Man Falls to Death from Grand Canyon
PHOENIX ~ A man fell some 80 meters to his death from the rim of the Grand Canyon, National Park Service officials said on Tuesday, the third fatality from a fall at the famous landmark this year.
Michael Wilson, 47, of Scottsdale, Arizona, plunged from an overlook on the South Rim on Monday and died instantly, a National Park Service spokesman said.
In August, a 19-year-old Canadian man died when he plunged from an outcropping overlooking the canyon, while a 62-year-old American man on a river rafting trip died from a fall into the inner canyon.
Jetstar Asia Plans Extended Routes
SINGAPORE ~ Jetstar Asia said this week it will file for flights between Singapore, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Miri for operation of routes from November 2008.
“We have observed an increasing trend of Singaporeans travelling to East Malaysia, especially Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. The entry of low cost carriers like Jetstar Asia brings a different value proposition to passengers,” chief of the Singapore-based carrier Chong Phit Lian said.
“We are confident that we would be able to create even greater accessibility and connectivity for travellers who are visiting friends and relatives, on leisure trips, as well as business travellers,” she said.
Skydivers Plunge Past Mt. Everest
KATHMANDU ~ Three skydivers in Nepal entered the record books on Sunday, plunging from above the height of Mount Everest to land at the world’s highest drop zone.
The daredevil adventurers – from Britain, New Zealand and Canada – said they had magnificent views as they rocketed past the world’s highest peak.
“It was amazing, just spectacular,” Holly Budge told AFP by telephone after making a safe landing at 3,900 meters.