5 dead, 10 hospitalized after midair collision over Alaska
Five people have been killed and 10 have been hospitalized after two aircraft collided in midair over Alaska.The collision took place in Coon Cove, Alaska, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. A de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and a de-Havilland Otter DHC-3 „collided in mid-air under unknown circumstances,” the FAA told ABC News.Local authorities told the FAA that five people were on board the Beaver and 11 people were on board the Otter.Ten patients were admitted to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Mischa Chernick told ABC News. Three patients are listed in serious condition, seven are in fair condition, Chernick said.Both planes were flying excursions sold through Princess Cruise Lines, which confirmed in a statement to ABC News that five people were killed.”On Monday, May 13, 2019, at 1:08 p.m. local time, a small float plane operated by Taquan Air that was flying a shore excursion sold through Princess Cruises was involved in an accident approximately eight (8) nautical miles from Ketchikan, AK, Princess Cruise Lines said in a statement. „The flight was returning from a Misty Fjords tour and carried ten guests from Royal Princess and a pilot. A second float plane was also involved in an incident and was carrying four guests from Royal Princess on an independent tour.”(MORE: Myanmar National Airlines flight miraculously lands safely with no front landing gear)„The U.S. Coast Guard and local search and rescue teams have confirmed that nine (9) of the guests on the Taquan Air plane have been rescued and are receiving medical attention with the condition of one (1) guest still unknown, the statement continued. „It has also been confirmed there are five (5) fatalities from the independent air tour – four (4) Royal Princess guests and one (1) pilot. Princess Cruises has activated members of its Care Team to provide assistance to the families impacted by today’s accident.””We are incredibly distressed by the situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with those onboard the planes and their families,” Princess Cruise Lines said. „Princess Cruises is extending its full support to traveling companions of the guests involved.The Voyage of the Glaciers cruise was on a seven-day trip that departed Vancouver on May 11 and is scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on May 18, the company said.The company that owns one of the aircraft, Taquan Air, released a statement that they will cooperate fully with the investigation.”We are devastated by this news and our hearts go out to our passengers and their families. At this time, we are in the midst of an active crisis response, and our focus is on assisting these passengers, the pilot, our staff, their families and loved ones, and first responders,” Taquan Air said in a statement. „Taquan Air has suspended all scheduled flights and is cooperating fully with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other authorities to examine every aspect of this event.”The U.S Coast Guard is investigating the incident and the NTSB is launching a Go Team to the area.ABC News’ Jim Vojtech contributed to this report.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian authorities have advised people to stay indoors Monday after two pedestrians were injured in the capital Zagreb during storms that uprooted trees and brought down traffic lights.
Authorities have restricted traffic on several roads in the country and warned of landslide danger. The gusts were reported to have reached 150 kph (93 mph) in some areas.
In Zagreb, which is not used to such strong winds, firefighters reported 240 deployments in the capital since Sunday evening.
„We have not seen such a storm in the last 45 years,” said Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic.
In northwestern Bosnia, heavy rains have swollen rivers, flooding dozens of houses and some roads. Authorities in neighboring Serbia also warned of upcoming heavy rains that could cause small rivers to overflow.
The region was hit by massive flooding in 2014 when dozens of people died and huge areas,
- A new weather study, created using radar analysis rather than traditional weather-station data, shows a correlation between deadly car accidents and wet weather.
- Rain increases the risk of a fatal car crash by 34 percent, the study found.
- Northern areas of the Rocky Mountains and the Midwest, and winter driving featuring freezing rain or snow, are most affected by the accident risk.
A new study from the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies shows that fatal traffic accidents are 34 percent more likely during „precipitation events” and 27 percent more likely even in light rain.
“We’re talking a drizzle, just at the point where you might consider taking an umbrella out,” said study author Scott Stevens in an interview with the Associated Press. “People slow down when it starts to rain heavily, but I think they underappreciate the risk of light rain.”
The study analyzed 125,012 accidents with fatalities in the United States between 2006 and 2011 while also looking at weather patterns during the time when the crashes occurred. Past studies have relied on police reports and the nearest weather station to estimate rainfall, but this study, using high-resolution radar data analysis, was able to more accurately pinpoint what types of weather events cause the largest increase.
The likelihood of a deadly accident is still higher in heavy-precipitation weather events, but the fact that the study showed such a spike with just light rain is more shocking. It also shows that accident risk due to wet weather is highest during morning rush-hour travel and in the winter.
Areas of the country most susceptible to the spike in traffic accidents due to weather include northern parts of the Midwest and the Rocky Mountain region, likely because of more snow. Risks proved to be slightly lower in the southeastern and northeastern United States.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – The last major championship played at Bethpage State Park, the 2009 U.S. Open, had to be completed on Monday because of unrelenting rain that dominated the championship. Although another Monday finish doesn’t seem as likely for this week’s PGA Championship the forecast calls for a similarly wet week.
Players were greeted by a steady rain and temperatures that didn’t climb above 45 degrees on Monday with even heavier downpours in the overnight forecast.
The outlook improves over the week with rain chances at 40 percent on Tuesday and dropping to 20 percent on Wednesday and Thursday, although the highs for the week are expected to remain in the mid to upper 60s.
Winds are also expected to become an issue for players. A weak cold front is expected to move through the area early Thursday with wind gusts up to 25 mph.
“Weather was just like this, actually, for most of it,” said Lucas Glover, who won the weather-delayed ’09 U.S. Open. “I know you guys have been just pounded the last couple weeks and this weekend, but long and hard, that’s what I remember.”