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February 18, 1991 | MARK A. STEIN., This story was reported by Times staff writers Glenn F. Bunting, Rich Connell, Eric Malnic and Tracy Wood. It was written by Mark A. Stein
For air traffic controller Robin Lee Wascher, the Feb. 1 disaster on Los Angeles International Airport Runway 24-Left--her runway--was "especially tragic" because her parents had died in an aviation accident nearly 14 years ago, friends and co-workers said. Norman K. and Beverly Jean Wascher vanished June 19, 1977, while flying to Oxnard in their single-engine plane after attending another daughter's college graduation in Eureka, Calif. The plane has never been found.
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August 29, 2001 | JOHN L. MITCHELL and MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Jim Wattenburger, a battalion chief with the California Department of Forestry, has seen a lot of fires. He has been in peril many times. But nothing in his experience could prepare him for what he saw Monday in the hills of Mendocino County. As two firefighting planes arched around a mountain, a third plane flew directly at them. As Wattenburger watched in horror from a nearby ridge, one of the Grumman S-2 tankers crashed into another.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1987 | ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writer
The cockpit voice recorder from the Pacific Southwest Airline jetliner that crashed Dec. 7 near Paso Robles indicates that the man who invaded the cockpit fired three shots at the pilot and co-pilot and then, an instant before impact, fired a last shot that may have taken his own life, the FBI revealed Tuesday. The PSA jet went into a steep dive and slammed into a hillside in the rugged coastal backcountry of San Luis Obispo County, killing all 43 aboard. Authorities believe David A.
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December 16, 2000 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alaska Airlines found excessive wear in the stabilizer control systems on three planes in the months before another Alaska jetliner crashed when its stabilizer failed off the coast of Ventura County, airline officials said Friday. The unexpected wear prompted an alert that there were problems with the stabilizer systems on Alaska's MD-80 series jets, but a computer failed to generate that alert until three days after the crash.
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December 9, 1987 | Associated Press
The names of five crew members and 36 passengers aboard Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771, which crashed Monday in San Luis Obispo County, killing 43 people, were released by the airline and other sources. The partial list of those aboard the aircraft includes: Crew Capt. Gregg N. Lindamood, 43, of Julian, Calif. First Officer James Howard Nunn, 48, Upland. Flight attendant Debbie Nissen Neil, 37, San Jose. Flight attendant Debra Watterson Vuylsteke, 32, Redding, Conn.
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January 6, 1989 | ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writer
The National Transportation Safety Board concluded officially Thursday that a Pacific Southwest Airlines jetliner crashed near Paso Robles Dec. 7, 1987, because a gunman invaded the cockpit and attacked the pilot and co-pilot before committing suicide. The British-built BAe-146 jet went into a steep dive and slammed into a hillside in the rugged coastal backcountry of San Luis Obispo County, killing all 43 aboard.
BUSINESS
December 9, 1987 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, Times Staff Writer
Corporations around the country Tuesday dusted off and reassessed their guidelines for executives traveling together in the wake of the crash of PSA Flight 1771, which killed the president and three other managers of Chevron USA and three officials of Pacific Bell. The policies, which typically prohibit groups of key officials from flying together on one plane, have become increasingly common among large companies in recent years. The plans are designed to ensure management continuity.
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March 31, 1995 | JEANNETTE DeSANTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Searchers spotted the wreckage of a small plane on a snow-covered Mono County slope Thursday, and they believe it is the Beechcraft four-seater that has been missing since it left Van Nuys Airport a week ago, authorities said. But the air searchers saw no sign of the passengers, and a ground team was unable to enter the plane's cabin at the crash site Thursday. The missing plane was piloted by Dr.
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February 2, 1991 | GLENN F. BUNTING and TRACY WOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The fatal collision on Friday evening between a large airliner and a small plane on the ground at Los Angeles International Airport, one of the nation's busiest, comes as no surprise to aviation experts who have been issuing warnings about dangerously congested runway conditions nationwide. "We know that the two planes did collide on the (ground)," said Elly Brekke, a regional spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
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January 12, 1989 | TYLER L. CHIN, Times Staff Writer
Services will be held today for Barbara L. Gellman, who died when her twin-engine plane crashed into a fog-covered ridge Monday in Alameda County. Although a positive identification is pending, "there's no doubt who it was," said Irwin F. Gellman, her husband. "I wish there were. It was her plane. The only person who flew my wife's plane was my wife." A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot of the Cessna was warned three times that she was flying too low.
