The debris of a scorched plane has been recovered revealing 19 dead bodies in the western mountains of Nepal on Wednesday.
The Tara Air plane left Pokhara at 7:50am and crashed into a mountain in the Solighopte forest midway through the 19 minute flight bound for Jomsom. All passengers and crew, including 16 Nepalese, two foreigners and three crew members, are feared dead; two infants were also on board.
According to the deputy of police superintendent Bishwa Raj Khadka, search efforts were hampered due to dense fog in the valley where the wreckage was discovered four hours after the incident.
The cause of the crash has not been determined, but preliminary investigations suggest low visibility caused by dust from a dry landslide in Mount Annapurna could be the cause.
Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in suit linked to ovarian cancer
A Missouri jury has awarded $72 million in damages to the family of an Alabama woman whose death from ovarian cancer was blamed on her use of Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) products. Jacqueline Fox, who died three years after being diagnosed with cancer at age 62, had claimed the pharmaceutical company failed to warn patients of the dangers of using talc-based products.
In a written statement, JNJ spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said the outcome of the case “goes against decades of sound science proving the safety of talc as a cosmetic ingredient in multiple product.”
The civil suit is one of more than 1,000 such cases nationally, and is the first to result in monetary award.
Fiji cyclone death toll reaches 42
The death toll from Cyclone Winston has risen to 42 as Fiji begins to repair the damage left behind by the most powerful cyclone on record. The category five storm struck the north and west coast as well as outlying areas of the Pacific nation with 325km/h winds that destroyed thousands of homes and cut power across the island.
“Right now the priority is on restoring essential services and supplying our people with sufficient food, water and shelter,” Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said.
UNICEF workers have delivered emergency, water, sanitation and medical supplies to hard-hit areas and remote parts of the region.
Italian navy rescues more than 700 migrants from Libyan waters
The Italian navy and coastguard have saved the lives of 727 refugees from six boats and recovered four corpses in the seas between Tunisia and Sicily. Three ships assisted in the rescue; the migrants included 105 adrift on a rubber raft. The navy gave no information on their nationalities. More than 400 people have died in the Mediterranean in two months as people continue to flee Africa and the Middle East.
Canadian judge rules medicinal marijuana users have the right to grow
A federal court judge in Canada has lifted the ban restricting medicinal marijuana patients’ rights to grow their own cannabis, and has also given the Canadian government six months to formulate new rules and appeal the decision. Judge Michael Phelan was clear to point out that the new ruling does not effect existing regulations preventing Canadians to use or grow the natural drug recreationally. Shares in medical marijuana production providers plummeted soon after the ruling on Wednesday. – Compiled from web sources by Matina Moutzouris
Screengrab of a 2012 plane crash in the Nepalese mountains from CNN.