Maps Reports WLF Links Media Articles Multimedia Comments

 

Incident Name:  Duncom Mountain, Bighorn National Forest, Wyoming
Date: 9/3/69
Personnel: 2 lives lost
Age: 
Agency/Organization: Avery Aviation under contract with the US Forest Service
Position: aerial firefighters

Summary: 

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.

 

Horizontal line

Maps

Duncom Mountain, Bighorn NF, WY

Return to top

Horizontal line

Reports, Documentation, Lessons Learned

  • 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

Return to top
Horizontal line

Wildlandfire.com Links:

 

 

Return to top

Horizontal line

Media Articles and Reports

 

 

Return to top

Horizontal line

Photos, Videos, & Tributes

Return to top

Contributors to this article: AAP, Mellie

WFF Boots & Wreath logo. Please support the Wildland Firefighter Foundation