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Plane Crashes Into Massachusetts Home Killing 3 Passengers

Plane into House
Mark Stockwell — AP A firefighter moves a hose into position outside a house into which a small plane had crashed in Plainville, Mass., June 28, 2015.

All 4 people inside the house were able to escape safely

Four people safely escaped after a small plane slammed into their house in Plainville, Massachusetts, but the three people in the plane were killed, state police said Sunday night.

The plane, a Beechcraft BE36 that had departed from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, crashed into the house about 5:45 p.m. ET, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board said.

Massachusetts State Police confirmed that all three people on the plane were killed. The NTSB said it has launched an investigation.

State police said that the house became engulfed in flames before it was extinguished after almost three hours.

But somehow, all…

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Siegfried and Roy’s White Lion Dies After Medical Procedure

Magicians Siegfried Roy lion white
Siegfried & Roy—Getty Images World-renowned illusionists and conservationists Siegfried & Roy pose with Pride, the Magical White Lion in this undated photo.

Legend went into cardiac and respiratory arrest

A 14-year-old white lion named Legend from the Siegfried and Roy act died at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio after undergoing a medical procedure.

Veterinarians at the zoo, where the lion was on loan, were treating the lion’s paws. Legend went into cardiac and respiratory arrest while being removed from the anesthesia, the Guardian reports.

The lion’s cause of death is still being determined, and the Guardian reports that the veterinarian at the zoo said that while there were risks to anesthesia, the procedure needed to be done to improve the cat’s quality of life.

Legend’s 14-year-old brother Courage also currently lives at the zoo.

[The Guardian]

TIME Accident

2 More Shark Attacks Reported in the Carolinas

Two men were attacked on Friday

Two new shark attacks were reported in North Carolina and South Carolina on Friday.

According to The Charlotte Observer, a 47-year-old man was bitten by a shark in Avon, N.C. and was being treated for leg and lower back injuries. Also on Friday, a man was bitten by a shark while swimming off of Hunting Island in South Carolina.

The latest shark bites come after four other recent attacks in North Carolina. On June 14, a 16-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl were both attacked by sharks within an hour and a half of each other in Oak Island, N.C. Both kids lost part of their arms.

Though the recent cases are certainly a nerve-wracking trend for beach-goers, shark attacks are still considered rare. None of the attacks in the U.S. in the past year were fatal. Sixty-five percent of the them involved surfers or people doing board sports and 32% involved people who were swimming.


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A Guy Got Struck by Lightning Twice, and His Name Happens to Be Rod

You really can't make this stuff up

Is it any wonder his nickname is “Lightning Rod”?

Rod Wolfe of Chebanse, Ill., was standing outside his home on June 20 when a tree next to him was hit by a lightning bolt. The charge traveled through his body but didn’t kill him, ABC 7 Chicago reports. He did, however, end up in the hospital with broken ribs and some cardiac problems.

Eighteen years earlier, Wolfe was hit by lightning while working in a cemetery.

“Everybody says I am a lucky person and I say, How can I be a lucky person?” Wolfe told ABC 7 Chicago. “They say, Yeah, but you survived twice.”

[ABC 7 Chicago]

TIME Accident

Nine Dead in Plane Crash on Alaska Cliff

Alaska-Missing Plane
Taylor Balkram—AP The Holland America Line cruise ship Westerdam sits in dock in Ketchikan, Alaska, on June 25, 2015

The conditions of those on board weren't immediately known

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — All nine people aboard a sightseeing plane died in crash Thursday in southeast Alaska, authorities said, but stormy weather was preventing the immediate recovery of the bodies.

“We have nine fatalities,” said Clint Johnson, head of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska office.

Rain and wind forced an end to recovery efforts Thursday night in the rugged terrain about 20 miles northeast of Ketchikan. Officials would mount a recovery attempt again on Friday, he said.

There was no immediate indication of why the DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter turboprop crashed. It was found Thursday against the granite rock face of a cliff, 800 feet above Ella Lake.

Johnson said it was too soon to know circumstances of the crash, including whether the plane flew into the cliff.

The NTSB was assembling a high-level team to investigate the crash, including three members from Alaska and at least two people from Washington, D.C.

“The initial rescue crew that went in had a very tough time because of the terrain,” Johnson said. “It’s a very steep, mountainous area, and weather conditions caused them to stand down.’

Coast Guard Petty Officer Lauren Steenson said the agency received a report around 2:15 p.m. that the plane was overdue. Troopers said an emergency locator transmitter activated in the Misty Fjords National Monument, and a helicopter pilot spotted the downed aircraft above Ella Lake, about 800 miles southeast of Anchorage.

