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In brief: Air ambulance crash kills patient, 4 others

Mon., July 5, 2010

ALPINE, Texas – An air ambulance crashed shortly after takeoff from a West Texas airport Sunday, killing all five people on board.

The crash happened about 12:15 a.m. about a mile east of Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport, about 200 miles southeast of El Paso. The twin-engine Cessna 421 had just taken off for Midland International Airport when it went down in an open area, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The aircraft was carrying a patient and his wife to Midland, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. It identified the dead as 78-year-old patient Guy Richard Folger, of Alpine, his 59-year-old wife, Mary Folger; two flight nurses, 49-year-old Sharon Falkener, of Fort Davis, and 42-year-old Tracy Chambers, of Alpine; and 59-year-old pilot Ted Caffarel, of Beaumont.

Caffarel was apparently trying to make an emergency landing when the plane hit a rut in the muddy field, overturned and burned, the DPS said.

The FAA listed the aircraft as registered to O’Hara Flying Service II LP of Amarillo. Company owner Denny O’Hara declined to comment to the Associated Press.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation, FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Corey said.

Terminal reopens

after bomb scare

NEW YORK – A bomb scare that turned out to be a false alarm forced the evacuation of a terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport for two hours Sunday.

John Kelly, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages the three main New York-area airports, said 250 to 300 passengers were evacuated from Terminal 1 at the airport around 6 p.m. and were allowed back in after 8 p.m.

The evacuation occurred after an anonymous phone caller said there was a bomb at the airport, and at the same time someone else reported an unattended bag, Kelly said. Police checked the bag and it was not a bomb, he said.

Ex-Miss California

marries quarterback

SAN DIEGO – Former Miss California Carrie Prejean is now Mrs. Kyle Boller after marrying the Oakland Raiders quarterback at a San Diego resort.

The San Diego Union Tribune said the dethroned beauty queen and the 29-year-old quarterback tied the knot late Friday in a private ceremony at the Grand Del Mar.

The 23-year-old bride made headlines last year after making controversial remarks during the Miss USA pageant that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Prejean eventually surrendered her crown after pageant officials accused her of missing events, an allegation she denied.


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