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]
July 20, 2014 |
The AIDS community mourned the loss of one of its top researchers and advocates in the jet crash in Ukraine, a "humanist" whose life - and death - reminded some of the death of another leading AIDS scientist, from Philadelphia, in a plane crash 16 years ago. Six delegates to the 20th International AIDS Conference - down from initial reports of 100 - were confirmed to have been on the plane, shot down en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia....
June 4, 2014 |
Their host, Lewis Katz, was dozing as the plane prepared for take-off from Atlantic City shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday. Marcella Dalsey and Susan Asbell knew exactly where they were headed, but not Anne Leeds, who had received an invitation from Katz on Longport's 36th Avenue beach just hours before. "I'm on his plane!!" Leeds texted to her husband, Longport Commissioner Jim Leeds. "They know where we are headed, but want me to be surprised. " Of course they did, Leeds' daughter, Patellen Corr, said Monday, because her mother was a known voracious reader.
June 3, 2014 |
With the sudden death of Lewis Katz in a plane crash Saturday, his son, Drew, is expected to assume a large role in the ownership and management of The Inquirer as well as other organizations owned or influenced by his father. Drew Katz, 42, has long been a protégé of his father, who groomed him to run the businesses he owned and developed. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, co-owner of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, said Sunday that Drew Katz would replace his father on the board of the media company.