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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.
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.
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.
July 24, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Fans of late R&B-pop star Aaliyah waited more than 10 years to hear officially released work from the singer - which finally happened courtesy of a 2012 single featuring Drake and Chris Brown, who used her vocals on his latest single. But the posthumous collaborations and any further planned productions “won't work,” according to Timbaland. The multi-platinum hitmaker, along with longtime collaborator-friend Missy Elliott, are undoubtedly synonymous with the singer's music, having helped her define and reinvent the sound of '90s urban music.
July 19, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Hailey Branson-Potts and Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been updated
Confirmation on Friday that one of the victims of the Asiana Airlines crash died after being run over by a rescue vehicle opened a new front into the investigation over what went wrong in the air disaster.   San Francisco County and San Mateo County officials acknowledged Friday that the victim, a 16-year-old Chinese girl, was alive on the tarmac when the vehicle struck her, giving her crushing injuries and internal hemorrhaging.  San Francisco...
July 19, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Hailey Branson-Potts and Ari Bloomekatz
Confirmation that one of the victims of the Asiana Airlines crash died after being run over by a rescue vehicle opened a new front in the investigation of the air disaster. San Mateo County Coroner Robert J. Foucrault said Friday that the victim, a 16-year-old Chinese girl, was alive on the tarmac when she was struck by the vehicle, suffering crushing injuries and internal hemorrhaging - "multiple blunt injuries that are consistent with being run over by a motor vehicle. " "She was alive when she received the injuries," he said.
July 12, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Lee Romney
San Francisco police confirmed Friday that a fire truck responding to the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash hit one of the 16-year-old victims, but emphasized that coroner's officials had yet to determine her cause of death. Gordon Shyy, public information officer for the San Francisco Police Department, said the girl was outside the jet and covered in fire retardant foam when the fire truck "went over her. " The department's major accident investigations team, which handles all fatal collisions, was called to the scene Saturday and is continuing its inquiry into the incident.
July 12, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A girl injured in the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash in San Francisco died Friday morning, hospital officials said, marking the third fatality from the incident. At the request of the girl's family, San Francisco General Hospital released limited information about the victim, saying only that she had been listed in critical condition. "Her parents have asked that we reveal no further information at this time," the hospital said in a statement. "We will respect their wishes while they grieve.
July 12, 2013 | By Kate Mather, This post has been corrected, as noted below.
SAN FRANCISCO - The staff at Stanford Hospital conducted a disaster drill a few weeks ago, a routine reminder for doctors and nurses on what to do if patients started pouring in. Those skills were put to the test Saturday afternoon, when the Palo Alto medical center and its children's hospital took in 55 patients from the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash at San Francisco International Airport. The hospital was notified about a “potential mass casualty occurrence” about noon, roughly 30 minutes after the Boeing 777 slammed into the runway, said Dr. Robert Norris, Stanford's chief of emergency medicine.
July 11, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson and Kate Mather
Calls of a plane crash at San Francisco International Airport flooded into 911 dispatchers from seemingly everywhere after Asiana Airlines Flight 214 went down. One caller saw the smoke from the burning wreckage while driving north on the 101 Freeway. Another, a man who was hiking near Pacifica, said he heard a "giant explosion" and wanted to report a plane crash. One passenger calmly told a dispatcher he was on the plane. "Our airplane just crashed," he said.
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