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WORLD
January 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Thirty-one people, most of them Turkish construction workers, were killed Tuesday when their chartered plane crashed in heavy fog while trying to land in Iraq, Turkish and Iraqi officials said. The cause of the crash near Balad, about 50 miles north of the capital, was unclear. A Turkish Foreign Ministry official said the pilot aborted an initial attempt to land because of heavy fog, then crashed on a second attempt.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A National Guard helicopter on a U.S. Border Patrol mission crashed into Otay Mountain on Tuesday, injuring five agents and four guardsmen. The cause of the crash, which occurred about 20 miles east of San Diego, has not been determined. The helicopter was ferrying agents to a remote area near the U.S.-Mexico border for an afternoon foot patrol. The National Guard has been assisting Border Patrol operations since the summer, providing transport, surveillance and other support.
NATIONAL
December 23, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
An Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed on a mountain southeast of Seattle during a training mission, killing all three people aboard, officials said. The UH-60, based at Ft. Lewis south of Tacoma, went down late Thursday. Investigators are trying to piece together what caused the crash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A public memorial service this weekend will honor the crew of the Mercy Helicopter that crashed Sunday night near the summit of Cajon Pass. The crew was returning from dropping a patient off at Loma Linda University Medical Center. The service will start at 11 a.m. Saturday at High Desert Church, 14545 Hook Blvd. Images of the crew -- Pilot Paul LaTour, Flight Nurse Katrina Kish and Paramedic Jerry Miller -- can be viewed at www.sbcfire.org/newsreleases/index.asp
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
WORLD
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.
WORLD
September 26, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Searchers in Nepal found the wreckage of a helicopter that disappeared over the weekend while carrying 24 people on a flight chartered by the World Wildlife Fund. No one survived, officials said. Among those killed in the crash in mountains east of Katmandu, the capital, were Americans Margaret Alexander, a USAID deputy director in Nepal, and Matthew Preece, a WWF program officer, the group's website said. Nepalese Forestry Minister Gopal Rai also died.
WORLD
September 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A helicopter chartered by the conservation group World Wildlife Fund with 24 people aboard -- including a Finnish diplomat, a Nepalese official and American aid worker Matthew Preece -- is missing in Nepal's mountainous east, officials said. Bad weather was hampering the search today.
NATIONAL
August 14, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A helicopter crashed in foggy weather off the Oregon coast, killing two men and a woman from Southern California who were retracing the path of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The helicopter was one of two that had been flying in tandem as part of the Flight of Discovery project, in which a team of volunteers flies the river corridors and overland routes of the Lewis and Clark expedition, group member Wendi Goldsmith said. Visibility was about a half-mile, Coast Guard Lt.
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