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Incident Name: a fire near Sonora, CA
Date: 7/27/82
Personnel: James P. Eakin of Harrisburg PA
Age: 48
Agency/Organization: Sis-Q pilot flying contract to CDF (now CAL FIRE)
Position: Pilot

Summary: James Eakin was flying Tanker 96 on July 27, 1982, when the airtanker struck a tree on its final approach to a fire near Sonora, CA. The aircraft lost some flight controls before crashing. James Eakin was killed.

photo of Tanker 96

James Eakin - Tanker 96 James Eakin - Tanker 96

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A fire near Sonora. If anyone knows anything more about this accident, please let us know.

 

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Reports, Documentation, Lessons Learned

  • Concise Information from the NTSB, FAA, AAP and research by Chris Anderson and Tom Janney:
    • 7/27/82, Tanker 96
    • 1 killed, James P. Eakin
    • Operator: Sis-Q pilot flying contract to CDF (now CAL FIRE)
    • Type: S2
    • Location: near Sonora CA
    • Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT)
    • FAA Registration # N416DF (may not be correct)
    • NTSB # None
  • The NTSB online lookup Utility has no record for 7/27/82.
  • NWCG in its 1910 to 1996 Summary Accident Report has this one-line record:
    • Year: 1982
    • Location: CA
    • 1 fatality
    • Agency: CDF
    • Date: 7/27/82
  • California Death Index: James Eakin

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Media Articles and Reports

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Photos, Videos, & Tributes

  • James Eakin is on the Memorial Wall in Sacramento, CA
  • USFA Memorial Database: James P Eakin
  • James Eakin is on the USFA National Memorial Wall in Virginia, under California
James Eakin under California James Eakin under California

 

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Contributors to this article: Chris Anderson, Tom Janney, Mellie

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