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A Eurocopter EC-135 T2 police helicopter has crashed into a crowded pub called the Clutha, in Glasgow, Scotland. The accident is reported to have occurred at 10:25 pm, local time, 29 November 2013, in an area described as Stockwell Street located on the banks of the River Clyde.
There has been a minor incident involving an MV-22B Osprey Tiltrotor from the USMC’s 3rd Marine Air Wing (3rd MAW) near Creech Air Force Base, Nevada.
Infamous Groom Lake, also known as Area 51, has finally been officially acknowledged as real by the US CIA. Long the most incredible of national security denials and “no comments,” the complex of buildings and runways, extensively documented by satellite imagery, litigation, television shows, movies and enthusiasts, is finally the acknowledged base of operational testing for the beginnings of the Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance aircraft program.
Asiana Airlines Flight 214, a Boeing 777, has been involved in a plane crash at San Francisco International Airport. Published reports indicate the aircraft crashed and caught fire after touchdown. Apparently the plane was on a flight from Seoul, South Korea. (Updated)
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