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Helicopter crash kills four

Three California Department of Fish and Game biologists and a pilot were killed yesterday afternoon when their helicopter crashed in a craggy stretch of the Sierra National Forest where they were surveying wildlife.

The crash happened near Redinger Lake after the Bell 206 helicopter struck a power line and sparked a blaze, Madera County officials said.

Killed in the accident were Clu Cotter (48), Kevin O'Connor (40) and Tom Stolberg (31), all of Fresno. Pilot Dennis Donovan also died in the crash.



Two charged over jet engines

A Malaysian court charged an air force sergeant and a businessman with stealing two fighter jet engines, which were reportedly smuggled to South America.

Royal Malaysian Air Force Sgt N Tharmendran pleaded not guilty in court in central Selangor state to stealing the engines, said a court official. In the same court, Rajandra Prasad Kasy, director of a local company dealing in aeronautical products, pleaded not guilty to a charge of helping to conceal the engines.



Concerns over migrant death

The Mexican government says it is concerned by the fatal shooting of a Mexican migrant by a US Border Patrol agent.

Mexico's Foreign Relations Department says it will closely watch investigations into the case, and has expressed the government's "deep concern" over the shooting.

The department identified the shooting victim as Jorge Alfredo Solis Palma. Solis Palma was shot and killed on Monday after he reportedly attacked a US Border Patrol agent in southern Arizona.



Outrage over police wedding

A Chinese police officer faces investigation and public outrage after holding a wedding banquet for his daughter with 110 tables of guests who scoffed lobster, local media reported.

Liu Shenqiang is deputy chief of police at Shenzhen airport in far southern China, and it is alleged that official investigators have asked how he could afford up to 500,000 yuan (€51,000) or more on the wedding feast, the Legal Daily reported.


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