December 1, 1989 |
An A-4F Skyhawk jet operated by the Navy's elite Top Gun school crashed at Miramar Naval Air Station Thursday and ignited a brush fire. The pilot safely ejected from the stricken craft, the Navy said. The pilot, Lt. Cmdr. Stanley R. O'Connor, 37, a Top Gun flight instructor, was approaching Miramar after a routine test flight when he radioed that the single-seat jet was losing power. The aircraft, considered one of the Navy's workhorses, crashed shortly after 10 a.m.
November 10, 1989
Two people were killed when a single-engine plane on its way to Baja California from Los Angeles crashed near the border with Mexico, authorities said. The pilot and another passenger were critically injured when the plane went down in fog. The dead were identified as Linda Carol Wagner, 46, and Bill Eisleben, 45, both of Los Angeles, San Diego County coroner's officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1989
I am bloody sick and tired of people taking potshots at teachers. The public has come to expect more and more from teachers over the last few decades without compensating them fairly for their increased responsibility, then criticizes them repeatedly for failure to do their job. It isn't fair. A teacher today has to teach as well as be mom, dad, coach, nurse, counselor and disciplinarian.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1989 |
The passengers and crew on many of Tuesday's early morning Balboa Island ferries were weeping over the loss of one of their own. Gerry Rene, the ferry captain who always had a joke and a smile for his passengers, was gone. Little by little, the news spread, silencing the ferry commuters who looked forward to seeing Rene each morning. Rene, 33, of Corona, and his friend, Robert J.
August 3, 1989 |
An F-14 Tomcat fighter based at Miramar Naval Air Station plunged into the sea off Point Loma on Wednesday, but both crewmen ejected safely and were rescued, authorities said. It was the fourth crash of a Miramar-based F-14 since December, and the 102nd since the fighter was introduced into service in 1972. Just last week, a Miramar-based F-14 crashed near San Clemente Island. Both crewmen ejected safely. Navy spokesman Cmdr.
September 14, 1988 |
A Navy flier died Tuesday of injuries suffered when he and another aviator ejected from their disabled jet over downtown El Cajon just moments before it crashed upside down at a civilian airfield Monday. Lt. (j.g.) Randy L. Furtado, 27, the radar intercept officer on the F-14A Tomcat, apparently died of a broken neck at 1 p.m. Tuesday, a Navy spokesman said. The pilot, Lt. Cmdr.
September 13, 1988 |
A Navy F-14A fighter jet, abandoned by its crew over downtown El Cajon, crashed upside-down into two hangars at a civilian airfield here Monday morning, seriously injuring three people on the ground and reducing a number of small airplanes and cars to scorched rubble. The pilots were attempting to return to their home base at Miramar Naval Air Station after developing mechanical trouble while over the Pacific on a routine training run, said Lt. David Wray, a Navy spokesman.
May 9, 1988 |
The bodies of an El Cajon couple who died when their small plane crashed into a mountain in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park were found Sunday by San Diego County sheriff's deputies. Authorities said the couple, identified by the coroner's office as Robert and Christina Hampshire, had left Gillespie Field shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday for a Mother's Day trip to Tucson, Ariz. Eighteen minutes after takeoff, the single-engine Piper Cherokee disappeared from radar screens.
April 6, 1988
A student pilot who survived after his plane crashed into a mountain in San Diego County was found about a mile from the wreckage by a sheriff's search party. Mark Farrar, 22, of Chula Vista, was taken by a sheriff's helicopter to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, where he was in good condition after treatment for several facial fractures, a hospital spokeswoman said. No one else was aboard the Cessna 150, a sheriff's spokesman said.