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October 1, 1990 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Divers removed six bodies from the wreckage of a World War II-era Navy patrol plane that nose-dived into a Northern California lake after performing an impromptu aerobatics display above spectators gathered at a convention of seaplanes, authorities said Sunday.
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November 18, 2001 | From Associated Press
Boeing has asked a federal judge to limit the amount of information it must provide relatives of those killed on Alaska Airlines Flight 261 until formal settlement talks are completed. Lawyers for the family members say their clients need more information about how their loved ones died before they can resolve dozens of wrongful death suits. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said he would rule by Dec. 14.
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November 30, 1991 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County search and rescue volunteers made low-level helicopter flights over barren, isolated parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties Friday, but failed to turn up any signs of a small plane that disappeared en route to Fullerton two weeks ago. The private helicopter joined fixed-wing aircraft under the supervision of the Civil Air Patrol to crisscross the Mojave Desert. They were hunting for the twin-engine Cessna with five aboard that took off Nov. 14 from Bullhead City, Ariz.
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June 5, 2001 | Times Staff Reports
A paraplegic flight student died Monday when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed into a tree shortly after takeoff, authorities said. James Lambert Parkinson, 50, was flying a specially outfitted Piper Cherokee 180 using hand controls, said Julie Smith, co-owner of Aero Haven, a flight instruction company. He took off from Big Bear City Airport on a solo practice flight at 8:30 a.m.
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October 22, 2000 | From Reuters
An F-18 U.S. Navy Hornet fighter crashed into the Pacific Ocean, about 90 miles off the coast of San Diego, Navy officials said Saturday. Navy officials said the pilot was presumed lost at sea. The plane, which holds only the pilot, crashed Friday about 7:20 p.m., shortly after takeoff from the aircraft carrier Constellation, Navy Cmdr. Dave Koontz said. The pilot, whose name was withheld pending notification of his family, was on a routine flight operation, Koontz said.
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April 12, 2000 | JACK LEONARD and LOUISE ROUG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Sherman Oaks doctor was killed when his small private plane, spewing black smoke from its tail, clipped a power line and nose-dived into a Fullerton home Tuesday, engulfing the unoccupied house in flames. Neighbors and children who had spent the warm day paddling in wading pools watched in horror as the plane's fuel tank exploded and firefighters battled flames for nearly an hour.
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November 18, 2001 | From Associated Press
Boeing has asked a federal judge to limit the amount of information it must provide relatives of those killed on Alaska Airlines Flight 261 until formal settlement talks are completed. Lawyers for the family members say their clients need more information about how their loved ones died before they can resolve dozens of wrongful death suits. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said he would rule by Dec. 14.
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April 2, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
An 86-year-old pilot was killed near El Centro when his home-built plane lost power and hit a tree, authorities said. Freeman Henry Easton of Smith River was killed when his small Falcon XP Delta aircraft crashed about 10 minutes after takeoff, said Imperial County coroner-investigator Ralph Smith. Easton's grandson, Richard Carillo, 33, suffered a broken leg in the crash, but was able to pull the older man's body from the wreckage before the plane burst into flames, Smith said.
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November 23, 1991
The search for a Fullerton-bound airplane with five people aboard, missing since Nov. 14, continued Friday without success. Civil Air Patrol officials were planning for a strong weekend turnout of search planes to cover and re-cover the 26,000-square-mile area between Bullhead City, Ariz., where the plane took off, and Fullerton. The plane was piloted by Richard Niemela, 37, of La Mirada.
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November 16, 1991 | Associated Press
The Civil Air Patrol searched Friday for a twin-engine plane with five people aboard that was overdue on a flight from Bullhead City, Ariz., to Fullerton, Calif., authorities said. The plane took off Thursday and was due at Fullerton Municipal Airport by 4 p.m., said CAP Lt. Col. Ed Crankshaw. No flight plan was filed for the Cessna 336 Skymaster. A CAP search base was set up at Palm Springs Airport and a dozen planes flew grid searches Friday. The Cessna was described as white with blue trim.
