The weakest link? North Korea's crumbling air force
North Korea on Tuesday described its record-breaking blitz of missile launches last week as a "just counteraction" to the biggest-ever US-South Korea air exercises. Last week, many of North Korea's missile launches were drills simulating the destruction of enemy air force bases. "North Korea considers it important to strike and neutralise air bases first because their air power is weak," said Cheong Seong-chang, a researcher at the Sejong Institute.
All six victims killed during a Dallas air show over the weekend when two historic World War II aircraft collided in midair were identified on Monday as investigators said it was still too early to tell what caused the accident.
The Commemorative Air Force confirmed the names of the B-17 Flying Fortress and P-63 Kingcobra flight crews killed in the accident at the Wings Over Dallas World War II Airshow on Saturday.
The five crew members aboard the B-17 included Terry Barker, Leonard "Len" Root, Curt Rowe, Kevin "K5" Michels and Dan Ragan. The pilot of the P-63 was identified as Craig Hutain.
Alabama teenager, 16, dies after coming into contact with 'painkiller laced with fentanyl'
One student died and three were hospitalized while at high school in Alabama - most likely after coming into contact with fentanyl. Authorities were called to Selma High School around midday on Tuesday after the students became sick.The student that died was a 16-year-old sophomore who went unconscious in the cafeteria, where he was then administered Narcan, one parent at the school told WSFA12. After being taken to hospital he was pronounced dead.One of the four students has since been released, while as of Wednesday evening the other two remained in hospital. Their conditions are unknown.
Here is what we know about the six victims so far:
DALLAS AIR SHOW DISASTER CAUGHT ON VIDEO AS PLANES COLLIDE IN MIDAIR
Maj. Curtis J. Rowe, a member of the Ohio Wing Civil Air Patrol, was a crew chief on the B-17.
The Ohio Wing Civil Air Patrol (CAP) said Rowe served with the volunteer auxiliary for more than 30 years.
Rowe held every possible air crew rating and earned his Command Pilot Rating. He served in multiple positions at both squadron and wing levels during his decades of experience, including Safety Officer Operations Officer, the CAP said. His most recent position was Ohio Wing Maintenance Officer.
Rowe, of Hilliard, Ohio, did air shows several times a year because he fell in love with WWII aircraft, his brother-in-law Andy Keller told The Associated Press.
Michels was identified as one of the crew members aboard the B-17.
Dallas airshow disaster caught on video as planes collide in mid-air
Two planes in Texas collided in midair during the Commemorative Air Force air event at Dallas Executive Airport on Saturday afternoon. The accident took place during the Wings Over Dallas World War II Airshow at 1:25 p.m."A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided and crashed at the Wings Over Dallas Airshow at Dallas Executive Airport in Texas around 1:20 p.m. local time Saturday," the Federal Aviation Administration said. "At this time, it is unknown how many people were on both aircraft."WARNING: This footage is graphic.
Ragan was identified as one of the crew members aboard the B-17.
Dallas air show collision kills 6; authorities working to ID victims, officials say
Officials in Dallas County, Texas, said six people were killed after two historic military planes collided and crashed during the Wings Over Dallas World War II Airshow. "According to our Dallas County Medical Examiner, there are a total of 6 fatalities from yesterday's Wings over Dallas air show incident," Jenkins tweeted. "Authorities will continue working today on the investigation & identification of the deceased. Please pray for their families and all involved."The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided and crashed around 1:20 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)said in a statement.
He was a Korean War veteran, FOX4 Dallas Fort-Worth reported.
Several videos posted on social media showed the fighter plane appearing to fly into the bomber, causing them to quickly crash to the ground and setting off a large ball of fire and smoke.
Both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were investigating the cause of the collision.
Investigators will examine the wreckage from both aircraft, conduct interviews of crews present at the air show and obtain pilot training and aircraft maintenance records.
"We’ll look at everything that we can and we’ll let the evidence basically lead us to the appropriate conclusions. At this point, we will not speculate" on the cause, NTSB member Michael Graham during a news conference.
A preliminary report from the NTSB is expected in four to six weeks, while a final report will take up to 18 months to complete.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Resurfaced photo shows young Jerry Jones with students trying to keep Arkansas school segregated .
Jerry Jones was with a large group of protesters trying to block six Black students from integrating North Little Rock High School, a resurfaced photo shows.The event occurred just a few weeks before the Little Rock Nine integrated Little Rock Central High School less than five miles away in what turned out to be one of the biggest moments of the civil rights movement.