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Pilots are safe after training aircraft crashes

TALLAHASSEE

Training aircraft crashes; pilots safe

Two pilots are safe after ejecting from a Navy training jet.

A T-45 Goshawk jet based at the Pensacola Naval Air Station crashed shortly before noon Wednesday into a swampy area in rural Jefferson County, just east of Tallahassee.

Navy spokesman Patrick Nichols told the Pensacola News Journal that the pilots were taken to a hospital as a precaution, and no one was injured on the ground.

The names of the two pilots were not released.

The Goshawk is a small jet the Navy uses for training its pilots on making aircraft carrier landings. It replaced the T-2 Buckeye previously used for the carrier training role in 2008.

PEMBROKE PINES

Former student settles suit against principal

A girl suspended from a Broward County charter school after she criticized a teacher on Facebook has settled a federal lawsuit against the school's principal.

Court documents show that Katherine Evans will receive $15,000 in legal fees and $1 in nominal damages. Her three-day suspension for cyberbullying also will be wiped from her school records.

Evans was suspended in 2007 after her principal found a Facebook group in which she harshly criticized her English teacher. After her suspension, Evans sued on grounds that her First Amendment rights were violated.

Evans is now a 20-year-old University of Florida student.

PARKLAND

Massager accident kills physician

A South Florida doctor has died after authorities say she was accidentally strangled by a electronic neck massager on Christmas Eve.

Kenneth Gegerson called 911 after finding his wife's body on the bedroom floor next to the neck massager. Paramedics pronounced 37-year-old Michelle Ferrari-Gegerson dead at the scene. Authorities believe her necklace got caught in the massager.

According to Broward sheriff's authorities, Ferrari-Gegerson spent the evening wrapping gifts and getting ready for work while using the massager to relieve neck pain.

Associated Press

Pilots are safe after training aircraft crashes 12/29/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 9:29pm]

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