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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, file photo, investigators work the scene of a small plane crash in a city park which killed all four people on board, in northwest Atlanta. The National Transportation Safety Board says in a report that Tennessee businessman Wei Chen, who was flying the plane, likely lost control after becoming disoriented in cloudy weather after taking off. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Report says pilot became disoriented in fatal Atlanta crash

Aug. 5, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee businessman who was flying a plane that crashed in Georgia in 2018 likely lost control after becoming disoriented in cloudy weather after taking off, a National Transportation Safety Board report said. Wei Chen and three passengers were killed in the December 2018 plane...

NTSB: helicopter seen wobbling before fatal crash in Arizona

Aug. 4, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A helicopter that crashed last month while delivering supplies to firefighters in a remote area of the Tonto National Forest was wobbling in mid-air before it went down near Payson, killing the pilot, according to investigators. The National Transportation Safety Board issued its preliminary...

Clayton Homes co-founder dies in Tennessee helicopter crash

Aug. 4, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A co-founder of Clayton Homes, a national home-building company, was killed when a helicopter crashed into the Tennessee River, relatives said Tuesday. Three others escaped the wreckage and were rescued by a pontoon boat that was on the river near Knoxville on Monday night,...

Officials release name of Helena man killed in plane crash

Aug. 4, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Madison County have released the name of a Helena man who died in a plane crash in southwestern Montana last week. Brandon Hogan, 52, died last Thursday in a Cessna crash in the Madison Range east of Ennis, ABC Fox Montana reported. Two people were injured, one of...

Federal investigators release report on Idaho plane crash

Aug. 2, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report of the facts of a fatal Idaho plane crash involving two airplanes. The mid-air accident over Lake Coeur d’Alene killed eight people July 5, KREM-TV reports. The agency's report said a de Havilland aircraft...

2 killed in small plane crash in southwest Utah

Aug. 2, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed in a small plane crash in southwest Utah. The Deseret News reports the crash happened near Hamilton's Fort on Sunday morning, and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation...

FILE - This Feb. 12, 2018 file photo, Alaska state Rep. Gary Knopp waits during a break in a floor session in which the House failed to elect a permanent speaker  in Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska House Majority says Knopp was killed in the mid-air collision of two planes near Soldotna on Friday, July 31, 2020. Alaska State Troopers would not confirm Knopp's death beyond saying the mid-air collision near the airport in Soldotna was a fatal crash. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

Midair collision kills state legislator, 6 others in Alaska

Jul. 31, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker, died Friday when two small airplanes collided in midair near the airport in Soldotna, a small community on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Alaska State Troopers said state Rep. Gary Knopp, 67, of Kenai was the sole occupant of one...

Emergency crews respond to a small plane crash, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in West Jordan, Utah. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

3 dead after small plane crashes into Utah neighborhood

Jul. 25, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — Three people including a 9-month-old are dead and multiple people injured after a small airplane crashed in a Salt Lake City suburb on Saturday, authorities said. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Piper PA-32 with six people on board had taken off from South...

FILE - This Feb. 16, 2020, file photo shows Dale Earnhardt Jr. answering questions during a news conference before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Earnhardt Jr. and a pilot struggled to open a crashed airplane's rear exit door as the aircraft began to burn and fill with smoke before the race car driver and his family managed to escape from the main door, according to new details about the 2019 accident released by the National Transportation and Safety Board. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Details released in crash of plane carrying Earnhardt Jr.

Jul. 17, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a pilot struggled to open a crashed airplane's wing emergency exit as the aircraft began to burn and fill with smoke before the race car driver and his family managed to escape from the main door, according to new details about the 2019 accident released by the National Transportation...

Lack of training likely cause in copter crash during rally

Jul. 15, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

Loss of control and a lack of training is to blame for a fatal helicopter crash during protests of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville nearly three years ago, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a final report. The 13-page report issued Wednesday noted the pilot’s loss of control...