September 17, 2011 |
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.
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January 5, 2012 |
A Navy pilot committed suicide after apparently killing three other people in a Coronado apartment during a night of New Year's Eve celebrating, according to information released Wednesday by San Diego County authorities. John Robert Reeves, 25, an F/A-18 Hornet pilot in training at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, killed himself with a gunshot to the head, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and medical examiner. The other three people killed — Navy pilot David Reis, 25; his sister, Karen, 24; and Matthew Christopher Saturley, 31, of Chula Vista — are listed as homicide victims.
November 2, 1989 |
A pilot escaped serious injury when he parachuted from his plane before it crashed about 50 miles from the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, a spokeswoman said.
April 8, 2009 |
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.
June 29, 1989 |
The pilot of a Kansas Air National Guard F-16 ejected safely shortly before the fighter jet crashed Wednesday in southeastern Kansas, authorities said. A spokesman for McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita identified the pilot as Lt. Col. Vincent Shiban, 40.
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June 25, 1985 |
A U.S. Marine pilot safely ejected Monday from his A-4 Skyhawk jet that crashed while on a routine training mission about 43 miles northwest of Yuma, a Marine spokesman said. The cause of the crash was under investigation.
July 8, 1986 |
A helicopter flipped over the side of a tuna boat and crashed into the ocean as it tried to take off from the boat's deck Monday, killing the pilot and seriously injuring a passenger, a Coast Guard spokesman said.
November 8, 2008 |
A British pilot who was suddenly blinded by a stroke during a solo flight was talked safely down by a military pilot, the Royal Air Force said. Jim O'Neill, 65, asked for help after he went blind 40 minutes into a flight from Scotland to southeastern England last week. The BBC reported that O'Neill, flying a small Cessna aircraft, lost his sight 5,500 feet in the air. Wing Commander Paul Gerrard, who was finishing a training flight nearby, was drafted to help. He located the plane and began flying close by and radioing directions.
February 8, 2008 |
A woman stormed into a cockpit over New Zealand today, stabbed both pilots and threatened to blow up the plane before she was subdued. The Air National flight landed safely at Christchurch and the 33-year-old woman was arrested, police said. None of the seven passengers were injured, but the pilot suffered a severely cut hand and the co-pilot was injured on the foot.
November 16, 2012 |
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.