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April 4, 1992 | Associated Press
Radioactive gases escaped from a Chernobyl-style nuclear reactor near St. Petersburg because of a valve breakdown, the head of a commission investigating last month's leak said Friday. The leak was not caused by a defective graphite tube, as Russian nuclear officials initially believed, Sergei Adamchik told a news conference. The March 24 leak at the Leningradskaya plant in Sosnovy Bor, 50 miles west of St.
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December 24, 1995 | Reuters
One skier was killed and 10 others injured Saturday when four chairs fell off a ski lift cable and plunged about 50 feet to the ground at a ski resort high in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. "There were 11 people injured, one of them fatally," said David Perry, spokesman for the Whistler Mountain Ski Corp. A police spokesman at Whistler, about 55 miles north of Vancouver in British Columbia, said the identity of the person killed could not be released pending notification of relatives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1996 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cal/OSHA officials said Monday that they found "serious" safety violations at a construction zone on the San Diego Freeway where a falling beam killed a motorist on his way to work earlier this month. Investigators concluded that the contractor at the site used only a single clamp to lift a seven-ton steel beam, then improperly hoisted the beam, allowing it to slip and knock another beam and wooden scaffolding into the path of the motorist.
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July 26, 1997 | From Associated Press
A Boeing 707 cargo jet with a mechanical problem appeared as if it was going to crash into downtown Miami buildings before the pilot regained control and flew on safely, witnesses and the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday. "We are on the 46th floor, and we were looking down on the plane," said Sandra Andrade, who works in the 54-story First Union Financial building, about a block from Biscayne Bay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1998 | JEFF LEEDS and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A tiny crack that apparently led to the disintegration of the tail rotor is emerging as the most likely cause of last week's Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter crash that killed three crew members and the 11-year-old girl they were rushing to a hospital.
SPORTS
August 18, 1994 | Associated Press
A construction crane accident at the Kingdome killed two people and injured one Wednesday night, authorities said. Two workers sandblasting the stadium ceiling fell some 250 feet when a basket affixed to the top of a crane broke loose, a Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman said. As it fell, the basket struck the cab carrying crane operator Charles Cox, 25. Cox was being evaluated late Wednesday night at Harborview Medical Center for a possible head injury, Harborview spokesman Larry Zalin said.
NEWS
January 15, 1994 | From Reuters
Investigators focused on a possible broken wheel in the probe of a Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus train derailment that killed two performers, federal officials said Friday. "A wheel was possibly involved in the accident. We are attempting to locate as many parts of the wheel as possible," said Jim Hall, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board. Once collected, the pieces of the metal wheel will be sent to the safety board laboratory in Washington, D.C.
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September 23, 1989 | From Associated Press
Federal investigators found no evidence to support a truck driver's contention that his brakes failed before the vehicle rammed a school bus into a water-filled pit, killing 20 teen-agers, an official said Friday. "From a visual inspection, we can find nothing to indicate a failure in the braking system," said Lee Dickinson, a National Transportation Safety Board member. He said investigators would conduct other tests.
NEWS
November 4, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Space shuttle Discovery's flight next month to the Hubble Space Telescope has been pushed back a few more days, this time because of engine trouble at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. One of Discovery's three main engines must be replaced because of a broken drill bit left in a coolant chamber, NASA said. Discovery had been scheduled to blast off Dec. 2 to carry crucial replacement parts for Hubble..
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2001 | DAVID PIERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Air traffic controllers were forced to delay flights in Southern California up to an hour Tuesday morning after the Los Angeles Center in Palmdale experienced computer problems, the Federal Aviation Administration reported. The glitch on the computer that tracks flights in Southern California and parts of Arizona and Nevada posed no serious danger in the sky, said Jerry Snyder an FAA spokesman. "They immediately went to the backup computer," Snyder said.
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