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Wreck of helicopter removed after deadly crash

Fire officers in Plzeň have removed the wreck of a helicopter that crashed onto a factory building on Wednesday. Three men and one woman on board the aircraft were killed. The wreck was partly caught by the roof of the hall and partly landed inside the structure, which was unused.

The victims are reported to have included one Czech and three people from Thailand. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Czech police: Summer road death toll higher than in 2017

In July and August the Czech police investigated almost 18,000 traffic accidents in which 119 people lost their lives. While the number of road deaths was 18 higher than in summer 2017, the general trend is declining and this year’s numbers were the second lowest since 1990, the police said on Thursday.

Unlike deaths, accident numbers have been constantly rising for several years, not just in summer but all year round. Police attribute the trend to a rise in vehicle numbers and heavier traffic.

Summer of 2018 the warmest ever in Prague’s history

Prague saw the hottest summer since records began back in 1775, the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute reported on its website on Thursday.

The oldest Czech meteorological station at Prague’s Klementinum recorded an average temperature of 22.7 degrees Celsisu, the highest in the past 244 years.

Until this year, the summer of 2003 was the hottest in history, with an average temperature of 22.4 degrees Celsius.

Three new productions of Libuše readied as centenary approaches

Three new versions of Bedřich Smetana’s opera Libuše are being performed in the Czech Republic in the near future in connection with next month’s centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia, Novinky.cz reported on Thursday.

The first of the productions will be performed by the opera of the National Theatre in Brno at the city’s Central European Exhibition Centre on Friday.

The second will premiere at Prague’s National Theatre at the end of next week and the third will get its first airing at the Theatre of North Bohemia in Ústí nad Labem on September 28.

Czechs set for first Nations League encounter

The Czech Republic’s footballers will on Thursday night take part in their first game in the Nations League, a new competition intended in large part to replace friendly matches. The Czechs’ opponents in Uherské Hradiště will be Ukraine. The other member of their Nations League group is Slovakia and all teams face one another twice.

Success in the Nations League can help teams reach the European Championships. The Czechs face Russia away in a friendly on Monday.

Krejčíková and Siniaková advance to semi-finals at US Open

The Czech women’s doubles pairing of Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková have advanced to the semi-finals at US Open, after defeating Elise Merten and Demi Schurs 2-6, 7-7 and 6-3.

The Czech team is just two wins away from a third straight Grand Slam title, after clinching victories at Roland Garros and Wimbledon earlier this year.

Weather forecast

Friday should be mainly bright in the Czech Republic with the chance of rain. Temperatures are expected to reach up to 24 degrees Celsius. The weekend should see similar weather.