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May 21, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Federal safety officials probing the May 8 fatal crash of a helicopter in Anaheim found that the aircraft's engine quit in mid-flight and the pilot failed to execute emergency procedures. Officials said pilot Todd Passoff, who died in the crash, did not auto-rotate the chopper blades when the power quit. Auto-rotation is an emergency procedure in which the pilot disengages the main rotor blades from the engine.
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May 21, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Federal safety officials probing the May 8 fatal crash of a helicopter in Anaheim found that the aircraft's engine quit in mid-flight and the pilot failed to execute emergency procedures. Officials said pilot Todd Passoff, who died in the crash, did not auto-rotate the chopper blades when the power quit. Auto-rotation is an emergency procedure in which the pilot disengages the main rotor blades from the engine.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The pilot of a two-seat helicopter made an emergency landing on a shoulder of the northbound Ventura Freeway in Thousand Oaks on Sunday morning after his engine lost power, authorities said. Philip Vickery, 41, of Santa Monica was flying with a passenger, Renee Barbieri of Van Nuys, about 11 a.m. when the rented Robinson R-22 helicopter's warning system alerted them to an engine failure, said Sgt. John Novak of the California Highway Patrol.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2008 | Dan Weikel
Engine trouble forced a small helicopter with two aboard to make an emergency landing Friday on the football field of Alondra School, authorities said. No one was injured. Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the Robinson R-22 helicopter landed about noon on the campus at 16200 Downey Ave. The school has more than 800 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Gregor said the helicopter, owned by Los Angeles Aviation Inc., experienced a broken drive belt shortly after takeoff from Long Beach Airport.
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January 27, 2008 | Jason Song, Times Staff Writer
The pilot who died after crashing his helicopter on the Harbor Freeway late Friday was flying too low and hit overhead power lines shortly before the accident, California Highway Patrol officials said Saturday. The man was flying alone from El Monte Airport to Torrance Municipal Airport and was not talking to air traffic controllers when he crashed about 11 p.m., said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1993
Two men escaped serious injury when their training helicopter crashed and was demolished at Venice Beach on Tuesday evening, county lifeguards said. An instructor and his student were on a training flight only a few hundred feet above the sand when the Robinson R-22 helicopter suddenly plunged to the beach. Lifeguard Jay Butky was at his beachfront post when he saw the crash "and to my amazement I saw these two people climbing out of the wreckage." One man suffered minor cuts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1986
A private helicopter carrying transmission antenna repairmen to Santiago Peak in eastern Orange County made a rough emergency landing on the mountainside Wednesday, causing minor injuries to a passenger. Orange County Sheriff's Lt. William Miller said the two-seat Robinson R-22 helicopter based at Long Beach Airport was approaching the 5,687-foot peak just before 2 p.m. when the rotor blades lost power.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1994
The pilot of a helicopter and his father survived a crash-landing Saturday after the pilot lost control of the helicopter and landed in the back yard of his brother's home. Pilot Danny Estes, 37, of Valencia took off from Van Nuys Airport in a Robinson R-22 helicopter with his father, Pat Estes, 66, of Van Nuys on board. About 1 p.m., the younger Estes attempted to land but lost control of the aircraft and crashed into his brother's back yard in the 6900 block of Sierra Highway, said Sgt.
NEWS
September 29, 1994
After complaints about noise created by a new police helicopter, Hawthorne officials called for a public hearing on the matter. But at Monday's hearing, only a few residents complained and a majority expressed approval for the two-man airborne patrol unit. The Hawthorne and Gardena Police departments began using the Robinson R22 helicopter in August as part of a pilot program to help decrease police response time and cut crime in the two cities, officials said.
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May 12, 1994 | MIKE CARLSON and ERIC MALNIC, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There were no signs of engine failure before a helicopter clipped a telegraph cable between the tops of two power line towers, crashed onto the Pomona Freeway and exploded in flames, killing both men on board and tying up traffic for hours, federal officials said Wednesday. The Los Angeles County coroner's office said the victims were tentatively identified as Japanese nationals, one 24, the other 33.
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February 20, 1993 | From Associated Press
A small airplane and a helicopter, both being flown by student pilots, collided over an airport runway Friday, crashing in flames and killing all four people aboard. "The helicopter appeared to fly into the bottom of the Cessna" at an altitude of about 100 feet, said witness Dan Harbison. "They both fell in separate balls of flame and went down about 20 feet apart."
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