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July 23, 1989 | KEVIN RODERICK and MARY LOU FULTON, Times Staff Writers
Six soldiers were killed and one injured in an Army helicopter crash before daybreak Saturday in desert exercises at the huge Ft. Irwin training base near Barstow, Army spokesmen said. The victims, all from the 1st Cavalry Division based at Ft. Hood, Tex., would have completed three weeks of field exercises later Saturday. Maj. John Wagstaffe, an Army spokesman at Ft.
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June 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A helicopter performing line maintenance for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. crashed near Moffett Field on Saturday afternoon, injuring the two men on board, PG&E spokeswoman Maureen Bogues said. The crash occurred just after 2 p.m. when the main rotor of the Hughes 369 helicopter touched a tower and caused the aircraft to crash upside down in a marshy area two miles north of Moffett Field. The men, private contractors, suffered only minor injuries, Bogues said.
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May 21, 1990 | JAMES M. GOMEZ and WENDY PAULSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Tustin-based Marine Corps staff sergeant killed in a helicopter crash about 15 miles southeast of the Salton Sea during a routine training mission was identified Sunday as a veteran crew chief who had received numerous decorations. Staff Sgt. James R. Andrews, 31, of Los Angeles was killed Saturday when the CH-53D Sea Stallion he was riding in crashed in a remote part of the rugged Imperial County desert, said Master Sgt. Steve Merrill, a spokesman for the Tustin base.
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October 26, 1999 | From Associated Press
A police helicopter on a maintenance flight crashed in the middle of a city street Monday, killing both people on board. The pilot had not indicated any problems before the 3:45 p.m. crash, said San Jose police spokesman Rubens Dalaison. The first word of trouble came from 911 calls phoned in by people near the crash site, about 2 miles west of San Jose's airport and three blocks from Interstate 880.
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February 3, 1989 | From Associated Press
Pilots of two Army helicopters that crashed at Ft. Ord on Wednesday night were on a training mission with night-vision goggles, an Army spokesman said Thursday. Capt. Michael D. Scotton, 28, of Laytonsville, Md., son of Peace Corps official David R. Scotton, was killed. Another soldier suffered multiple fractures and two others were released after treatment of minor injuries. Investigators from the Army Safety Center in Ft. Rucker, Ala.
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July 24, 1989 | JENIFER WARREN and MARY LOU FULTON, Times Staff Writers
As federal investigators began sifting through the wreckage of an Army helicopter that crashed here, killing six soldiers, base officials revealed Sunday that the accident occurred while the helicopter was directing three other aircraft in a mock attack. As temperatures soared to 105 degrees, a seven-member team of military aviation experts hunted for clues in the charred, mangled remains of the UH-60 Blackhawk.
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February 2, 1989
A 57-year-old Porterville helicopter pilot suffered major injuries and a worker on the ground was hit by flying parts after a gust of wind caused a hovering helicopter to crash, authorities said. The helicopter smashed into a truck, injuring pilot Lee Lembke and Nathan Behrens of Porterville. Lembke was reported in serious condition and Behrens in fair condition at a hospital following the accident about 10 miles east of Strathmore.
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January 23, 1987
A Tustin-based Marine Corps CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter crashed on a training mission in the desert 18 miles northwest of Yuma, Ariz., but its four crewmen survived. A Yuma Marine Corps Air Station spokesman said two of the crew members were hurt seriously and flown to the base dispensary. But he said the other two "were walking around and in good shape."
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August 20, 1987 | Associated Press
The soldier whose rented plane narrowly missed President Reagan's helicopter returned to active duty at Ft. Lewis on Wednesday, pending his commanding officer's review of his absence without leave. Pvt. Ralph Myers, a medical specialist, was released from military custody Wednesday morning to work with his unit, Maj. Frank Ham of Ft. Lewis said. Myers, 32, of Bingen, Wash., arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in handcuffs Tuesday night on a commercial flight from Los Angeles.
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March 10, 1996 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 980 hours of waiting, Chris Manning was ready when the order came. After four years in the Navy as part of an elite helicopter search-and-rescue squadron, Manning was finally getting the chance to put his training to use: to plunge into an unforgiving sea and rescue downed fliers in danger of drowning or dying quickly of hypothermia or injuries. To the 23-year-old Iowa native with the mop of red hair and the open, polite manner, failure was not an option. He was not about to be deterred.
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June 18, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A missing crewman was presumed dead after a Navy SH-60F Seahawk helicopter crashed at sea 25 miles off Imperial Beach, Navy officials said. The accident occurred during a training flight Tuesday morning. The missing crewman was identified as Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert A. Lee, 31. The pilot, Lt. John C. Begley, 29, and co-pilot Lt. Brian C. Westervelt, 28, were rescued immediately after the crash.
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July 2, 1992 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Years before a 1991 helicopter crash at Edwards Air Force Base that killed two servicemen, the Air Force rejected the manufacturer's repeated urgings to make a simple modification that might have warned of the craft's failure, newly released documents show. The records show Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
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October 11, 1991
An Air Force helicopter crashed Thursday during a parachute training mission at Edwards Air Force Base, killing three of the five people aboard and injuring the other two, officials said. The cause of the crash was not immediately known. As of late afternoon, Edwards officials had not released the identities of the crew on the helicopter involved in Thursday's crash pending notification of relatives. The two survivors parachuted from the aircraft.
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May 21, 1990 | JAMES M. GOMEZ and WENDY PAULSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Tustin-based Marine Corps staff sergeant killed in a helicopter crash about 15 miles southeast of the Salton Sea during a routine training mission was identified Sunday as a veteran crew chief who had received numerous decorations. Staff Sgt. James R. Andrews, 31, of Los Angeles was killed Saturday when the CH-53D Sea Stallion he was riding in crashed in a remote part of the rugged Imperial County desert, said Master Sgt. Steve Merrill, a spokesman for the Tustin base.
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January 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Military safety investigators are seeking clues to the cause of the crash of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter that killed its four-man crew. The Army identified those killed as Lt. Christopher Moss, 24, of Crown Point, Ind.; Chief Warrant Officer Bruce J. Marchetti, 30, of Simsbury, Conn.; Sgt. Kenneth R. Hall, 25, of St. Louis, and Pfc. Donald Mitchell, 19, of Crestline, Calif. The copter went down in a remote section of the Ft. Irwin Army base in the Mojave Desert, a base spokesman said.
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December 30, 1989 | From United Press International
A helicopter apparently lost a rotor before crashing in a rental car parking lot during takeoff at the Sonoma County Airport on Friday, injuring four of the five people aboard. The helicopter was taking off when it stalled and fell 50 feet into an Avis car rental lot near the airport firehouse, crushing one vehicle, an airport control tower spokesman said. "It landed right on top of one of our cars, totaling it and damaging a couple of others," said Patty Stephens, manager at Avis.
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November 18, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A civilian helicopter crashed and burned in the Mojave Desert near U.S. 395 Friday, killing the pilot, authorities said. It was not immediately clear if anyone else was aboard. Witnesses saw the helicopter go down in open desert near Kramer Junction west of Barstow and called for help, officials said. There was no immediate information on who owned the helicopter, where it had come from or where it was headed, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department deputies said.
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