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Two people killed in aircraft crash in Hampshire, England

Two people killed in aircraft crash in Hampshire, England

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A light aircraft crashed in the remote village of Tangley near Andover in the county of Hampshire in England on Sunday, killing two people on board.

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The plane crashed at roughly 1300 BST in a field in Tangley and subsequently caught fire. An air ambulance, a rapid response doctor, police officers and fire officers were scrambled to the scene shortly after the crash. Officials from the Air Accident Investigation Branch were also urgently called to the area. Initially, the emergency services were prevented from approaching the aircraft due the torrent of flames that was tearing through it. A probe to investigate the crash is now going to be carried out.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary stated: “A call was received at 12.40pm today after the plane was seen to come down. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are on scene working to put out the blaze and members of the South Central Ambulance Service are also at the sight. Two people who were on board have been confirmed deceased, although it is not yet known how many people were on the aircraft. We haven’t been able to get anywhere near to find out how many people are dead because of the fire. We have to be sure that the fuel has been isolated and it is safe.” The spokesperson also stated that any other passengers that were on the plane were most likely to be dead.

Neither the itinerary or the take-off point of the aircraft are currently known. It is also unknown exactly how many passengers were on the plane, although the police have stated that it may be a four-seater or a six-seater aircraft. A person speaking on behalf of the members of the South Central Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 12.36 this afternoon to Tangley to reports of a patient who had been injured following a light aircraft crash. However, we believe one patient passed away at the scene.”



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Muslim cleric, two officers killed after gun attacks in southern Russia

Muslim cleric, two officers killed after gun attacks in southern Russia

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According to officials, a Muslim religious leader and two anti-terrorism officers were killed in the Ingushetia region of Russia on Sunday in two separate gun attacks.

Ingush Interior Ministry spokesman Madina Khadzhiyeva said that the officers were killed by gunfire while driving along a highway in the region at around noon on Sunday.

“At around 12.20 [local time], in the village of Gazi-Yurt, an automobile, containing officers of the Centre’s antiextremism group, was shot at […] Two officers were killed, and another wounded,”((ru)) a spokesperson said.

The RIA news agency reports that searches are ongoing to apprehend the attackers.

Meanwhile, the Karachayevo-Cherkessiya Interior Ministry reported that Ismail Bostanov, a leading Muslim cleric, was was gunned down on the same day, in a separate attack.

The Ministry said it believes the attack was carried out by adherents of Wahhabism, a fundamentalist branch of Islam, a group whose influence Bostanov had attempted to reduce.



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Memorial unveiled to mark 50th anniversary of deaths of 47 miners in Lanarkshire, Scotland

Memorial unveiled to mark 50th anniversary of deaths of 47 miners in Lanarkshire, Scotland

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Friday marks the 50th anniversary of a mining disaster which occured in Lanarkshire, Scotland on September 18, 2009, killing 47 miners. Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond MSP unveiled a bronze statue and a memorial garden in Moodiesburn on Sunday in front of a crowd of approximately 600.

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At roughly 0700 BST on September 18, 1959, 47 men who were working in Auchengeich Collery in North Lanarkshire, Scotland were overcome by smoke as they were walking down to start work. They were subsequently killed after being trapped by a fire in the mine which prevented them from escaping. At the time, a decision had been made to flood the pit after attempts to rescue the men failed. Only one miner had managed to survive the blaze. It transpired that the fire was caused by an electrical fault 1,000 ft below the surface.

Cquote1.svg The tragedy…left barely a town, village or mining family in North Lanarkshire unaffected Cquote2.svg

—Alex Salmond MSP

First Minister Salmond unveiled a memorial garden and a bronze statue which had been placed to mark the 50th anniversary of the incident. The statue is one of a miner. A religious service was carried out from Bishop Joseph Devine. Tom Clarke, MP for Chryston and Bellshill, also attended the event. Memorial committee chairman Daniel Taylor read out the names of the late 47 people while another person was playing bagpipes in the background.

