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Incident Name: 
Date:  11/19/1973
Personnel: 2 lives lost
Age: 
Agency/Organization:  North Carolina Division of Forest Resources
Position: assisting aerial firefighter

Summary:

2 fatalities:

Beechcraft T-34B, Registration # N14514
Marshall Newman, 39, pilot
Larry Moody, 30, mechanic

survivor on the other plane, name unknown:

Beechcraft T-34B, Registration # N4738C
pilot, age 36 name unknown

North Carolina Division of Forest Resources chief pilot Marshall Newman died after a midair collision near Kinston on November 19, 1973. Mechanic Larry Moody was also in the single-engine Beechcraft T-34B to make a visual inspection of another T-34B. While returning from a forest fire in Columbus County, the second plane reportedly had trouble with its nose wheel. When the two aircraft collided, the collision severed Newman's plane's vertical stabilizer and rudder. They crashed in a wooded area north of the runway at Stallings Field. Both Newman and Moody were killed. The second aircraft manually deployed its nose gear and landed without a problem. (Info from the NTSB and from the NC Fallen Firefighters' history at legeros.com/history/fallen/)

 

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General location: wooded area north of the runway at Stallings Field, Kinston, NC

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  • Concise Information from the NTSB, FAA, AAP and research by the WLF Staff:
    • November 19, 1973
    • 2 killed, Marshall Newman, 40; Larry Moody, 30
    • Operator: North Carolina Division of Forest Resources
    • Type: Beechcraft T-34B
    • Location: near Kinston, NC
    • FAA Registration # N14514
    • NTSB # NYC74AN045
  • National Transportation Safety Board: Probable Cause (html)

    The pilot in command - exercised poor judgment; personnel - miscellaneous personnel: pilot of other aircraft. Remarks - Flight underneath N4738C to visually inspect landing gear. Vertical stabilizer and attached rudder separated and entered spin.

  • For more information consult the NTSB online lookup Utility Use [NTSB Identification: NYC74AN045 and Registration # N14514] or [NTSB Identification: NYC74AN045 & Registration: # N4738C]
  • NTSB Report on Marshall Newman & Larry Moody' plane
NTSB Report on Marshall Newman & Larry Moody's plane NTSB Report on Marshall Newman & Larry Moody's plane
  • NTSB Report on second plane that survived:

NTSB Report second plane NTSB Report second plane

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