June 5, 1994 |
Investigators said Saturday that they have eliminated a drug lab or bomb as the cause of a building explosion that killed three men, and believe the blast was accidental. Attention has shifted to a natural gas furnace or water heater within the three-story apartment building, said San Francisco Fire Chief Joe Medina. But he added that evidence is still sketchy. "Any kind of a gas leak from the street has been ruled out, an illegal drug lab has been ruled out," he said.
June 24, 1993 |
A renowned University of California geneticist whose research focuses on stroke-induced brain damage was seriously injured after opening a package bomb at his Marin County home, authorities said Wednesday. Dr. Charles Epstein, 59, lost several fingers and suffered a broken arm and abdominal injuries when a large, padded envelope he received in Tuesday's mail exploded, the FBI said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1990
A United Airlines Boeing 737 jetliner with 107 people on board was unable to lock its right landing gear and skidded to a safe emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, officials said. The jet's right main gear would not lock and the pilot set the plane down on the nose gear, the left main gear and the engine under the right wing, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Fred O'Donnell. The 102 passengers and five crew members slid down emergency chutes.
January 1, 1990 |
A gas explosion ripped through a building in San Francisco's Financial District, injuring at least four people and damaging about 10 buildings, police said. The four injured received minor cuts when the explosion on Kearny Street smashed windows along an entire block of businesses and sent glass and debris flying into the sparse crowd, police said. Most businesses along the block were closed at the time of the blast.
July 17, 1989
Two crewmen were burned in an explosion aboard a Panamanian oil tanker anchored near a San Francisco pier, a Coast Guard officer said. Coast Guard personnel extinguished a fire aboard the Yamato Spirit in about 25 minutes, Petty Officer Chuck Wullenjohn said. Three Coast Guard boats, a fire boat and a helicopter responded to the call, he said. The two injured crewmen were taken to San Francisco General Hospital.
July 20, 1988
The search was abandoned for the eight men aboard an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter that exploded 11 miles west of the Golden Gate during a routine training mission. All eight helmets were recovered by divers, but no bodies were found, the Coast Guard said. The Navy identified crew members as Marine Capt. Douglas L. Durre, the pilot; Lt. (j.g.) William G. Bauer, the co-pilot; aviation metal smiths Daniel P. Baustian and Michael L. Hermansen; machinists mates James W. Gilchrist and Brendan B.