When the service came to a close, First Minister Salmond commented on the tragedy, saying “The tragedy at Auchengeich Colliery left barely a town, village or mining family in North Lanarkshire unaffected. Fifty years on, the memories of the fateful day which claimed the lives of so many husbands, fathers, brothers and sons endure and I am honoured to pay tribute to them. Scotland is fortunate enough to have been blessed with rich natural resources, from the abundant coal seams of the central belt to the oil and gas reserves off our shores and the emerging renewable energy sources we are just beginning to feel the benefits of. But we should never forget the human cost which has come with that. Just as the Piper Alpha tragedy more than two decades ago underlined the hazards of North Sea exploration, the Auchengeich disaster showed all too starkly the dangers and risks which miners all over Scotland took for granted as part of their job every time they descended the pits. The excellent work of the people of North Lanarkshire and Auchengeich Miners’ Welfare has provided this new memorial garden and magnificent bronze sculpture. Together, they are a truly fitting tribute to those 47 brave men who died in Auchengeich half a century ago.”



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Australian rules football: West Gippsland Latrobe Football League Grand Final

Australian rules football: West Gippsland Latrobe Football League Grand Final

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Maffra defeated Moe in the Preliminary Final
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Warragul (player in White and Teal) lost to Maffra (players in Black and Red) in the Under 18’s
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Traralgon were defeated by Maffra in the West Gippsland Latrobe Football League (WGLFL) Grand Final at the Recreation Reserve in Morwell, Australia. Both teams defeated Moe to qualify for this match – Traralgon in the major Semi Final, Maffra in the Preliminary Final.

Traralgon finished on top of the ladder after the Home and Away season, earning a week off in week one of the finals. They defeated Moe in the major semi final – their only match in the first three weeks of the finals – by 32 points. Maffra had lost to Moe in the Qualifying Final by 37 points. They recovered in the minor semi final by thumping Leongatha by 74 points before getting some revenge of sorts over Moe in the Preliminary Final, running out winners by 52 points.

Traralgon (Maroon shorts, White numbers) defeated Moe (White shorts, Gold numbers) in the major semi final
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“I think we’re as cherry ripe as we can be for a grand final,” Maffra coach Graham Robbins said going into the match. “We’re pretty even across the board but we’ve got to get our hands on the footy and move it smartly to our key forwards.”

Cquote1.svg We’re pretty even across the board but we’ve got to get our hands on the footy and move it smartly to our key forwards Cquote2.svg

—Maffra coach Graham Robbins on Thursday

Traralgon coach Steve Hazelman said, “We now know we can beat anyone, anywhere, it’s just a matter of performance and hopefully everyone can step up. There’s lots of team structures that we’ve worked on all year, so we’re just sticking to what we’ve done and making sure we’re switched on for the whole four quarters.”

In lower grades, Traralgon lost to Moe in the Reserves. Warragul lost to Maffra in the Under 18’s and Traralgon beat Maffra in the Under 16’s. The WGLFL is considered one of the “major leagues” controlled by the Victorian Country Football League, the governing body of Australian rules football in regional Victoria.

Scores below are quoted as goals-behinds (total). Goals are worth six points, behinds one

September 19, 2009
2:30 pm (UTC+10)
Traralgon 9-12 (66)
Maffra 7-27 (69)
Recreation Reserve
Morwell, Victoria, Australia

Moe defeated Traralgon in the Reserves Grand Final
Image: Patrick Gillett.

Traralgon and Maffra fought a low scoring opening quarter. The contest went back and forth with both teams kicking one goal each. Maffra lead 1-4 (10) to 1-1 (7). No body could get a clear shot on goal. Maffra created forward pressure time and time again creating a handful of chances. However, Traralgon created their own chances in response.

Traralgon kicked five goals to one to go into the long break by 18 points. At half time, Traralgon 6-5 (41) lead Maffra 2-11 (23).

By the end of the third quarter, Maffra had kicked an inaccurate 6-18 (54) and were behind Traralgons 8-9 (57). One could argue that Maffra should’ve been well ahead and would’ve been had they been accurate.

Traralgon lead but conceded a free kick when the final siren went giving Maffra the chance to kick a goal to steal victory. The goal was converted. Final scores Maffra an inaccurate 7-27 (69) to Traralgon 9-12 (66).



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