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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
The 55-year-old man found dead in Burbank along a 5 Freeway off-ramp Tuesday evening was a longtime Alaska Airlines pilot scheduled to fly back to Seattle that morning, the airline said Wednesday. A passerby spotted the body along a fence at the Scott Road off-ramp about 6 p.m. Tuesday and called authorities, Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said. Paramedics arrived and pronounced the man dead. He was identified as Lee Clifford Morris of Richland, Wash., a Seattle-based pilot who worked for Horizon and Alaska Airlines for 26 years, said Paul McElroy, an Alaska Airlines spokesman.
NATIONAL
September 17, 2011 | Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
In the world of airplane racing, Jimmy Leeward was as big as they came. His story was legendary: Born to parents who made a life flying and selling airplanes, Leeward "was literally raised on the airports his father operated," according to a profile on his family's website. A business in real estate development paid the bills, but there was never a question to anyone who knew him that Leeward's heart rested in racing planes. He owned a team of racers, barreled through the skies in more than 120 competitions, and worked as a stunt pilot in several films.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2013 | By August Brown
Back in 2000, the L.A. producer/musical gadfly Jon Brion pitched a TV pilot to VH1. "The Jon Brion Show" was pegged as a kind of neo-variety show with guest musicians (a familiar format to anyone who knows his Largo roundtables). Director Paul Thomas Anderson even lent his hand to the pilot. The network declined to pick it up, but Anderson on Thursday posted a video with a note on his YouTube channel: " I tore up the floorboards at H.Q. the other day  and came up with this little number on VHS.  She holds up well.
NATIONAL
November 16, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
An Air Force pilot who was hospitalized after his jet crashed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida is in good condition and has been released, military officials said Friday. At about 3:30 p.m. Thursday the pilot was returning from a routine training mission in an F-22 Raptor -- considered the most advanced fighter jet in the world -- when he alerted people on the ground of an emergency and then ejected, base officials said. The $143-million jet, designed by Lockheed Martin Corp., slammed into a grassy field about a quarter-mile east of a drone runway.
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April 8, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter
When Marilyn Simmons first heard the Cessna airplane and fighter jets over her home in rural Ellsinore, Mo., she thought her small town might be under attack. But when the 59-year-old walked onto her back porch Monday evening and saw the small white plane landing behind a grove of pine trees, she figured there was only one place the pilot -- a Canadian student who officials later said was planning to commit suicide -- would go. Her family's store, the Simmons Grocery & Hardware.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2013 | Steve Chawkins
The stunned Navy pilot was gripped in pain, blood was pouring down his face and a good part of his warplane was destroyed. But worst of all, Ensign Kenneth Schechter couldn't see. An enemy shell had smashed into his Skyraider and fragments pierced his eyes. Hurtling over the Korean coast at 200 mph, Schechter was suddenly enveloped in blackness. "I'm blind! For God's sake, help me!" he cried into his radio. "I'm blind!" FOR THE RECORD: Kenneth Schechter: A news obituary in the Dec. 22 California section on Kenneth Schechter, a former Navy pilot who flew 100 miles and landed safely despite being temporarily blinded by enemy fire, misstated the final rank of Howard Thayer, the Navy pilot who guided Schechter from another plane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1985 | United Press International
A small plane crashed Friday while trying to return to Hayward Airport, killing the pilot, officials said. The pilot took off, reported difficulty and crashed while trying to return for a landing, airport officials said. The name of the pilot was not released.
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April 19, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
U.S. Coast Guard  and Navy forces have been dispatched to the scene of a plane crash off the coast of Florida. So far there is no word about the fate of the pilot believed to have become incapacitated at the controls. The small aircraft circled aimlessly in the skies for hours over the Gulf of Mexico as anxious air traffic controllers watched helplessly. Air traffic controllers apparently tried for hours to make contact with the pilot, but all attempts failed, pointing to the likelihood that the pilot had perhaps fallen unconscious at the controls, or perhaps suffered a heart attack.  FlightAware.com released the above image of the path of the plane, including the erratic and repetitive circular patterns it made over the Gulf of Mexico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
The body of stunt pilot David Riggs -- who gained notoriety for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier -- was discovered Friday by search-and-rescue teams diving in a lake in northeastern China where he had crashed earlier in the week, Chinese media said. The body of Studio City-based Riggs was recovered at 12:12 p.m. local time from Caihu Lake on the outskirts of Shenyang after a search that lasted nearly three days, World Now reported. Riggs, a controversial figure whose pilot's license was suspended, flew his plane into the lake Tuesday afternoon while performing a stunt in which the wheels of the aircraft grazed the surface to produce a skiing effect.
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