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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 | By Barbara Demick and Dan Weikel
A Southern California pilot who lost his license twice for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier and illegally selling rides to the public remains missing after his small plane crashed in northeast China. David G. Riggs was reportedly flying a Lancair 320, a high-performance single-engine aircraft made from a kit, Tuesday when he struck the surface of a lake outside Shenyang, where he was planning to perform in an airshow, organizers and Chinese state media said. His 18-year-old translator was killed instantly, but Riggs' body was still missing as of Wednesday afternoon local time.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
A local aviator who lost his pilot's license twice for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier and illegally selling rides to the public was missing Tuesday after his small plane crashed in northeast China, according to state news media. David G. Riggs was reportedly flying a Lancair 320, a high-performance single-engine aircraft made from a kit, when he struck the surface of a lake outside Shenyang, where he was planning to perform in an airshow. Aboard was an 18-year-old woman serving as his translator, who was killed, according to the Xinhua News Agency.
WORLD
September 9, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
It was 1961 and the Cold War battle for influence in newly independent African states was sharply focused on the Congo. The first elected leader, Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, had been kidnapped, tortured and killed by a military junta earlier in the year. With the anarchic new state falling under the sway of the Soviet Union, Katanga politician Moise Tshombe cleaved his province and its wealth of uranium, copper and cobalt mines into a separate state supported and protected by former Belgian colonial masters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Diana Marcum
FRESNO -- In 1948, a plane chartered by U.S. Immigration Services went down in Los Gatos Canyon, in the hills above Coalinga. All 32 aboard were killed in a fiery crash , including 28 farmworkers, many of whom were part of the former bracero work program. The workers were buried unnamed in a mass grave in Fresno. Stricken by the anonymity of the grave and the plight of farmworkers in general, Woody Guthrie wrote the poem "Plane Crash at Los Gatos. " It was later set to music by schoolteacher Martin Hoffman and the song lived on, recorded by a string of artists, including Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2013 | By Diana Marcum
  This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. FRESNO -- At a memorial service that was 65 years in the making, decades after Woody Guthrie sang "all they will call you will be deportee," the real names of 28 Mexican nationals killed in a plane crash were read at a Mass here on Monday. The unexpected moment came when the large crowd spontaneously repeated each name. In 1948, a plane chartered by U.S. Immigration Services went down in Los Gatos Canyon, in the hills above Coalinga.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2013 | By Diana Marcum
FRESNO - In an old cemetery, where few headstones have been added since the '50s, a large crowd gathered Monday for a memorial that was 65 years in the making and shepherded home by a Woody Guthrie song. "Today we are here to right a wrong," said Fresno Roman Catholic Bishop Armando X. Ochoa. On a morning in 1948, a plane chartered by U.S. Immigration Services, carrying 32 people, including 28 farmworkers, left Oakland bound for the Mexican border. It went down in a fireball over Los Gatos Canyon, near the oil fields of Coalinga.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
A pilot sustained minor injuries Friday when a small plane crashed on a Rancho Palos Verdes beach, officials said. Los Angeles County firefighters were called to the Trump National Golf Club in the Portuguese Bend area shortly before 11:45 a.m. after reports of a plane upside-down on the beach, department officials said. The pilot was the sole person on board. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker tweeted the pilot was "alert & talking. " Television footage showed waves hitting the aircraft as emergency workers examined the scene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Two people are believed dead after a small plane crashed Tuesday in Butte County and started a brush fire that engulfed the aircraft.  The single-engine, two-seat airplane crashed off Neal Road in a remote canyon area about 11:30 a.m., according to a news release from the Butte County Sheriff's Office. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection "was the first agency on scene, and the aircraft was fully engulfed in flames upon their arrival," according to the release.
NATIONAL
August 10, 2013 | By Benjamin Mueller
Four bodies have been pulled from the site where a small plane plunged into two Connecticut homes, a fire official said Saturday. Those presumed dead are the pilot, a former Microsoft executive, his teenage son and two children in a home struck by the plane. The victims' bodies were recovered from the wreckage late Friday night, Chuck Licata, assistant chief of the East Haven Fire Department, told the Los Angeles Times. Two were removed from the plane and two from one of the two houses it tore open.
SPORTS
August 5, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Austin Hatch, a teenager from Fort Wayne, Ind., who has survived two horrific plane crashes that killed five family members, is moving to Los Angeles to try to resume a basketball career he hopes will be continued a year from now at the University of Michigan. Hatch is relocating to Pasadena to live with an uncle for his senior year of high school and has enrolled at Los Angeles Loyola, which begins classes on Aug. 26. A 6-foot-6 forward, he committed to Michigan when he was a sophomore, before he suffered a serious head injury, broken ribs and a punctured lung during a plane crash on June 24, 2011.
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