CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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 3, 2012 |
Flight conditions were ideal as the Cessna twin-engine plane flew through the clouds above Sturgeon Bay, Wis. There was a very mild breeze, sunshine and clear skies, but inside the cockpit was another story, authorities said. The small plane's pilot, 81-year-old John Collins had fallen unconscious, leaving his wife, Helen Collins, 80, to take the controls Monday evening, Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel told The Times. At 5 p.m. authorities were dispatched to clear the streets as she prepared to land, Vogel 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.
February 20, 2010 |
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.
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.
May 9, 2011 |
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.
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.