Two killed when Wright replica plane crashes
A newly produced model of a Wright Brothers biplane crashed Saturday in the midst of its flight testing in rural Ohio, killing the two volunteer pilots aboard. The pilots, Mitchell Cary, 65, and Don Gum, 73, had extensive experience flying the biplane, built by a company that uses the planes to promote public awareness of Dayton as the birthplace of aviation. The plane, dubbed "Silver Bird," was built to modern standards and approved for its test flight program by the Federal Aviation Administration, said Phil Beaudoin, president of Wright "B" Flyer Inc. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
Two small planes crash in midair
The Federal Aviation Administration said two small airplanes collided Saturday above Alaska, with one of the aircraft landing safely after the accident near Trapper Creek and the other crashing to the ground and burning. A single-engine Cessna returned to the Anchorage International Airport but the other, a Cessna 180, was destroyed by the impact with the ground and subsequent fire, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said. Authorities were working to confirm the number of people killed.
Israelis protest cost of housing
Tens of thousands of Israelis took to the streets of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and other major cities on Saturday to protest rising housing prices in the largest turnout since the grass roots demonstrations began two weeks ago. The protests over housing costs have tapped into wider discontent among Israelis over the high cost of living and the growing gaps between rich and poor. Other protests include doctors striking over working conditions and pay, parents demonstrating against child rearing costs, and complaints about rising gasoline prices.
Americans may be freed, lawyer says
Two Americans jailed in Iran on charges of espionage could be released after a court hearing slated for today, their lawyer said. Masoud Shafiei said Saturday the fact that the session in the trial of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal would coincide with the second anniversary of their arrest may indicate that they will be freed. The Muslim world also has a tradition of pardoning prisoners during the holy month of Ramadan.
Muslim nations set start of Ramadan
Religious authorities in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Qatar declared that Monday will be the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan — a period devoted to dawn-to-dusk fasting, prayers and spiritual introspection. Ramadan begins around 11 days earlier each year. Its start is calculated based on the sighting of the new moon, which marks the beginning of the Muslim lunar month that varies between 29 or 30 days.