Date: 3/27/1979, 1715 hrs
Personnel: Charles"Chuck" Colton
Age: 44 years
Agency/Organization: North Carolina Division of Forestry (NCDFR)
Position: lead plane pilot
Summary: Lead plane/spotter plane Pilot Chuck Colton died on March 27, 1979 when the Cessna 305A, Leadplane 17, he was flying impacted the ground.
about 10.5 mi SW of Fair Bluff NC; 7 mi SW of Sierra Gorde,
Another account from NC Fallen Firefighters website: legeros.com/history/fallen/: North Carolina Division of Forest Resources pilot Charles Colton died on March 27, 1979, when his single-engine Cessna L19 crashed about two miles west of Fair Bluff in Columbus County during low-altitude flying.
- Concise Information from the NTSB, FAA, AAP and research by the WLF Staff:
- 3/27/1979, 1715 hrs, Leadplane 17
- 1 killed, Charles "Chuck" Colton
- Operator: North Carolina Division of Forestry
- Type: CESSNA 305A
- Location: about 10.5 mi SW of Fair Bluff NC (departure point Whiteville NC).
- FAA Registration # N3FS
- NTSB # IAD79FA041
- National Transportation Safety Board: Probable Cause (html)
Controlled collision with ground. The pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures, directives, etc; pilot-in-command misjudged altitude and clearance. Remarks - witnesses observed the aircraft fall off on wing and enter steep dive during low altitude acrobatic maneuver
- NTSB brief:
- For more information consult the NTSB online lookup Utility Use NTSB Identification: # IAD79FA041
- NCFFF Honored for his death on that date: Charles C Colton
- AAP has Charles Colton listed as a B17 pilot but he died while flying a Cessna 305A lead/spotter plane.
Contributors to this article: Mellie
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