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Incident Name: badlands north of Hemet, CA
Date: 7/22/1962
Personnel: Alvin "Bucky" Walters
Age: 51
Agency/Organization: private company under contract with CDF (now CAL FIRE)
Position: aerial firefighter

Summary: On July 22, 1962, Bucky Walters crashed in the WW II-vintage TBM airtanker known as Tanker 20 while flying on a CDF fire. There was speculation that he was incapacitated by a heart attack.

 

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  • Concise Information from the NTSB, FAA, AAP and research by the WLF Staff:
    • 7/22/1962, Tanker 70
    • 1 killed, Alvin "Bucky" Walters
    • Operator: name of city, state
    • Type: TBM 3-E
    • Location: badlands north of Hemet, CA
    • FAA Registration unknown
    • NTSB # unknown
  • For information, if it becomes available, consult the NTSB online lookup Utility Unfortunately the NTSB did not investigate state or federal aviation accidents in those days.
  • California Death Index: Alvin B Walters
    • Name: Alvin B Walters
    • Event Type: Death
    • Event Date: 22 Jul 1962
    • Event Place: Riverside, California, United States
    • Birth Date: 07 Oct 1913
    • Birthplace: California
    • Gender: Male
    • Age: 51

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Contributors to this article:  Tom Janney

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