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July 15, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Pilot mistake sends pingpong balls raining down on highway

BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) — A pilot who dropped 3,000 pingpong balls that were redeemable for prizes missed a crowd assembled for the stunt and instead hit a nearby interstate. Organizers immediately called off the contest. Aaron Moon and helpers on Saturday told revelers at Blackfoot Pride Days not to risk retrieving the pingpong balls amid high-speed…

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January 8, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Pilot from Vancouver, Wash., killed in copter crash in England

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The family of an Air Force pilot from Vancouver says he was one of four crew members killed in the crash of a helicopter on a training mission Tuesday night on the coast of England. Rick and Mary Stover, of Vancouver, told KATU-TV their 28-year-old son, Capt. Christopher Stover, is among…

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September 26, 2013 at 9:43 PM

UPDATE: Pilot has heart attack on Houston-Seattle flight, dies

UPDATE: 6:15 a.m. Friday | The Associated Press is reporting this morning that the person who died was in fact the pilot. UPDATE: 10:10 p.m. | A United Airlines spokeswoman told the Associated Press that a crew member, not the pilot, had the heart attack that caused a Houston-to-Seattle flight to make an emergency landing in Boise…

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July 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Pilot killed in Alaska plane crash identified as Steilacoom man

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The pilot of a small airplane that crashed near Cantwell, Alaska, with two others on board has been identified as a Steilacom man who operated an airplane tour group. Alaska State Troopers say 61-year-old Dale Hemman died in the crash, along with 74-year-old John Ellenberg, of Greenville, S.C., and 52-year-old Laurie Buckner…

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April 30, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Federal Way pilot convicted of flying while intoxicated

CORRECTED VERSION SPOKANE — A Federal Way pilot who overshot the Spokane airport by some 50 miles and later lined up on the wrong runway during approach has been convicted in federal court of flying while intoxicated. A jury convicted 48-year-old Paul R. Roessler under the federal statute of operating a common carrier under the influence of…

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February 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Flu or food poisoning blamed in Alaska pilot’s collapse

Doctors suspect food poisoning or a flu virus caused an Alaska Airlines captain to pass out on a Seattle-bound flight last night, according to an airline spokesman. The pilot, a 28-year veteran with the airline, was treated at a hospital last night, but has since been released and “his condition has greatly improved,” said spokesman Paul McElroy The…

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November 6, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Tuesday Memo: Lucky co-pilot? Missing boy … TB probe

The co-pilot is probably thanking his lucky stars … The story on the charter airline pilot busted for investigation of car theft and DUI is scary. The pilot reportedly got into a man’s car and a struggle ensued. The pilot, however, was able to steal the car. The authorities caught up with him, though. The pilot…

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October 5, 2012 at 7:14 AM

Morning Memo: 10 local stories to know this Friday

1. REMAINS OF MAN MISSING 32 YEARS FOUND NEAR WASHOUGAL  Remains found by a property owner clearing brush last month near Washougal, in Skamania County, have been identified as a man who had been missing since 1980. The Skamania County sheriff’s office says 39-year-old Kenneth P. Stovner lived about a half-mile away. The remains were…

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