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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
A small plane crashed in Oxnard Saturday, killing two people. The single-engine, home-built Less Drag Special crashed in an agricultural field about 1 1/2 miles southwest of the Oxnard Airport around noon, shortly after taking off, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. Both people on board died. The circumstances of the crash were not yet known. Gregor said that an FAA investigator was on that scene and that the crash will be investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Hector Becerra
A pilot was killed Friday when his small, custom-built plane crashed in Central California at the foot of the Sierra. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the single-engine, amateur-built Bowers Fly Baby 1A crashed just after 10 a.m. "under unknown circumstances in rugged terrain" about three miles north of Mariposa-Yosemite Airport. The pilot, whose name has not been released, was the only passenger in the plane. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.
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NEWS
July 8, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
So, you have to fly soon, but Saturday's dramatic crash of an Asiana Airlines jetliner in San Francisco has given you a bad case of the jitters?  Short of driving, or taking the train or a ship -- or canceling your trip -- there's not much choice for modern-day travelers besides airliners.   But, is there anything you can do to increase your odds of survival in a plane crash? Yes. You can watch where you sit -- and find a seat in the back of the plane. Remember that statistics class you failed in high school?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
Chip Brown, the owner of a downtown Los Angeles cupcake shop, said he was reading a tribute to his late brother, former U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, when former President Bill Clinton pulled up outside the business Thursday. It was the 18th anniversary of his brother's death in a plane crash in Croatia on a trade mission. Clinton, as it happened, was stopping across the street at Baco Mercat for lunch with actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. Brown walked across South Main Street, greeted Clinton and reminded him it was the anniversary of the crash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Laura J. Nelson and Rong-Gong Lin II
SAN FRANCISCO - National Transportation Safety Board investigators arrived late Saturday at San Francisco International Airport to examine the crash of an Asiana Airlines jetliner Saturday that killed two people. Meanwhile, officials said the two who died were Chinese nationals. South Korean Deputy Consul General Hong Sung Wok confirmed to The Times that the two victims had Chinese passports, but declined to say whether they were passengers or crew members, or give their ages or genders.
WORLD
February 11, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - An Algerian military transport plane carrying at least 78 people crashed Tuesday in eastern Algeria, and rescuers who rushed to the scene found one survivor but confirmed the deaths of dozens of others, the state news agency said. The aircraft, a U.S.-built C-130, went down in mountainous terrain as it was making its descent in the province of Oum El Bouaghi, about 250 miles east of the capital, Algiers, the official Algeria Press Service said. Seventy-four passengers, mostly soldiers and their families, and four crew members were reported to be aboard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The tires of a twin-engine Cessna that crashed at Santa Monica Airport last month were inflated and showed no signs of unusual wear, federal investigators have determined, debunking an early theory on what may have caused the plane to veer off the runway and into a hangar. There was also no debris on the runway, and the Federal Aviation Administration control tower reported that the pilot “did not express over the radio any problems prior to or during the landing,” according to a preliminary report on the Sept.
WORLD
July 27, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
A Moroccan military plane crash in a remote mountainous region of the North African nation on Tuesday killed at least 78 people and seriously injured three, according to Morocco's official news agency. The C-130 transport plane carried 60 soldiers, nine crew members and a dozen civilians and was preparing to land at an airport near the border with the disputed region of Western Sahara, according to local media reports. The wounded were taken to a military hospital in the nearby town of Guelmim while a search of the site continued, the Maghreb Arabe Presse Agency reported.
NATIONAL
December 12, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
A small plane with nine people aboard went down off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Molokai, killing one person -- the state's health department director, Loretta Fuddy.  The Wednesday crash put an unexpected spotlight on Fuddy, 65, who had helped implement Obamacare, the state's new gay marriage law and, perhaps most notably to conspiracy theorists, verified and approved the release of President Obama's birth certificate.  During the...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Ruben Vives
The Los Angeles County coroner's office on Sunday identified the fourth and last of the victims killed in a crash last weekend at Santa Monica Airport. The agency officially identified Lucas Benjamin, 28, of Malibu, as among the dead in the crash involving a twin-engine Cessna Citation. Benjamin, a senior project engineer with construction company Morley Builders, was aboard the plane with his 63-year-old father, Mark Benjamin, the Los Angeles-based company's chief executive, the firm previously said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
LAS VEGAS - At CinemaCon, most movie studios trot out a slew of their most recognizable actors and filmmakers. But when Angelina Jolie is in town, there's really no need to bring any other star on stage. That was the message Universal Studios conveyed Tuesday, when the actress surprised exhibitors by turning up to preview “Unbroken,” the World War II drama she directed, which is due out this Christmas. It wasn't that unusual to see a celebrity of her caliber at the event - this week, Johnny Depp, Clint Eastwood and Mark Wahlberg all are scheduled for Sin City.
