As Hurricane Earl, the second named hurricane of the year, makes its way through the Caribbean Sea, the first bad weather holiday casualties are being reported.
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A Henan Airlines passenger jet carrying 91 passengers and five crew members crashed on 24 August, leaving 43 people dead and injuring a further 53 others.
A small passenger aircraft carrying 14 people, including five US nationals and one Japanese tourist, crashed after taking off from Kathmandu airport in heavy rain.
A 12-hour hostage drama onboard a hijacked tourist bus in Manila, capital of the Philippines, has ended in bloodshed with the angry former policeman hijacker being shot dead by a police sniper.
Heavily armed gang members engaged in a gunfight with Brazilian police over the weekend of 21 August, right outside the five-star InterContinental hotel in Rio de Janeiro, prompting the gunmen to storm the hotel and take 35 people hostage.
In further bad news for the travel industry in the UK, budget travel company Kiss Flights has ceased trading.
A passenger aircraft carrying 131 passengers and crew crashed and broke up on landing at the Colombian island of San Andres, injuring 114 people, yet only one person died – as the result of a heart attack.
Four months after causing travel misery for hundreds of thousands of passengers, the ash cloud is continuing to make lives difficult for those caught up in it, with many still awaiting financial compensation from their airline.
British travel firm Sun4U has ceased trading, leaving around 1,200 holidaymakers already abroad to rely on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to fly them back home to the UK.
In further confirmation of the suggestion that while on holiday, tourists tend to take part in more risky activities than they would do at home, yet another British holidaymaker has perished this summer.