Vintage jet crashes in the Hudson River
KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) A vintage military jet, now privately owned and flown in air shows, crashed into the Hudson River on Saturday as it came in for a landing at an airport in Kingston, authorities said. The pilot was missing and feared dead.
The accident happened about 1:30 p.m. on an ice-covered stretch of the Hudson near the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, which spans the river midway between Albany and New York City.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Holly Baker said the aircraft was partially submerged after the crash and the pilot was unaccounted for. Police and other rescuers were on the scene. Only one person was known to be aboard the plane when it went down.
The jet, a British-made BAC 167 Strikemaster, was headed to Kingston-Ulster Airport from an airfield in Johnstown, Pa., when it went down, Baker said. The aircraft made a low pass over the airstrip before hitting the river.
There was no immediate word about whether the pilot reported any problems before the crash.
The jet was a type of training and light attack aircraft first made in the late 1960s and used by various air defense forces in the Middle East, Africa, South America and elsewhere.
Singer Shakira accepts Harvard award
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) Singer and philanthropist Shakira has been honored by Harvard University.
The Harvard Foundation, the universitys center for intercultural arts and science initiatives, gave Shakira its 2011 Artist of the Year award Saturday.
Foundation director S. Allen Counter said the Latin music artist, who has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, was honored for her distinguished history of creativity as well as for her charitable contributions
After accepting the award, Shakira challenged Harvard students to do more to improve education in developing countries.
Shakira founded the Barefoot Foundation to provide education and nutrition to children in impoverished areas of her native Colombia. She also is a Unicef goodwill ambassador.
Coast Guard assisting adrift freighter
BOSTON (AP) The Coast Guard is assisting a 430-foot ocean freighter that lost power after a small fire and was set adrift in 16-foot seas off the coast of Massachusetts.
The Coast Guard said the vessel Dintelborg was headed from the Netherlands to Virginia when a fire on the bridge caused the power loss.
The agency said it got an emergency signal from the freighter just after 1 a.m. Saturday. A helicopter reached the ship about 3 a.m., 70 miles southeast of Cape Cod.
The vessels crew was able to communicate with the copter using a handheld radio. The Coast Guard said nine people were on board the ship, all unhurt.
Couple rescued after 4 days trapped in snow
SEATTLE (AP) A couple rescued four days after their SUV slid off a secluded forest road near Mount St. Helens say they spent their time playing cribbage, melting snow for water and running the engine just a few minutes at a time to stay warm and save gas.
John and Patricia Norvell of Vancouver, Wash., were rescued Friday when a group of campers spotted their snow-covered Jeep Cherokee. They were about 30 miles from the nearest town and had no food except jelly beans.
The 63-year-olds went out for a drive Monday so they could try out Johns new camera but slid into a ditch when they started to back down the one-lane road.
The campers used shovels and their trucks to pull the Norvells out of the ditch.