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April 10, 2011

Investigation launched after small aircraft crashes on Philippines mountain, killing two

Investigation launched after small aircraft crashes on Philippines mountain, killing two

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A Piper Aztec, similar to the aircraft involved in the accident.
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An investigation is tonight underway after a light aircraft crashed into a popular mountain resort in the Philippines city of Baguio, killing two aboard, and injuring four others. The aircraft, which may have been trying to make an emergency landing, narrowly missed crashing into a tourist resort where a crowd had gathered.

Witnesses said the six-seater Piper Aztec aircraft was flying very low before it clipped pine trees and impacted with the ground, bursting into flames. The crash happened just minutes after it lifted off from Loakan Airport. One person aboard the aircraft was killed instantly, and the four others were taken to hospital where another died. No-one on the ground was hurt in the accident.

Police confirmed the aircraft crashed into a mountain trail and exploded. Wikinews understands air traffic controllers lost contact with the pilot shortly after takeoff, and officials say the aircraft may have suffered technical problems. Police told journalists the pilot might have been attempting to make an emergency landing in an open area but struck trees.



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October 20, 2010

Ten dead, nine injured as Super Typhoon Megi clears Philippines

Ten dead, nine injured as Super Typhoon Megi clears Philippines

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Ten people are confirmed dead and nine injured as Super Typhoon Megi, also known as Juan, cleared the Philippines Tuesday. Megi is the strongest typhoon to strike the country this year.

Megi is currently a “super typhoon” with winds in excess of 185 km/h (115 mph). It brought strong winds and heavy rains to northern provinces Monday, knocking out power and forcing the cancellation of flights.

Experts indicated that Megi might damage up to 60% of the rice crop in the Cagayan valley on the main island of Luzon, producer of about one-third of the rice for the Philippines.

Reports state that landslides have blocked roads in the Apayao province, Luzon. Four casualties were caused by drowning, three by a building collapse, two by collapsed trees and one by a lightning strike. It has been reported that nine people were injured in Cagayan, Kalinga, and Baguio City.

As the typhoon leaves the western shores of Luzon, US forecasters predict that it will reach mainland China on Thursday or Friday
Image: Joint Typhoon Warning Center, US Dept. of Defense.

Thousands of soldiers were on standby as the storm hit, ready to deliver aid to those affected.

Megi began to clear the Philippines and is heading towards mainland China. The typhoon soaked the capital, Manila, with rain until 8 pm local time Tuesday.



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August 18, 2010

Dozens dead after bus accident in Philippines

Dozens dead after bus accident in Philippines

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According to reports, at least 35 people are dead while six are seriously injured in the northern Philippines after a bus plunged into a 100 meter deep ravine. The accident occurred early Wednesday near the city of Baguio, 200 kilometres north of the capital Manila.

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—The conductor

The accident happened when the brakes on the vehicle failed and it rolled down a hill into a ditch. Officials say the death toll may increase. There were a total of 47 passengers on board.

The bus conductor, John Patrick Flores, survived the accident with only minor injuries by jumping out the door before the bus fell into the ravine. He said that “the driver tried to ram the bus into a mango tree to prevent it from falling, but failed.”



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November 1, 2006

Deadly Typhoon Cimaron makes landfall in Luzon

Deadly Typhoon Cimaron makes landfall in Luzon

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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Cimaron making landfall

Typhoon Cimaron, known to those in the Philippines as Typhoon Paeng, made landfall on October 29 in Luzon at around 1:00 UTC. Winds of 160 mph were sustained for one minute, were recorded shortly before landfall. Already, it has killed at least nineteen people, injured 58, and at least fifteen people may still be missing in the Philippines. Damage in the country is estimated to have reached $443 million pesos, or $8.8 million United States dollars (USD).

Impact

Cimaron at peak intensity

Deaths and other affects on people

So far, six people have been reported to have been drowned or killed by falling trees in Dinapigue, Isabela province. A further 15 people were injured there.

One of those deaths may have been when waves spawned by Cimaron swept away a 19 year old female student, identified as Clarissa Otrera, while swimming near the shore, drowning her. Her two companions, one 18 years old, the other 20, were also swept away, and are still missing. Another girl, Gretchen Bautista of 15 years of age, was also swept into the open ocean along with Clarissa.

Otera and Bautista were rescued right away and taken to Magsingal District Hospital, where Otera was declared dead.

A search and rescue is under way for the two missing students.

A farmer of 29 years of age drowned when his boat overturned in Isabella, police said.

In addition, a 28 year old woman was killed along with her 6 year old child in Aurora province. Their hut was swept away by the powerful currents.

Three more people drowned in the town of Kasibu, Neuva Vizcaya province.

A four year old girl was killed by a landslide in Bugias, Benguet province, as was a man of 53 years of age in Kalinga province.

In Baguio City, a house with a mother and her two daughters was buried in landslide, injuring all of them, according to fire official Senior Superintendent Carlito Romero.

A woman died in a road accident that also injured seven other people in La Union province.

Another 13-15 people are currently missing, and at least 41 more people not mentioned above were injured to some degree.

In all, Cimaron affected more than 177,000 people.

Damage

Ninety percent of the houses in Dinapigue, Isabela province, were damaged in the town of 5,000 residents, says Mayor Renato Candido.

Over 1,872 houses were damaged, while at least 72 homes were destroyed, 300 of the houses in Baguio City were damaged by powerful winds.

The power in Aurora province was out since Sunday night, but whether or not the electricity has been restored is unknown.

The country’s Department of Agriculture has said that up to 30% of rice and corn harvests may have been ruined.

Original total damage estimates were placed at $400 million pesos, or $8 million United States Dollars, but were revised to $139 million pesos, or $2.79 million USD in total damage. Of that total, $114.39 million pesos, or $2.3 million USD, was from infrastructure and agricultural damage, mostly from the Cagayan Valley. The remaining money was $22.8 million pesos, or $458,600+ USD in damage to roads and bridges and damage to school buildings was worth $2 million pesos, equivalent to $40,230 USD.

Since then, the damage has been reassessed at $443 million pesos, or $8.8 million USD

Other reports of damage include uprooted trees, fallen electrical posts, and numerous blackouts in Luzon.

Aftermath

In the Philippines, Nueva Vizcaya’s provincial board passed a resolution that declared the province under a state of “calamity”, allowing the release of $20 million pesos, or $402,290 USD from the province’s calamity fund.

Power has been confirme to have been restored in most of Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya.

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) stated that the Army, the Coast Guard, and the Navy were told to give assistance to the victims of the typhoon.

The Philippine National Red Cross noted that many of the agency’s different branches were assisting the storm victims since Monday morning.

Current storm information

At 2100 UTC October 31, the Japan Meteorological Association (JMA) reported the center of Typhoon Cimaron to be near 18.7°N 116.4°E. It had maximum 10-minute sustained winds of 80 knots (150 km/h, 90 mph), with a minimum central pressure of 950 hPa, and was moving almost stationary. At 1800 UTC, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported the center of Typhoon 22W to be located about 270 nm (500 km, 310 miles) south-southeast of Hong Kong, with maximum 1-minute sustained winds of 100 knots (175 km/h, 110 mph), gusting to 125 knots (230 km/h, 145 mph).

Vietnam is being very careful with this system, andplanned on evacuating 200,000 people from the country, even though it is expected that Cimaron will continue west-northwest and then curve northward. Due to the size of the system, the outer rainband of the cyclone may be felt in Vietnam.

On November 1, the evacuations were put on hold when the Vietnamese realized that Cimaron would have little impact on them.

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