Promech Air, an airline based in Ketchikan, operated the shore excursion sold through Holland America Line, the cruise ship company said in a statement. The eight passengers were guests on the Westerdam, which is on a seven-day cruise that departed Seattle on Saturday.

“We are incredibly distressed by this situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with those onboard the plane and their families,” the statement said. “Holland America Line is extending its full support to traveling companions of the guests involved.”

Promech said that the crash happened about 11:20 a.m., and the plane was one of five Otter aircraft in its fleet.

“There is nothing I can say that can alleviate the pain and overwhelming sense of loss that we and the loved ones of those affected are feeling,” Marcus Sessoms, president of Promech Air, said in a statement. “At this moment, all of us share the pain and anguish of this terrible event. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to everyone touched by this tragedy.”

The Ketchikan Daily News reported the Westerdam had been scheduled to leave the city at 1 p.m., but it remained in port Thursday evening.

The airline’s website advertises tours of the 2-million-acre Misty Fjord National Monument in its float planes.

“Towering granite cliffs, 1,000-foot waterfalls, lush and remote valleys and serene crystalline lakes make up this incredible landscape,” it says.


Associated Press writer Kathy McCarthy in Seattle contributed to this report.

TIME Accident

Teen Dies After 650-Pound Stone Slab Accidentally Falls on Him

New Jersey authorities aren't yet sure why he was at the countertop site

(BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J.) — Authorities say a teenager was killed when a stone slab weighing about 650 pounds fell on him outside a southern New Jersey business that makes countertops.

Ocean County prosecutors say the 17-year-old was found at about 6:40 a.m. Saturday at Stone N’ Counters South LLC in Berkeley Township. The business was closed when the accident occurred, and it’s not clear why the teen was at the site.

It appears the boy was trying to walk between marble and granite slabs when a massive slab fell on top of him. It’s not clear how long he had been trapped before a passing motorist spotted him and called police.

The teen was pronounced dead shortly after authorities arrived on scene. His name hasn’t been released.

TIME Accident

Watch a Soldier Get Saved in Midair After His Parachute Fails to Open

"We knew something wasn't quite right"

A military parachutist was saved in mid-air by a fellow soldier after his chute failed to open in front of thousands of spectators at a British airshow Friday.

The drama was caught on camera by onlookers as the British Army’s Red Devil display team performed at the Whitehaven Air Show in Cumbria, northern England.

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One of the men grabbed his teammate’s parachute ropes and helped guide him safely into a nearby dock. Both were unharmed.

“We knew something wasn’t quite right, that’s when the other guy started intertwining himself around the guy whose parachute hadn’t opened,” eyewitness Liam Benson told…

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10-Year-Old Boy Bitten by Shark in Florida

The second 10-year-old boy in a week and at least the fourth victim this year

A 10-year-old boy suffered minor injuries when he was bitten by a shark Wednesday in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida — the second in a week and at least the fourth person to have been attacked by sharks in Volusia County this year, authorities said.

The boy, who wasn’t identified, was bitten on the calf as he swam in chest-deep waters just after 1 p.m. ET, said Tamra Marris, a spokeswoman for Volusia County Beach Safety/Ocean Rescue. A lifeguard responded, and the boy was treated at the scene for lacerations on his leg without having to go to a hospital.

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6 Killed in Fourth-Floor Balcony Collapse in Berkeley

Several of the victims were young Irish nationals

Six people died and seven others were wounded when a fourth-floor balcony collapsed early Tuesday in Berkeley, California, according to authorities.

Five of the dead were Irish nationals, as were some of the injured, according to the Irish government, which indicated that some, if not all, of the victims were Irish students on temporary work visas.

Police were unable to confirm what sort of gathering was taking place at the apartment, saying only that a call came in just before 1 a.m. (4 a.m. ET) about a balcony collapse. Two women at the scene told NBC Bay Area that a…

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North Carolina Shark Attack Witness Says It Was Like a Scene From Jaws

Both victims were in waist-deep water

A witness told NBC News on Monday that it was “like a scene out of Jaws” when a shark attacked a girl swimming in waist-deep water off the North Carolina coast—one of two attacks in quick succession that cost children their arms.

Steve Bouser was on the beach at Oak Island when a shark attacked a 12-year-old girl. He described watching someone carry the girl out of the ocean, then a crowd rushing to help her. One woman yelled for people to make a tourniquet.

The injuries were described as life-threatening, but authorities said both victims were described …

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