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February 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Flight restrictions on small aircraft imposed around Manhattan after New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle crashed his single-engine plane into an apartment tower will be made permanent, government documents indicate. The plan for the rule change was revealed as the National Transportation Safety Board released papers detailing its investigation of the Oct. 11 crash that killed Lidle and his flight instructor. The NTSB's documents do not contain final conclusions.
December 14, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The gate that James Kim drove through before getting lost and dying of exposure deep in the Rogue River Canyon was never locked and was not broken open by vandals, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said. The federal land agency with jurisdiction over the road that Kim and his family drove down had said last week that the road had been blocked by a locked metal gate since Nov. 1, but that someone broke the lock and left the gate open.
December 13, 2006 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
High horsepower and diverse opinion exist in abundance on the issue of motorcycle safety, including from those who ride bikes, share the road with motorcycles, operate racing tracks and enforce the law. An outpouring of e-mails from readers followed a column I wrote two weeks ago about a horrific crash in Long Beach that took the life of a Long Beach City College teacher and a student at the school.
December 11, 2006 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
Several radar upgrades that air traffic controllers say are essential to help identify potential collisions on the ground at Los Angeles International Airport are months behind schedule. In one case, equipment that eliminates blind spots and false alarms that plague an existing collision-alert system will not be operational until 2009.
November 29, 2006 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
A distraught husband, three daughters, dozens of friends and hundreds of students are trying to come to grips with the death of Elisa Gigliotti. A Suzuki racing bike screaming at 80 mph in a 25-mph zone slammed into Gigliotti on Oct. 4 as she was leaving her job at Long Beach City College, igniting a fireball inside her Ford Escort.
October 13, 2006 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
On any given day, a small swarm of day-trippers, paramedics, traffic reporters and downtown executives flies along the East River. A day after New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle's small aircraft slammed into a condominium tower, several politicians called for strict curbs on such flights, saying they offer terrorists easy access to the city's landmarks. Gov. George E. Pataki said the crash "brings into sharp focus the need to gain greater control of the airspace around New York."
October 8, 2006 | Kathleen Doheny, Special to The Times
IN the last four years, Michael Osborn, a 50-year-old Laguna Beach marketing consultant, has flown to 14 countries for business and pleasure. He is always accompanied by Hastings, his 75-pound yellow Labrador. Hastings has been the perfect traveler, Osborn says, spending much of every flight dozing under his master's seat. Osborn hopes things can stay that way, but like other fliers who rely on guide dogs, he is wary of some proposed changes to the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986.
October 2, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
An elderly driver in Santa Monica became confused and, not realizing that he was putting lives in danger, plowed through a pedestrian walkway. The fatal incident led to calls for tighter licensing of senior motorists. Opposed by the powerful seniors' lobby in Sacramento, the proposal failed. That was nearly five years before 86-year old George Russell Weller drove through the Santa Monica Farmers' Market, killing 10 people and injuring more than 60.
August 18, 2006 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
A recent rash of equipment malfunctions that delayed hundreds of flights and nearly caused accidents prompted Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Thursday to call for a federal investigation of Los Angeles-area aviation control systems. She also called on the Bush administration to allocate more funding for airport and airline security equipment, including chemical-explosive detectors and reinforced aircraft cargo holds.
August 17, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
When she boards the train each workday, Lorraine Martinez looks around for suspicious packages and passengers behaving strangely. Martinez, an office clerk, said she's become more attentive in recent months. She's among the thousands of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees enlisted to keep a watchful eye on public transit. "Everybody's got a safety responsibility here," said Roger Snoble, the MTA's chief executive.
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