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April 1, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
Alaska state troopers were attempting Monday to determine the cause of a rescue helicopter crash over the weekend in the mountainous region near Talkeetna in which all three aboard are feared dead. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said the crash occurred Saturday night after the troopers helicopter had picked up a stranded snowmobiler near Larson Lake, seven miles east of the town that is one of the main centers for climbers attempting to scale Mt. McKinley. A second helicopter spotted the wreckage Sunday morning, but it was not yet known what caused the crash.
April 21, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc, This post had been corrected. See note below for details.
Rescuers had to airlift a rock climber out of Yosemite National Park after he suffered major injuries in a 30-foot fall Sunday, authorities said. A 26-year-old man from Palo Alto, Calif. was climbing with a partner Sunday morning and was about halfway up the Higher Cathedral Spire, one of a series of near-vertical granite pinnacles, according to Officer Andrea Brown of the California Highway Patrol's Air Operations Division. He reportedly fell about 30 feet and was unable to move without excruciating pain, Brown said.
January 7, 2014 | By Janet Stobart and Carol J. Williams, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
LONDON -- A U.S. Air Force helicopter on a training mission out of an eastern British base crashed in a bird sanctuary Tuesday night, killing all four U.S. crew members on board, British and U.S. military sources reported. The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter went down near the village of Cley-next-the-Sea , in coastal Norfolk County, shortly before 7 p.m., the BBC quoted a U.S. Air Force spokesman from nearby RAF Lakenheath as saying. The 48th Air Wing of the U.S. Air Force tweeted : "We can confirm that one of our HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters was involved in an incident during a training mission outside Cley-Next-The-Sea.
November 28, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
What would you do with 20 minutes atop a lofty sandstone butte above Lake Powell? Find out on a helicopter hop to the top of Tower Butte , a pinnacle more than 5,000 feet in elevation near Page, Ariz.  Papillon/Grand Canyon Scenic Group , which operates sightseeing flights over the Grand Canyon and other spots in the Southwest, will take folks by helicopter to the summit of the flat-topped butte starting in March. There's no easier way to get to the high point of the remote formation that sits on Navajo Nation land just south of the Arizona-Utah border.
June 1, 1994 | PEGGY Y. LEE
A military helicopter that took off from Point Mugu Naval Air Weapons Station on Tuesday night was forced to land about an hour later near Pyramid Lake after the aircraft began having problems, authorities said. According to preliminary reports, none of the seven people aboard the UH-1 Huey helicopter was injured, said Phillis Thrower, spokeswoman for Point Mugu. The helicopter left Point Mugu about 6:05 p.m., Thrower said. It began having trouble about 7 p.m. and landed about two miles southwest of Pyramid Lake.
September 13, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 57-year-old volunteer fell about 50 feet from a helicopter during a marijuana-eradication effort in Tulare County this week and died, authorities said.  Shane Krogen, a volunteer from Fresno with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, was in a remote part of the Sequoia National Forest in the mountainous area above Springville when the incident occurred Thursday morning about 10:10 a.m., authorities said. Lt. Patrick Foy of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the incident occured during part of Operation Pristine, which seeks to eradicate illegal marijuana grows in California, according to a news release from the agency.
July 25, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A man awaits sentencing after pleading guilty this week to pointing a green laser at two helicopters in Los Angeles, officials said. The man, Isaias Gonzalez, is the second to be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Central District of California office under new a federal law that President Obama approved in 2012, which made it a federal crime to deliberately point a laser at aircraft, according to an FBI news release. In March, a North Hollywood teenager was sentenced to serve 30 months in federal prison after he shined a green laser beam at a private jet and a Pasadena Police Department helicopter.
April 13, 2011 | By Valli Herman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Leave it to a luxury resort to redefine "alternate route. " To the Post Ranch Inn in California's Big Sur area, a 15-minute helicopter ride is the best way to avoid an hours-long detour. And starting Wednesday, you can book a package that includes the scenic flight. Since March 16, when a section of Highway 1 collapsed north of Big Sur, about 13 miles south of Carmel, the California Department of Transportation has advised motorists to find different routes into this popular stretch of Central California . Travelers driving up from Los Angeles and other points south of Big Sur are not affected by the slide.
October 6, 1992
Are you awakened daily by the 6 a.m. low-flying helicopters? Do you find it difficult to go to sleep before midnight when their flight frequency decreases? I, for one, am tired of it. Our residential area now sounds more like a bad day in Beirut or the soundtrack of a war movie than the friendly neighborhood we chose in which to raise our family. My children are frightened, the neighborhood dogs are yowling, no one can get to sleep--or sleep very long. Helicopters have invaded our lives.
January 30, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
Call it a gesture of airborne hospitality in a community's time of need: In Alabama, one of several Southern states hit by a freak snowstorm this week, Birmingham-area resident David Upton flew his company helicopter and ferried away nearly a dozen people stranded in their cars and in medical need. There was the pregnant woman and her young son desperately seeking to get home; the sick man who needed a ride from work and a woman who needed a lift home from a hospital. At 52, Upton, co-owner of a company called Cranweorks, is used to using big equipment to help people out of professional jams.
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