Incident Name: Duncom Mountain, Bighorn National Forest, Wyoming
Personnel: 2 lives lost
Agency/Organization: Avery Aviation under contract with the US Forest Service
Position: aerial firefighters
Dave L. Staudt, 37
Wayne A. Garkie, 27
The PB4Y2 airtanker piloted by Staudt and Garkie was dropping on a fire on Duncom Mountain on 9/3/69. Following a drop run and coming out of the smoke column, the airtanker impacted trees with its right wing. Neither of the crewmembers survived the crash.
Duncom Mountain, Bighorn NF, WY
- Concise Information from the NTSB, FAA, AAP, USFS and research by the WLF Staff:
- 9/3/69, 1450 hours
- 2 killed: Dave L. Staudt and Wayne A. Garkie
- Operator: Avery Aviation under contract with the US Forest Service
- Type: PB4Y2
- Location: a fire near near Greybull WY.
- FAA Registration # N1911H
- NTSB # DEN70F0121
- National Transportation Safety Board: Probable Cause (html)
- Departure point Greybull WY and planned to return there
- Type of accident - Colided with: Trees
- Phase of operation - In flight: Swath run
- The pilot in command - Improper in-flight decisions or planning.
- Weather - Obstructions to vision.
- Terrain - Hidden obstructions.
- Terrain - High obstructions
- Weather briefing - no record of briefing received
Weather forecast - unknown, not reported
Sky condition - clear
Ceiling at accident site - unlimited
Visibility at location site - 5 or over (unlimited)
Precip at accident site - none
Obstructions to vision at accident site - Smoke
Wind direction - 120 degrees
Wind velocity 30 knots
Type of weather conditions - VFR
Type of flight plan - None
- Remarks - Fire slurry drop. Aircraft observed to emerge from smoke cloud on the fire. Right wing down, hit highest trees in flight path.
- For more information consult the NTSB online lookup Utility Use NTSB Identification: DEN70F0121
- US Social Security Death Index: Wayne Garkie
- US Aerial Firefighters Memorial Wall: David Stoudt | Wayne Garkie
- Wyoming Firefighter's Memorial: David Stoudt | Wayne Garkie
Contributors to this article: AAP, Mellie
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