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Incident Name: Charles Fire on the Plumas National Forest, CA
Date:  6/13/79
Personnel:  Gayle Eaton
Age: 43 years
Agency/Organization: under contract with CDF (now CAL FIRE)
Position: pilot, aerial firefighter

Summary: On 8/10/79 Gayle Eaton who was piloting Tanker 80, a Grummon S2-T airtanker, crashed on or near the Plumas National Forest. It was a stall/spin during the base to-to-final turn following the leadplane for drop. Crash was attributed to a Loss of Control in Flight (LOCIF). The pilot died.

from Bob Forbes:

S-2 Pilot Gayle Eaton was killed in a single aircraft accident in northern Cal. Stall/spin accident.

 

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Plumas National Forest, Quincy CA

 

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  • Concise Information from AAP, WLF Staff research:
    • June 13, 1979, Tanker 80
    • 1 killed: Gayle E. Eaton
    • CDF (now CAL FIRE)
    • Type: Grummon TS-2A
    • Loss of Control in Flight (LOCIF); Stall/spin during base to-to-final turn following leadplane for drop.
    • FAA Tail #N404DF
    • NTSB # unknown
  • National Transportation and Safety Board: Probable Cause (html) now listed as unknown
  • For information on this incident in case it becomes available, search the  NTSB online lookup Utility Use the FAA registration number N404DF
  • California Death Index: Gayle Eugene Eaton The record gives his age as 43 and the rough accident location as Plumas County, California.

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Contributors to this article: FSR52011, Walt Darren's 2013 document on S2 Fatal Airtanker crashes 1/73-12/12

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