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September 3, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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NEWS
October 13, 1997 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 2, 2000 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
June 23, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
November 11, 1991 | Associated Press
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1996 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1994 | From staff and wire service reports
One of four victims who died when a single-engine Cessna crashed on takeoff was identified Tuesday as Vincent M. Correal, a Marine pilot stationed at the Tustin Marine Corps Air Station. Correal, originally from Carlisle, Pa., was identified by his mother, Paula Correal, who is Carlisle justice of the peace. She said one of the other three people who died in Monday's crash was Correal's fiancee. The couple had planned to marry Dec. 31, she said. The identities of the other two are unknown.
NEWS
October 14, 1997 | ERIC MALNIC and JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The sleek, fast, technologically advanced plane that carried John Denver to his death Sunday is classified by the Federal Aviation Administration as an "experimental aircraft." That's because, unlike the more familiar Cessnas and Pipers that line the runways at most general aviation airports, Denver's futuristic Long-EZ aircraft wasn't built in a factory. Denver's plane was home-built--assembled in a garage or a hangar by someone who purchased the plans and did most of the work himself.
NEWS
July 2, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The victims of a private plane crash were identified by authorities as two couples from Modesto and an Army sergeant major and his wife from San Francisco. The twin-engine aircraft, on a pleasure trip to Lake Tahoe, crashed into a mountainside in the El Dorado National Forest in the Sierra Nevada after taking off from Modesto Airport, authorities said. The El Dorado County Sheriff's Department identified the victims as Sgt. Maj.
NEWS
June 10, 1991 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
A pilot who bailed out of his disabled airplane en route to Northern California from Santa Monica spent a night in the wilderness, then walked about 12 miles to a ranch near Hollister, where he called his family Sunday afternoon, authorities said. John Castellucci, 48, of Malibu, suffered slight back and leg injuries in the parachute landing, but was in satisfactory condition when he arrived home Sunday evening, said his wife, Linda.
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