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Russian passenger plane plunges hundreds of feet then is struck by lightning, pilot manages emergency landing at nearest airport

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Passengers clung to their seats and tray tables for stability as the plane dropped hundreds of feet in turbulent air
A video has captured the terror of passengers on a tourist plane from hell which plunged hundreds of feet in a storm before being struck by lightning on Saturday.

The Russian Azur Air Boeing 737-800 with 175 on board 'went into free-fall' as it approached Black Sea resort of Sochi in southwestern Russia.

The plane had left Ekaterinburg earlier that day but was forced to abort its flight plan and make an emergency landing in Krasnodar, some 180 miles north of Sochi, after suffering severe turbulence and the lightning strike.

'It was a wild horror,' said one passenger, while another said they were saying goodbye to life convinced they would crash.

Comment: Considering our changing atmosphere and the surge in strange sky phenomena, it's notable that there have been a number of plane crashes recently, in Russia in particular, which leads one to wonder whether at least some of those incidents could also have had some weather-related cause. As documented in a 2015 SOTT report The sky's the limit? Aircraft crashes and accidents for June, this trend does appear to have been around for at least a decade: Also check out SOTT radio's:


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Early snow falling on mountains in Idaho

SNOW
Rain and snow are falling across Idaho Tuesday morning. The snow-cams at local ski resorts are showing anywhere from a half-inch to roughly three inches of snow this morning. Snow levels have been hovering around 6,000 feet and additional light snow showers are expected into the afternoon.


Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm strikes Tuscany, Italy with hailstones up to 8 cm (over 3 inches) in diameter

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In Tuscany, strong thunderstorms also affected Arezzo and the province with particular violence on Bibbiena, hit by a whirlwind that caused some roofs to be covered. A damage assessment is currently underway by the carabinieri, the fire service and the municipal administration.


Cloud Precipitation

10 dead after heavy rain, floods in Maharashtra, India

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Ten people died in heavy rains and floods in Marathwada region of Maharashtra over the last 48 hours, officials said on Tuesday.

Besides, more than 200 cattle were washed away and number of houses were also damaged in the rain fury in the region, which comprises eight districts - Aurangabad, Latur, Osmanabad, Parbhani, Nanded, Beed, Jalna and Hingoli.

Excessive rainfall (over 65 mm) was recorded in over 180 circles falling under these eight districts, a release issued by the divisional commissioner's office said.

The heavy showers forced authorities to open the gates of various dams for water discharge, which led to flooding in villages located on the banks of the Manjara river in Beed and Latur districts.


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Two trekkers die of cold at Khemenger glacier during unseasonal snow in Himachal Pradesh, India

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Two mountaineers from Kolkata reportedly died while descending the Khemenger glacier in Spiti valley after crossing Parahio summit, officials said on Monday.

A six-member team from Arete mountaineering club, Kolkata, was on a trekking expedition to the glacier which is the main source of Rongtong stream. The glacier is 5,884 metres above the sea level. One of the trekkers, Abhijit Banik, along with a porter reached Kaza in the morning after trekking for two days and informed that two persons have died.

The duo said that it would take three days to reach the other members of the group, who are stuck in snow.

Cloud Precipitation

Two killed, 12 missing after heavy rains trigger mudslide in Sichuan, China

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China's emergency management office in Ya'an which oversees Tianquan County stated that 50 individuals had been rescued as of 5 p.m., including two deaths

Heavy downpour has triggered a landslide in the Sichuan province in southwestern China that killed two people and left 12 others missing, according to local media. An ANI report stated that the China Global Television Network (CGTN) informed on Sunday, quoting the local authorities, "At least two persons have died and 12 others remain missing after a heavy rain-triggered mudslide that hit Tianquan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province on Saturday."

According to Xinhua, the landslide happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, trapping 62 individuals. The emergency management office in Ya'an which oversees Tianquan County stated that 50 individuals had been rescued as of 5 p.m., including two deaths.


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Lightning strikes kill at least 9 in Madhya Pradesh, India

Representative image of a lighting strike.
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Representative image of a lighting strike.
At least nine people were killed due to lightning strikes in Dewas and Agar Malwa districts of Madhya Pradesh. Six people died in Dewas and while three lost their lives in Agar Malwa.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and former Congress state president Arun Yadav have expressed grief over the deaths.

According to the official information, six people died due to lightning strikes in Dewas district on Monday in Tonkkhurd, Khal, Gagankheda and Bamnibujurg villages. Collector Chandramouli Shukla immediately sanctioned financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of those who died under the Revenue Book Circular 6-4 of Madhya Pradesh Government Revenue Department (Relief Branch).

Some people were also injured in the lightning strikes. They were rushed to hospital in Indore.

Windsock

Sandstorm turns day into night in state of São Paulo, Brazil

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A frightening sandstorm turns the day of Sao Paulo into a dark night! Brazil


Cloud Precipitation

Tropical Storm Dianmu brings flooding to north and central regions of Thailand - almost 8 inches of rain in a day

Floods in Bamnet Narong District, Chaiyaphum Province, 27 September 2021.
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Floods in Bamnet Narong District, Chaiyaphum Province, 27 September 2021.
Disaster authorities in Thailand report dozens of provinces in the country have been affected by flooding after heavy rain over recent days brought by Tropical Storm Dianmu.

Thailand's Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM) reported flooding has affected 58,977 households across 27 provinces. Some of the affected areas had already seen flooding earlier this month after a period of heavy rain from 16 September brought by the Southwest Monsoon.

According to images and data from Thailand's Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), the worst of the flooding is in northern and central regions.

In the north, Sukhothai province is the worst hit area with 7,392 households affected, mostly in Sri Samrong, Khirimas and Muang districts, according to DDPM. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha visited flood-hit communities of Sukhothai's Sri Samrong district.


Cloud Precipitation

Cyclone Gulab slams coastal cities of India with heavy rain, thunder and lightning

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Cyclone Gulab has made landfall over the coastal areas of south Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh. This is the third cyclone in 2021 after Tauktae and Yaas.