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RPS crash investigation

In April 2006, Jo Savage was killed after her car plunged from the fifth floor of the River Park Square parking garage. Follow this page for the latest stories and documents related to the investigation of Savage's death.

Flight officer in plane crash from Maple Valley, Wash.

The first officer on the Continental Connection flight that crashed near Buffalo, N.Y., had a passion for aviation and decided in her senior year in high school that she wanted to fly, friends and family said Friday.

Crashed commuter plane was new, had good record

The commuter plane that crashed into a home near Buffalo, N.Y., was new and had a clean safety record, officials said Friday, leaving investigators few immediate clues about why it suddenly plunged just minutes before its planned landing, killing 50 people.

State’s input on RPS sought

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker has asked for advice from the state attorney general’s office on an investigation into the death of a woman whose car fell from the River Park Square parking garage in 2006. Tucker said this week that he and Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Jack Driscoll reviewed boxes of information on the case gathered by federal investigators and that the two of them came to similar but slightly different conclusions. He declined to elaborate.

Prosecutor seeks advice on RPS crash

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker has asked for advice from the state Attorney General’s office on an investigation into the death of a woman whose car fell from the River Park Square parking garage in 2006.

Two killed in head-on crash on U.S. 95

A father and son from Coeur d’Alene died in a head-on crash this morning on an icy stretch of U.S. Highway 95 north of Athol. Two other people were seriously injured in the collision at Granite Hill in Bonner County, the Idaho State Police said.

Crew describes river landing

NEW YORK – The pilot who ditched his jetliner in the Hudson River and saved the lives of everyone on board said he had a “sickening” feeling when a flock of birds disabled both engines with violent thuds, crippling the plane at 3,000 feet over the nation’s most populous city. Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that the sound of the geese hitting the plane and the smell of burning fowl entering the cabin was “shocking.”

Car crash critically injures woman

A 21-year-old woman suffered critical injuries today when her car left Argonne Road and struck a snow berm as she drove southbound down a hill.

Highway cleared after fatal crash

State Route 904 east of Cheney has been cleared after a fatal crash, Washington State Patrol officials said. It's the second traffic fatality in Eastern Washington in two days.

Sonar may have found plane’s missing engine

NEW YORK – Authorities using sonar in the search for the missing engine from US Airways Flight 1549 detected something about the size of the massive aircraft part deep in the frigid, murky Hudson River on Tuesday, but divers ran out of daylight before they could locate the object. Crews will resume their search today.

Jet’s engines lost power at same time

NEW YORK – A jetliner that crash-landed in the Hudson River had lost power simultaneously in both engines after reaching an altitude of only 3,200 feet, the plane’s black box recorders revealed Sunday. The details that emerged confirmed the harrowing circumstances under which the pilot of the US Airways flight carrying 155 people maneuvered the plane over New York City and safely into the water after striking a flock of birds Thursday afternoon.

Pilot picked spot in river near boats

NEW YORK – The pilot of a crippled US Airways jetliner made a split-second decision to put down in the Hudson River because trying to return to the airport after birds knocked out both engines could have led to a “catastrophic” crash in a populated neighborhood, he told investigators Saturday. Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger said he had little time to decide where to set down the powerless plane Thursday afternoon and that he felt it was “too low, too slow” and near too many buildings to go anywhere else, according to the National Transportation Safety Board account of his testimony.

Investigation begins in plane’s NYC splash landing

NEW YORK — Investigators brought in a giant crane and a barge Friday to help pull a US Airways jetliner from the Hudson River, and survivors among the 155 people aboard recounted tales of horror and hailed the pilot as a hero who delivered them from certain death.

Passengers amazed to be alive, grateful to pilot

NEW YORK – Shock, relief, gratitude. Most of all, the soaked and freezing passengers of Flight 1549 just seemed amazed to be alive. All of them. “You’ve got to give it to the pilot,” said Jeff Kolodjay, of Norwalk, Conn., who was aboard the US Airways jet that ditched in the frigid Hudson River after an apparent collision with a flock of birds. “He made a hell of a landing.”

‘Miracle on the Hudson’

NEW YORK – It was just a few minutes after takeoff. The voice that came over the intercom was urgent, but calm. “Brace for impact,” Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, 57, told the 150 passengers of US Airways 1549.

Disabled jet ditches into NYC river; all rescued

NEW YORK — A US Airways pilot guided his jetliner into the frigid Hudson River after a flock of birds knocked out both its engines just after takeoff today, and all 155 people on board were pulled to safety as the plane slowly sank.

Pilot reported double bird strike after takeoff

WASHINGTON — A US Airways pilot reported a “double bird strike” less than a minute after takeoff today and was headed for an emergency landing in New Jersey when he ditched into the Hudson River, an air controllers union spokesman said.

Passengers escape burning jet in Denver

DENVER (AP) — Passengers expecting a flight to Texas instead had to flee their burning airliner, sprawled in a smoke-filled ravine off a runway with the fuselage partially buckled and one engine and part of its landing gear ripped off.