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April 30, 1993|SHAUNA SNOW | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

No Charges: Ventura County prosecutors declined to press charges against voice actor Noel Blanc, the pilot in a helicopter carrying actor Kirk Douglas that collided with a light plane, killing its pilot and passenger. Deputy Dist. Atty. Jim Grunert said prosecutors were unable to prove that Blanc, the son of the late cartoon voice artist Mel Blanc, was grossly negligent in the 1991 accident, a finding that would be required for charges of involuntary manslaughter. The crash occurred 40 feet over the Santa Paula Airport runway as both aircraft attempted takeoff.

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