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Fatal accident blocks Highway 101
August 19, 2014 10:34 am

There has been a fatal traffic accident on the Dr. Fine Bridge (Highway 101 over Smith River) that forced long delays or a detour (using Highways 197 and 199) for traffic between Brookings and Crescent City for a few hours Tuesday.

The highway has been reopened to traffic in both directions as of 2:30 p.m.

Watch for updates later today at this site and in Wednesday's edition of the Curry Coastal Pilot

Pilot dies in plane crash after leaving Brookings
August 19, 2014 09:07 am

A California man piloting a single-engine plane that left Brookings Monday died when the plane crashed that night in Marin County, north of San Francisco, officials said.

The pilot, a Redwood City resident, was flying to San Carlos when he reported engine trouble at 9:30 p.m., according to the FAA. The man has not been identified pending notification of next of kin.

The pilot used his radio to report that he would try to make it to Gnoss Field in Novato. Radio contact was lost shortly after that.

At 10 p.m., fire crews responding to a grass fire in Marin County on the border of Petaluma and Navato found the plane wreckage.

The FAA believe the pilot was the only one on board.


According to flightware.com, an online plane tracking service, the aircraft was described as a Beechcraft 35 Bonanza. The tail number is N1160T. It is registered to a Robert Madge, but officials have not determined whether the owner was the one flying the plane.


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