend, knowing inside that her spirit still soars.

"She impacted all of these lives tremendously. She was a gift to all who knew her," Trousdale said.

The cause of the crash remains unknown. - ABC13.


Plane crash in Glades sends one to hospital

A single engine plane crashed in a field near 33 E Corkscrew between Lewiston and South Bay, Florida on March 25, 2016 (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

One person was flown to a hospital Friday morning after a small plane crashed in a field near the city limits, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said.

Firefighters responded to a site along Corkscrew Boulevard just before 8 a.m., said Capt. David Toohey, Fire Rescue spokesman. The person who called 911 removed the pilot from the plane.

The pilot was the only person on board.

4 rescued after small plane crashes at Mineta San Jose International Airport

A small plane made an emergency landing at Mineta San Jose International Airport this afternoon and the four people on board are uninjured, an airport spokeswoman said.

The four people on board that small plane are very lucky. It could have ended so much worse, had it not been for the pilot's skillful handling of a collapsed landing gear.The plane took off from the airport in San Jose and was headed to Boeing's headquarters in Washington state, but the pilot noticed something was wrong.






The plane is an Italian made Piaggio P-180 Twin Turbo Prop. The pilot called the tower at around noon, shortly after he took off.

"The call initially came in as an aircraft having difficulty with its landing gear," said San Jose Fire Department Capt. Christian Salcido.

More specifically, the pilot said a part of the landing gear may have collapsed. - ABC7.


Qantas pilot Paul Whyte, feared dead in Byron Bay plane crash, hit water at 200km/h

A Qantas pilot is feared dead after the light plane he was flying off the Byron Bay coast this week crashed into the ocean at nearly 200km/h, say air traffic controllers who monitored the plane's final movements.

Paul Whyte, a first officer with Qantas, had rented the Cessna 172 aircraft from the Northern Rivers Aero Club in Lismore on Monday afternoon and was flying solo over the ocean when the plane disappeared off the radar about 11 kilometres north-east of Byron Bay.

Police immediately launched a search for the single-engine aircraft but could find no trace of the wreckage or Mr Whyte, from Lennox Head.
Expert medical advice suggested that Mr Whyte could not have survived beyond midday on Tuesday as a result of water temperature and sea conditions at the time.

A NSW Police spokeswoman said Mr Whyte's suspected death was not being treated as suspicious, but the circumstances surrounding how the plane crashed remained a mystery.

Captain Richard Tobiano, Qantas' chief pilot, confirmed the missing man worked as a first officer with Qantas, but said he was flying the light aircraft in a personal capacity at the time. - SMH.
 

Light aircraft crash in Co Longford

Two investigations are continuing into a light aircraft crash in Co Longford, which claimed the life of the pilot.

William Hillick, who was in his late 40s, died when his plane went down at Abbeyshrule airfield yesterday evening.

Residents along the Longford-Westmeath border said the single-person aircraft had been involved in aerobatic manoeuvres throughout the afternoon, before it went down near the airfield at around 5.30pm.

Mr Hillick, a businessman who lived near Killucan in Co Westmeath, was well known in Mullingar and Dublin and had only acquired the aircraft for use in the last few weeks.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is leading the investigation, while gardaí have also launched a probe.

"Activities at the accident site will include recording of the wreckage and general area, interviews with eye-witnesses and recovery of wreckage and documentation to the AAIU wreckage and examination facility at Gormanston, Co Meath," the AAIU said in a statement.

"The investigation continues and a final report will be issued in due course." - RTE.


Air Force Academy roommates killed in plane crash

Two men killed when their twin-engine plane crashed during takeoff at a small Tampa airport have been identified as business partners and Air Force Academy roommates.

The Cessna was engulfed in flames after the crash Friday at Peter O. Knight Airport. Friends and relatives identified 54-year-old Louis Caporicci of Tampa as the pilot and 55-year-old Kevin Carreno of St. Petersburg as the passenger.

Federal Aviation Administration records show that both the victims were experienced aviators.
Caporicci was a retired Air Force colonel. After finishing his service, Carreno continued to recruit for the Air Force Academy.

The airport closed after the crash and reopened Saturday.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators say another plane took off at the same time but it wasn't clear whether that contributed to the crash. - AFT.


Teen Pilot, Girlfriend Survive Emergency Landing on Golf Course

Two high school seniors are recovering from various injuries after their rental plane experienced engine failure and crashed on the way home from a spring-break vacation.

Certified pilot Christian Dell, 17, and his girlfriend, Nicole Klusner, 18, of Andover, Kansas, had saved up their money to rent a small aircraft for a few days of fun in Nashville, Tennessee.

The nearly two-hour journey home Friday was smooth sailing until the last leg of the flight. "It just started spluttering and it ultimately failed," Dell said.

Klusner said, "I didn't know what to do or what was going on. The first thing I thought about were my parents."

"I was just looking at him [Dell], trusting he knew what to do and praying to God that we were going to be OK," she added.

Indeed, Dell's emergency training kicked in as he missed Kansas homes and power lines, and dodged trees, eventually crash landing the plane on the 14th hole of a golf course.

Residents who saw the rough landing ran to the rescue, getting both teens out and off to the hospital where they were treated for concussions and head injuries. - ABC.


Pilot Dies in Fiery Plane Crash in Hawthorne

A small plane was destroyed and engulfed in flames when it crashed on a busy street in Hawthorne upon takeoff from the Hawthorne Airport.

The pilot of an ultralight plane was killed in a fiery crash soon after takeoff from the Hawthorne Municipal Airport Monday.

