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(photo by J. Olsen)
Due to the already reported Border Patrol helicopter crash, San Onofre State Surfing Beach is closed until further notice. The NTSB is on the scene and securing the wreckage, which was hauled up onto the dirt road, blocking all access until investigation is complete. You can park in the upper lot.
On a side note, there is no surf today.
Three passengers are being rushed to area hospitals.
By CINDY CARCAMO
The Orange County Register
SAN CLEMENTE - At least three people were rushed to hospitals after a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter made an emergency landing Thursday night for unclear reasons near the San Diego-Orange County line, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.About 7:35 p.m., fire officials responded to a call about an aircraft down at Old Man's beach at San Onofre State Beach, Fire Capt. Greg McKeown said. The helicopter landed on the shoreline, he added.The McDonnell Douglas 600N was forced to land in shallow water near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Gregor said.Preliminary reports show that there were three people on board who were able to get out of the helicopter with unknown injuries, Gregor added. All were taken to hospitals. At least one was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.Details about why the helicopters landed and exactly what went wrong are unclear.As of 9:30 p.m., calls to officials at U.S. Customs and Border Protection went unanswered.
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MOSCOW - Debris from this week's satellite collision could circle Earth for up to 10,000 years, threatening many other satellites in an already-crowded area, Russia's Mission Control chief said Friday.
Vladimir Solovyov said Tuesday's smashup of a derelict Russian military satellite and a working U.S. Iridium commercial satellite occurred some 500 miles (800 kilometers) above Earth - the busiest part of near-Earth space.
"800 kilometers is a very popular orbit which is used by Earth-tracking and communications satellites," Solovyov told reporters. "The clouds of debris pose a serious danger to them."
Solovyov told reporters even tiny fragments could pose a serious threat to spacecraft made of light alloys because both travel at such a high speed.