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SPORTS
February 10, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Somebody might want to tell Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods that the words "private" and "secret" might be synonymous in some contexts, but not in the case of private planes. Especially when the jet is reportedly owned by the most famous golfer in the world and the person supposedly boarding it is a well-known skier who was already garnering plenty of attention on that particular day because of a season-ending injury that occurred at the world championships in Austria. TMZ.com ran a photo Friday of a hooded blond on crutches -- allegedly Vonn -- boarding a private plane -- reportedly belonging to Woods.
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NEWS
January 5, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A private jet bound for the United States crashed on takeoff at Birmingham airport in central England, killing five Americans on board. The twin-engine Canadair Challenger carrying three crew and two passengers crashed just after noon. AGCO Corp., a farm equipment manufacturer based in Georgia, said its president, John Shumejda, and a senior vice president, Ed Swingle, died. The crew members' identities were not available.
NEWS
April 11, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Well-heeled travelers bound for the turquoise waters and white sand beaches of the Maldive Islands now have a new place to park their private jets.  Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa  has put paradise on the radar with a private jet airport terminal. The terminal, at Gan International Airport in Addu Atoll, is a five-minute speedboat ride to the resort and is for the exclusive arrival and departure of the resort's guests. A private lounge offers one-stop immigration, custom and baggage screening services.
NATIONAL
November 10, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
David Banach, 39, pleaded guilty in Newark to interfering with pilots of an aircraft by shining a hand-held laser into the cockpit of a private jet and could be sentenced to two years in prison, federal court officials said. Banach, who originally blamed the incident on his 7-year-old daughter, was charged with interference with pilots of a passenger aircraft -- a Patriot Act offense that carries a maximum of 20 years in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Larry Ellison will be allowed to land his private jet at San Jose International Airport after curfew--at least for a while, a federal judge ruled. The city's 11 p.m. airport curfew was not invalidated by U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel's decision to temporarily grant Ellison's Gulfstream V permission to land. The order will stand only until Ellison's suit against the city is settled.
NEWS
October 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. jet fighters escorted a private jet headed for Washington, D.C., to an unscheduled landing in Brandon, Canada, because of incorrect information from an on-board electronic device. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Steve Saunders said F-16s from Minot Air Base, N.D., brought the Gulfstream aircraft to its landing 50 miles north of the U.S.-Canadian border. The plane, with 10 people aboard, was flying to the U.S. from Japan.
WORLD
October 30, 2010 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
A drug smuggling case in Ohio has captured the attention of South Koreans because of the defendant's claim that she is the estranged granddaughter of Samsung founder Lee Byung-chull. Lisette Lee, 28, of Beverly Hills was arrested in June for allegedly using a private jet to move suitcases packed with marijuana from Van Nuys to Ohio on a dozen occasions between November 2009 and June 2010. She later told federal officials that she is the heiress to the South Korean electronics fortune.
SPORTS
February 15, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
It appears skier Lindsey Vonn and golfer Tiger Woods are getting serious about their romance, with the two spending more and more time together in recent weeks. Earlier this week, Woods let Vonn use his private jet to return to her home after she suffered a knee injury during the world ski championship in Austria, which many took as the first public sign of their relationship. After all, you don't usually lend your private jet to just anyone. I certainly don't. Now, according to Us magazine, Vonn and Woods have met each other's families and Vonn gave Woods' kids a ski lesson as they spent Valentine's Day together.
OPINION
October 3, 2013
Re "Crash renews concerns about safety of airport," Oct. 1 The Times writes that crashes at Santa Monica Airport like the one Sunday of a private jet have "highlighted the perils of having an airport so close to homes. " Given that the airport has been there since early last century, it would seem that none of the current homeowners lived there before the opening of the airport. If airplane crashes are of such concern for them, why did they buy their homes knowing full well the airport existed?
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