A Tough Weekend

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Three people died in the collision between a Thorp T-18 and a Citabria about 100 yards off a Malibu, Calif., beach on Sunday. The crash occurred about 5:30 p.m. off El Matador State Beach. One plane fell about 100 yards off the beach while another fell close to shore. The body of the Citabria pilot washed ashore while the two occupants of the Thorp were recovered inside the aircraft. The night before in Sterling, Colo., a pilot and his 10-year-old son escaped their burning Commanche after a landing mishap. The gear collapsed and the aircraft caught fire while sliding down the runway. The plane was written off. Meanwhile a couple who fell ill on flight through New Hampshire earlier this month have died. Their non-certificated daughter landed the plane. William Truman and his wife Diana both collapsed during the flight, forcing their inexperienced daughter Jennifer to take the controls and land the aircraft. Although carbon monoxide poisoning was initially reported as the cause of their illness, hospital officials in Lebanon, N.H., have confirmed that both of the elder Trumans suffered from strokes on the flight and eventually died from complications, William on Saturday night and Diana on Sunday.