WORLD
March 8, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - The FBI is deploying agents and technical experts to assist in investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet, based on the American citizenship of three of the passengers aboard the lost flight, a top federal law enforcement official in Washington said Saturday. He said that a fourth passenger, whom he described as an infant flying with the three Americans, also may be a U.S citizen. "This gives us entree" to the case, the official said, speaking confidentially because the FBI investigation is just beginning.
NATIONAL
March 2, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Navy and civilian rescue teams will continue Sunday searching for the pilot of a Marine Corps plane that crashed Saturday in a mountainous area of northern Nevada, officials said. The plane, an F/A-18C Hornet on loan from the Marine Corps to the Navy for "Top Gun" pilot training, crashed Saturday afternoon about 70 miles east of the Naval Air Station in Fallon, Nev. "Initial reports from the scene indicate the aircraft is a total loss," according to the Navy. Rescue teams from the Navy and the Lander County, Nev., Sheriff's Office took hours to reach the site in a remote, rugged area.
NATIONAL
February 27, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Federal officials will investigate the crash of a twin-engine plane shortly after takeoff from Lanai Airport in Hawaii, killing three people and leaving three injured. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate what happened to the Piper PA31 craft which crashed then burned shortly after takeoff around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email to the Los Angeles Times. The NTSB will be the lead investigative agency, he said.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The pilots of a UPS cargo jet killed in a crash in August had complained about the company's work schedules but also made mistakes shortly before the plane flew into a hillside and burst into flames, a National Transportation Safety Board investigative hearing was told Thursday. Flight 1354 was en route to Birmingham, Ala., from Louisville, Ky., a hub for the package delivery company. The pilots were completing their third flight since reporting to work the previous day in Illinois, according to information at the one-day hearing.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2014 | By Todd Martens
More than a year after the death of Latin music superstar Jenni Rivera, controversy and accusations continue to surround the circumstances of her death. The latest salvo comes from Rivera's husband, former Major League Baseball player Esteban Loaiza, who filed a wrongful-death suit against the owners of the aircraft that crashed with Rivera aboard, the Associated Press reported Friday. Loaiza was separated from Rivera at the time of her death but seeks unspecified damages. The suit, according to the Associated Press, names the  plane's owners, Starwood Management LLC and its parent company, Rodatz Financial Group.  Rivera, a native of Long Beach, and six others, including two pilots, died Dec. 9, 2012, when the private jet carrying them went into a dive, plummeting nose-first 28,000 feet in 30 seconds before hitting the side of a mountain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2001
Isn't it a sad commentary on today's times when the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in New York is referred to as "just a plane crash." Robert Raimist Los Angeles
WORLD
February 11, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - An Algerian military transport plane carrying at least 78 people crashed Tuesday in eastern Algeria, and rescuers who rushed to the scene found one survivor but confirmed the deaths of dozens of others, the state news agency said. The aircraft, a U.S.-built C-130, went down in mountainous terrain as it was making its descent in the province of Oum El Bouaghi, about 250 miles east of the capital, Algiers, the official Algeria Press Service said. Seventy-four passengers, mostly soldiers and their families, and four crew members were reported to be aboard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2014
Shulamit Aloni Israeli champion of civil rights Shulamit Aloni, an Israeli legislator who championed civil rights and was fiercely critical of Israel's treatment of Palestinians, died Friday at her home in a Tel Aviv suburb. Meretz, the party she helped found and led, announced her death in a statement but did not reveal the cause. She was widely reported to be 85, but her son Nimrod told the New York Times that she was 86 and born in Tel Aviv in 1927. Aloni fought in the 1948 war that led to Israel's creation; and after winning a seat in Israel's parliament, the Knesset, in 1965, she served for 28 years and held a number of cabinet posts.
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