Plane Crash At Madeira Airport ; More Help For The Elderly ; Car Falls 300 metres


(25th May). ‘Private Plane Crashes At The Airport’. A small acrobatics aircraft (type Zlin 142) crashed at Madeira Airport yesterday evening at around 7pm, when it was performing a landing manoeuvre. It hit the grassy area between the runway and the aircraft parking zone, where the craft caught fire and was partially burnt out after the impact. The cause of the crash is so far unknown, although one witness wrote in to the Diário saying that it had been doing acrobatics before the accident. Two people were taken to hospital in a serious condition, after being rescued by fireman. One 39 year old man was later flown to São João Hospital in Porto for treatment, suffering 60% third degree burns, whilst the other, a 49 year old man, is reported as being out of danger. The airport was closed for 3 hours after the incident.

‘On The Estrada do Poiso, A Car Fell 300 Metres Into A Chasm, Causing The Death Of The Driver And Injuries To The Three Other Occupants’. The accident happened at Montado do Pereiro in Funchal, early on Sunday evening, leaving one of the survivors seriously injured with the woman’s life hanging in the balance. The back seat passengers, a 41 year old woman and a 3 year old girl were also taken into the emergencies department in Funchal Hospital. 14 firemen used mountain rescue equipment to reach the car and free the victims, having to use cutting equipment to retrieve the body of the driver. The accident happened at a time of thick fog in the area. With what was already reported yesterday, that was definitely a ‘black weekend’ for serious accidents of all types.

‘Champions’. For the second consecutive time, Telma & Pedro of Machico school, conquer as the best in mathematics in the country. The national competition ‘PmatE 2009’, which was in it’s fourth year, was held in Aveiro in Portugal at the end of last month, and involved teams. The two champs are both 9 years old.

‘Plan To Help The Aged – The project of the Madeira government consists of 14 objectives to be achieved through 43 measures. There will be a director and assisted residences’. The plan is aimed at helping over 32,000 elderly people living mainly out in the parishes of Madeira, and was adopted on the 7th May in the regional plan for 2009 – 2013 (having originally been planned for 2007 – 2011, but what’s two years late for a struggling pensioner!).  The Diário was denied access to the plan, as it had not yet been finalised, but it focuses on aid for ageing people through physical, mental, and social help, and has a separate strategy to  support elderly people in a state of dependency. The scheme has been mottoed ‘Live Better, Live Longer’, and uses Madeira’s demographic trends and forecasts to target resources. Promoting good health and preventing disease will be one angle of focus, with younger generations being steered towards family care for the elderly, as well as an expansion and improvement in facilities for those no longer able to help themselves. With over 13% of the population of Madeira covered by the plan, there will be for sure sceptics who feel that this measure is timed for election purposes, being two years late in delivery. I am expecting a visit from the word police after one word used above probably doesn’t exist, so if there is no blog tomorrow you know they have called.

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