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June 24, 1998 | From a Times Staff Writer
A student pilot was killed Tuesday when his rented plane flipped and crashed on approach to John Wayne Airport, authorities said. The Cessna 152 was coming in for a landing shortly after 5 p.m. when it suddenly plummeted upside-down to the ground, said Richard Parker, an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board in Los Angeles. The pilot's instructor was on the ground nearby, authorities said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1998 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 49-year-old student pilot was killed Tuesday when his rented Cessna flipped and crashed on approach to John Wayne Airport. Investigators are focusing on the possibility that wake turbulence from a 757 jet that had landed a few minutes earlier caused the crash, said Richard Parker, an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board in Los Angeles. The Cessna 152 was coming in for a landing shortly after 5 p.m. when it suddenly plummeted to the ground upside down, Parker said.
NEWS
November 26, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A pilot in distress landed his single-engine propeller plane on the waterline of the main beach Tuesday morning as surfers and joggers stared in amazement. "He ran out of room and ideas at the same time," Huntington Beach Police Lt. Dan Johnson said of pilot Tom West, but amateur aviators who gathered at the scene later in the morning marveled at the adept landing that left pilot and plane unscathed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1997 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Northwest Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at John Wayne Airport on Saturday after a bird flew into an engine. But the plane landed safely, to the relief of its 103 nervous passengers and crew. The Airbus A320 touched down at 9:11 a.m., about 30 minutes after takeoff, to the thunderous applause and loud cheers of not only those aboard but a phalanx of firefighters, airport security and other support personnel on the ground, witnesses said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1997 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Newport Beach pilot crashed his single-engine plane Monday afternoon on approach to John Wayne Airport, barely clearing a parking lot and clipping a chain-link fence before slamming into a concrete barrier just short of the San Diego Freeway. For all that, Norman L. Kreuder averted disaster. He suffered only minor injuries, and no one on the ground was hurt. There were no passengers on board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1997
A hang glider pilot had to be airlifted out of the mountains Sunday after he suffered minor injuries in a crash near Silverado Peak in the Cleveland National Forest. A spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority said that Fred Weinmn, 38, suffered minor cuts and bruises after his hang glider crashed about 4:45 p.m. Notified by a witness with a cellular phone, spokesman Scott Brown said, a team of firefighters and sheriff's deputies hiked in to render aid. Weinmn was removed by helicopter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER
A commuter plane with 19 passengers aboard made a forced landing Tuesday at John Wayne Airport after experiencing a landing-gear malfunction shortly after takeoff, officials said. No one was injured. The United Express plane, which had been bound for Fresno, landed without mishap about 8 a.m., according to airport and Orange County Fire Authority officials.
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