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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.
March 1, 2009 | Associated Press
A pilot and an airplane mechanic died Saturday after their single-engine plane crashed outside a private airport north of Sacramento, authorities said. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the 1966 Mooney M20E crashed after 9 a.m. west of the Rio Linda Airport. Gregor said the plane was believed to have taken off from the airport. Firefighters found the plane engulfed in flames. Sacramento County Sheriff's Capt. Scott Jones identified the pilot as David Michaud, 53, a reserve deputy who pursued his passion for flying after serving 12 years as a full-time deputy.
August 23, 2009 | Dan Weikel
Most people know them as European starlings, stout little birds that weigh no more than 4 ounces. But around the nation's airports, they are called "bullets with wings." Flocks of them brought down a Lockheed Electra during takeoff in Boston in 1960 and a Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules cargo plane in the Netherlands in 1996. Combined, the crashes killed more than 100 people. Starlings also fly in the crowded skies above Los Angeles International Airport, a major concern of biologist Todd Pitlik, who works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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.
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.
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