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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.
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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.
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January 5, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
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.
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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.
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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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.
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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.
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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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February 20, 2010 | By Richard Fausset
Where did all of Joe Stack's anger come from? That was the question Texas singer-songwriter Billy Eli has been turning over in his head in Birmingham, Ala., this week, where he has been recording songs and following the sad and vexing news about his old bass player and friend. Authorities believe that A. Joseph Stack, 53, burned down his house Thursday morning and then flew a plane into a building in Austin, Texas, in what an FBI official described Friday as an assault against the IRS. A person calling himself "Joe Stack" left an apparent suicide note on the Web. The anti-tax manifesto was replete with a sense of anguish and frustration at his financial setbacks, tax woes and difficulty finding work in Austin.
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May 25, 2013 | By Michael Mello
Search and rescue crews focused on a pond and a wooded area of Fulton County in upstate New York on Saturday as they looked for a volunteer pilot missing in a small plane crash that killed two people being ferried for medical treatment. Authorities found the plane's two passengers near the crash site late Friday afternoon in a wooded area around Ephratah, about an hour west of Albany. The twin-engine Piper PA-34 was on a mission for Angel Flight, a service in which pilots volunteer their time and planes to transport patients for medical treatment.
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