Saturday, 5 July 2014

Eleven people feared killed in Polish plane crash - emergency services

Eleven people were killed and one person is seriously injured after a plane crashed at a parachute club close to Czestochowa, in the south of Poland, a spokeswoman for the emergency services said.

"Twelve people were on board the plane and the only survivor was taken to hospital and is in a serious condition," Justyna Sochacka told AFP.

The plane, a Piper Navajo, reportedly had 11 parachutists and a pilot on board.

"It was flying from the south and the engine was making strange sounds," said eyewitness Barbara Minczykiewicz, a resident of the village of Topolow where the plane crashed, quoted by Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza broadsheet daily.

"It was flying very low, close to houses. It tilted to one side on its wing and caught fire," she said.

Village residents managed to pull one live person and two bodies out of the air craft, according to Minczykiewicz.

The light plane took off from an air field in Rudniki, near Czestochowa.

The causes behind the crash were not immediately known, but Polish media reports suggested the air craft was carrying passengers in excess of its capacity.

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Building collapse tragedy: Two families fight over body at morgue

Adding a twist to the building collapse tragedy, members of a family had to bring a body back to the city after discovering it wasn't their kin's, while two other families fought for another body at the Government Royapettah Hospital on Friday.

A mutilated body, mistakenly identified as Prakash Raut, was being transported by his family to home in Kendrapara district in Odisha when it was learnt that Raut was alive and recuperating at Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre.

"The body was identified by his brother as that of 25-yearold Prakash Raut. We completed the legal formalities and sent the body with him for cremation. But when the real Raut emerged from the debris, we immediately called the driver and asked him to return," said a senior health department official.

Raut was on the seventh floor when the building collapsed in Moulivakkam. He was rescued 72 hours later. Officials said the mutilated body, now at the mortuary in Royapettah, was yet to be identified. As Raut's family celebrates, two families are at loggerheads over the identity of a body at the Royapettah mortuary.

Gowri Naidu, 35, and Chinnam Naidu, 45, of Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh had died in the building collapse. Their family members have been waiting at the morgue for five days to check if their kin's body had arrived. On Friday, Lokesh saw a mutilated body and claimed it was his father Chinnam Naidu, while another man called Simhasanam said it was that of his brother Gowri Naidu.

Finally, based on the description given by both the families and the doctor's advice, it was decided that the body belonged to Gowri Naidu. " To avoid such confusion, we have collected DNA samples of all the bodies that have arrived from the collapse site. We will run tests if necessary," said a senior doctor.

Meanwhile, to make space for bodies of victims of the tragedy, Government Royapettah Hospital have sent 38 unidentified bodies belonging to victims of road and rail accidents to the mortuaries attached to Government General Hospital and Kilpauk Medical College Hospital.

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Devastating Bosnian floods unearths mass grave containing 24 people

The remains of 24 people believed to be Muslims and killed during the ethnic cleansing war of the 1990s in Bosnia are exhumed by heavy flooding that hit the country two months ago.

Lejla Cengic, spokesperson for The Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina (MPI) told AFP on Friday that torrential floods in May removed a three-meter layer of ground, exposing a mass grave site on the left bank of the Bosna River in southern part of the country.

She said 24 bodies were found in the area between the towns of Maglaj and Doboj, after a month-long excavation operation to exhume bodies uncovered by flooding.

“Most of the victims had their hands tied around their backs, while several were killed by a bullet fired at a close range to the neck,” Cengic said.

The remains are thought to belong to Muslim men from the village of Jablanica, near Maglaj, killed by Serb forces in June 1992, at the start of the war.

Their identity will be confirmed by DNA analysis.

Torrential rains hit Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia in mid-May, killing 77 people in the Balkans’ worst floods and landslides in more than a century.

The disaster forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and caused damage estimated at two billion euros.

Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war claimed some 100,000 lives. More than 9,000 people are still missing, official data shows.

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