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June 20, 1991 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Marine aviators--one a squadron commander--were killed Wednesday when their Cobra attack helicopter crashed in rough terrain at the Naval Weapons Station near here during a nighttime training mission. The AH-1 Cobra helicopter, a heavily armed, jet-powered aircraft designed to fly low and destroy enemy tanks and troop positions, crashed about 12:40 a.m. in the weapons facility adjacent to Camp Pendleton, said Marine Corps spokesman Gunnery Sgt. Dave Marriott.
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April 27, 2000 | Associated Press
Two men were critically injured Wednesday night after their helicopter crashed in a hilly area of the La Jolla Indian Reservation. The crash sparked a half-acre brush fire that was quickly extinguished, said California Department of Forestry Capt. John Gruber. The identities of the men in the private helicopter were not immediately known. Gruber did not know where the helicopter originated or where it was headed. The cause of the crash, about five miles west of Lake Henshaw, was not known.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1991
Military investigators Thursday continued searching for what caused an AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter to crash during a routine night training flight early Wednesday, killing two Marine fliers. A Camp Pendleton spokesman, Gunnery Sgt. Dave Marriott, said it may be weeks before the cause of the crash is determined. He said it is still not known whether the pilot was wearing night vision goggles, which are suspected of causing other military aircraft mishaps. The victims were Lt. Col. David A.
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December 14, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Navy has halted efforts to find more debris from a Marine Corps helicopter that crashed Thursday, killing seven of 18 aboard, and has not decided whether to attempt to retrieve the helicopter from the ocean bottom, a Marine Corps spokesman said Monday. The bodies of six Marines and a Navy medical corpsman are thought to remain in the wreckage of the CH-46 Sea Knight that crashed 14 miles off Point Loma while on a routine training exercise.
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December 14, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Navy has halted efforts to find more debris from a Marine Corps helicopter that crashed Thursday, killing seven of 18 aboard, and has not decided whether to attempt to retrieve the helicopter from the ocean bottom, a Marine Corps spokesman said Monday. The bodies of six Marines and a Navy medical corpsman are thought to remain in the wreckage of the CH-46 Sea Knight that crashed 14 miles off Point Loma while on a routine training exercise.
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April 27, 2000 | Associated Press
Two men were critically injured Wednesday night after their helicopter crashed in a hilly area of the La Jolla Indian Reservation. The crash sparked a half-acre brush fire that was quickly extinguished, said California Department of Forestry Capt. John Gruber. The identities of the men in the private helicopter were not immediately known. Gruber did not know where the helicopter originated or where it was headed. The cause of the crash, about five miles west of Lake Henshaw, was not known.
NEWS
June 11, 1989
A helicopter crashed on the Interstate 15 freeway in northern San Diego County, killing both men aboard the craft, authorities said. The crash on the main route between Southern California and Las Vegas occurred near the rural community of Rainbow, just south of the Riverside County line. The pilot, identified as Patrick Mowry, 31, of Valley Center had only 18 hours' flight time in a helicopter and was supposed to have been flying solo as part of his qualifying for a helicopter pilot's license, according to the San Diego County coroner's office.
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August 11, 1992 | GEORGE FRANK and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The families of two Marine Corps pilots who died in a helicopter crash were awarded a total of nearly $5 million in damages Monday in their suit claiming the engines were defective. Maj. Kenneth D. Johnson, 34, of Fallbrook and 1st Lt. Thomas R. Riggs, 26, of La Canada Flintridge were killed Nov. 14, 1986, when their AH-1T Cobra crashed and caught fire near Cleveland National Forest in San Diego County.
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April 6, 1991 | NANCY RAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A helicopter pilot was killed Friday when his craft struck high-tension power lines across Interstate 15 near the Riverside County line and crashed on the freeway into a convoy of Marines returning to Camp Pendleton from the Middle East. Witnesses said the helicopter had been tracking the nine-vehicle convoy from Norton Air Force Base near Riverside, where a contingent of Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, had arrived by plane from Saudi Arabia.
