2008-10-08 Nepal plane crash claims 18
A small plane, carrying a dozen German tourists, hit a cliff and caught fire in Nepal’s Everest region Wednesday morning, killing 18 people, officials said. “Only one crew member survived,” said Binaya Shakya of Yeti Airlines, the company that operated the plane. The aircraft was carrying 12 German tourists, two Nepalis and two other passengers whose nationalities were not immediately known. The plane was headed from the capital city, Kathmandu, to Lukla airport, about 155 miles (250 km) to the east. Tourists fly to Lukla and trek to the Everest Base Camp at about 15,700 feet (4,800 meters). October is the peak tourist season in the Himalayan kingdom.
2008-10-07 Australia air ‘incident’ hurts 40
Up to 40 people have been injured in an incident that forced a passenger jet to make an emergency landing in Western Australia, police have said. Police spokesman Greg Lambert said the Airbus A320, with more than 300 people on board, landed at Learmonth Airport in Exmouth after making a mayday call. “The nature of the mid-air incident is unknown,” he told The Australian. Emergency services and medical staff are currently on the runway helping passengers, local media reports say. Australia’s national carrier, Qantas, could not immediately say whether the incident involved one of its aircraft.
2008-10-07 Thai protests turn ugly
Thai police fired tear gas today at several thousand demonstrators attempting to block politicians’ access to Parliament in Bangkok, heating up a political crisis that has gripped the country for six weeks. Forty-six people were injured, including two seriously. Reporters heard sounds of gunfire, but senior police officials said that only tear gas was being used against the crowd. The morning clashes came just hours before Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, who was sworn in September 25, was scheduled to deliver his government’s policy statement to lawmakers. Anti-government protesters who have occupied the grounds of the prime minister’s office for six weeks had marched last night to the streets outside Parliament, vowing to block lawmakers from entering the building.