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Incident Name:  unknown but near McGrath AK
Date: 7/22/1968
Personnel: 4 lives lost, names unknown
Age:  pilot was 25 yr
Agency/Organization:  Hawkins and Powers Aviation in Greybull, WY under contract with BLM
Position: aerial firefighters

Summary:

Names of the 4  killed -- 2 pilots, mechanic and passenger -- are unknown.

On 7/22/1968, while enroute to a fire after reloading in McGrath, an aerial firefighting tanker crashed into Joaquin Mountain killing the pilot, co-pilot, a helicopter mechanic, and a passenger. The aircraft was on contract to BLM from Hawkins and Powers Aviation in Greybull, Wyoming.

 

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crashed into Joaquin Mountain, near McGrath AK

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  • Concise Information from the NTSB, FAA, AAP and research by the WLF Staff:
    • July 22, 1968
    • 4 killed, names unknown
    • Operator: Hawkins and Powers Aviation in Greybull, WY; Aviation Safety Network says Avery Aviation
    • Type: CON.AERNAUT PB4Y2
    • Location: Joaquin Mountain, near McGrath AK
    • FAA Registration # N7974A
    • NTSB # ANC69F0083
  • National Transportation Safety Board: Probable Cause (html)

    Type of Accident: Collision with ground: controlled

    Phase of Operation: In flight: Other

    Probable Cause(s):

    Pilot in Command - Misjudged altitude and clearance

    Factor(s)

    Terrain - High Obstructions

    Fire after impact

    Remarks - Struck mountain slope enroute to forest fire. Passengers did not have seat belts.

  • For more information consult the NTSB online lookup Utility Use NTSB Identification: ANC69F0083

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