Daily Archives: May 1, 2009

Las Vegas Entertainment Icon Danny Gans Dies

The Danny Gans Theatre at the Encore will be silent tonight.  Long-time Las Vegas entertainer, dubbed The Man of Many Voices, Danny Gans has died at the age of 52, silently in his sleep last night. dannygans

Singer, actor and impressionist Danny Gans, named Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year for 11 years in a row, began his Las Vegas career in 1996 at the Stratosphere Hotel before moving to the Rio, the Mirage and, most recently, the Wynn Encore. 

Steve Wynn, chief executive of Wynn Resorts, called Gan’s death “a profoundly tragic event that leaves us all sad and speechless.” 

Danny Gans left behind his wife, Julie and their three children.

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Las Vegas Air Traffic Down, Bird-Aircraft Strikes Lead Nation

The Federal Aviation Administration says hundreds of airplanes collided with birds at Nevada airports between 1990 and 2008, but, thankfully, few of the incidents resulted in substantial damage to aircraft. birdstrikes

Although McCarran International Airport visitor traffic is down in Las Vegas, it led the nation with 244 bird strikes, five of those incidents resulting in substantial aircraft damage. 

Following the Las Vegas record, the Reno-Tahoe International Airport followed with 176 strikes, four involving substantial damage. 

Elko Municipal Airport reported eight strikes, one involving substantial damage. 

The reports follow January’s ditching in the Hudson River in New York of a US Airways jet after being struck by a flock of geese after takeoff.

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