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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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