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Girl seriously injured after being knocked down by car

A teenager is in a serious condition after a crash in Bolton.

Just before 10.50, a man in his 80s fell ill at the wheel as he was driving down Chapeltown Road in Bromley Cross.

There was a crash with a girl, believed to be 15-years-old, and she was taken by air ambulance to Manchester Royal Infirmary.

She has suffered head injuries and is in a serious but stable condition.

The man was also taken to hospital and is in a serious but stable condition.


Campaign to fly Union flag and sing national anthem at Bolton schools

The Union flag could fly at all Bolton schools
The Union flag could fly at all Bolton schools Credit: PA

A campaign has begun for all Bolton schools to fly the Union flag permanently and pupils to sing the national anthem daily in assembly.

Bolton Council will vote on the proposal at a meeting tonight. Cllr Mudasir Dean proposed the motion to encourage children appreciate British history and heritage.

He told the Bolton News: “My grandfather came to Bolton in the 1920s from India. He lived here all his life and he was the first Asian to settle in Bolton — he was a true English gentleman and a true Boltonian.

“Throughout my teens and growing up in Bolton, I’ve seen less and less of the union flag. It’s been hijacked by the far right and it’s time we take that symbol back into mainstream British, Bolton life.

Accidental death verdict on Nepalese air crash victims

The four men from the North West who died along with 3 others Credit: GTV

A verdict of accidental death has been recorded at the inquest into the deaths of 7 people, including four from the north west, in a plane crash in Nepal. Brothers Vincent and Darren Kelly, from Bolton, died alongside Raymond Eagle from Macclesfield, and Tim Oakes from Warrington.

The inquest heard that there was no mechanical problem with the plane, which crashed shortly after takeoff at Katmandu airport, but that Nepalese Airlines had an appalling safety record. The coroner said that he would write to ABTA to recommend that travellers avoid travelling with the airline.

Lawyer: Tourist not given information on safety records

The families' lawyer has told the court that tourists were not given information on Nepal's air safety record at booking.

Margaret McEwan, from Explore Worldwide, said it was the customer's "responsibility" and that customers were pointed to sources where they could find such information. She added: "It's reasonable to assume they would find it".


Airline 'blemish free' until crash

The tour operator behind the Nepal trip has been giving evidence to the inquest.

Margaret McEwan, from Explore Worldwide, told the coroner the firm checks suppliers like airlines.

She said Sita Air's safety record was "blemish free" until this crash.

The travel firm had been running tours to Nepal since 1991.

This trip was the first of that particular season in 2012.

Plane crash inquest: Nepalese airline using 'wrong' engine manual

In response to a lawyer representing families of the plane crash victims, who questioned the response of the pilot, the AAIB expert said the pilot was 'experienced' and different responses would have only 'increased chances' of survival.

The family lawyer asked the AAIB expert if the pilot could have aborted take-off after the bird strike. The expert responded 'Yes'.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch expert then told the inquest that the Nepalese airline was using the wrong engine manual to judge fuel and power rates for the plane.

The inquest continues.

Plane crash inquest: Airline found to be 'overloading' aircraft

Air accident investigators have continued giving evidence at the inquest into the deaths of four people from the North West, killed in a plane crash in Nepal.

The AAIB team told the inquest that, had the plane not drifted, it could have landed almost immediately on the runway when the power dropped.

The lawyer representing the families of those involved asked: "It was above maximum take-off weight, correct?". The AAIB said it was 'within limits'.

The lawyer then revealed a tour operator had audited Sita Air and had found them to be 'overloading' their aircraft.

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