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Incident Name: forest fire near Richlands, Onslow County, NC
Date: May 15, 1981
Personnel: Merton Jackson
Age: 57
Agency/Organization: North Carolina Division of Forest Resources
Position: aerial firefighter

Summary: North Carolina Division of Forest Resources pilot Merton Jackson died on May 15, 1981, when his single-engine spotter plane crashed near the edge of a 30-acre forest fire near Richlands, in Onslow County. He was flown by helicopter to Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville where he was pronounced dead on arrival. (from NC Fallen website: legeros.com/history/fallen/)

 

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Crashed near Richlands, Onslow County, NC

Onslow Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville, North Carolina

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  • Concise Information from the NTSB, FAA, AAP and research by the WLF Staff:
    • May 15, 1981, AAP Memorial says he flew Tanker 34
    • 1 killed, Merton Jackson
    • Operator: North Carolina Division of Forest Resources
    • Type: single engine spotter plane
    • Location: near Richlands, Onslow County, NC
    • FAA Registration # unknown
    • NTSB # unknown, no record
  • To look for yourself, consult the NTSB online lookup Utility
  • North Carolina Deaths: Merton Roy Jackson

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Contributors to this article: Tim Stubbs, aka NM Air Bear, Georgia Peach, Mellie

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