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May 5, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
A top state official from northeastern India was found dead Wednesday after his helicopter went down several days ago in rough weather, the latest setback for the nation's troubled civil aviation industry. "I am afraid the news is grim and sad," Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram told reporters after the bodies of Dorjee Khandu, the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh state, and four others were found following an extensive search. The state-owned operator, Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd., suffered another accident three weeks ago that killed 17 people when their helicopter crashed into a landing pad in the perilous 11,000-foot-high Tawang Valley area of Arunachal Pradesh bordering China.
July 5, 2005 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The music was loud and the beer was flowing, but there was an undercurrent of sadness this weekend at McP's, a legendary hangout for Navy SEALs. One of the U.S. military's smallest and most secretive combat units, the SEALs had just suffered the worst one-day death toll in the group's history. Eight SEALs were killed last week in the crash of a Chinook helicopter in the mountains of Afghanistan while on a rescue mission. But the news may get worse.
May 7, 2008 | Joe Mozingo, Times Staff Writer
Air traffic controllers at Torrance Municipal Airport made a critical mistake that caused two helicopters to collide in front of the control tower in 2003, killing two men in one chopper and seriously injuring the pilot of the other, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper's ruling Monday in Los Angeles directly contradicted a report by the National Transportation and Safety Board that concluded the surviving pilot, Gavin Heyworth, was to blame for the crash.
December 12, 2006 | Jonathan Abrams and Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writers
The nation's largest air medevac company grounded most of its Southern California helicopters a day after one of its rescue helicopters crashed near the summit of Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County, giving its personnel time to grieve for the deaths of three crew members, officials said Monday. The Mercy Air Service Inc. helicopter crashed into a fog-shrouded peak south of Hesperia shortly after sundown Sunday.
A KCBS-TV cameraman who worked for Channel 2 for 24 years was killed Friday in the Persian Gulf when the U.S. Navy helicopter in which he was riding crashed into a Syrian freighter, the Pentagon said. Larry Greene, 50, of Agoura Hills died and four sailors on the helicopter were injured when a rotor of the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter accidentally hit the mast of the Syrian ship 80 miles off the Iranian coast, said Air Force Brig. Gen. John Rosa, a military spokesman in Washington.
March 28, 2003
A U.S. Forest Service helicopter searching for Columbia space shuttle wreckage crashed near Broaddus, killing two people and injuring three, officials said. All five were aboard the chopper when it crashed, an official said, adding that the injured were taken to hospitals. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
October 13, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A U.S. soldier died after falling from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a landing approach in southern Afghanistan, NATO said. The soldier, whose name was not released, died of his injuries Wednesday in a Kandahar military hospital. In Kandahar province, as many as 20 suspected Taliban militants were killed in a clash with NATO-led forces and Afghan troops, a spokesman for North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces said. No NATO or Afghan casualties were reported.
For the second time in less than four months, NASCAR lost one of its most prominent drivers when Davey Allison died early Tuesday morning of injuries he had suffered in a helicopter crash Monday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. Allison never regained consciousness after the accident and was pronounced dead of massive head injuries at 7 a.m. CDT in the Carraway Methodist Medical Center at Birmingham, Ala.
July 16, 1993 | Associated Press
NASCAR star Davey Allison was eulogized as "the luckiest man in the world" Thursday as relatives, friends and fans said goodby in a massive outpouring of love and grief. Inside St. Aloysius Catholic Church, some 750 heard the 32-year-old driver remembered as a good son, husband and father. Outside the brick church, hundreds more stood in the hot Alabama sun to listen to the funeral mass on loudspeakers.
October 31, 2009 | Tony Perry and Daniel Weikel
Electronic warning systems and a computerized "notice to all airmen" system exist to prevent midair collisions like the one Thursday night off San Clemente Island that apparently killed nine military members. But as a Coast Guard admiral noted ruefully Friday, "No system is perfect." Even in an age of sophisticated collision-detection warning equipment, communication gear and an instantaneous message board notifying all pilots of military maneuvers, the fundamental safety procedure remains "see and avoid."
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