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October 27, 1991 | STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bill Graham, the acid-tongued concert promoter who championed rock acts during San Francisco's psychedelic era and went on to play a leading role in pop music's emergence as a cultural force, died late Friday when a helicopter carrying him and two associates crashed into an electrical utility tower near Vallejo. Graham, a Jewish war refugee who used his position as rock's pre-eminent tour organizer to fund a succession of human rights causes, was 59.
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January 13, 2000 | From Associated Press
Two veteran San Francisco police officers were killed late Tuesday when their helicopter crashed in western Stanislaus County as they were returning from a maintenance trip to the Central Valley. The officers were identified Wednesday as pilot Kirk Brookbush, 49, and James Dougherty, 56, a mechanic. Both had been with the force for more than 25 years. Dougherty, the father of three children, lived in San Francisco, a Police Department spokesman said.
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January 12, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A private helicopter with five people on board crashed and sank Saturday in a strait near San Pablo Bay, northeast of San Francisco, apparently after clipping power lines near the town of Crockett while on a low-altitude survey of residue from a 3-day-old oil spill. Coast Guard officials said the helicopter plunged into waters about 80 feet deep. There was no evidence of survivors as two dozen divers from the U.S. Navy and two Bay Area police agencies searched the channel well into the evening.
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February 19, 1998 | From Associated Press
A China Lake Naval Weapons Center helicopter crashed in Sequoia National Forest on Wednesday afternoon, killing at least four people, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office reported. Lt. Mike Gutsch said the helicopter "basically burned to the ground" after crashing near the Kern River in a remote section of the southern Sierra. Five Navy personnel were aboard, but the fifth person's fate was not known.
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July 13, 1994 | From Associated Press
Four U.S. Coast Guard members were killed Tuesday morning when their helicopter crashed just a few minutes after the pilot radioed that the craft was heading into fog. The Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crashed on land, killing the two pilots and two crew members, said California Department of Forestry Fire Capt. Ron Samuelson. Their identities were withheld pending notification of family. The last radio contact with the helicopter was about 5 a.m.
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January 16, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The state was warned as far back as 1977 that power lines across the Carquinez Strait, snagged by helicopters in two fatal crashes, pose a danger and should be marked. "The state essentially disregarded" pleas for markers, contending it had no money for the project, the Contra Costa Times reported. State Department of Transportation spokesman Jim Drago on Wednesday said the department would "consider again looking into the possibility of markers if redirected by the Legislature or the governor."
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September 21, 1990 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Navy helicopters apparently collided in a remote brush-covered mountain range in Mono County on Thursday, prompting a massive deployment of emergency rescue crews to the area. However, initial reports indicated that all nine crew members survived. The two CH-46 helicopters apparently collided a short distance from the ground at about 6:30 p.m., Mono County sheriff's dispatchers said.
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September 22, 1990 | From Associated Press
Strong winds forced two U.S. Navy helicopters to make rough landings on a forested slope in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, slightly injuring all nine people on board, officials said Friday. A Navy spokesman disputed initial reports that the two CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters had collided when they landed near Lobdell Lake in the Sweetwater Mountains about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. "It was not a collision, but a hard landing," said Navy spokesman Bob Howard.
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July 4, 1991
Police have concluded that no state laws were violated by the pilots involved in the fatal midair collision in February that injured actor Kirk Douglas. Police Chief Walter Adair said Wednesday that his department has finished its investigation of the crash between the helicopter carrying Douglas and a small plane as both took off from Santa Paula Airport. The two aircraft collided Feb.
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February 12, 1998 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A light plane collided with an Air National Guard Chinook helicopter in the air over southern Santa Clara County on Wednesday afternoon, and the pilot of the private plane was killed, a medical flight nurse said. The four crew members of the National Guard helicopter were uninjured in the crash, said Mary Foraker, a nurse who responded to the scene with a Cal Star medical helicopter team.
