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Incident Name: 
Date:  accident date: July 10, 1964; death date: July 11, 1964
Personnel: Charles Lane Cline
Age: 30
Agency/Organization: North Carolina Division of Forest Resources
Position: aerial firefighter

Summary: North Carolina Division of Forest Resources pilot Charles Cline died on July 11, 1964, the day after his single-engine Snow S2C air tanker crashed near Dover in Craven County while demonstrating fire bombing techniques. The NTSB said that his plane experienced a failure of a bolt in his left landing gear which caused the plane to roll upon landing. Charles died at Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston. (NTSB and the SC Fallen firefighter website at legeros.com/history/fallen/)

 

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Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston, NC

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  • Concise Information from the NTSB, FAA, AAP and research by the WLF Staff:
    • July 10, 1964, 1715 hrs
    • 1 killed, Charles Cline
    • Operator: North Carolina Division of Forest Resources
    • Type: single-engine Snow S2C; CESSNA 140
    • Location: near Dover in Craven County, NC
    • FAA Registration # N72223
    • NTSB # unknown, but there is a record
  • National Transportation Safety Board: Probable Cause (html)

    Airframe - landing gear: main gear-shock absorbing assembly, struts, attachments, etc. Miscellaneous Acts, Conditions - Material failure. Remarks - left gear attachment bolt failed

  • To consult the incident info use the NTSB online lookup Utility Use Registration # N72223
  • North Carolina Deaths: Charles Lane Cline

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