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May 13, 1996 | ANNA M. VIRTUE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The passengers aboard ValuJet Flight 592 were on business and on vacation, from urban areas such as Miami and from towns such as Powder Springs, Ga. Many were headed home or to Mother's Day reunions with family. All thought their next stop would be Atlanta. Now, as federal officials tackle the difficult task of retrieving the bodies from a watery Everglades grave, the friends and relatives of the 109 people aboard the doomed jetliner can only hope for closure.
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August 11, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A couple who chartered a small plane on the pretext of having sex in the sky died when the plane plunged into the sea off the Florida Keys after they tried to hijack it to Cuba, U.S. authorities said. The unidentified couple scuffled with the pilot when the Piper Cherokee was about 40 miles south of Key West, sending the small plane plunging into the Florida Straits between Key West and Cuba, the pilot told agents investigating the alleged hijacking attempt.
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May 14, 1996 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A sharpshooter watching for alligators guarded divers in a steamy Everglades marsh on Monday as they recovered fragmented human remains and a "black box" recording device from the crash of ValuJet flight 592. "This is tough stuff out there," said National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Robert Francis, who is heading the investigation of the crash that killed all 109 aboard the DC-9 jetliner Saturday afternoon.
NEWS
November 21, 2000 | From Associated Press
An American Airlines flight attendant preparing to disembark passengers after an emergency landing Monday was killed when he opened a door before the plane depressurized, authorities said. Jose Chiu "was basically sucked out" onto the tarmac, said Nelda Fonticiella, a spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade County Police Department. It was unknown whether the jet had stopped before the door was opened. Chiu, 34, was a 10-year employee based in New York.
SPORTS
May 14, 1996 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The picture has been there for the last five years, amid the ever-changing kindergarten art that adorns Kelly Kruse's refrigerator door. Kind of strange, really, as Kruse now admits, but the frozen moment from a postgame reception at the University of Notre Dame features Kelly and her sister Laura with their arms draped over the solid shoulders of football player Rodney Culver.
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July 7, 1996 | BILL KACZOR, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A Delta jet engine blew apart and ripped into the cabin packed with holiday travelers as the plane sped down a runway Saturday, killing a mother and son and forcing the pilot to abort takeoff. Delta Flight 1288 was headed to Atlanta carrying its capacity of 142 passengers and five crew members, said Kathleen Bergen, spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta. In addition to the fatalities, seven people were injured, at least one seriously.
NEWS
October 31, 1989 | From Associated Press
A Navy pilot making his first landing attempt on an aircraft carrier was "low and slow" before his training jet crashed on the Lexington, killing him and four others, the ship's captain said Monday. The T-2 Buckeye slammed into the ship's island, cartwheeled across the deck and exploded in flames Sunday afternoon, Capt. C. Flack Logan said. Nineteen other people were injured. The pilot, Ens. Steven E. Pontell, 23, of Columbia, Md., was the only one aboard the two-seat trainer.
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May 25, 1996 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two weeks after 110 people perished when ValuJet Flight 592 plunged into the Everglades, eight victims have been identified from fragmented remains recovered at the crash site. Using tattoos, scars, fingerprints, dental records and clothing described by relatives, Dade County Medical Examiner Roger E. Mittleman said Friday that he has been able to identify eight adults among the 105 passengers on the DC-9. The jetliner carried a crew of five.
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July 26, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
Fifty-three coffins bearing the unidentified remains of people killed when ValuJet Flight 592 plunged into the Everglades will be buried next week in adjoining plots marked with a bronze plaque, officials said Thursday. All 110 people on the flight died when the jetliner crashed May 11. Only 57 bodies have been identified, and the 53 coffins represent one for each remaining victim.
NEWS
March 17, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Navy searched waters off Puerto Rico for two pilots whose plane crashed during a routine exercise. Both men were presumed dead. The S-3 Viking plane piloted by Lts. Thomas P. Wilcox III and Donald R. Cioffi crashed shortly after takeoff from the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis on Friday night, naval officials said. The Stennis, the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, is on a seven-week training exercise in the Caribbean with a crew of 4,500. The S-3 Viking was on an in-flight refueling mission.
