Incident Name: enroute to a fire near Orick in Humboldt County, CA
Date: October 21, 1974
Personnel: Michael Fagan
Agency/Organization: Sis Q Flying Service (owned by Bud Davis), Santa Rosa, CA, under contract with CDF (now CAL FIRE)
Summary: On October 21, 1974, Michael Fagan was piloting a Grumman F7F (Tanker 22) taking off from the Rhonerville Airport on his way to drop on a small fire near Orick, CA. He lost power in both engines and tried to return to the airport for an emergency landing. His plane hit a tree, farm equipment and a barn. Michael Fagan did not survive impact.
Photo of another F7F for type of aircraft, compliments of Leroy Zwicky.
Rohnerville Airport, just south of Fortuna, CA; the crash site was in one of the fields below the bluff and runway; the plane hit a barn there.
- Concise Information from the NTSB, FAA, USFS, AAP, and research by the WLF Staff:
- October 21, 1974 - Tanker number reported by his son Michael Fagan, Jr was Tanker E-22.
- 1 killed: Michael Fagan
- Operator: Sis Q Flying Service under contract with CDF (now CAL FIRE)
- Type: Grumman F7F-3
- collided with trees and barn during forced landing near the Rohnerville CA airport
- FAA Registration Number: N7238C
- NTSB # OAK75FVD18
- NTSB: Probable Cause (html)
- Probable Cause(s)
- Pilot in Command - Inadquate Preflight Preparation and/or Planning
- Pilot in Commamd - Mismanagement of fuel
- Miscellaneous Acts, Conditions - Fuel Starvation
- Terrain - High Obstructions
- Miscellaneous Acts, Conditions - Failure of two or more engines
- Complete power loss - Complete engine failure/ flameout-2engines
- Emergency Circumstances - Forced landing off airport on land
- Remarks - Also hit barn and damaged farm equipment
- Probable Cause(s)
- For more information, in case it becomes available, consult the NTSB Lookup Utiliy. Use NTSB Identification: OAK75FVD18
- Warbird Registry with photo
- Hotlist thread on the research: 8/26/11
Contributors to this article: Chris Anderson, Michael Fagan, Jr., Leroy Zwicky
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