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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.
October 2, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two men who were killed when their biplane crashed in Lake Tahoe were identified as a local developer and the chief of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District. The victims, pilot Don Beck, the developer, and Ray Martin were pulled from submerged wreckage that was located in 80 feet of water by search crews using underwater cameras and sonar equipment. The plane crashed about 300 yards off Burnt Cedar Beach after doing aerobatic maneuvers above the lake.
September 23, 1991 | Associated Press
The pilot killed in the weekend crash of his small plane near here was identified Sunday as an Orange County man, 34-year-old Darrell Dwayne Thom of Westminster, the El Dorado County coroner's office reported. Four passengers were injured Saturday and hospitalized after the Piper Cherokee Warrior crashed during takeoff from the Swansboro Airport about five miles north of Placerville. The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene.
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