NEWS
November 19, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
An Air Force F-16 involved in a fatal collision with a small plane was flying too fast at 480 mph and had not contacted air traffic controllers, federal authorities in Bradenton, Fla., said. It was one of two F-16Cs that descended east of Tampa International Airport last week. The pilot of the small private plane was killed when it was hit by one of the jets. The fighter pilot maneuvered his plane away from populated areas and parachuted to safety.
NEWS
June 24, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Two small planes collided over a residential community in southeast Florida, near Boca Raton, killing all four people aboard, police said. Witnesses saw a red fireball and then a thick cloud of black smoke from the crash, which scattered debris over nearly a mile in Boca Raton. Part of the wreckage crashed into a condominium building, but the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said there were no injuries or deaths on the ground.
NEWS
December 7, 1999 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal jury on Monday found an airline-maintenance company guilty of nine hazardous-materials violations in connection with the handling of oxygen containers blamed for the 1996 crash of ValuJet Flight 592, which killed 110 people. SabreTech was cleared of the more serious charges of conspiracy and causing a destructive device to be put aboard an airplane. The firm--which no longer exists as such--faces possible fines of up to $2.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
Prosecutors rested their case Monday in the criminal conspiracy trial stemming from the 1996 crash of a ValuJet DC-9 that killed 110 people, prompting requests by the defense to end the trial for lack of evidence. Nearly two dozen prosecution witnesses have testified since a jury was chosen Nov. 15 to hear the first criminal trial arising from the crash.
BUSINESS
October 7, 1999 | Reuters
AirTran Airways, the low-cost airline once known as ValuJet, and SabreTech, a former maintenance contractor for ValuJet, have settled multimillion-dollar lawsuits over the 1996 crash of ValuJet Flight 592 into the Florida Everglades that killed all 110 people on board. Orlando-based AirTran said it will receive an unspecified cash payment and added that none of the parties to the lawsuit admitted fault or liability. Terms of the settlement agreement were confidential, it said.
NEWS
September 13, 1999 | Associated Press
A 200-pound piece of engine casing from a Continental Airlines jet landed on an empty street Sunday after the engine failed soon after takeoff, forcing the pilot to return for an emergency landing. No one was injured. Flight 1933, a Boeing 737, was headed for Houston when one of its engines failed, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said from Atlanta. There was no damage on the ground, said Jim Craft, operations supervisor of the Palm Beach County Department of Airports.
NEWS
November 21, 1996 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Angry relatives of the victims of ValuJet Flight 592 said Wednesday that inaction by federal officials was largely to blame for last May's fiery crash into the Florida Everglades. Singled out for special criticism was the Federal Aviation Administration's failure to order the installation of fire-detection and fire-suppression systems in jetliners' cargo holds.
NEWS
June 4, 1996 | From Associated Press
Divers recovering wreckage from ValuJet Flight 592 discovered a large hole Monday at the southern tip of the murky crater, raising the possibility that much more of the jet's wreckage may lie below. Divers pulled sections of aircraft as big as 6 feet long from the hole, along with the largest pieces yet of human remains and such things as wallets and photo albums, said Joe Farrell, president of Resolve Towing and Salvage.
NEWS
August 6, 1999 | Associated Press
A former executive and two ex-mechanics for an aviation maintenance company pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges stemming from the 1996 ValuJet crash that killed 110 people. The mechanics, Mauro Valenzuela and Eugene Florence, and Daniel Gonzalez, SabreTech Inc.'s former vice president of maintenance, made their pleas before a federal magistrate judge. An attorney entered the same plea for the company.
NEWS
July 16, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Three ex-employees of former ValuJet maintenance contractor SabreTech Inc. were freed on bond in Miami, two days after they were charged in the fiery 1996 crash of a ValuJet DC-9 that killed 110 people. Former SabreTech Vice President Daniel Gonzalez and former mechanics Eugene Florence and Mauro Valenzuela appeared before U.S. Magistrate William Turnoff, and each agreed to post a $50,000 bond and surrender travel documents. They were scheduled to return to court Aug.
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