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Several reported dead in Lake Tahoe airplane crash

Several people were killed in a small single-engine airplane crash near South Lake Tahoe, California, Saturday night. Authorities investigating the crash say that the private plane crashed into a wooded area shortly after it took off from an airport on the southern side of the lake about 9:48 p.m., setting off a one-acre fire. None of the people aboard the aircraft survived the crash. According to the Associated Press, the airplane was registered to Francisco J. Delamora of Fresno, Calif. Mr. Delamora owns Jdm Transport Inc., a Fresno-based trucking company. Authorities have not yet confirmed the identities of the people ... Read More

Small plane crash kills Arizona business leader and son

An Arizona biotechnology entrepreneur and his 12-year-old son died Saturday when their airplane crashed during an attempted landing at a southern Colorado airport. Jeff Morhet, 43, and his son, both of Chandler, Arizona, were flying to the 2012 EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin – a giant air show that attracts thousands of flying enthusiasts from all over the country every year. Mr. Morhet was piloting a CJ-6A aircraft, possibly for entry into one of the air show’s show plane competitions. He and his son were the only two people aboard the plane. According to the Pueblo Chieftain, Mr. ... Read More

Needles found in sandwiches aboard four international Delta flights

American and Dutch authorities are investigating how needles got into sandwiches served aboard four Delta flights from Holland to the U.S., injuring one passenger. Six needles have been found in the turkey and cheese sandwiches served aboard two Sunday flights from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport to Atlanta, Georgia, as well as flights to Seattle and Minneapolis. One passenger, identified by CNN as James Tonjes, was injured when he bit into one of the contaminated sandwiches. Mr. Tonjes said he thought it was a toothpick at first but discovered it was a needle after he pulled it out. He has since been ... Read More

Mississippi airplane crash kills Ole Miss student and her parents

A University of Mississippi student and her parents died July 8 when their single-engine Piper Cherokee Lance airplane broke apart in the air and crashed near Tupelo. Caroline Bartley, a 20-year-old sophomore majoring in biology, was returning to Ole Miss after spending time with her family at their vacation home in the North Carolina mountains. Although investigators don’t know for certain who was piloting the airplane when it crashed, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that James Bartley Jr., Caroline’s father, had his pilot’s license. Dr. Bartley was a partner in a Columbus, Georgia podiatry practice. His wife Terry Bartley was ... Read More

Airplane crash kills former Alaska state representative

Cheryll Heinze, 65, a former Alaska state representative, died Wednesday from injuries she received when the small airplane she and five others were traveling in crashed in Homer Tuesday night. Ms. Heinze and four of her fellow coworkers from the Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) were traveling in a Cessna 206 piloted by Even Joe Griffith, 71. The National Transportation Safety Board reported that the airplane, which was equipped with floats for aquatic landings and take-offs, was attempting to land on Beluga Lake when it crashed about 9:40 p.m. Airplanes with water floats, often called sea planes, are a common mode ... Read More

Plane crashes on New Jersey highway, killing five people

An Atlanta-bound single-engine airplane carrying five people and a dog spiraled out of control in the air above northern New Jersey and crashed onto a busy highway Tuesday, killing all of the plane’s occupants. The airplane, a Socata TBM-700 turboprop, plunged into the wooded median on Interstate 287 in Morris Township, New Jersey approximately 14 minutes after taking off from Teterboro Airport near Hackensack, NJ. Aboard the plane were two New York City Investment bankers, Jeffrey Buckalew, 45, and Rakesh Chawla, 36, both managing directors at the Manhattan-based firm Greenhill & Co. Accompanying them were Mr. Buckalew’s wife Corinne, their ... Read More

Critics question helicopter ‘flightseeing’ safety after fatal Vegas crash

A romantic twilight helicopter tour over the glittery Las Vegas strip and surrounding attractions turned deadly Wednesday after the aircraft plunged to the bottom of a canyon, killing all five people aboard. Pilot Landon Nield, 31, worked for Sundance Helicopters, a Las Vegas-based tour operator for approximately 3 years. Aboard the helicopter with him were Delwin and Tamara Chapman, both 49, of Utica, Kansas, who went to Las Vegas to renew their wedding vows after 25 years of marriage; and newlyweds Anupama Bhola, 26, and Lovish Bhanot, 28, residents of New Delhi, India. The Clark County Coroner’s Office said that ... Read More