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November 28, 2000
A pilot from Santa Ana dodged a high school, homes and motorists to make an emergency landing on Highway 87 near San Jose during rush hour Monday night. No one was injured, and his plane was unscathed. The pilot, 57-year-old William Hart, said he was on his way from Orange County to San Jose on a computer sales business trip when the engine of his Beechcraft Bonanza airplane developed a fuel-release problem called engine vapor lock. "All you think about is doing what you were taught to do.
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November 7, 2000 | Associated Press
A pilot was killed and a nurse was critically injured Monday when their plane crashed on the way home from a mission to recover donated organs from a dead boy. The Cessna twin-engine plane crashed short of a foggy runway at the Selma Airport around 4 a.m., officials said. The pilot, Charles Gordon Wiswell, 78, of San Luis Obispo was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Fresno County coroner's office.
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September 21, 2000 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Alaska Airlines said for the first time Wednesday that it wants to settle a lawsuit stemming from the Jan. 31 crash off Point Mugu that killed all 88 aboard. "We would like to settle for 100% of the claims," the carrier's attorney, Mark Dombroff, told a federal judge in a court hearing filled with nearly four dozen lawyers representing Alaska, victims and the jet's manufacturers. Flight 261 crashed into the ocean en route to San Francisco from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
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June 21, 1999 | Associated Press
Coroners officials on Sunday identified the four victims in the crash of a single-engine Cessna during takeoff at Paso Robles Municipal Airport. Killed at the scene Saturday were pilot Lynn Wiley, 52, and Daniel Dougherty, 47, both of Davis, and Therese Pursel, 33, of Santa Barbara, the San Luis Obispo County coroner's office said. Suzanne Gray, 30, of Oakview died Sunday afternoon at Sierra Vista Hospital in Templeton.
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June 20, 1999 | From Associated Press
A single-engine plane with five people aboard crashed Saturday, killing three and critically injuring two, as it attempted to take off from Paso Robles Municipal Airport. The Cessna 182 crashed at the southern end of Runway 19 about 11:04 a.m. The plane is believed to be associated with Blue Sky Adventures, a skydiving company, the Police Department said in a statement. Three people died at the scene.
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June 19, 1999 | From Associated Press
Four people were killed Friday when their small plane crashed in the Sierra National Forest. John Darling said he heard an engine sputter, then saw the plane glide momentarily before it clipped tall pine trees about 10:15 a.m. The plane broke apart in a heavily wooded area about seven miles north of Bass Lake in Madera County.
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December 8, 1987 | ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writer
A Pacific Southwest Airlines commuter jet carrying 39 passengers and a crew of five from Los Angeles to San Francisco crashed Monday afternoon in the mountainous back country of San Luis Obispo County after the pilot reported gunfire in the back of the plane, federal authorities said. All aboard were killed. Flight 1771 crashed at 4:17 p.m., about 45 minutes after it took off from Los Angeles International Airport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1989
The San Joaquin County coroner's office reported Thursday that Annette Momilani Sorgent, 23, was among three employees of P. W. Steven contracting company from the City of Industry who were killed Tuesday in a plane crash. The three flew to Hayward in the San Francisco Bay Area on a business trip Monday and were flying back to El Monte in the rain the next day when the pilot reported the wings were icing at 10,000 feet.
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June 15, 1999 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Salton Sea, that murky, improbable body of water trapped in a blistering desert, gave up one of its mysteries Monday: the identity of a Navy warplane that crashed into the sea during World War II. Scuba divers from the Riverside County sheriff's underwater search and rescue team scraped away half a century of barnacles, silt and other aquatic corruption to read an instrument panel number on a long-forgotten Avenger torpedo bomber that crashed into the sea during a training flight.
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January 27, 1999 | Associated Press
Singer John Denver died in a 1997 airplane crash because he took off with too little fuel in one tank, had trouble switching to his backup tank and inadvertently put his plane into a roll while his attention was diverted, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday. The board, in a 5-0 vote, also blamed a builder's decision to relocate the fuel tank selector handle, an absence of markings on the handle and nearby fuel gauges, as well as Denver's lack of training in his new plane.
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