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 . . .
August 8, 1994 |
A single-engine plane crashed Sunday on U.S. 101, killing all four occupants and knocking out power to 11,000 people in the area. Motorists called 911 from cellular phones just after 12:06 a.m. to report a flash of light from the plane's collision with power lines, said California Highway Patrol dispatcher Jenny Keith. Debris from the plane hit a pickup truck, but its occupant was not injured, Keith said. No other vehicles were hit.
March 18, 1994 |
Air Force experts are checking for radioactive contamination at the site where a plane carrying an atomic bomb crashed in 1950. Scientists began collecting soil, water and vegetation samples for testing this week where the B-29 went down, killing 12 people and injuring 60 others. The area is 50 miles northeast of San Francisco. The Air Force confirmed last month that the plane had been on a secret mission and carried an atomic bomb, with its nuclear core removed but containing depleted uranium.
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February 16, 1994
A pilot whose small plane crashed in South Lake Tahoe over the weekend was identified Tuesday as Donald Brannon of Santa Ana, the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department said. Brannon's four-seat Piper Cherokee crashed Sunday in a mountainous area near the El Dorado-Alpine County line, Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Stroot said. The plane crashed shortly after taking off from South Lake Tahoe Airport about 3:50 p.m., officials said.
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February 15, 1994 |
The wreckage of a small plane believed to have flown out of Orange County was found in rugged mountains near here early Monday, the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department said. Rescue crews reached the crash site and recovered the body of the pilot, who was alone in the craft. The victim's name was withheld pending positive identification. Orange County deputies said they had received similar information but were waiting for fingerprint confirmation of the man's identity.
December 14, 1993 |
A U-2 spy plane crashed Monday and its pilot was killed after he ejected following takeoff on a training mission here. The pilot, Capt. Richard Schneider, 32, of South Weymouth, Mass., was pronounced dead about 35 minutes after the crash, Air Force officials said. The aircraft exploded in a field about 200 yards off the base's main runway, Air Force spokesman Mike DiGiordano said. Beale Air Force Base, about 40 miles north of Sacramento, is the home base for the Air Force's U-2 fleet.
January 3, 1993 |
A single-engine plane was forced to crash-land Saturday on the side of the highway near Buchanan Airport, officials said. Richard Talley, a Mill Valley resident, radioed the airport and said his Piper Arrow III had engine failure at 11,000 feet. Talley, who was flying solo from Novato to Ontario, escaped injury. He said his last words to the control tower at the airport were, "I'm dead." But Talley was able to land the plane along the westbound shoulder of California 4.
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January 2, 1993 |
Two people were killed when a Reno-based medical transport plane crashed on the way to pick up a patient, authorities said. The twin-engine Turbo Commander went down Thursday afternoon three miles west of the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong, on the California side of the Nevada border, the Lassen County Sheriff's Department said. The pilot, Gary Miller, 51, and a nurse, Therese Yarbrough, 28, were the only people aboard.
December 1, 1992 |
Five people, including four members of one family, were killed when two small planes collided over San Joaquin Valley farmland, a sheriff's spokesman said Monday. Developer Matt Franich, who made news when he took possession of California's unwanted governor's mansion in Carmichael in 1984, lost two sons and two granddaughters in the crash. "I hope I can live through it to support my remaining family," a stunned Franich said Monday.
October 2, 1992 |
An air tanker flying for the U.S. Forest Service crashed Thursday while fighting a wildfire that has burned 26 homes and charred more than 20,000 acres of forest in the Sierra east of Sacramento. The two people aboard were killed, but the bodies haven't been recovered, said El Dorado County Undersheriff Jim Roth. Their identities were withheld until relatives could be notified. The aircraft, a four-engine DC-7, crashed about 12:30 p.m.