July 31, 2015 |
Temple University says it raised more than $84 million in the last fiscal year, up from nearly $68 million the year before. It was the third year in a row the school beat its previous fund-raising record. The university said much of last year's increase was due to a $25 million gift from the estate of Lewis Katz, an alumnus and longtime member of the board of trustees, who died in a plane crash last year. Temple's school of medicine will be named for Katz, whose gift was the largest in Temple's history.
May 13, 2015 |
On the day pilots Richard Poch and Joseph Deal were killed when their small plane plunged to the ground near West Chester, an airplane of the same model also crashed, killing its pilot, just 200 miles south, in Orange, Va. By numbers alone, the crashes - just two of six accidents involving small planes in the United States that March 29 - could have been enough to spook casual observers. But they didn't rattle local airport officials. "That's like saying two Nissan Sentras crashed yesterday," said Jeff Suveg, assistant manager of Brandywine Airport in West Chester, from which Deal and Poch departed.
April 21, 2015 |
DJ AM got a second chance at life. The celebrity deejay, born Adam Goldstein, survived a 2008 plane crash in South Carolina that killed four. Goldstein and his frequent collaborator, Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker, survived. Just a year later, Goldstein was found dead in his Manhattan apartment from an accidental drug overdose. He was 36. Goldstein was born in Philadelphia and lived near Rittenhouse Square until he moved to Los Angeles at 14. He attended the Philadelphia School, Greenfield Elementary and Friends' Central.
April 3, 2015 |
Joseph Deal loved adventure. Richard Poch seemingly spent nearly half of his life in or around a plane. On Sunday, the men, both certified pilots, boarded a small, single-engine craft at the Brandywine Airport in Chester County as part of a routine flight review conducted every two years to test a pilot's skills. They traveled not even half a mile before their plane abruptly crashed. "Joe was a kind soul and a wonderful man," Deal's family said in a statement Wednesday, after police publicly identified the men as the pair killed in the early-afternoon crash.
April 1, 2015 |
An airplane crash in Chester County that ended in two deaths Sunday came during a routine flight review conducted every two years to test pilots' skills, officials said Monday. The two victims aboard the flight were both certified pilots, officials said. The pilot flying the fixed-wing, single-engine airplane was accompanied by a certified flight instructor with Federal Aviation Administration designations. On Monday, 24 hours after the crash, many questions remained - mainly, what caused a small plane to fall abruptly from the sky Sunday after traveling just two miles from the Brandywine Airport in West Goshen Township.
March 31, 2015 |
WHEN THE TOWN of Haltern am See in Germany lost 16 students and two adult chaperones last week in a plane crash in the French Alps, a small town a world away in central Pennsylvania knew how the people there felt. On July 17, 1996, the town of Montoursville - located 180 miles northwest of Philadelphia in Lycoming County - lost 16 students and five adult chaperones when TWA Flight 800 crashed off the coast of Long Island on its way to Paris. All 230 people on board perished, and the town - my town - was changed forever in an instant.
March 27, 2015 |
LAST NIGHT, people in Philly, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and beyond mourned the deaths of Emily and Yvonne Selke. The Drexel University alumna and her mother were two of the 150 passengers killed in a plane crash in the French Alps on Tuesday, according to a statement from the Selke family. The statement described them as "two wonderful, caring, amazing people who meant so much to so many," adding: "At this difficult time, we respectfully ask for privacy and your prayers. " The women, natives of Nokesville, Va., died when the Germanwings airliner crashed en route to Dusseldorf, Germany.
March 16, 2015 |
Recently, actor Harrison Ford was in the news because he had a plane crash, which he survived with "minor trauma. " This is a news story I can't even begin to understand. First, who walks away from a plane crash with only minor trauma? I got minor trauma reading about the plane crash. Second, Harrison Ford is such a skilled pilot that when his engine failed, he managed to crash his plane into a golf course, instead of somebody's house. I'm betting he got a hole in one. I give props to Harrison Ford.
August 29, 2014 |
THE NFL wants teachers to use fantasy football to educate young students, according to a recent report. The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to scoff at what is surely a marketing ploy. But upon further review, the idea has merit. Mark Waller, the chief marketing officer of the NFL, told the Wall Street Journal that the league is interested in helping improving students' math skills. "It's a complex game, fantasy," said Waller. "You should be able to learn a lot, particularly around math.
August 22, 2014 |
A fail-safe system on a jet that crashed in May, killing businessman Lewis Katz and six others, may have been overridden because the pilots did not follow proper takeoff procedures, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has suggested in a letter to pilots and owners of its jets. Under the system, the jet's throttle normally cannot be pushed above taxi speed unless the tail flaps are working freely. The throttle is supposed to be largely immobilized. But Gulfstream cautioned in the letter, dated Monday, that the throttle nevertheless could be movable "if proper unlock procedures [for the tail flaps]