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August 14, 1988 | By S.E. Siebert and David M. Giles, Special to The Inquirer
A single-engine Piper airplane that crashed shortly after takeoff from a Horsham airfield "didn't feel right" as it left the runway, according to one of the men in the plane. Three men escaped serious injury Thursday afternoon when the plane stalled in mid-air and crashed in a field in Montgomery Township, authorities said Thursday. Nicholas Mirables, owner of the plane, Thomas McHugh and Thomas Michalski were on their way to Bridgeport, Conn., when the plane crashed about 12:10 p.m. after taking off from Turner Field.
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June 22, 2008 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An Atlantic City police officer and his wife have been identified as the victims of a fatal plane crash in Cape May County on Friday night. New Jersey state police said yesterday the victims were Dennis McGurk Jr., 37, and Oksana McGurk, 34, both of Mays Landing. The couple died when the single-engine plane went down in the parking lot of the Belleplain Fire Department in Dennis Township shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, said New Jersey State Police Sgt. Julian Castellanos. The plane had taken off about an hour earlier from the nearby Woodbine airport.
SPORTS
February 26, 2007 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Olympic wrestling champion Rulon Gardner and two other men were rescued by a fisherman on Lake Powell in Utah yesterday after surviving a small plane crash near Good Hope Bay the day before. Gardner was a passenger in the Cirrus SR 22 along with pilot Randy Brooks and his brother, Leslie Brooks, according to a Garfield County news release. The plane was flying low when it struck the water, and all three men were able to get out of the plane before it sank. The three men swam for more than an hour in 44-degree water before reaching shore and then spent the night without shelter, according to the release.
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January 2, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Five investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board yesterday sifted through the scattered wreckage of a DC-3 plane crash in rural north Texas that left '50s teen idol Ricky Nelson, his fiancee and five members of the singer's entourage dead. The pilot and co-pilot survived the New Year's Eve crash, and safety board chairman Jim Burnett said they could provide key information about the accident. "The most significant thing about the accident is we have a live, surviving pilot," Burnett said.
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April 20, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Winston Cup team owner Jack Roush was critically injured when his small plane crashed yesterday in Troy, Ala., NASCAR vice president Jim Hunter said. Roush, whose 60th birthday was yesterday, was listed in critical condition in a Birmingham, Ala., hospital, Hunter said. The plane went down in a residential area about 6 p.m., a dispatcher for the Alabama state troopers said. In the top NASCAR stock car series, Roush owns the Winston Cup teams of Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch.
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July 19, 1999 | by Jenice Armstrong, Daily News Staff Writer Daily News Wire services contributed to this report
For years, it was the three of them - Jackie, John and Caroline. Now, there may just be one. Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg appears to be the sole surviving member of America's favorite first family. A plane piloted by her brother, JFK Jr., disappeared off the coast of Martha's Vineyard Friday night en route to their cousin Rory's wedding in Hyannisport, Mass. His wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette also were on board. Yesterday, Schlossberg spent the day in seclusion with her husband, Edwin, and her three children on Long Island, N.Y. "It's mind-boggling what she's probably going through when you stop and think that she lost her father at a very young age and her mother at a fairly young age and she's the only one left," said Michael S. Broder, a Philadelphia psychologist.
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April 2, 1993 | Daily News Wire Services
Alan Kulwicki, winner of last season's Winston Cup driving championship, was among five people killed last night in the crash of a private plane, associates and emergency officials said. The dead weren't immediately identified, but associates of the 38-year-old stock-car driver from Greenfield, Wis., confirmed he was aboard the plane. Reuters reported that Kulwicki was dead. "Apparently Alan Kulwicki was on the plane," said Mike Bales, president and owner of Appalachian Flying Services at Tri-Cities Airport.
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August 21, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
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]
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July 20, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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....
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June 4, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Angelo Fichera, and Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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June 3, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 3, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lewis Katz, 72, co-owner of The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, died Saturday night in the crash of a private jet at a Massachusetts airfield. All seven people aboard were killed when the Gulfstream IV crashed about 9:40 p.m. as it was departing Hanscom Field in Bedford for Atlantic City International Airport, said a Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman. The jet never became airborne, a National Transportation Safety Board official said Sunday. Instead, it rolled off the runway and onto the grass before striking an antenna and a fence, coming to rest in a gully where it burst into flames, said Luke Schiada, a senior air-safety investigator.
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February 21, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The way in which Cynthia Wilson McFarland responded to a childhood trauma defined her character, a family friend said. "When she was seven and her sister was two, they were flying home from a visit to Arizona and they were in a plane crash," Brian Reid said in a phone interview. "Although both survived, it was traumatic," Reid, her estate executor, said. "She had a profound fear of airplanes. " So, he said, "she decided she wanted to do something about this fear," dropped out of college for a year and worked as a flight attendant on East Coast flights for the former Eastern Airlines.
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July 21, 2013 | By Terry Collins, Associated Press
SAN MATEO, Calif. - A teenager survived the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco only to be struck and killed by a fire vehicle rushing to fight a blaze that broke out on the plane, authorities said Friday. Ye Meng Yuan, 16, a Chinese student, died of multiple injuries from being run over by what officials believe was a fire truck that spreads fire-suppressing foam. San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White apologized to Yuan's relatives and said she was trying to arrange a meeting with them.
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June 24, 2013 | By Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press
CINCINNATI - Risking death every time they go to work, wing walkers need courage, poise, a healthy craving for adrenaline and, most important, they need to be meticulously exacting with every step they take on the small planes that carry them past dazzled crowds at speeds up to 130 m.p.h. Jane Wicker fit that bill, her friends and colleagues in the air-show industry said Sunday. Wicker, 44, and pilot Charlie Schwenker, 64, were killed Saturday in a fiery plane crash captured on video at an Ohio air show and witnessed by thousands.
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June 8, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
    The rector of St. David's Episcopal Church in Wayne and his family were injured when their small sight-seeing plane crashed into rugged mountain terrain in southeast Alaska. Another passenger, Thomas L. Rising of Santa Fe, was killed when the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver went down near the town of Peterson on Tuesday afternoon. Rev. W. Frank Allen, his wife, Amy, and their three grown sons, Will, Rob and Ben were on the third day of a Duke University Alumni cruise when they boarded the optional sight-seeing excursion, said Patty Diskin-Cahill, a spokesman for the cruise company, Lindblad Expeditions.
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June 3, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash of a small plane that went down near the Doylestown Airport shortly after taking off. The homebuilt aircraft crashed around 11:45 a.m., authorities said, when it struck power lines and became entangled in them. The crash happened on the southwest side of the Route 611 bypass where it crosses Route 313, also known as West Swamp Road. The plane had only the pilot aboard when it struck the power lines, regional Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said, based on results of a preliminary investigation.
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