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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1998 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge has rejected a $25-million lawsuit alleging that the Federal Aviation Administration and air-traffic controllers at John Wayne Airport were to blame for a December 1993 plane crash that killed five people, including the two top executives of the In-N-Out Burger restaurant chain.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1998
A single-engine Cessna plane made an emergency landing on a Yorba Linda residential street Tuesday night after experiencing engine trouble, officials said. The plane's two occupants, both Orange County residents, were on their way from Riverside to Fullerton Municipal Airport when they were forced to land on Fairmont Boulevard just north of Yorba Linda Boulevard, a California Highway Patrol officer said. Neither of the two men was injured in the landing, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1998 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The National Transportation Board investigator looking into this week's crash of a Cessna 152 at John Wayne Airport said Thursday that the control tower told the pilot about a 757 nearby, and that the student pilot acknowledged it. This means David Heller presumably was aware of the wake turbulence from the American Airlines jet that could throw his plane out of control if he got too close.
NEWS
June 25, 1998 | From a Times Staff Writer
Authorities on Wednesday identified David Heller, 49, of Laguna Hills, as the pilot who died instantly Tuesday when his plane flipped on approach to John Wayne Airport. Heller, vice president of a credit company in Cerritos, had only about six weeks of instruction left to obtain his license and was flying solo when his rented Cessna 152 crashed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY and ESTHER SCHRADER and JEFF GOTTLIEB, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
His 100-year-old grandmother told him he was crazy. His former wife didn't like the idea either, but David Heller was fulfilling a lifelong dream of learning to fly. Heller had only six weeks of instruction left and was flying solo when his rented Cessna 152 flipped on approach to John Wayne Airport on Tuesday, killing him instantly. Heller, a Laguna Hills resident and vice president of a credit card company in Anaheim, would have turned 50 on Monday.
NEWS
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
A Cessna plane that made an emergency landing in Mile Square Regional Park on Wednesday shed its wings and made its way home to Riverside on the back of a flatbed Thursday. Riverside pilot Mike Gorman, an aerial photographer, had hoped the plane could be repaired on the spot, but his mechanic said damage from a broken valve was too extensive.
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