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July 11, 2018

Two Pilots Spent Their Savings on a Plane to Rescue Migrants at Sea

Two pilots have spent their combined life savings for the sole purpose of saving refugees from the perils of sailing across the Mediterranean Sea.

 

José Benavente and Benoit Micolon are the French altruists behind the volunteer rescue group Pilotes Volontaires. The two men launched the effort after they pooled their hard-earned money to purchase a $150,000 plane to be used for rescuing migrants at sea.

 

“José and I bought the plane with our own personal money because otherwise we would have wasted too much time searching for financing,” Micolon told NBC News.

Benavente is no stranger to humanitarian efforts – for 25 years, he’s worked [...]

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March 29, 2018

Gold-and-silver bars rain down on airport runway

A handout picture provided by YakutiaMedia news agency shows precious metal ingots on the runway of the airport of Yakutsk on March 15 2018.  Image: HO / YakutiaMedia / AFP

A Russian plane loaded with precious metals lost its glittering cargo on take-off Thursday, scattering the runway with gold and silver.

The Antonov plane was taking off after refuelling in an airport at Yakutsk in Siberia when its cargo door flew open — and out tumbled nearly 200 bars from the Kupol gold mine in the remote Chukotka region, investigators said.

The cargo of bars of concentrated ore used to transport the precious metals weighed 9.3 tonnes.

“As it gathered height, the [...]

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