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February 9, 2008 | David Pierson
All three people aboard a twin-engine plane that crashed Friday night near California Highway 126 and Powell Road survived and were able to walk away from the wreckage, authorities said. After departing from Camarillo Airport at 7 p.m., the aircraft experienced engine trouble and crashed in an orchard at 8:25 p.m., said Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. The pilot and two passengers sustained minor injuries and were taken to a hospital, Gregor said. -- David Pierson
September 29, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
A small plane landing at Santa Monica Airport on Sunday evening veered off the runway and struck a nearby hangar, authorities told The Times. The plane, a twin-engine Cessna Citation, went off the right side of the runway after landing at 6:20 p.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. The plane had departed from Hailey, Idaho, Gregor said. Those at the airport at the time of the crash said they heard loud explosions. Staff at the airport's front desk said they saw firetrucks gathered on the tarmac.
April 14, 2008 | Ted Rohrlich
The National Transportation Safety Board was expected to provide more details today on what went wrong in Saturday's crash of a twin-engine airplane into two houses, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration. Five people were injured -- two in the Cessna 310 that was heading from San Diego to Hawthorne when it crashed, tail up, and two in the houses in the 500 block of West Cypress Street. The sheriff's Compton office on Sunday declined to identify the injured.
June 29, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
A small plane crashed in Oxnard Saturday, killing two people. The single-engine, home-built Less Drag Special crashed in an agricultural field about 1 1/2 miles southwest of the Oxnard Airport around noon, shortly after taking off, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. Both people on board died. The circumstances of the crash were not yet known. Gregor said that an FAA investigator was on that scene and that the crash will be investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.
June 12, 2009 | Dan Weikel
A FedEx cargo plane on its way from Phoenix to Long Beach landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday after a piece of the aircraft fell to the ground after takeoff, authorities said. Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, said the twin-engine Airbus 306 with a pilot and co-pilot aboard landed about 5:30 p.m. after being diverted from Long Beach Airport. An inspection found that an air conditioning access panel had fallen off the plane, Gregor said.
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.
January 10, 2008 | Duke Helfand
The City Council urged the federal government Wednesday to increase the number of air traffic controllers at Los Angeles International Airport, saying inadequate staffing has jeopardized safety at the world's fifth-busiest airport. A resolution introduced by Councilman Bill Rosendahl said LAX had 11 fewer certified air traffic controllers in 2007 than in 2006. The number of close calls between planes on the ground and other incidents more than doubled during that time, Rosendahl said.
March 26, 2008 | Tony Barboza
A monthlong Federal Aviation Administration investigation of the Orange County Great Park balloon ride could not determine if operators violated safety regulations as alleged by a former employee, but found several deficiencies, including insufficient measurement of clouds and visibility, inadequate record keeping, and the lack of an instruction manual, a spokesman said Tuesday. The FAA was "unable to corroborate" the claims of safety violations, but found "several administrative errors and procedural deficiencies" with the permit to operate the balloon, said spokesman Ian Gregor, reading from a March 14 letter to former pilot Jonathan Bradford.
July 5, 2008 | David Haldane
The pilot of a Cessna 150J walked away with minor cuts and bruises Thursday after setting his plane down in an emergency landing in very shallow water off Seal Beach. "The guy did such a good job that I would be hesitant to call it a crash," said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, which investigates airplane incidents. The pilot's name was not released. Gregor said the pilot declared an undisclosed emergency about 4 p.m. while towing an advertising banner along the shore near Surfside.
May 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A small plane struck another craft as it was landing Friday night at McCall Municipal Airport, killing a pilot and his grandsons, ages 1 and 6, and critically injuring his 2-year-old grandson, who was pulled from the burning wreckage by the landing plane's two occupants, officials said. Both planes -- Cessna 172s -- exploded, said Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. Authorities identified the dead pilot as Bill Keating, 52. His surviving grandson was flown to the University of Utah Hospital's Burn Center in critical condition, authorities said.
