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Incident Name: 
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.

 

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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.

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Reports, Documentation, Lessons Learned

  • 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:

    NTSB brief 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.

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Media Articles and Reports

  • Chuck Colton named as fallen

    Charles Colton named as fallen Charles Colton named as fallen

 

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Contributors to this article:  Mellie

 

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