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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | March 9, 2004
Federal investigators looking into Saturday's fatal capsizing of a water taxi on Baltimore's Inner Harbor are examining the design of the two-hulled Lady D and may study the safety record of similar pontoon boats nationally. Some other water taxi services - including those in Delaware, Chicago, Boston Harbor, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Vancouver, Canada - use larger, conventional-hulled boats, which some captains consider more stable in high winds and choppy waters than smaller boats with raised platforms atop pairs of torpedo-shaped floats.
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By Jonathan Bor and Tom Pelton and Jonathan Bor and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | July 31, 2001
The Johns Hopkins University is investigating a researcher who tested an experimental anti-cancer drug on patients in India without seeking the permission of an internal review board that considers the safety of human studies, a spokesman said yesterday. The experiment, which was conducted on 26 patients in 1999 and 2000, sought to determine whether a chemical derived from the creosote plant could stop the growth of oral cancer. Ru Chih C. Huang, a Hopkins biology professor, said yesterday that she did not submit her study to a Hopkins review board because it was approved by a similar panel at the Indian cancer center where the trial was performed.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | December 9, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Two inspections by Air Force and Lockheed Martin Corp. personnel failed to uncover a maintenance error that caused an F-117A stealth fighter to lose its wing and plummet into a Baltimore County neighborhood in September, Air Force sources said yesterday.Investigators have the names of Air Force maintenance personnel who worked on the Lockheed Martin-manufactured jet fighter, but cannot pinpoint which of them is responsible for incorrectly installing a wing support that led to the crash.
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By Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | January 13, 1992
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- "Palm 90" probably wouldn't be remembered as one of the most horrifying air disasters if a handful of heroes had not saved a few survivors from the icy Potomac River.But this was real-life drama, a story of tragedy and triumph, captured on camera in the nation's capital.In turn, "Palm 90," the air traffic control code name for Air Florida's Flight 90, is still a vivid memory 10 years later for many across the country. It crashed Jan. 13, 1982, killing 78, including four on the ground.
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By Mark A. Steinand Eric Malnic and Mark A. Steinand Eric Malnic,Los Angeles Times | February 10, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- Trembling in shock and smoking a cigarette, Robin Lee Wascher sat in a Los Angeles airport control tower office after guiding two airliners onto the same runway and seeing them collide in a ball of flame."
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 19, 1996
MIAMI -- Passengers' terrified shouts of "Fire! Fire! Fire!" echoed from the smoke-filled cabin as flames spread rapidly through a ValuJet airliner over the Florida Everglades in May, transcripts of cockpit recordings revealed yesterday."
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | March 14, 2004
Federal investigators are still puzzling over what caused a water taxi to capsize in Baltimore's harbor, killing as many as five people. And so is Jeffrey L. Harper, manager of the company that built the boat. Harper, who runs the tiny Susquehanna Santee Boatworks in rural Lancaster County, Pa., said he is "devastated" about the deaths. He said he believes his firm's pontoon boats are safe and stable when used on the calm, protected waters for which they're designed, but he adds that even the best-made boat can be dangerous if taken out under the wrong conditions.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
In its forced retirement, the Boeing DC-10 sits just off a main runway at BWI Marshall Airport, a grim reminder of the slim margin between a successful landing and a tragic one. Stripped of its logos, engines and usable parts, the wide-body jet - once a chartered troop carrier - now serves as a training platform for firefighters, paramedics and police officers. Rescuers hope that in its second life, the plane can help save human lives. No one died four years ago in the violent landing of World Airways Flight 8535.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Staff Writer | June 16, 1993
It was supposed to be a milk run.For Conrail engineer Ricky L. Gates, the Sunday trip from Baltimore to Harrisburg was a four- or five-hour job that would net him two days' pay under union rules."
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2013
Years after a multimillion-dollar contract to replace the state's fleet of aged medevac helicopters caused controversy in Annapolis, two newly purchased aircraft arrived Tuesday at the aviation command of the Maryland State Police. Four more are expected to fly into the police facility at Martin State Airport in Middle River this week, state police said — behind initial schedules for the new fleet's arrival. The four remaining AW139 helicopters of the 10 purchased by the state for $121.7 million also will arrive soon, said Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman.
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