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February 14, 1991 | GARY GORMAN and SANTIAGO O'DONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two men were killed and three others--including actor Kirk Douglas--were injured Wednesday when a helicopter and a small plane collided above Santa Paula Airport. Douglas, 72, a passenger in the helicopter, was treated at Santa Paula Memorial Hospital and later flown to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood, where he was reported in satisfactory condition Wednesday night. Officials in Santa Paula in Ventura County said the actor suffered head cuts and a possible rib fracture.
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August 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The pilot of a two-seat helicopter made an emergency landing on a shoulder of the northbound Ventura Freeway in Thousand Oaks on Sunday morning after his engine lost power, authorities said. Philip Vickery, 41, of Santa Monica was flying with a passenger, Renee Barbieri of Van Nuys, about 11 a.m. when the rented Robinson R-22 helicopter's warning system alerted them to an engine failure, said Sgt. John Novak of the California Highway Patrol.
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July 29, 1987 | MILES CORWIN, Times Staff Writer
A Navy helicopter on a training mission crashed Tuesday near Ojai, killing all four crew members, a Navy spokesman said. There was no indication that the twin-engine UH-1N Huey helicopter was in trouble during the mission over Los Padres National Forest, said Lt. Cmdr. Don Lewis, spokesman for the Pacific Missile Test Range at Point Mugu. The helicopter was in the air about 30 minutes and the crew issued no "SOS" or "mayday" calls, he said.
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October 25, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like a daring climax to one of his hit movies, Harrison Ford and his flight instructor walked away from a helicopter crash this weekend in a dry riverbed after reportedly taking off from Van Nuys Airport, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said. The accident took place about 11:15 a.m. Saturday when the Bell 206 JetRanger helicopter carrying Ford and the unidentified instructor went down near Lake Piru about 45 miles northwest of Los Angeles, FAA Operations Officer Diana Joubert said.
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April 29, 1993 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
Cartoon voice actor Noel Blanc will not be charged with manslaughter in a fatal 1991 collision above the Santa Paula Airport because he did not violate any rules while piloting a helicopter, county prosecutors said Wednesday. The crash between the Bell JetRanger flown by Blanc and a Pitts S-2A stunt plane occurred 40 feet over the runway as both craft attempted to take off. Killed in the collision were instructional pilot Leigh F.
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February 15, 1991 | SANTIAGO O'DONNELL and CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal investigators at the scene of a midair collision that killed two men and injured three others, including actor Kirk Douglas, said Thursday that the accident was caused by the failure of the pilots of both aircraft to "see and avoid" each other. But, while officials placed blame on both craft, they said the Pitts aerobatic stunt plane taking off from Santa Paula Airport had the right of way when it collided with the Bell JetRanger helicopter.
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June 9, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD
The Santa Paula Airport will not be dropped as a defendant in a lawsuit stemming from a 1991 helicopter crash that killed two people, a Ventura County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday. Attorney Peter T. Kirchen of Los Angeles argued that once the helicopter piloted by voice actor Noel Blanc took off, the airport was no longer responsible. But Judge Frederick A. Jones disagreed, saying there is enough evidence to let a jury decide.
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May 28, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD
A Ventura County Superior Court judge on Thursday refused to let a defendant out of a lawsuit filed over the 1991 midair collision of a helicopter and plane that claimed two lives at Santa Paula Airport. Judge Frederick A. Jones denied a motion for summary judgment brought by the attorney representing Robert Keenan, who owned the plane that collided with a helicopter piloted by voice actor Noel Blanc. Van Nuys attorney Arthur Wasserman offered the plaintiffs, A.
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October 25, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like a daring climax to one of his hit movies, Harrison Ford and his flight instructor walked away from a helicopter crash this weekend in a dry riverbed after reportedly taking off from Van Nuys Airport, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said. The accident took place about 11:15 a.m. Saturday when the Bell 206 JetRanger helicopter carrying Ford and the unidentified instructor went down near Lake Piru about 45 miles northwest of Los Angeles, FAA Operations Officer Diana Joubert said.
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November 24, 1990
The pilot of a small helicopter died Friday when his aircraft crashed and burned just north of Simi Valley in hills frequently used as a backdrop for films, authorities said. The crash occurred about 4:15 p.m. in a remote area of Big Sky Movie Ranch at the north end of Erringer Road, Ventura County Fire Department officials said. The pilot's identity was not available Friday, and the cause of the crash had not been determined, Ventura County Fire Capt. Jim Arledge said.
