Plane carrying environmental scientists to Ohio crash site crashes

Five environmental scientists on their way to inspect an explosion at an Ohio metallurgical plant last week, were killed in a plane crash.

According to local authorities, the plane was a non-revenue flight, which crashed after taking off from an airport in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He Lieutenant Cody Burka spokesman for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office said there were “no survivors” after the plane crash.

Everyone on board, including the pilot, was collaborators of the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health (CTEH), an environmental consulting firm. They were on their way to assess the explosion that occurred at a metal plant in Bedford, Ohio, which killed one person and injured at least 13 others, a company spokesperson said. to local media.

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Paul NonySenior Vice President of CTEH, said in a statement: “We are extremely saddened to announce the loss of our colleagues. We ask everyone to keep the families of the deceased and the entire team of CTEH in their thoughts and prayers.”

Various law enforcement agencies and local reports indicate that there were high winds and thunderstorms in the area at the time of the crash. The investigation into the case will be led by the National Federal Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the United States Federal Aviation Agency. (FAA).

Controversy and conspiracy theories

The explosion at the Ohio metallurgical plant has sparked great controversy, amid complaints about the poor state of industrial infrastructure in the United States.

According to what was published on their site the Web, CTEH specializes in environmental disaster response, industrial hygiene, toxicology and human health risks, among others. This same company was in charge of sending representatives to East Palestine, Ohioto help clean up the area after a train loaded with toxic substances derailed on February 3, 19 News reported.

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Let us remember that the train with 150 cars derailed in Ohioloaded with highly toxic chemicals, carried among other things 400,000 liters of vinyl chloride. The incident is not minor since this chemical compound is a extremely toxic gas and it can cause diseases such as liver, lung and brain cancer, as well as other diseases such as lymphoma and leukemia.

After all the chaos and disaster caused by the derailment of the train, the incident caused the generation of a highly toxic cloud.

Toxic cloud, created by burning vinyl chloride. Credit: AP.

Although, according to some statements by residents of the disaster area, collected by the BBCthe inhabitants of Eastern Palestine they gradually resumed their daily life after returning home, they reported headaches, dizziness, vomiting, eye irritation and severe sore throat.

Similarly, many pets have fallen ill; In addition, in recent days, thousands of dead fish have appeared in the rivers, and some local residents’ chickens have suddenly died.

The true causes of the accident have not yet been elucidated. The case, obviously, is not closed and everything seems to indicate that it lasts a long time.

References: BBC / Aristegui News.

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