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Incident Name:  a fire near Springerville, AZ
Date: May 4, 1971
Personnel: Robert Bloomfield
Age: 49
Agency/Organization: Aero Union Corp, Chico, CA
Position: aerial firefighter

Summary: Pilot Robert V. Bloomfield died when the B-26 airtanker he was piloting crashed at the beginning of the retardant drop on a fire near Springerville, AZ. T-56 was observed in a steep left bank approaching the drop zone.

 

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  • Concise Information from the NTSB, FAA, AAP, and research by the WLF Staff:
    • May 4, 1971, 0715 hrs, Tanker 56
    • 1 killed: Robert Bloomfield
    • Operator: Aero Union Corp, Chico, CA
    • Type: DOUGLAS B-26
    • Location: near Springerville, AZ
    • FAA Registration # N86469
    • NTSB # LAX71FUJ99
  • National Transportation Safety Board: Probable Cause (html)

    Low altitude... The pilot in command failed to obtain/maintain flying speed resulting in a stall; Remarks: The tanker was observed in a steep left bank approaching the drop zone. Density altitude was approximately 7900 feet, msl.

  • For more information consult the NTSB online lookup Utility Use NTSB Identification: LAX71FUJ99
  • US Social Security Death Index: Robert Bloomfield

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Contributors to this article: NMAirBear -Tim Stubbs

 

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