700-kg kite in Shiga slams into crowd, injuring four

Jun 1, 2015

700-kg kite in Shiga slams into crowd, injuring four

A massive kite at a festival in Higashiomi, Shiga Prefecture, crashed into a crowd of spectators Sunday, injuring four people, the fire department said. The kite, measuring about 13 meters by 12 meters, was roughly the size of 100 tatami and weighed around 700 ...

Eight-car pileup on Yokohama Bay Bridge injures 10

Jun 1, 2015

Eight-car pileup on Yokohama Bay Bridge injures 10

A total of eight vehicles were involved in a multiple-car pileup on the Yokohama Bay Bridge on Monday morning that left 10 people injured, the Kanagawa Prefectural Police said. Although no one was seriously hurt, all 10 were sent to hospitals, authorities said. Police ...

South Korea ready to start work to salvage sunken ferry

Apr 20, 2015

South Korea ready to start work to salvage sunken ferry

South Korea’s oceans ministry said Monday that it was ready to start work to salvage a ferry that sank last year, killing more than 300 people, and that the operation would begin soon after it gets formal approval. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries ...

Tokyo train havoc laid to beam removed in upgrade

Apr 13, 2015

Tokyo train havoc laid to beam removed in upgrade

A beam traversing the Yamanote Line that was removed as part of an equipment upgrade could have destabilized two cable poles blamed for Sunday’s major disruption of train service in central Tokyo, East Japan Railway Co. said Monday. The beam, which was removed sometime ...

Mexican oil rig burns off coast; four dead, 16 injured

Apr 2, 2015

Mexican oil rig burns off coast; four dead, 16 injured

A fire erupted Wednesday at an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, killing four workers, injuring 16 and forcing the evacuation of 300, Mexico’s state-owned oil company said. A survivor of the blaze on the Abkatun Permanente platform inCampeche Sound said workers “jumped ...

Air Canada plane skids off Halifax runway after hard landing

Mar 30, 2015

Air Canada plane skids off Halifax runway after hard landing

An Air Canada plane made a hard landing in bad weather and skidded off the runway at the airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the airline said Sunday that 25 people were taken to hospitals for observation and treatment of minor injuries. The airline ...

At least 49 dead in Brazil tour bus crash

Mar 15, 2015

At least 49 dead in Brazil tour bus crash

At least 49 people were killed Saturday when a tour bus plunged hundreds of meters into a densely wooded ravine in southern Brazil, authorities said. Among the dead were eight children and 24 women, regional government spokeswoman Ana Paula Keller said. The toll had ...

Plane skids off LaGuardia runway, crashes into fence; six hurt

Mar 6, 2015

Plane skids off LaGuardia runway, crashes into fence; six hurt

A plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport while landing during a snowstorm Thursday, crashing through a chain-link fence and coming to rest with its nose perilously close to the edge of an icy bay. Photos showed the ...

Chemical cloud over Spanish town after factory accident

Feb 13, 2015

Chemical cloud over Spanish town after factory accident

A chemical accident at a factory in Spain on Thursday injured three people and cloaked large swaths of the region in an orange chemical cloud, forcing over 60,000 people to stay indoors before it disappeared. The “explosion or chemical reaction” happened when products being ...