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May 10, 1991 |
One pilot was killed and another seriously injured in the collision of their crop-dusting planes over the Sacramento Valley, the Yuba County Sheriff's Department reported. Witnesses told deputies that the single-engine planes had been spraying herbicide on separate fields and each had completed passes at about 8:45 a.m. They turned into each other and collided about 100 feet above the ground while preparing for return passes. The accident took place about 10 miles north of Marysville.
September 26, 1994 |
A light plane made an emergency landing on a residential street, clipping utility wires and a few tall trees before it came to a halt with two injured Orange residents inside. Rick Reed, a spokesman for the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services, told KCBS radio that it was "a miracle" no one on the ground was injured in Sunday's incident in which the plane's windshield and nose were damaged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1995
A former U.S. Navy fighter pilot was killed Saturday afternoon when his stunt plane spiraled out of control and crashed into the Santa Clara River during an air show at nearby Santa Paula Airport. Rick Fessenden, a well-known and experienced aerobatic pilot, was completing an aerial performance when he failed to pull his Berkut fiberglass plane out of a series of tight spins, witnesses said.
September 6, 1994 |
Eight people, two of them children, were killed in crashes of light planes at two rural Northern California airports Monday. Two adults and two children died when the engine on their small plane stalled just after takeoff from a small airstrip in the Shelter Cove coastal resort area, about 170 miles north of San Francisco. Witnesses told authorities the plane had just taken off over the ocean when it "circled back, then all of a sudden . . .
September 3, 1992 |
Two people died when their small plane crashed near California 4, clipping a car and forcing the closure of the road, authorities said. Witnesses reported that the twin-engine plane was circling at a low altitude about 2:45 p.m. before it hit a highway overpass and the car. The plane then crashed below the overpass and burst into flames. The identities of the pilot and the passenger were not immediately known, the California Highway Patrol said.
October 13, 1997 |
The pilot of a small plane owned by singer John Denver was killed Sunday afternoon when it crashed into Monterey Bay, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said, but the identity of the pilot was not yet known. Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Aitkins said late Sunday that a lifeguard had recovered the pilot's body. Denver, 53, is a licensed pilot and has a vacation home in Monterey. "They cannot make an ID from the body," Aitkins said late Sunday.
September 2, 2000 |
A small plane crashed after takeoff just south of Lake Tahoe near Myers on Friday, killing all four people on board. The single-engine Piper Malibu barely missed some houses and caught fire when it crashed within a mile of the end of the runway at the South Lake Tahoe Airport, the El Dorado County sheriff's office said. No names were released, but authorities said the victims were two males and two females who appeared to be from the area. The plane was taking off shortly after 3:30 p.m.
June 23, 1991 |
A stunt plane crashed near a crowd of about 5,000 people watching an air show, killing the pilot and injuring at least six spectators, police said. Those injured in the crowd were hit by debris when the T-34 single-engine military trainer crashed about 3 p.m., said Police Lt. Chuck Byard. It had been flying in a four-plane formation. The injured were taken to hospitals, Byard said.
November 11, 1991 |
A light plane crashed in rugged terrain in a remote canyon Sunday, killing three of the four people aboard, authorities said. The surviving passenger sustained multiple injuries and was at Salinas Memorial Hospital, said nursing supervisor Ann Robinson. The survivor's condition was not available. Will Rullman, a contractor who witnessed the crash, said the pilot turned the craft in an apparent attempt to gain altitude, but the plane stalled and crashed into the side of a 2,200-foot hill.
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September 8, 1996 |
The case of a missing Thousand Oaks couple whose plane was found last month, 19 years after it went down in Northern California, was closed Saturday after officials in Humboldt County searching the site for a second time were unable to find any remains of the pilot, Norman Wascher, or his wife, Beverly.