August 14, 1989 |
U.S. military helicopters on Sunday located the wreckage of a plane that crashed last Monday with Texas congressman Mickey Leland and 15 others aboard. Witnesses who visited the site said there were no survivors. U.S. rescue and recovery teams said that the plane hit a mountain about 4,300 feet above sea level, having missed clearing the peak by about 300 feet.
January 19, 1990 |
The identical twins of the late U.S. Rep. Mickey Leland, killed in a plane crash in Africa, will be named Cameron George and Austin Mickey Leland, their mother said. Alison Leland, who gave birth to the twin boys 10 weeks prematurely Sunday in Atlanta, said Thursday the children will be named after their father. "George is Mickey's real name, Mickey is actually a nickname," she said. "What I was thinking is that my oldest son Jarrett has the gift of having memories of the father.
August 25, 1989 |
Rep. Mickey Leland (D-Tex.), one of nine Americans who died in a plane crash Aug. 7 while en route to an Ethiopian refugee camp, was buried Thursday under an oak tree in the neighborhood where he was raised. Leland's family and close friends held a graveside service. The public was kept out of the northeast Houston cemetery, and Leland, in accordance with his wishes, was buried in a plain pine coffin.
September 23, 1989 |
City Council members are receiving calls from residents upset by a proposal to rename Houston Intercontinental Airport after Rep. Mickey Leland, who died in a plane crash last month in Ethiopia. But Councilman Rodney Ellis, a Leland friend, said that he would press the idea, which he hopes the council will consider next week, even though most of the 50 calls his office received opposed the name change.
August 17, 1989
A U.S. Air Force plane carrying forensic experts, medical equipment and nine coffins arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to retrieve the bodies of Rep. Mickey Leland (D-Tex.) and eight other Americans killed in an Aug. 7 plane crash. An American official said it would probably take several days to identify the remains, which were recovered Tuesday from the crash site in rough terrain in western Ethiopia.
August 11, 1991 |
The widow of U.S. Rep. Mickey Leland has filed a lawsuit against the maker of the plane that crashed in Africa two years ago, killing Leland and 15 other people. Alison Leland filed the product liability suit last week along with Patricia Johnson, whose husband also died in the crash. Leland, a Democrat, was on his way to visit a refugee camp when the plane struck a mountain in Ethiopia. The lawsuit blames the crash on faulty equipment and an unqualified crew.