August 11, 2012 | By Paloma Esquivel and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
One person was killed Friday evening when a small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in West Los Angeles, fire officials said. The pilot of the single-engine Cessna 210 was returning to Santa Monica Airport and declared an emergency shortly before crashing about 6 p.m., said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. The plane came down near the intersection of Westwood and Olympic boulevards. It did not hit any buildings despite crashing in a community dense with homes.
December 7, 2011 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Five people were killed Wednesday when a helicopter flying tourists over Nevada's Hoover Dam slammed into a mountain range that borders Lake Mead, authorities said. The aircraft crashed into the River Mountains east of Las Vegas just before 5 p.m., Andrew Munoz, a National Park Service spokesman, told The Times. The identities of the pilot and four passengers on board have not been released. Authorities reached the rugged site by helicopter -? the only way to access it -? and confirmed that no one had survived the crash, he said.
June 1, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter and Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels' charter flight from Kansas City to Orange County was forced to make an emergency landing late Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport after the pilot reported possible hydraulic problems. According to several reports, the crew was unsure it would be able to bring the plane to a safe stop, so the Delta charter, carrying 51 players and staff, was diverted to LAX, which has longer runways. The Boeing 737 landed without incident just before 9 p.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.
November 21, 2010 | By Garrett Therolf and Mike Reicher, Times Staff Writers
A small private plane crashed into the water off Newport Beach on Sunday evening, killing at least three people, Newport Beach police said. "Whether or not we have more victims, I don't know," Newport Beach Police Sgt. Steve Burdette said. The single-engine Beechcraft Musketeer was traveling from Mexico to Torrance when the crash occurred at about 5:45 p.m., according to Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. Burdette said the pilot knew the plane was in trouble and had radioed that he wanted to try to land on the street near the Fashion Island shopping mall.
October 22, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
A small, single-engine plane crashed next to a barn in Agua Dulce on Thursday afternoon, killing at least three people and three horses, authorities said. The Cirrus SR-22 was flying from Van Nuys Airport to Parker, Ariz., when it came down about 12:20 p.m. about one mile west of the Agua Dulce Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Ian Gregor, an FAA spokesman, said two people were killed in the plane, which caught fire after crashing. It was unknown where the other victim was when the crash occurred.
April 23, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Federal safety regulators are investigating the near collision of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 and a small private plane that was practicing landings Monday at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. Officials for the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday that the incident occurred about 11 a.m. as Southwest Flight 649, carrying 119 passengers and five crew members, was landing on Runway 8 after a trip from Oakland. NTSB officials said a single engine Cessna 172 was practicing "touch and go" techniques on nearby Runway 15 when it passed over the 737, which was on the ground by that time and headed to the terminal.
October 24, 2009 | Hugo Martin
White-knuckle airline passengers who are already shaken by news that two Northwest Airline pilots are under investigation for overshooting a Minneapolis airport after possibly nodding off, won't want to hear this: Some pilots say cockpit catnaps happen. "Pilots on occasion do take controlled naps," said Barry Schiff, an aviation safety consultant and retired TWA pilot. "So this is not without precedent." Although the Federal Aviation Administration prohibits pilots from catching a few z's in the cockpit, several airline pilots say they are surprised such napping mishaps haven't happened more often, considering longer work schedules for pilots and advances in aviation that make planes easier to fly. The issue of cockpit siestas came under scrutiny this week after the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board announced they were looking into why Northwest Flight 188, from San Diego to Minneapolis, overshot its airport by 150 miles before turning around.
August 24, 2009 | Carla Rivera
A small, single-engine plane made a successful emergency landing on U.S. Highway 101 in Santa Barbara on Sunday, only to be struck and badly damaged by at least one vehicle, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Neither the two passengers in the Piper PA-24 Comanche nor any vehicle occupants were injured, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. The plane was bound for Santa Barbara Airport when the pilot radioed air traffic controllers that he had lost engine power, had run out of fuel and intended to land on the freeway.
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