Tag Archives: helicopters

USFA: Montana On-Duty Death

Crash at the White River Fire     United States Fire Administration The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Pilot Thomas Duffy, 40, of Central Copters, Inc. on August 24, 2020. On Monday, August 24, 2020, ...

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Pilot Killed in Oregon Wildfire Crash Identified

Duffy had flown search and rescue missions for Gallatin County     HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed while fighting an Oregon wildfire was a former basketball player at Montana ...

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Video: Firefighters Rescued from California Wildfire

Chopper lifts firefighters to safety     Associated Press Two California firefighters with the Marin County Fire Department were saved on Friday night, as they were suddenly trapped by flames from the Woodward Fire, near Point Reyes. (Aug. 22) All ...

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Family Grieves for Pilot Killed Fighting California Wildfire

Mike Fournier died when his helicopter crashed into a hillside     By JOHN ROGERS Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The helicopter pilot who died fighting one of hundreds of wildfires raging across California was making water drops over ...

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Procession Carries Pilot Killed in Arizona Wildfire

FAA and NTSB investigating helicopter crash     PHOENIX (AP) — A procession that included fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles on Friday escorted a white hearse carrying the flag-draped coffin of an Arizona helicopter pilot killed in a crash ...

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Water Refill During Arizona’s Bighorn Fire

Bighorn Fire has burned over 50,000 acres     kk44 – Bighorn Fire 2020, Ventura Canyon Firefighting helicopter picking up water from the Ventura Canyon Mountain golf course lake. InciWeb: Bighorn Fire

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NTSB Ask Helicopter Manufacturers to Install ‘Black Boxes’

Board makes direct appeal after FAA fails to act     By DAVID KOENIG Associated Press Federal safety investigators bypassed aviation regulators on Tuesday and urged leading helicopter manufacturers to install so-called black boxes that would help determine the cause ...

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Meet Cal Fire’s First Female Helicopter Pilot

Helitack Pilot Desiree Horton talks about fighting wildfires from above     ABC News/aviatrix99 – Smoke plumes and an orange glow render the typically picturesque tree-lined view above hazy mountains into a nightmarish, apocalyptic scene. Shouts declaring “brush fire!,” echo ...

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Colorado Conducts Nighttime Wildfire Aviation Training

State is first in country to implement helicopter night flying suppression program     DENVER – Colorado becomes the first state in the county to begin nighttime helicopter suppression operations with training this month. The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention ...

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