RAF leader among avalanche victims
ONE of three people killed in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands yesterday was an RAF squadron leader, Northern Constabulary has said.
Rimon Than, 33, who was based at RAF Valley, North Wales, was killed in the incident in the Cairngorms.
The three were airlifted from the Chalamain Gap area (pictured above) to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary shortly after 12.30pm yesterday.
The avalanche struck as two groups of six climbers made their way up opposite sides of a gorge.
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One group was part of a Glenmore Lodge organised winter skills training course and the second was off-duty RAF personnel.
The MoD earlier confirmed that two of those who died were serving in the RAF.
Inspector Murdoch MacLeod said: "Clearly, this is a very tragic incident and our thoughts are currently with the families of those who have lost their lives."
N-Dubz rapper Dappy broke down in tears as he avoided a jail term when he was sentenced for assault and affray.
The singer was given a six-month sentence suspended for 18 months at Guildford Crown Court and ordered to carry out 150 hours community service.
He was also ordered to pay £4,500 compensation and £2,000 in costs.
The 25-year-old (pictured) had faced a maximum sentence of three years' imprisonment after being convicted in connection with a brawl at a petrol station in Guildford, Surrey.
The trial held last month heard that the pop star became angry and violent after two teenage women "disrespected" him by refusing to get into his car to go to a party at his recording studios, sparking the fight which led to three men being seriously injured.
A SIMILAR-sized meteor to the one that exploded in the sky over Russia yesterday would cause "significant fatalities" if it hit Earth, according to experts.
But the 10-ton meteor was "very small" comparatively and objects of that size rarely penetrate the "amazing defence" of the Earth's atmosphere, said Hugh Lewis from the University of Southampton.
Despite it not making contact, nearly 1,000 people have been injured after the meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk in the Ural Mountains yesterday morning.
Dramatic amateur video footage showed the meteor streaking across the sky at around 9.20am local time. It caused a bright flash of light and left a white trail of smoke.