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May 20, 2009 | Dan Weikel
The search for survivors of a midair collision involving two small planes off the coast of Long Beach was suspended Tuesday and the operation reclassified as a "recovery" effort to locate bodies and wreckage, U.S. Coast Guard officials said. "We did not find any additional debris, and no evidence of the people who were the occupants of the aircraft," Coast Guard Capt. Paul Wiedenhoeft said during an afternoon news conference.
April 10, 2009 | Randy Lewis
Drummer Josh Freese has spent a fair amount of time in high-flying circles as a member of Nine Inch Nails, Guns N' Roses, the Replacements, a Perfect Circle, the Vandals and Devo. So when it came time to release his new solo album, "Since 1972," he figured it couldn't hurt to aim high, without ignoring the average punk or alt-rock enthusiast who might want to check it out. Freese created a tiered program in which the more buyers pay for the 11-song collection, the more they get for their money.
April 2, 2009 | Peter Pae and Dan Weikel
JetBlue Airways, citing frustration with the lack of facility improvements at Long Beach Airport, said Wednesday that it may cease operations at the airport where it began its West Coast expansion and is now the busiest carrier. No specific plan to leave Long Beach has been proposed, but a JetBlue spokeswoman said the airline could consider, among other options, scaling back flights or shifting them to other airports in the region, including Los Angeles International Airport.
February 12, 2009 | Dan Weikel
Further discussions about leasing all or part of the Long Beach Airport to private investors have been shelved, at least temporarily, because of a lack of interest on the City Council, municipal officials said Wednesday. "Our plate is full right now, and a lot of things are happening," said Long Beach City Manager Patrick West. Privatization of the airport "went to the back burner." Council members had planned to discuss the matter in closed session Jan. 6, but they voted instead to hold a public hearing after three council members and four citizens complained that secrecy should not surround such an important policy discussion.
January 29, 2009 | Peter Pae
JetBlue Airways Corp. was expected to announce today that it would begin flying out of Los Angeles International Airport, with daily nonstop service to Boston and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The service, which is expected to begin in late spring, could help ignite a transcontinental fare war at LAX, especially for flights to Boston. Two carriers -- American and United -- now offer four daily flights from LAX to Boston's Logan International Airport.
January 7, 2009 | Dan Weikel
The Long Beach City Council will hold a public hearing on whether or not to lease its commercial airport to private investors after critics called for greater "transparency" in the important policy discussion. The council had planned to discuss the matter in closed session Tuesday, but the officials voted instead to hold a public workshop after three council members and four citizens protested. The hearing will occur at a later date.
January 6, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
A small plane crashed Monday afternoon during takeoff from Long Beach Airport, officials said. About 1:30 p.m., the single-engine Cessna veered off the left side of the runway, struck a helicopter and a hangar and caught fire, officials said. The plane was flown by a student pilot -- the only person aboard the aircraft, said a spokeswoman for Temco Sky Network Service Inc., which owns the plane. The pilot suffered minor cuts and bruises, she said. Federal Aviation Administration inspectors were on the scene.
January 6, 2009 | Dan Weikel and Louis Sahagun
In a closed meeting scheduled for today, the Long Beach City Council is set to discuss whether to lease some, if not all, of the city's small commercial airport to private investors, a move that could generate millions of dollars in municipal revenue. The idea has already sparked controversy over whether such an important policy matter should be considered in secret and whether relinquishing control of a valuable city asset to a private company would be in the best interest of the public.
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.
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