Employees from Best Drilling and Pump, Inc., were working on tanks across from the site when an ultralight aircraft with a female pilot on board crashed around noon directly in front of them on West 120th Street.Byron Mayes said he's still trying to process what happened just a few feet from where he was working."All of a sudden, my partner started yelling, 'Watch out, there's a plane coming!' and it looked like the plane veered up, lost control and hit a couple feet away from the truck, a couple feet away from us," Mayes said.

Mayes said he and other employees ran over to the burning aircraft and pulled the pilot, whose legs were on fire, out of the plane before they got to the fire extinguishers.

"Our first thought was getting her out, making sure she was OK," he said.A cloud of black smoke could be seen billowing into the sky just minutes after the crash. Aerial video showed pieces of the plane scattered on the street near a large tree. - NBC.


Four people survive crash-landing that ripped light plane apart at Tooradin, south-east of Melbourne

Four people have had a lucky escape after a light plane crashed on landing at Tooradin Airfield. Picture: Christopher Chan.

Four people have minor injuries after their light plane crashed near the South Gippsland Highway at Tooradin.

The plane lost control after it was coming into land at the Tooradin Airfield about 1pm, authorities have advised.

Police say a strong gust of wind tipped the plane on its edge and it then careered into three other aircraft.

“It's clipped a couple of the other parked planes and it's come to rest as we can see behind us in a fairly untidy shape,” Acting Inspector Paul Bruders said.

Witnesses said the plane tumbled a number of times before it came to rest on the airfield.

“A cartwheeling plane came down the runway, hitting other planes,” one witness said.

A five-year-old girl was among the four occupants of the plane, along with the pilot, Stephen Hammond, and passengers Rachel Lehrer and Nathan Hammond. - 9news.
 

2 Killed in Small Plane Crash at Tampa Airport

Two people died in the fire after a plane crash on Davis Islands in Tampa on Friday morning.(Photo: Tampa Police Department via the Tampa Tribune)

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board began an investigation Saturday to determine what caused a small plane to crash at Peter O. Knight Airport on Tampa’s Davis Islands, killing the pilot and passenger.

The airport was closed after the twin-engine Cessna 310 crashed at about 11:30 a.m. Friday. It reopened Saturday evening

The plane was engulfed in flames when firefighters were called to the scene, and was completely destroyed in the crash. The names of the two dead people, who were taking off from the airport and headed to Pensacola, had not been released by Tampa police. The pilot is believed to be a local resident, said Paul Cox, a senior air safety investigator with the NTSB.

Cox said he expected a preliminary report on the crash would be released in 10 days or less, but the full investigation could take up to one year to complete.

“At this point we’re just gathering the facts,” he said.

Another plane was taking off at about the same time as the Cessna 310, but investigators don’t know if it had any role in the crash, or if that plane’s pilot saw anything significant, Cox said.

“Whether the accident occurred coincidental or as a cause of, I don’t know yet,” he said. “You can’t just jump to a conclusion right at the beginning.”

Investigators have not spoken with the other pilot or taken witnesses’ statements yet, Cox said.

Wreckage could be seen Saturday next to Runway 18, which runs north and south at the north end of the airport along Seddon Channel.

Officials planned to spend Saturday collecting evidence from the crash scene and taking photographs before the wreckage ultimately is taken to a storage facility in Jacksonville, but were delayed by rain in the early afternoon. - PNJ.


Plane crashes onto Tallgrass Country Club golf course; two teens hurt

Authorities check out a plane that crashed on the 14th hole at Tallgrass Country Club on Friday afternoon. Fernando Salazar The Wichita Eagle 

Nikki Womack was talking with her daughter in their front room Friday afternoon when they saw a plane fly very low over their neighbor’s house.

She ran to the back window just in time to see the plane crash on the 14th hole at the Tallgrass Country Club behind the house.

“I thought maybe it would flip, but it just hit real softly, pretty much,” she said. “It kind of bounced up” as it scraped through a sand trap and came to rest just short of the green.

Womack ran outside to see whether she could help, dialing 911 on the way. The occupants of the plane were two teenagers.

“A younger male got out first, and he was bleeding from the top of his head, but he was talking and looked me in the eye,” she said. “And then a girl got out behind him and she was bleeding and her eye was pretty damaged, but she was talking and walking.

“I said ‘lay down, lay down,’ so they both laid down, and I had 911 on the phone and I said ‘911’s on their way, you’re OK, you didn’t hit any houses, just lay there, it’s OK, nobody else is hurt. Just wait for them to get here.’ ”

Wichita Police Lt. Paul Duff said the pilot was a 17-year-old male and the passenger was an 18-year-old woman. He said the plane was en route from Nashville, Tenn., to Jabara Airport, which is just northeast of the crash site. - Kansas.

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Microlight plane crashes into field in Middle Stoke, Rochester

The aftermath of the crash. Picture: Max Williams

A pilot who died after a microlight plane hit a pylon and crashed into a field near Rochester has been identified.

The 56-year-old man from Essex was pronounced dead at the scene in Burrows Lane, Middle Stoke after his aircraft came down at 4.15pm yesterday.

Emergency services arrived to find the plane engulfed in flames, and firefighters used foam to put it out.

The Kent Fire and Rescue crew were joined on the scene by police, ambulance teams, UK Power Networks and the Aircraft Accident Investigation Branch.

A spokesman for the Aircraft Accident Investigation Branch said they were looking into the incident.

Witness Max Williams was parked in nearby Upper Stoke talking on his phone when he watched the tragedy unfold.

The 22-year-old, of Heron Way, Lower Stoke, said: "I was watching the plane thinking 'if that's coming in to land it's definitely going to have an accident' as the runway was about 200 yards to the right of where the plane was heading. - Kent Online.