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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Jill Cowan and Emily Foxhall
The Orange County coroner has identified the man who jumped 500 feet to his death from a helicopter as it flew over the Newport Beach shoreline Tuesday afternoon. 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 to the ocean. Newport Beach police are investigating McFadden's death as a possible suicide. The Orange County coroner's office reported that McFadden “jumped from a helicopter in-flight” and the Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing the incident.
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.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A Navy helicopter from a squadron based at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado has crashed in the Red Sea with five people aboard, the Navy announced Sunday. The status of the five is still being determined and search and rescue efforts are underway by helicopters and small boats from the carrier strike group Nimitz, the Navy said. The MH60S Knighthawk, from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6, was operating from the San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer William Lawrence, part of the Nimitz group.
NATIONAL
September 16, 2013 | Jenny Deam and Matt Pearce
As rain continued for a seventh day, inundating much of the state and creating a virtual moat around the closed Rocky Mountain National Park, Sandra Ellison waited at the Timberline Church here Sunday for the helicopters that would evacuate her parents, 86 and 85. But choppers couldn't operate in the torrential rain and heavy clouds. Her parents would have to wait another day to escape their flooded, remote community near Glenhaven. Like many others in Colorado, they remained trapped inside a slow-motion disaster that has washed out roads, broken bridges from their embankments and separated families.
NATIONAL
September 16, 2013 | By Jenny Deam and Michael Muskal
BOULDER, Colo. - Chinook helicopters swooped into isolated Colorado mountain areas Monday morning to rescue scores of flood victims as emergency officials described the state's mammoth disaster scene: 4,500 square miles of the Front Range - a swath the size of Connecticut. In an operation one official said was "believed to be the largest airlift rescue since Hurricane Katrina," the Colorado National Guard air fleet mobilized as soon as the weather cleared, loading its choppers with dazed and weary residents, including children wearing backpacks, the elderly and pet dogs straining at leashes.
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