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September 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A food aid helicopter hired by the U.N.-African Union mission in the Darfur region was shot down outside a refugee camp, killing all four crew members, Sudanese police and the United Nations said. Police Gen. Hashim Ibrahim Fadul Mawla said the helicopter was shot down in the town of Nyala. The governor of South Darfur, Ali Mahmoud Mohammed, told the Sudan News Agency that witnesses said the helicopter caught fire before hitting the ground.
December 13, 2008 | Dan Weikel
Engine trouble forced a small helicopter with two aboard to make an emergency landing Friday on the football field of Alondra School, authorities said. No one was injured. Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the Robinson R-22 helicopter landed about noon on the campus at 16200 Downey Ave. The school has more than 800 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Gregor said the helicopter, owned by Los Angeles Aviation Inc., experienced a broken drive belt shortly after takeoff from Long Beach Airport.
March 6, 1986
A private helicopter carrying transmission antenna repairmen to Santiago Peak in eastern Orange County made a rough emergency landing on the mountainside Wednesday, causing minor injuries to a passenger. Orange County Sheriff's Lt. William Miller said the two-seat Robinson R-22 helicopter based at Long Beach Airport was approaching the 5,687-foot peak just before 2 p.m. when the rotor blades lost power.
June 20, 1989 | from Associated Press
A Coast Guard pilot set his helicopter down over rough seas Monday to rescue a boater who apparently had suffered a heart attack, officials said. Raymond Tjotta, 47, of Tampa, was airlifted to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where he was reported in fair condition.
June 6, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
The brother of a marijuana smuggler was ordered held without bail Monday after his arrest in Los Angeles on charges of plotting his brother's spectacular escape attempt from a Florida prison. Mark Kramer, a Los Angeles law clerk who had worked for the Burbank city attorney, is charged with hiring a helicopter pilot to swoop into a prison yard April 17 near Miami where his brother, Benjamin Kramer, was serving a life sentence for running a $12-million-a-year drug-smuggling operation.
October 11, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Operators of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway tried to find a helicopter to lift a mechanic up Mt. San Jacinto when two tram cars carrying 53 people became stuck, but no private, government or military helicopter could be obtained, the tram's president said. Tram officials said Thursday that they were looking to develop closer ties with local police or military bases in case of a similar emergency, although they said that was highly unlikely.
February 1, 1987
A helicopter made a forced landing on the USC campus Saturday morning after the pilot, blinded by the sun, clipped a radio tower and hit a tree, police said. No one was injured. The pilot of the Sikorsky chopper suffered only a cut on the nose, and a passenger escaped injury when the craft came to rest in an intersection on the campus at about 7:30 a.m., Lt. Tom Runyen said. Neither was immediately identified.
December 17, 1987 | GEORGE FRANK, Times Staff Writer
A hearing on whether Sea Stallion helicopter crew chief Cpl. Kirk Hill will be formally charged in his admitted tampering with a military aircraft at the Tustin Marine Corps Air Station was postponed Wednesday to allow the defense more time to prepare its case. "It's a potential capital case," said Capt. Thomas May, who represented Hill at the hearing Wednesday. "We should do a thorough investigation and not rush through it."
September 11, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - A grand jury has declined to indict a Texas trooper who fired from a helicopter at a fleeing pickup near the Mexican border last year, killing two Guatemalan immigrants and sparking controversy. The killings led the Texas Department of Public Safety to bar troopers from shooting at suspects from the sky unless their aircraft is fired upon. The grand jury heard testimony from witnesses and considered evidence, including a video of the incident taken from the helicopter, according to Rene Guerra, the Hidalgo County district attorney.
April 14, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Tuesday took a swipe at the website that released secret military video of a 2007 helicopter gunship incident in Iraq in which civilians, including two news agency employees, were killed. Gates said the videos released by the group WikiLeaks were out of context and provided an incomplete picture of the battlefield, comparing it to war as seen "through a soda straw." "These people can put out whatever they want and are never held accountable for it," said Gates, speaking to reporters aboard his plane en route to Lima, Peru, for a defense ministers conference this week.
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