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Incident Name: a fire near Monterey CA
Date:  9/28/1984
Personnel: Ed Real
Age: 60
Agency/Organization: CDF now CAL FIRE
Position: Pilot

Summary: On September 28, 1984,  Ed Real who was piloting Tanker 100, near Monterey CA, died in a fatal airtanker accident. Tanker 100 stalled while turning into rising terrain after making a drop on a fire. Ed Real did not survive.

Photo of Tanker 100, photo credit: Peter Becker

Ed Real Tanker 100 Ed Real Tanker 100

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  • Concise Information from the NTSB, FAA, AAP and research by Tom Janney:
    • 9/26/1984, Tanker 100
    • 1 killed, Edward Real
    • Operator: Sis-Q pilot flying contract to CDF (now CAL FIRE)
    • Type: S2
    • Location: unknown
    • Stalled turning into rising terrain after drop. Energy Management. (Loss of Control in Flight; LOCIF)
    • FAA Registration # N436DF
    • NTSB # None
  • The NTSB online lookup Utility has no record, perhaps because CDF did its own investigations in those days. Note: Prior to 1996 NTSB did not investigate Gov-owned-and-operated, Gov-owned and contractor-operated or some aircraft that were privately-owned-and-operated as "public aircraft". Government agency investigations and reports were/are often hard to find and access. The "Pressler Act", passed in 1995 and enacted in 1996, changed that, making all aircraft accident reports easier to access and lessons easier to learn. (Click the link and search on "Pressler".)
  • US Social Security Death Index: Edward Real
  • California Death Index: Edward Leonard Real

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Contributors to this article: Tom Janney, Peter Becker for photo, Walt Darren for an article on CDF (CAL FIRE) s2 CRASHES 1/73-12/12

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