On the day of the cancelled flight (24.07.09) the world news were as follows:
Emergency landing, evacuation and delay of many flights in the Gatwick airport
Iran aircraft fire killed 17
Emergency landing in Scheremetyevo (link in Russian)
Emergency landing in Siberia (link in Russian)
Two died in a light aircraft crash near Saratov (link in Russian)
Bus crash in Russia near Rostov killed 20 people
Seven injured in a car accident in Moscow (link in Russian)
Three died in a car accident in Kirghizia (link in Russian)
Six died in Croatia train crash
Three killed in a car accident in Southern Russia (link in Russian)
Helicopter crash in the USA (link in Russian)
14 injured in a bus crash on Moscow ring road
12 injured in an overturned van in Ukraine
And this is something related to natural accidents:
300 evacuated in Minsk because of the flash flood (link in Russian)
Seven killed in a storm in Poland
Wild fires in Southern Europe
Further accidents on 25.07.09
Flash rain and landslide killed 14 in Japan (link in Russian)
Five deaths in a car accident in Siberia (link in Russian)
A falling piece of mountain destroys a bridge and kills three in China (link in Russian)
Landslide killed 7 in Columbia (link in Russian)
The eclipse on 22.07.09 was visible mainly over Asia, yet it was powerful enough to influence other regions as well
It was in the angle
with the chart which is probably saying about further uneasy events (a major earthquake, landslides and flash floods in Asia are plausible)
The good thing is that hopefully my friend would not be that sceptical about astrology any more.
Update of August 10th. On August 5th, there was an earthquake in Siberia - fortunately, in uninhabited area - of magnitude 7.7 (link in Russian). Similarly powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.6 happened in the Indian ocean on August 10th (link in Russian). In Japan, on August 10th, after an earthquake of 6.6 the nuclear station was stopped (link in Russian). On August 9th, typhoon in China caused flood, landslide and evacuation of thousands (BBC link, AP link). Tropical storm caused landslides in Japan (BBC link).
Update of August 14th. Latest BBC links about Japan and Taiwan.
Update of August 20th. Not only Somalia pirates were doing their nasty work in August. The ship with Russian crew Arctic Sea was hijacked. Also, as regards the accident on water, Tonga ferry went missing. Yet another very dramatic news of August was the blast on Sayano-Shuchenskaya power station.