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May 31, 1993
Authorities on Sunday identified four residents of northern Nevada who were killed in a weekend plane crash at Yosemite National Park. Found dead were William D. Ross, 69, a resident of Incline Village and the pilot of the twin-engine plane; John T. Hunsicker, 30, of Gardnerville; Stephen C. Aldrich, 42, of Gardnerville, and Constance Minor, 47, of Reno. The plane crashed on the south side of Mt. Lyell at 11,800 feet, and the bodies and wreckage were found 1,300 feet below.
May 30, 1993 | Associated Press
Four people were killed when their single-engine plane crashed in steep terrain on the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park, authorities said Saturday. Searchers reached the plane about 9 a.m. Saturday after the Civil Air Patrol sighted it near a 12,767-foot, snow-covered peak, said Kris Fister of the National Park Service. The plane had emitted an emergency signal about 6 p.m. Friday, but an initial search of the region yielded nothing, Fister said. The cause of the crash is unknown.
February 21, 1993
Fresno County sheriff's deputies have recovered the remains of two bodies amid the wreckage of a private plane that crashed after taking off from John Wayne Airport last week, authorities said Saturday. Deputies, aided by air searches from the Civil Air Patrol, found the crash site Friday morning in a mountainous area about 13 miles northwest of Coalinga, officials said. Snowfall prohibited rescue teams from entering the area until Saturday morning.
November 30, 1992 | Associated Press
Two small planes collided and crashed Sunday near this San Joaquin Valley farming community, killing as many as five people. The planes hit the ground about a mile apart in fields near Interstate 5. No one on the ground was injured, officials said. Three witnesses told officials they saw or heard the planes collide and crash, said Mike Esau, a spokesman for the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department. Investigators found one body in the wreckage of a Cessna 180.
May 21, 1992
Two men killed when a leased cargo plane crashed at Edwards Air Force Base on Monday have been identified as Navy Lt. David Garnett, 33, of Houston and Navy Aviation Electrician E-3 Lorenzo Rodriguez, 24, of San Antonio. The MU-2 aircraft was on a flight from the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, where both men were stationed, to Edwards, where it crashed short of the runway on landing.
The Lockheed YF-22 jet that crashed Saturday at Edwards Air Force base most likely suffered a malfunction in its flight control system, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Merrill McPeak testified Wednesday at a congressional hearing. McPeak said he suspected that flaws in the system's software or logic may have caused the aircraft to pitch up and down violently just before slamming into the runway. But he cautioned that he was simply speculating.
April 14, 1992 | Associated Press
An Oakland family of five died in a plane crash in the Sierra Nevada after a weekend ski trip, Placer County officials said Monday. Authorities initially reported one person killed in the Sunday afternoon plane crash. But Inspector Johnnie Smith of the Placer County coroner's office said that when investigators got to the wreckage they discovered four more bodies. Placer County Sheriff's Lt.
An Upland woman whose two children and mother were killed in a weekend plane crash near Mammoth Mountain survived 12 hours alone and severely injured in near-zero temperatures, only to die in a hospital Monday after rescuers had fought their way through a blizzard to reach her. "She was still alive when we got her down," said Joe Rousek, one of the first rescuers to reach the woman. "She was awfully cold, and she didn't know what was happening, but I really thought she'd make it. It's sad.
December 5, 1991
A Navy FA-18 Hornet crashed Wednesday in rocky terrain nine miles east of Independence, but the pilot ejected safely and suffered only minor injuries. The fighter, based at Lemoore Naval Air Station, was participating in a training flight over the Owens Valley and was carrying no ordnance when it went down, said Dennis McGrath, a Lemoore spokesman. The pilot's name was not immediately available. McGrath said the cause of the accident was under investigation.
November 25, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A search for an Orange County plane missing for 10 days with five aboard turned up the wreckage of another plane containing the remains of three people who had been missing for more than eight years in the Mojave Desert, authorities said.
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