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November 30, 2013 | By Henry Chu, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
LONDON - At least one person was killed and 32 injured in the crash of a police helicopter onto the roof of a pub filled with revelers, with the death toll expected to rise, Scottish officials said Saturday. [Updated 8:30 a.m. PDT Nov. 30: Scottish police have confirmed that at least eight people were killed in the crash, including all three on board the helicopter. Another 14 people remain hospitalized with serious injuries. ] An overnight search stretched into the Saturday morning for anyone still trapped in the wreckage of the Clutha Vaults bar, on the banks of the Clyde River in Glasgow.
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WORLD
November 29, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A police helicopter crashed into a crowded Glasgow pub late Friday night, sending dozens of people clamoring to escape the dust-choked building where untold others remained trapped, the BBC Scotland reported. The crash occurred at the Clutha pub on the banks of the Clyde River as a nine-piece band was performing for a crowd of more than 100 people, patron Fraser Gibson told the BBC. It was unclear whether there were fatalities or what the fate was of the crew in the police helicopter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Jill Cowan and Emily Foxhall
Both local authorities and the Federal Aviation Administration Wednesday were investigating the death of a man who fell from a helicopter as it flew over the Newport Beach shoreline Tuesday afternoon. The Orange County coroner's office reported that the man “jumped from a helicopter in-flight. " Gregory McFadden, 61, of West Covina, was pronounced dead at a local hospital after opening the helicopter door and leaping out, falling about 500 feet into the ocean. McFadden had apparently booked a 30-minute coastal tour for two people but showed up alone, said Chuck Street, a longtime helicopter pilot whose son was flying the chopper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall and Jill Cowan
It was around lunchtime when patrons of the Ruby's Diner perched near the end of the Balboa Pier looked up and saw what appeared to be a dummy plummeting from a passing helicopter and then heard it splash into the ocean. As customers strained to get a look, rescuers who rushed to the shoreline made a grim discovery. The object seen dropping from the sky Tuesday was actually the body of a man who had paid $310 for a tour of the Orange County coastline, only to tumble from the chopper's door, falling 500 feet to the water below.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Jill Cowan and Emily Foxhall
Emergency crews recovered a man spotted near the end of the Balboa Pier on Tuesday after he tumbled from a helicopter flying off the Newport Beach coastline. Authorities said the man, who has not been identified, was pulled from the water and rushed to a nearby hospital.  A busboy at the Ruby's Diner at the end of the Balboa Pier was outside cleaning tables when he saw a man falling from an unmarked, white helicopter about 300 feet above the ocean, said General Manager David Saighani.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Jill Cowan and Emily Foxhall
A passenger in a helicopter flying over the Newport Beach shoreline Tuesday  opened the door and jumped out, falling about 500 feet to the ocean, authorities said. The man later died at a local hospital. Newport Beach police are investigating the 60-year-old man's death as a possible suicide. The Federal Aviation Administration is also reviewing the incident. The man had apparently booked a 30-minute coastal tour for two people but showed up alone, said Chuck Street, a longtime helicopter pilot whose son was flying the chopper.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
The U.S. Navy conducted the first flight of a next-generation helicopter drone, which is designed to fly twice as long and has three times the payload capacity of the current model in the military arsenal. The MQ-8C Fire Scout flew for seven minutes Thursday in restricted airspace at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, Calif. Shortly after, the Navy said , a second flight lasting nine minutes was also flown in a pattern around the airfield, reaching 500 feet altitude. The tests were made to validate the autonomous control systems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The Navy on Tuesday released the names of two helicopter crew members killed when their MH-60S Knighthawk crashed in the Red Sea. Killed were Lt. Cmdr. Landon Jones, 35, of Lompoc, Calif., and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon Gibson, 32, of Aurora, Ore. Three other crew members were rescued and are in stable condition, the Navy said. The crew was from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado. The crash occurred Sunday as the helicopter was attempting to land on the destroyer William Lawrence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The Navy has ended efforts to rescue two crew members still missing after a helicopter crashed into the Red Sea, the Navy's 5th Fleet announced Monday. "Given the time elapsed since the incident, air crew survivability was extremely unlikely," the Navy said. The MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, from a squadron at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado, was operating from the San Diego-based destroyer William Lawrence when it crashed. The William Lawrence is part of the carrier Nimitz strike group.
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