China says balloon is for research, accidently strayed

China's Foreign Ministry said Friday that a balloon the U.S. suspects of conducting surveillance was a civilian "airship" used for research, mainly meteorological purposes.

The statement said the airship has limited steering capability and "deviated far from its planned course" because of winds.

It said China regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace.

Pentagon: Chinese spy balloon spotted over Western US

The U.S. is tracking a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been spotted over U.S. airspace for a couple days, but the Pentagon decided not to shoot it down over concerns of hurting people on the ground, officials said Thursday. The discovery of the balloon puts a further strain on U.S.-China relations at a time of heightened tensions.

Four injured in hot air balloon accident near Ljubljana

Ljubljana – Four persons, of whom one Slovenian and three Belgian citizens, were injured in a hot air balloon accident in the area of the Ljubljana Marshes on Saturday morning, the Ljubljana Police Department said. The injured persons were taken to the UKC Ljubljana hospital, which said that their lives were not endangered.

Afghan woman gives birth on board Turkish Airlines evacuation flight

An Afghan woman successfully gave birth to a healthy baby girl in the middle of an evacuation flight operated by Turkish Airlines.


After leaving her stopover in Dubai, Soman Noori, 26, gave birth at an altitude of 10,000 meters (32,808 feet) in Kuwaiti airspace at 0100GMT, said a statement by Turkey's national flag carrier on Aug. 28.

Man was Killed in a Balloon Fall in Egypt

One man died and another 12 were injured after a balloon crashed near the Luxor town of Egypt, the Bulgarian National Radio reported. The reasons for the crash are not clear.

This is another such case in the area. In 2013 In the vicinity of Luxor, 19 tourists died after their bubble burnt. In 2009, 13 people were injured after their balloon hit the antenna and fell.

Four Died in a Plane Crash in the United States

A small plane with four people on board has broken down a highway in the US state of Utah, Nova TV reported.

It is assumed that the pilot has attempted an emergency landing on the roadway. The plane was on fire and the four on board died.

The crash has caused a huge traffic jam of several thousand cars and trucks.