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Pilot blames bad gas in California small plane crash

Aug. 21, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pilot who said Wednesday he was forced to ditch his newly purchased aircraft in the ocean off California during a photo shoot believes bad gasoline caused the plane to malfunction. Pilot David Lesh said he had siphoned particulate matter out of the gas but doesn't think he got all of...

Names of 2 killed in southern Michigan plane crash released

Aug. 21, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two men who were killed in a small plane crash in southeastern Michigan. The Livingston County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that the men who were killed were 68-year-old James Tafralian, of Webberville, and 64-year-old Philip Henry Colmer, of...

The Latest: Pilot blames bad gas in California plane crash

Aug. 21, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a plane rescue off the Northern California coast (all times local): 11 a.m. The pilot of a small plane that malfunctioned says he believes bad gasoline forced him to ditch the aircraft into the ocean off the Northern California coast. David Lesh says Wednesday he had...

FAA cites risk in damaging sensors linked to Boeing crashes

Aug. 21, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal safety officials are warning people who work on airplanes to avoid damaging the kind of sensors that misfired before crashes involving two Boeing 737 Max jets. A Federal Aviation Administration bulletin stresses the need to avoid damaging "angle of attack" or AOA sensors, which...

The Latest: 2 rescued after Northern California plane crash

Aug. 21, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a plane crash near San Francisco (all times local): 10:10 p.m. The pilot of a plane that crashed in the ocean and sank south of San Francisco says he'd only bought the aircraft only a few weeks ago. Authorities say the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza went down...

Small plane with 2 aboard crashes in Northern California

Aug. 20, 2019 10:03 PM EDT

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a small plane has crashed in the ocean south of San Francisco but two people aboard got out of the aircraft before it sank. There's no immediate word on their conditions. Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration says the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza...

Pilot dies in gyroplane crash near airport in Wisconsin

Aug. 20, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

VIROQUA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Wisconsin say the pilot of a gyroplane died when the aircraft crashed into a field near an airport in southwestern Wisconsin. The Vernon County Sheriff's Office says dispatchers received a 911 call about the crash around 6:30 p.m. Monday at Viroqua Muncipal...

2 die when small plane crashes at southeast Michigan airport

Aug. 20, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two people died when a small plane crashed in southeastern Michigan. Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy said in a news release that the single-engine Aero Commander M200 aircraft was landing at Spencer J. Hardy Airport near Howell when it crashed Tuesday morning. The...

Crop duster killed in plane crash south of Hays

Aug. 20, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

HAYS, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a crop duster has died in a plane crash south of Hays. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the bi-wing plane went down around 9 a.m. Tuesday in a ditch shortly after taking off from a private runway. Seventy-year-old John Werth, who lives near the small Ellis County town of...

Earnhardt 'truly blessed' nobody was seriously hurt in crash

Aug. 19, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says his family is "truly blessed" that nobody was seriously injured when his plane crash-landed last week in Tennessee. The retired NASCAR driver, now a television analyst, issued a statement Monday on social media praising the "quick response of my pilots, local law enforcement, emergency...