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US helicopter crash: British steam car record holder and Zimbabwean opposition leader among five killed

US helicopter crash: British steam car record holder and Zimbabwean opposition leader among five killedCharles Burnett III, the British-born investor and steam car world record holder, was among five people killed in a helicopter crash in New Mexico. The group of friends, including a Zimbabwean opposition leader, were travelling to a ranch in the US state when their helicopter crashed in a remote area. Mr Burnett, 61, who was born in England but based in Houston, set a world record when he drove a steam-powered car at an average speed of 139.8mph in 2009. He was in a long-term relationship with Andra Cobb, the only survivor of the crash and daughter of Paul Cobb, who was the co-pilot of the helicopter, it was reported. New Mexico State Police said opposition leader Roy Bennett, Mr Bennett's wife, Heather; and pilot Jamie Coleman Dodd were also killed in the crash. Wreckage of the helicopter that crashed in a mountainous rural area of northern New Mexico Credit: KOAT-TV/AP  Police said on they received a call at 6pm local time on January 17 about a downed helicopter. In a statement, they added: "Raton, New Mexico Police Department received a 911 call from a victim in the crash who reported the incident. The victim informed dispatch there were six people aboard the helicopter when it crashed." They said a wreckage was spotted in a rancher's property east of Raton and was engulfed in fire. Charles Burnett III was born in England but based in Houston Credit: Chris Ison/Getty Federal Aviation Administration records show the Huey UH-1 was registered to Sapphire Aviation LLC, which records show was linked to Mr Burnett. The British-built steam supercar broke a 103-year-old world land speed record for steam-powered vehicles in the United States in 2009. The 25ft-long British Steam Car – nicknamed the "fastest kettle in the world" – reached an average speed of 139.843mph on two runs over a measured mile at the Edwards Air Force Base in California. Roy Bennett, the Zimbabwean former opposition lawmaker Credit: STR/AFP/Getty The timing beat the previous record of 127mph set by American Fred Marriott in a Stanley steam car at the Daytona Beach Road Course in 1906. Mr Marriott's timing was the longest-standing officially-recognised land speed record but it was beaten by the British team, based in Lymington, Hampshire, with Mr Burnett at the wheel. An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board was expected to arrive at the crash site on Thursday. The site of the helicopter crash that left five people dead Credit: KOAT-TV  Police said Ms Cobb sustained serious injuries, but was expected to survive.



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Bali volcano belches steam, sulphur as more evacuees flee

Bali volcano belches steam, sulphur as more evacuees fleeA rumbling volcano on the holiday island of Bali is spewing steam and sulphurous fumes with more intensity, heightening fears of an eruption as officials said the number of evacuees had topped 144,000. Mount Agung, 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the resort hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August and threatening to erupt for the first time since 1963 — a potential blow to the island’s lucrative tourism industry. The Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation said Friday that remote satellite sensing had picked up new steam emissions and thermal areas within the crater.



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White House shakes up legal team as probe gathers steam

White House shakes up legal team as probe gathers steamUnder intensifying fire over its handling of the Russia investigations, the White House is shaking up its legal team, bringing on board a veteran Washington criminal defense lawyer just as another high-profile attorney turns over responsibilities for representing a senior official in the cross hairs of the criminal probe. Ty Cobb, who has represented multiple figures in Washington scandals dating back to the Clinton administration, will be joining the White House staff at the end of this month as a special counsel to the president, charged with handling all legal and media-related issues relating to the Russia probe, sources said.



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