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Cancer patient, wife on board plane that crashed in New York

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Cancer patient, wife on plane that crashed

Family members say the volunteer medical plane that crashed in central New York was transporting a 64-year-old cancer patient and his wife and was piloted by a Connecticut man.

The daughter of Evelyn Amerosa, 58, said Sunday that her mother was on the Angel Flight that crashed Friday with her husband, Frank.

Heather Theobald said her mother directed activities at a nursing home and her stepfather used to be a tucker. She said Frank Amerosa had received treatment in Boston shortly before the crash in Ephratah, a small town about an hour west of Albany.

The bodies of Evelyn Amerosa and the pilot, John Campbell of Stamford, Conn., have been recovered. Searchers were still searching Sunday for Frank Amerosa.

— Associated Press

One dead, 11 hurt as car, party bus collide

A 36-year-old woman is dead and 11 others were hospitalized, including her husband who was in critical condition, after a crash early Sunday on a San Francisco Bay area highway involving a party bus and a car driven by a man police say had been drinking.

In the 2 a.m. crash, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said a Honda coupe driven by Raul Padilla, 43, appears to have slammed into the center divider of Highway 101, then came to a stop facing oncoming traffic.

After the Honda stopped, the front end of a party bus, with 18 people on board, hit the car. Two other cars also were involved in the collision.

Padilla was hospitalized in critical condition.

— Associated Press

WW II vet makes parachute jump

An 87-year-old World War II veteran has parachuted from a plane in Ohio to support his ailing great-grandson.

Clarence Turner of Fairfield made the jump Saturday with an instructor. He said he wanted to generate attention for 10-month-old Julian Couch, who suffers from a lung disease and may need a transplant.

WLWT of Cincinnati reported that Julian is hospitalized in Columbus. A fundraiser is planned for June 2.

Turner also made a jump at age 85 to fulfill a goal of freefalling and landing as he did in the Army. He served from 1944-47, and his last jump was in Japan.

Turner said he hopes to make a parachute jump at an older age than former president George H.W. Bush, 88, who last skydived at 85.

— Associated Press

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