Local Daily News 10th March
PILOT CHARGED WITH ENDANGERING AIR SAFETY AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR DRUGS
A pilot working for the DGT who crashed his helicopter has been arrested after testing positive for cocaine and methamphetamine.
Courts in San Lorenzo de El Escorial released the 60-year-old man on bail ahead of his trial on suspicion of endangering air safety, following Sunday’s crash in the town of Robledo de Chavela in Madrid.
The crash happened as the aircraft made an emergency landing, with the 68-year-old co-pilot being slightly injured. Two officers on board were unhurt.
The Eurocopter AS355N which crashed was valued at around €3 million.
CHILD POVERTY COSTS SPAIN €6.3BN A YEAR
A new study has revealed that child poverty in Spain is costing the country nearly €6.3 billion a year – roughly 5% of Spanish GDP.
The investigation, coordinated by the High Commissioner against Child Poverty with the collaboration of the “la Caixa” Foundation, found that childhood poverty limits educational and employment prospects, as well as encouraging social inequality.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the findings of the study, and said more needed to be done to tackle a growing issue.
WOMEN ACROSS SPAIN MARK INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Tens of thousands of women across Spain have taken part in marches marking International Women’s Day, with the largest march taking place in Madrid.
Two seperate marches were held in the Capital with leaders from both coalition partners – fresh from bruising debates over the “Only Yes Means Yes” laws this week – speaking to the gathered crowds.
Locally cities and towns across the region held gatherings demaning gender equality and an end to violence against women.
AT LEAST THREE DEAD IN MINE COLLAPSE
At least three workers have died after a potash mine in Catalonia suffered a collapse on Thursday morning.
Emergency services were called to the Cabanasses de Súria mine at 8:53 to reports of a tunnel collapse, around 900 metres below the surface.
Two of the dead were masters students at Polytechnic University of Catalonia’s Manresa engineering school, the institution said in a statement. A minute’s silence was held in their memory on Thursday afternoon.
Regional president Pere Aragonès offered his condolences to the families affected, describing the incident as a “tragic accident.