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8 January – 14 January in history

Our ‘this week in history’ feature contains disasters and tragedies that have occured across the world from 1950 to 2009.  These include natural, rail, air, sea, disease, fire and sporting disasters.

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8 Jan 1989: Dozens die as plane crashes on motorway -A Boeing 737 airplane has crashed onto the M1 motorway near East Midlands airport, killing 46 people.

8 Jan 1991: One dead as train crashes into buffers – One person has died and hundreds have been injured in a train crash at Cannon Street station in London. The accident happened at 0844 GMT today as the 0758 commuter train from Sevenoaks in Kent, was pulling into the station, which is in the heart of the city’s financial district.

10 Jan 1954: Comet jet crashes with 35 on board -Thirty-five people are missing, feared dead, after a Comet jet airliner crashed into the Mediterranean. The plane – a British Overseas Airways Corporation jet – was on its way from Singapore to London.

11 Jan 1962: Thousands killed in Peru landslide – At least 2,000 people are believed to have been killed after a massive avalanche of rocks and ice buried an entire mountain village and several settlements in north-west Peru.

13 Jan 2001: Earthquake devastates Salvador – More than 1,000 people are feared to have died after an earthquake struck the Central American city of San Salvador.

14 Jan 2002: UK declared free of foot-and-mouth – The foot-and-mouth crisis that began almost 11 months ago will officially end at midnight, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said.

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