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September 5, 1987 | GEORGE FRANK, Times Staff Writer
A Marine Corps transport helicopter flying a nighttime training mission in a remote area of Camp Pendleton crashed and burned, killing all four Marines aboard. It was the second fatal accident involving the CH-46E Sea Knight Marine helicopter in less than seven months. A February crash just east of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station killed three Marine reservists. The Thursday crash occurred at 9 p.m.
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December 11, 1999 | TONY PERRY and PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The landing gear of a Marine helicopter apparently snagged a cargo net on the deck of a ship seconds before the aircraft crashed into the sea, killing seven of the 18 on board, a Defense Department official said Friday night. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a video of the incident shot by the Navy captured the sequence that led to the crash of the big CH-46 Sea Knight chopper as it was taking off from the oiler Pecos on Thursday afternoon.
NEWS
February 18, 1997
Federal investigators searched a remote canyon in northeast San Diego County on Monday for clues in the crash of a sheriff's helicopter that killed a deputy and injured the pilot. The 1983 McDonnell Douglas 500D helicopter was on patrol when it lost power and crashed at 7:44 p.m. Sunday in Sycamore Canyon, about 20 miles northeast of downtown San Diego. Pat Coyle, 42, a sheriff's deputy for almost nine years, died about three hours after the crash at Sharp Hospital in San Diego.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1994 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state appeals court has upheld a nearly $5-million judgment against the world's largest aircraft engine manufacturer, which was sued by the families of two Marine Corps pilots who died in a 1986 helicopter crash. In an unanimous opinion issued Wednesday, the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled that Pratt & Whitney of Canada should pay the award, plus interest, to the families of Maj. Kenneth D. Johnson, 34, of Fallbrook and 1st Lt. Thomas R. Riggs, 26, of La Canada-Flintridge.
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August 11, 1992 | GEORGE FRANK and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The families of two Marine Corps pilots who died in a helicopter crash were awarded a total of nearly $5 million in damages Monday in their suit claiming the engines were defective. Maj. Kenneth D. Johnson, 34, of Fallbrook and 1st Lt. Thomas R. Riggs, 26, of La Canada Flintridge were killed Nov. 14, 1986, when their AH-1T Cobra crashed and caught fire near Cleveland National Forest in San Diego County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1991
Military investigators Thursday continued searching for what caused an AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter to crash during a routine night training flight early Wednesday, killing two Marine fliers. A Camp Pendleton spokesman, Gunnery Sgt. Dave Marriott, said it may be weeks before the cause of the crash is determined. He said it is still not known whether the pilot was wearing night vision goggles, which are suspected of causing other military aircraft mishaps. The victims were Lt. Col. David A.
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June 20, 1991 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Marine aviators--one a squadron commander--were killed Wednesday when their Cobra attack helicopter crashed in rough terrain at the Naval Weapons Station near here during a nighttime training mission. The AH-1 Cobra helicopter, a heavily armed, jet-powered aircraft designed to fly low and destroy enemy tanks and troop positions, crashed about 12:40 a.m. in the weapons facility adjacent to Camp Pendleton, said Marine Corps spokesman Gunnery Sgt. Dave Marriott.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1994 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state appeals court has upheld a nearly $5-million judgment against the world's largest aircraft engine manufacturer, which was sued by the families of two Marine Corps pilots who died in a 1986 helicopter crash. In an unanimous opinion issued Wednesday, the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled that Pratt & Whitney of Canada should pay the award, plus interest, to the families of Maj. Kenneth D. Johnson, 34, of Fallbrook and 1st Lt. Thomas R. Riggs, 26, of La Canada-Flintridge.
NEWS
April 6, 1991 | NANCY RAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A helicopter pilot was killed Friday when his craft struck high-tension power lines across Interstate 15 near the Riverside County line and crashed on the freeway into a convoy of Marines returning to Camp Pendleton from the Middle East. Witnesses said the helicopter had been tracking the nine-vehicle convoy from Norton Air Force Base near Riverside, where a contingent of Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, had arrived by plane from Saudi Arabia.
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