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May 29, 2001 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two plane crashes in Southern California over the holiday weekend left one person dead and two people stranded with minor injuries for a day in the wilderness. A plane crashed near Escondido before noon Monday, disintegrating on impact and killing the only person on board, authorities said. Another plane crashed Sunday morning in the Agua Tibia Wilderness area southeast of Temecula, stranding two men for a day. A search party found the survivors and the plane's wreckage Monday morning.
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May 19, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Two off-duty military personnel were killed Friday when their plane crashed in the Pine Hills area of the Cleveland National Forest near Julian, officials said. The two, whose names were withheld pending notification of their families, were in a light plane belonging to the North Island Flying Club. The club is open for recreational flying for military members.
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October 22, 2000 | From Reuters
An F-18 U.S. Navy Hornet fighter crashed into the Pacific Ocean, about 90 miles off the coast of San Diego, Navy officials said Saturday. Navy officials said the pilot was presumed lost at sea. The plane, which holds only the pilot, crashed Friday about 7:20 p.m., shortly after takeoff from the aircraft carrier Constellation, Navy Cmdr. Dave Koontz said. The pilot, whose name was withheld pending notification of his family, was on a routine flight operation, Koontz said.
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April 21, 2000 | MEGAN GARVEY and MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When a single-engine plane plummeted into a home less than a mile from Fullerton Municipal Airport last week, Carol Varieur took more notice than most people. The crash killed the pilot and destroyed a house whose residents were away. It was the 31st incident--involving 12 fatalities--at or near the general aviation airport in the last 15 years.
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April 12, 2000 | JACK LEONARD and LOUISE ROUG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Sherman Oaks doctor was killed when his small private plane, spewing black smoke from its tail, clipped a power line and nose-dived into a Fullerton home Tuesday, engulfing the unoccupied house in flames. Neighbors and children who had spent the warm day paddling in wading pools watched in horror as the plane's fuel tank exploded and firefighters battled flames for nearly an hour.
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December 11, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
Facing mounting criticism from environmentalists, government officials and even the U.S. Marine Corps, Fox Broadcasting Co. has bailed out on its plan to stage a plane crash in the Mojave Desert on live TV, a company spokesman said Friday.
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August 26, 1989
A U.S. Marine Corps observation plane with two crew members aboard disappeared on a practice run over the Southern California desert Thursday, prompting a search that failed to turn up any sign of the aircraft by late Friday. The OV-10A Bronco left Camp Pendleton at 11:30 a.m. Thursday and was due back three hours later, said 1st Lt. G.C. Browne, spokesman for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing headquartered in El Toro.
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August 8, 1993
A single engine Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashed on approach to the Big Bear City Airport in Big Bear Saturday afternoon, killing a woman passenger and critically injuring her husband, who was piloting the plane. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department in Big Bear would not release the names of the couple, the only people on board, or any other information as they investigated the crash.
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September 4, 1999 | From Associated Press
It started out as just another flight up the coast. The seat belt light was off, and some of the 107 passengers on the Shuttle by United plane were roaming around the cabin. Then, without warning, the plane ran into turbulence and plunged, sending many people flying and leaving 15 injured, mostly with sprains, cuts and back pain. "Everybody went straight to the ceiling," passenger Ronald Kalio said. "There [were] two stewardesses that spent the rest of the trip in the aisles.
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September 3, 1999 | From Associated Press
Fifteen people were injured Thursday when their United Airlines flight from Los Angeles encountered "wake turbulence" from another plane, officials said. Shuttle Flight 2036 encountered the turbulence about 2:20 p.m., about 24,000 feet above Santa Barbara, United spokesman Joe Hopkins said. It was at least half an hour into the flight, and the seat belt light was not on, he said. "Everybody went straight to the ceiling," passenger Ronald Kalio said.
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