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October 25, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
Actor Harrison Ford and his flight instructor walked away from a helicopter crash this weekend in a dry river bed after reportedly taking off from Van Nuys Airport, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said. The mishap took place about 11:15 a.m. Saturday when the Bell 206 JetRanger helicopter carrying Ford and the instructor went down near Lake Piru about 45 miles northwest of Los Angeles, said FAA operations officer Diana Joubert.
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June 9, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD
The Santa Paula Airport will not be dropped as a defendant in a lawsuit stemming from a 1991 helicopter crash that killed two people, a Ventura County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday. Attorney Peter T. Kirchen of Los Angeles argued that once the helicopter piloted by voice actor Noel Blanc took off, the airport was no longer responsible. But Judge Frederick A. Jones disagreed, saying there is enough evidence to let a jury decide.
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May 28, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD
A Ventura County Superior Court judge on Thursday refused to let a defendant out of a lawsuit filed over the 1991 midair collision of a helicopter and plane that claimed two lives at Santa Paula Airport. Judge Frederick A. Jones denied a motion for summary judgment brought by the attorney representing Robert Keenan, who owned the plane that collided with a helicopter piloted by voice actor Noel Blanc. Van Nuys attorney Arthur Wasserman offered the plaintiffs, A.
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April 29, 1993 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
Cartoon voice actor Noel Blanc will not be charged with manslaughter in a fatal 1991 collision above the Santa Paula Airport because he did not violate any rules while piloting a helicopter, county prosecutors said Wednesday. The crash between the Bell JetRanger flown by Blanc and a Pitts S-2A stunt plane occurred 40 feet over the runway as both craft attempted to take off. Killed in the collision were instructional pilot Leigh F.
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February 25, 1992
Navy divers Monday recovered the body of a Tustin Marine lost since a crash-landing in the ocean almost two weeks ago, officials said. Divers pulled the body of Lance Cpl. Jeffrey B. Johns, 22, of Uniontown, Ohio, from a sunken U.S. Marine Corps helicopter that crashed Feb. 12 in the ocean off Ventura County, said Marine Corps Capt. Betsy Sweatt. The Marines will hold a memorial service for Johns on Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Marine Corps Tustin Chapel, Sweatt said.
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February 19, 1991 | LAURIE BECKLUND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eluding a bevy of camera crews, veteran actor Kirk Douglas left Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in good condition Monday, five days after he was injured in the collision of a helicopter and a stunt plane over Santa Paula. Douglas, 72, left the hospital through a side exit at 10:30 a.m., avoiding six television crews set up in the main lobby. "Mr. Douglas was in good condition and good spirits," said Cedars-Sinai spokesman Ron Wise.
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August 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The pilot of a two-seat helicopter made an emergency landing on a shoulder of the northbound Ventura Freeway in Thousand Oaks on Sunday morning after his engine lost power, authorities said. Philip Vickery, 41, of Santa Monica was flying with a passenger, Renee Barbieri of Van Nuys, about 11 a.m. when the rented Robinson R-22 helicopter's warning system alerted them to an engine failure, said Sgt. John Novak of the California Highway Patrol.
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February 19, 1991 | LAURIE BECKLUND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eluding a bevy of camera crews, veteran actor Kirk Douglas left Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in good condition Monday, five days after he was injured in the collision of a helicopter and a stunt plane over Santa Paula. Douglas, 72, left the hospital through a side exit at 10:30 a.m., avoiding six television crews set up in the main lobby. "Mr. Douglas was in good condition and good spirits," said Cedars-Sinai spokesman Ron Wise.
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February 15, 1991 | SANTIAGO O'DONNELL and CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal investigators at the scene of a midair collision that killed two men and injured three others, including actor Kirk Douglas, said Thursday that the accident was caused by the failure of the pilots of both aircraft to "see and avoid" each other. But, while officials placed blame on both craft, they said the Pitts aerobatic stunt plane taking off from Santa Paula Airport had the right of way when it collided with the Bell JetRanger helicopter.
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February 14, 1991 | GARY GORMAN and SANTIAGO O'DONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two men were killed and three others--including actor Kirk Douglas--were injured Wednesday when a helicopter and a small plane collided above Santa Paula Airport. Douglas, 72, a passenger in the helicopter, was treated at Santa Paula Memorial Hospital and later flown to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood, where he was reported in satisfactory condition Wednesday night. Officials in Santa Paula in Ventura County said the actor suffered head cuts and a possible rib fracture.
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