CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1994
In response to your editorial, "Averting Future Air Disasters" (Dec. 24): You state more than once that the Westwind jet was going too fast and that the pilot was "warned" of this several times by air traffic controllers. Your inference seems to be that the pilot of the Westwind was "speeding" and this was a negligent operation of the aircraft which contributed to the accident. Quite to the contrary, the Westwind pilot was operating his aircraft at a speed which he considered prudent for the circumstances.
March 2, 2014 |
The pilot of a military plane that crashed in a mountainous region of northern Nevada was killed in the accident, the Navy said Sunday. The plane, an F/A-18C Hornet on loan from the Marine Corps to the Navy for "Top Gun" pilot training, crashed Saturday afternoon east of the Naval Air Station in Fallon, Nev. The plane was a total loss, the Navy said. Rescue teams from the Navy and the Lander County, Nev., Sheriff's Office took hours to reach the site in a remote, rugged area Saturday.
October 21, 2005
Re "A Super Hornet's Nest," Column One, Oct. 19 As thrilled as I would have been to see Richard Webb's performance over San Luis Obispo, I think he demonstrated extremely poor judgment by buzzing a civil airport -- at high speed and low altitude -- with no coordination or communication with air traffic control. In a worst-case scenario, he could have collided with a business jet full of people, resulting in a dozen deaths and the loss of more than $100 million in aircraft, not to mention damage and injuries on the ground.
January 7, 2014 |
Denis Leary, who starred in FX's critically acclaimed "Rescue Me," is returning to the network with a new comedy pilot, "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. " Leary also wrote the pilot, which is produced by FX Productions and Fox Television Studios. It will mark his first TV venture since "Rescue Me" ended after a seven-season run in 2011. WINTER TV PREVIEW: Full coverage of the season's shows "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" revolves around "Johnny Rock" (Leary), a middle-aged rock 'n' roller who desperately wanted to be rich and famous.
April 3, 2012 |
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.
April 19, 2012 |
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.
June 22, 2013 |
A fiery crash at an Ohio air show on Saturday killed a wing walker and her pilot, officials said. Video shows professional wing walker Jane Wicker sitting on the wing when the inverted plane suddenly twists downward, crashing into the grassy lawn and bursting into flames. A statement posted on the Jane Wicker Airshows Facebook page said that she died along with her pilot. “We ask for your prayers for the families and privacy of all involved and allow them time to grieve and work through these events,” the statement said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 |
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.
May 25, 2013 |
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.
January 17, 2013 |
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.