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NATIONAL
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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NATIONAL
April 3, 2012 | By Tina Susman
A JetBlue Airways pilot has made his first court appearance for the  midair meltdown on a New York-to-Las Vegas flight that forced his co-pilot to make an emergency landing. Prosecutors urged him to be held behind bars, even as his family said he never meant to hurt anyone. The pilot, Clayton Osbon, appeared in an Amarillo, Texas, courtroom Monday with his hands cuffed behind his back, looking drawn but smiling at his wife, Connye Osbon, who was in court with JetBlue representatives.
NEWS
November 2, 1989 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
June 29, 1989 | From United Press International
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.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Aerospace giant Northrop Grumman Corp. has quietly developed a new spy plane that can listen in on phone conversations, use high-powered radar and shoot live video footage as it flies at 30,000 feet above the Earth. And the spy plane, expected to be unveiled Monday, would operate with or without a pilot sitting in the cockpit. Until now, U.S. military aircraft have been designed to either have a pilot on board or be an unmanned drone. But Northrop's new plane, dubbed the Firebird, can switch from being a traditional aircraft to a drone with just a few modifications.
NATIONAL
June 8, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Fifty-two years after his U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union, famed Cold War pilot Francis Gary Powers will be posthumously awarded the Silver Star.  The medal will be presented by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz to Powers' grandson and granddaughter at a Pentagon ceremony attended by other family members next Friday. Powers, who died in 1977 at age 47 in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles, will be recognized for his "indomitable spirit, exceptional loyalty" and "sustained courage in an exceptionally hostile environment," according to the citation.
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.
NATIONAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1985 | United Press International
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.
NEWS
July 8, 1986 | United Press International
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.
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