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October 2011 Archives

One Dead After Planes Collide in Oregon

One person is dead after two small planes collided on October 25, 2011 afternoon near Champoeg State Park in Oregon. The mid-air collision occurred around 4 p.m. over the Willamette River when a Beech Bonanza V35 plane collided with the tail section of a Piper PA-44. The pilot of the Beech Bonanza, a retired Oregon State Police officer, tried to maintain control of the aircraft as it started to break apart in the air but was unsuccessful. The plane spiraled into some trees and killed the pilot. The Piper aircraft was able to land safely in a field adjacent to Champoeg State Park. The flight instructor and student aboard the Piper were uninjured. Officials believe both planes were flying level when the mid-air collision occurred, but that has yet to be confirmed. Both the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating the cause of the fatal crash. A preliminary report is expected within the next five days. A final report could take between six months to a year to complete. News story

One Dead and Three Injured After Helicopter Crashes in New York City's East River

A private helicopter with five people onboard crashed into the East River in New York City Tuesday afternoon while attempting to land, killing one and sending three people to the hospital. Three passengers, two women and a man, were pulled from the 60 degree water by first responders near 34th Street in Manhattan. The two women were rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The man was also taken to a hospital in stable condition. The pilot, who is the owner of the downed chopper, swam safely to the riverbank after the helicopter hit the water. Rescue divers from the New York Police Department pulled the body of the dead woman from about 50 feet of water after searching for over an hour. All of the passengers aboard the helicopter are believed to be tourists from England.

Two Private Jet Company Executives Receive Jail Time and a slap on the wrist for Teterboro, New Jersey Crash

Paul and Michael Brassington, co-founders of Platinum Jet Management LLC, received lean prison sentences on September 20, 2011 for endangering the safety of an aircraft in flight, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Michael Brassington, the company president and chief operating officer, was sentenced to a two-and-a-half year jail sentence. Paul Brassington, vice president in charge of sales and marketing, received only a year-and-a-half jail sentence. Prosecutors were seeking sentences between 8-16 years for the two brothers, who will not have to pay fines or restitution of $4.4 million for their roles in a 2005 plane crash in Teterboro, New Jersey.

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