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Incident Name: a small brush fire on the Eldorado National Forest -- in the Sierra foothills
Date: 8/25/73
Personnel: 2 lives lost
Age: 
Agency/Organization: private operator under contract with the USFS
Position: aerial firefighters

Summary: 

Dick Rogers, 34, of Clovis CA, pilot
Lynn Douglas, 47, of San Andreas, CA, fire spotter

A fire spotter and a fire pilot died in a Bell 206B helicopter crash in the northern California foothills, heading out to work on a fire on the Eldorado National Forest. The aircraft ran into a wire and crashed.

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Near Columbia, CA on takeoff.

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  • Concise Information from the NTSB, FAA, AAP, USFS, LLC, WFF and research by the WLF Staff:
    • August 26, 1973
    • 2 killed: Dick Rogers. Lynn Douglas
    • Operator: unknown; under contract with the USFS
    • Type: BELL 206B
    • Location: near departure point at Columbia, CA.
    • FAA Registration # N165FD
    • NTSB # OAK74AP007
  • National Transportation Safety Board:  Probable Cause (html)

    Pilot in command failed to see and avoid objects and obstructions; the aircraft struck a wire.

  • For whatever information is available consult the NTSB online lookup Utility. Use NTSB Identification: OAK74AP007

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