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WATCH – Aircraft crashes off runway splitting in two

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Costa Rica’s international airport has shut down after shocking plane crash

This comes as a Boeing cargo aircraft operated by DHL made an emergency landing.

The 22-year-old aircraft crashed to the ground, skid off the runway and split in two, after making an emergency landing.

Only the pilot and co-pilot were on board at the time and have been safely evacuated without any injuries, but one crew member is undergoing medical checks as a precaution.

Costa Rican newspaper, La Nacion, tweeted images showing the yellow aircraft with its tail detached and a broken wing, being doused with firefighting foam as its lay partly in a grass field and the runway.

According to the Deputy Director of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation of Costa Rica, Luis Miranda Munoz, the aircraft bound for Guatemala, had a failure in the hydraulic system which lead the pilot to request an emergency landing not long after takeoff.

The Juan Santamaria airport will stay closed until 6pm local time which will impact 32 commercial flights to and from the United States, Central America, Mexico, Canada and Europe.

Munoz says the aircraft remains on the ground and aviation authorities are waiting for the cargo to be removed so operations can be resumed.

Savannah Pocock contributed to this article

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Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm

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Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm as it continues north towards South Carolina

U.S. President Joe Biden says Hurricane Ian could be the deadliest storm in the region’s history, with early reports suggesting substantial loss of life.

Biden spoke at an afternoon briefing at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema).

Ian made landfall on Wednesday local time near the city of Fort Myers. It has led to severe flooding, high winds and storm surges.

Several areas remain submerged, and more than 2.5 million homes are without power.

Many residents are trapped in their homes and unable to escape. Search and rescue teams are working around the clock to provide assistance where they can.

5,000 Florida National Guard troops and 2,000 Guardsman from surrounding states have been deployed.

Eight teams with 800 members are carrying out search and rescue operations.

More than 200 public shelters have now been opened, housing around 34,000 people.

The National Hurricane Centre has downgraded Ian to a tropical storm for now but warns it will likely become a hurricane again later.

The entire coast of South Carolina is just the latest region to be placed on high alert as the storm continues north on its path of destruction.

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Finland slams its borders shut on Russia

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Finland will officially closed its border to Russian tourists, marking the last of Moscow’s E-U neighbours to do so.

Finland will close its border with Russia as Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania also closed theirs.

The Finnish government made the decision following Vladimir Putin’s decision to call-up of 300,000 military reservists.

Queue’s at Russia’s border crossings with E-U nations were stretching for kilometres as people attempted to flee the country.

The closure of the border only applies to tourists – and Russians who are visiting family or travelling for work or study will still be granted entry.

The Finnish Foreign Minister stated that the decision was a difficult one to make, but ultimately it was in the best interest of the country.

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Queen’s death certificate has been released

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Queen Elizabeth II’s death certificate has been released, and reveals Her Majesty died of old age.

The document, signed by Queen’s daughter Princess Anne, says Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully at 3:10 p.m. on September 8.

The 96 year old was surrounded by family at Balmoral Castle in Scotland as she took her final breaths.

Now laid to rest in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth II’s period of national mourning has concluded.

When she was alive there was a curtain of privacy around the Queen’s health, and in her death there remains some restraint.

Her cause of death is recorded as “old age”, without any further details.

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