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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.
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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.
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.
NATIONAL
April 3, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Weeks before its premiere, "Dads", Fox's new comedy about two adult sons dealing with their aging fathers, continues to be shrouded in controversy due to jokes in the pilot that many critics claim are racially offensive. But despite the furor, Fox executives and producers of the show are refusing to change any of the elements or dialogue in the pilot, and have turned down a request from an Asian American watchdog group to reshoot what it called "problematic" scenes in the show. "This is a show that will be evocative and will poke at stereotypes and bigotries -- sometimes through over-the-top, ridiculous situations," said a letter written by Kevin Reilly, Fox's chairman of entertainment, and Chief Operating Officer Joe Earley.
NATIONAL
March 2, 2014 | By Tony Perry
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.
NATIONAL
June 22, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
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.
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.
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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