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February 12, 1998 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A light plane collided with an Air National Guard Chinook helicopter in the air over southern Santa Clara County on Wednesday afternoon, and the pilot of the private plane was killed, a medical flight nurse said. The four crew members of the National Guard helicopter were uninjured in the crash, said Mary Foraker, a nurse who responded to the scene with a Cal Star medical helicopter team.
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June 10, 1997 | From Associated Press
Rescue crews found debris from a missing Coast Guard helicopter off the Northern California coast Monday, but no signs of the four people aboard. Part of the tail section of the Coast Guard HH-65A Dolphin helicopter was discovered nine hours after it vanished Sunday night on a rescue mission. The copter was en route to the aid of a Canadian sailing boat that ran into trouble at sea 40 miles off Cape Mendocino. The boat's five crew members were eventually rescued by a Coast Guard cutter.
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July 13, 1994 | From Associated Press
Four U.S. Coast Guard members were killed Tuesday morning when their helicopter crashed just a few minutes after the pilot radioed that the craft was heading into fog. The Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crashed on land, killing the two pilots and two crew members, said California Department of Forestry Fire Capt. Ron Samuelson. Their identities were withheld pending notification of family. The last radio contact with the helicopter was about 5 a.m.
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March 14, 1994
A Marine officer was killed and four Marines were injured when their Tustin-based helicopter landed tail-first and burst into flames on a military runway in Northern California, the Marine Corps said Sunday. The co-pilot, Lt. James Amature, 27, of New York City, who had been involved in U.S. relief efforts in Somalia, died of massive injuries in the Saturday afternoon accident aboard a CH-53D Super Stallion helicopter, spokesman Sgt. Barry L. Pawelek said.
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March 14, 1994 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Marine officer was killed and four other servicemen were injured Saturday when their Tustin-based helicopter landed tail-first and burst into flames on the runway at the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport in Northern California, the military said Sunday. The co-pilot, Lt. James Amature, 27, died of massive injuries in the 3 p.m. accident during a "routine training mission" involving a CH-53D Super Stallion helicopter, according to Marine Corps spokesman Sgt. Barry L. Pawelek.
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February 22, 1994 | Associated Press
A cargo helicopter returning from a lifting job flipped out of control and slammed into a soggy suburban hillside Monday, killing all three people aboard. The victims were employees of San Jose-based Air One Helicopters, which owned the twin-engine Sikorsky S-58T helicopter. One victim had escaped injury last month when an identical Air One helicopter crashed into a San Jose rooftop, killing the pilot. The victims' names were being withheld pending notification of their families.
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January 13, 2000 | From Associated Press
Two veteran San Francisco police officers were killed late Tuesday when their helicopter crashed in western Stanislaus County as they were returning from a maintenance trip to the Central Valley. The officers were identified Wednesday as pilot Kirk Brookbush, 49, and James Dougherty, 56, a mechanic. Both had been with the force for more than 25 years. Dougherty, the father of three children, lived in San Francisco, a Police Department spokesman said.
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January 13, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
Navy divers found three bodies Sunday in a portion of the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed in a strait near the San Pablo Bay. Five people were aboard the private helicopter, which was surveying residue from an oil spill when it clipped power lines, crashed and sank in about 80 feet of water Saturday in the Carquinez Strait.
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January 29, 1994 | From Associated Press
A cargo helicopter hovering over a downtown office building lost control and crashed into flames on the rooftop Friday, killing the pilot and showering chunks of debris onto the street 13 stories below. Four co-workers on the rooftop narrowly escaped injury. At least one said the pilot saved lives by steering the doomed chopper back over the building.
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January 16, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The state was warned as far back as 1977 that power lines across the Carquinez Strait, snagged by helicopters in two fatal crashes, pose a danger and should be marked. "The state essentially disregarded" pleas for markers, contending it had no money for the project, the Contra Costa Times reported. State Department of Transportation spokesman Jim Drago on Wednesday said the department would "consider again looking into the possibility of markers if redirected by the Legislature or the governor."
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