accidents
July 12, 2020

Seventeen sailors and four civilians sustained non-life threatening injuries on Sunday morning, after an explosion caused a three-alarm fire on board the USS Bonhomme Richard at the U.S. Naval Base in San Diego.

The injured are being treated at an area hospital, the U.S. Navy said in a statement. San Diego Fire Chief Colin Stowell told CNN the ship could burn for days, "down to the water line." He also said the explosion took place as personnel were leaving the ship.

The USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship, was undergoing maintenance. When the fire broke out, there were 160 people on board. It is unclear what started the blaze. Catherine Garcia

July 6, 2020

Two planes collided over Lake Coeur d'Alene in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on Sunday afternoon, with authorities confirming that two bodies have been recovered from the crash site.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office believes that as many as eight passengers and crew members were on board the single-engine planes — a Cessna TU206G and a de Havilland DHC-2. Lt. Ryan Higgins said the planes have been located by sonar at 127 feet below the lake's surface, but because Kootenai County divers do not have the right equipment to go that deep, a commercial company will likely have to come in and search the wreckage for additional victims and evidence.

The crash occurred near Powderhorn Bay, and witness Patrick Pearce told The Spokesman-Review he saw the planes coming toward each other, about 800 to 900 feet above the water. Based on the engine sounds he heard, Pearce believes the planes were traveling at a high rate of speed when they collided. Catherine Garcia

August 28, 2019

Jessi Combs, the professional racer and former host of Mythbusters known as "the fastest woman on four wheels", died Tuesday in a jet car crash in Oregon. She was 39.

The accident occurred on a dry lake bed in the Alvord Desert, as Combs tried to break a land speed record. "Jessi's bright smile, positivity, and tenacious pursuit of her dreams inspired everyone who met her," her family said in a statement. "Her drive and spirit were infectious, and she served as a role model for young girls and women around the world." Former Mythbusters host Adam Savage tweeted that Combs was a "brilliant and top-notch builder, engineer, driver, fabricator, and science communicator, and strove every day to encourage others by her prodigious example."

Combs was driving the North American Eagle, a vehicle made from the fuselage of a jet plane, when she crashed, NBC News reports. She was attempting to beat the Women's Land Speed Record, set by Kitty O'Neil in 1976. While driving the vehicle on the lake bed in September, a door ripped off, and Combs was forced to end that bid to break the record. Tuesday's accident is under investigation. Catherine Garcia

August 15, 2019

A private jet carrying NASCAR driver and analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife, Amy, and their 1-year-old daughter crashed in eastern Tennessee on Thursday afternoon, Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier said.

After landing, the Cessna Citation ran off the runway and caught fire, officials said. Earnhardt's sister, Kelley, tweeted that "everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation. We have no further information at this time. Thank you for your understanding."

The Federal Aviation Administration said in addition to the Earnhardt family, there were two pilots on board. All five people were out of the plane by the time first responders arrived, CNN reports. Catherine Garcia

August 1, 2019

A Navy fighter jet crashed in Death Valley National Park on Wednesday morning, and the search is still on for the missing pilot.

The FA-18E Super Hornet went down in an area known as Star Wars Canyon, where people like to stand on an overlook to watch as military planes conduct low-level training flights. After the crash, park rangers discovered that seven bystanders had been injured, although it is unclear how they were hurt, NBC News reports.

Capt. Jim Bates, commodore for the Strike Fighter Wing Pacific based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, said the crash site has been found, and crews will spend the night searching for the missing pilot. Catherine Garcia

June 9, 2019

At least one person was killed and six injured on Sunday when a crane fell on top of an apartment building and parking garage in Dallas, authorities said.

Five of the wounded are in serious and critical condition, a spokesperson for the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department told NBC News. Officials said while there were high winds when the crane collapsed, they do not yet know if that's what caused the accident.

The crane, which was being used at a construction site next door, crashed through four floors of the apartment building. Photos of the parking garage show cars on top of each other, and several vehicles perilously close to falling over the edge of the collapsed floors. Catherine Garcia

June 2, 2019

The MSC Opera cruise ship plowed into a dock and river boat in Venice on Sunday, leaving five people injured.

Video shows the ship inside the Guidecca Canal, blaring its horn as it crashes into the river boat and dock. Italian officials said five women on the river boat were injured, and four remain hospitalized. MSC Cruises said the Opera had a mechanical issue, and two tugboats leading the ship into the canal were unable to stop it from slamming into the river boat and dock.

Several environmental and safety groups released statements saying this proves cruise ships are too big for the area and should be banned from entering Venice, CBS News reports. Danilo Toninelli, Italy's minister of transport, didn't call for a blanket ban on all cruise ships in Venice, but did say the accident shows such boats "shouldn't be allowed to pass down the Giudecca anymore. After many years of inertia, we are finally close to a solution to protect both the lagoon and tourism." Catherine Garcia

October 22, 2018

Four Americans and their Costa Rican tour guide were killed on Saturday when their rafts overturned on the Naranjo River in Quepos, Costa Rica.

Officials said Sunday that three rafts carrying 18 people overturned, and 13 passengers were able to hang onto the rafts but five were pulled downstream. The victims have been identified as American tourists Ernesto Sierra, Jorge Caso, Sergio Lorenzo, and Andres Dennis, all between the ages of 25 and 35, and their Costa Rican tour guide, Kevin Thompson Reid.

The river was high from rains, officials said, and the Red Cross had 12 workers in the area, who helped assist with the rescue. Catherine Garcia

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