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Incident Name: a fire on the Tule Ranger District, Sequoia National Forest.
Date: August 18, 1960
Personnel: Donald Gilbert Akers
Age: 35
Agency/Organization: a private contractor under agreement with the US Forest Service
Position: aerial firefighter

Summary: On August 18, 1960, TBM air tanker pilot Don Akers came over a ridge on a retardant drop on a fire on the Sequoia National Forest and clipped the ridge. His Grumman TBM crashed, killing him.

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 Sequoia National Forest, Tule Ranger District



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  • Concise Information from the FAA, AAP and research by the WLF Staff:
    • 08/18/1960
    • 1 killed, Donald Ackers
    • Operator: unknown private contractor
    • Type: Grumman TBM
    • Location: Sequoia National Forest, Tule Ranger District
    • FAA Registration # unknown
    • NTSB # none
  • For more information if it becomes available, consult the NTSB online lookup Utility.
  • California Death Index: Donald G Akers

    Name  Donald G Akers

    Event Type  Death

    Event Date  18 Aug 1960

    Event Place  Sierra, California, United States

    Birth Date  22 Jul 1925

    Birthplace  California

    Gender  Male

    Mother's Name  Mcclure

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