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Incident Name: returning from a forest fire
Date: 10/4/1965
Personnel: 2 lives lost
Age: 
Agency/Organization:  Liston Aircraft of Klamath Falls, OR
Position: aerial firefighter

Summary:

Fred Childers
Les Liston, 48, pilot

Pilot Les Liston and Fred Childers were killed Oct. 4, 1965, in the crash of a Navy PBY bomber that had been converted to an air tanker. The plane crashed while returning to Klamath Falls from a forest fire. The master rod bearing failed. Wind gusts were up to 60 mph.

PBY Tanker 47

Fred Childers & Les Liston PBY Fred Childers & Les Liston PBY

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 Klamath Falls, OR

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  • Concise Information from the NTSB, FAA, AAP and research by the WLF Staff:
    • 10/4/1965, 1353 hrs, Tanker 47
    • 2 killed, Les Liston, pilot & Fred Childers
    • Operator: Liston Aircraft of Klamath Falls, OR
    • Type: Convair PBY 6A
    • Location: near Klamath Falls, OR
    • FAA Registration # N6455C
    • NTSB # SEA66A0020
  • National Transportation Safety Board: Probable Cause (html)
    • Powerplant - Engine structure: Master and connecting rods
    • Miscellaneous acts, conditions - Material failure
    • The pilot in command - improper in-flight decisions or planning
    • Weather - Unfavorable wind conditions
  • NTSB brief:

    NTSB brief NTSB brief

  • For more information consult the NTSB online lookup Utility Use NTSB Identification #SEA66A0020
  • Klamath's Honored Dead, Klamath County Museums: Fred Childers | Les Liston
  • US Social Security Death Index: Fred Childers | Lester Liston

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Fred Childers and Les Liston named as fallen

Fred Childers & Les Liston named as fallen Fred Childers & Les Liston named as fallen

 

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