SANTIAGO, Chile – All 21 people aboard a military plane that crashed in the Pacific Ocean near Chile’s remote Juan Fernandez islands are dead, the government said Saturday.
The Chilean CASA 212 plane crashed Friday afternoon after two failed attempts to land in difficult weather on one of the islands.
Among those aboard was popular Chilean television personality Felipe Camiroaga and four other members of a crew from a morning show on Chilean state television. They were planning to film a report about reconstruction on the islands after last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.
NATO, Afghan forces kill ex-detainee
KABUL, Afghanistan – NATO and Afghan forces have killed a former Guantanamo detainee who returned to Afghanistan to become a key al-Qaida ally, international officials said Saturday.
Sabar Lal Melma, who was released from Guantanamo in 2007, had been organizing attacks in eastern Kunar province and funding insurgent operations, NATO spokesman Capt. Justin Brockhoff said.
A NATO statement described Melma as a “key affiliate of the al-Qaida network” who was in contact with senior al-Qaida members in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Typhoon Talas pummels Japan
TOKYO – Powerful Typhoon Talas left a trail of heavy rainfall and mudslides as it moved northward past Japan today. At least six people died and 20 others were missing, local media said.
Evacuation orders and advisories have been issued to 460,000 people in western and central Japan, Kyodo News agency reported.
NHK TV footage showed a bridge that had been swept away after intense rainfall that caused a river to swell with brown torrents. People waded through knee-deep water in city streets and residential areas.
The center of the season’s 12th typhoon was moving north across the Sea of Japan at a speed slower than 12 miles per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It crossed the southern Japanese island of Shikoku and the central part of the main island of Honshu early today.
Because of the storm’s slow speed, the agency warned that heavy rains and strong winds are likely to continue and could lead to flooding and landslides.