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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2005 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
An off-road racer was believed to be among four passengers presumed dead after a small plane crashed off the Orange County coast over the weekend. Jason Baldwin of Laguna Beach and three others were returning from a racing competition in Baja California when their Cessna 210 plunged into the Pacific on Saturday afternoon about three miles off Dana Point, the U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday. Nearby pleasure boaters had watched the plane spin out of control.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2007 | Lance Pugmire and Sara Lin, Times Staff Writers
Connie Interlicchia was in her Upland home Monday morning, working on her laptop computer in the kitchen, when the house shuddered and chunks of metal started raining into her backyard. She grabbed her purse and her Chihuahua and dashed outside, where she found a mangled twin-engine plane parked on her garage roof. "I looked up and I saw these guys on the roof. I asked one guy, 'What happened?' " Interlicchia said. "But they were too hurt; they couldn't talk."
NATIONAL
July 16, 2005 | Kevin Sack and Alan C. Miller, Times Staff Writers
For the second time in a month and the 152nd time in 34 years of flight, a Marine Corps Harrier attack jet has crashed during a noncombat mission, this time in heavily forested eastern North Carolina. As in each of the 11 most recent crashes, the pilot in the doomed plane ejected Thursday evening without suffering significant injuries. He landed in a wooded area near the southern end of Pamlico Sound, not far from the plane's base in Cherry Point, N.C., said Lt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2005 | Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writer
More than 20 years after two men were presumed killed in a plane crash, family members felt a sense of relief that the victims' remains had finally been discovered in the mountains of Washington state, one relative said Thursday. "I dreamed about them for years -- imagined Dad still alive, working on the plane," said Leo Shaffer of Huntington Beach. "We always assumed that they had crashed and that they [eventually] would be found," he said.
NEWS
May 12, 1996 | ART PINE and RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Navy Lt. Jim Nolan can recall his first bad encounter with the F-14 Tomcat jet fighter as though it happened yesterday. It was 1992, and Nolan was flying the supersonic plane over the Virginia seacoast. Suddenly an engine caught fire. Within seconds, the flames burned through the plane's flight controls, leaving the aircraft unflyable and forcing Nolan into a risky bailout over the water. Rescued later by fishermen, he questioned whether he should continue flying at all.
NEWS
February 17, 1995 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is a moonless night 175 miles off the coast of Southern California and Francesco Chierici of Rochester, N.Y., has just completed the most difficult and dangerous feat in aviation. Using light from the constellation Orion to help him see the horizon and maintain his sense of equilibrium, the 28-year-old Navy lieutenant has landed a $40-million F-14 Tomcat on the rolling deck of the Abraham Lincoln and brought the 25-ton plane to a screaming halt in less than a heartbeat.
NATIONAL
January 9, 2003 | Stephen Braun and David Lamb, Times Staff Writers
A US Airways Express commuter aircraft departing Charlotte-Douglas International Airport with 19 passengers and a crew of two plunged into a maintenance hangar Wednesday, killing all aboard in a violent fireball. Seconds before the crash, witnesses said, the twin engines of the Beech 1900D turboprop plane made sputtering noises as it climbed several hundred feet above a runway, then flipped and plummeted into the edge of a US Airways hangar.
NEWS
December 29, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
A United Airlines jumbo jet with 393 people aboard hit massive air turbulence over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday night, killing one passenger and injuring dozens of others aboard. Passengers and serving carts were flung to the ceiling as the plane dived almost 1,000 feet when it flew into the turbulence at 33,000 feet. Officials at Narita airport near Tokyo said the incident happened just after passengers had finished eating a meal, two hours after the Boeing 747 left the airport at 9:05 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2006 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
It was only 8 a.m., the day after Memorial Day, but the desert sun was already unforgiving. The heat radiated from the desert floor with a glittery sheen as the anthropologist and the team of soldiers set to work. The men had worked on Memorial Day too. For most Americans, it had been a typical holiday marking an unofficial start to summer vacation or the tail end of a long three-day weekend. But the team's mission captured the essence of the day.
NATIONAL
March 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
A small plane made an emergency landing on top of a moving pickup, but no one was seriously injured in the incident outside of Daytona Beach, police said. Glenn M. Meleen, 23, realized his single-engine plane was in trouble just after he took off Saturday. Meleen tried to land on a two-lane road, Edgewater police Sgt. William Lenz said. Instead, the plane came down on the cab of Robert Oglesby's pickup.
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