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Plane carrying Blair overshoots runway
MIAMI, Florida
A commercial jet carrying British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his family slightly overshot a runway at the Miami International Airport on Tuesday, but the plane was not damaged and no injuries were reported, officials said.
British Airways flight 209 from London ran over a couple airfield lights after landing around 6:15 p.m. (local time), but did not leave the pavement and returned to the gate under its own power, airport spokesman Marc Henderson said.
The plane stopped just past the official end of the runway, said Laura Brown, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman.
Brown said the FAA would be looking into the incident, but she did not know whether there would be a formal investigation.
Heavy rain and snow
SAN FRANCISCO, California
A winter storm brought heavy rain and powerful winds to the San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday and was expected to dump up to 60 centimeters of fresh snow on Sierra ski resorts.
Rain showers and low visibility forced delays at San Francisco International Airport, where some flights were running up to two hours late, airport officials said.
Federal aviation officials limited incoming flights because of the strong winds, effectively halving the number of aircraft able to land at SFO Tuesday, said duty manager Michael Brown.
The storm reached California's Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties Tuesday morning and was drenching much of the Bay Area by afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
Gusts up to 72 kilometers per hour blew in the East Bay hills and coastal ranges north of San Francisco Tuesday afternoon, weather officials said.
Building collapses
NEW YORK, New York
One person died and two were injured when a building under construction partially collapsed, police said.
The fire department said it responded to the call about the five-story unoccupied Manhattan tenement building at about 12:30 p.m. (local time) Tuesday, after some of the building's floors apparently gave way and crushed a construction worker on the first floor.
No scaffolding was visible outside the building, and the outer walls did not appear to be affected. A view from the roof of a nearby building showed that the top floors of the structure had fallen in.
The Department of Buildings halted work at the partially collapsed building and was investigating.
Governor's surgery
SANTA MONICA, California
Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had successful surgery to repair the leg he broke in a holiday skiing accident. But he could be on crutches for his second inauguration next month.
Schwarzenegger, 59, underwent a 90-minute operation in which screws and cables were used to link two broken fragments of his right upper thigh bone. He broke his leg after tripping and falling on the slopes of Sun Valley, Idaho.
"Following the surgery, the governor was awake, alert and talking in the recovery room," said Dr. Kevin Ehrhart, the orthopedic surgeon who performed the non-emergency procedure at St. John's Health Center on Tuesday.


Updated : 2021-06-21 13:07 GMT+08:00