Sat, Jun 19, 2004
Sole occupant pilot dies
in modified crop duster
The Associated Press is reporting that a modified single-engine
crop dusting aircraft being used as a water tanker to fight a
forest fire crashed, killing the pilot.
The aircraft was involved in the firefighting ops near St.
George (UT) when the ir crashed about 15 miles north of the city at
approximately 6 PM local time, according to Bureau of Land
Management spokesperson Wendell Peacock.
The pilot was identified as 58-year-old Wayne Turner, a contract
pilot for New Frontier Aviation who had been a pilot for more than
40 years and had more than 21,000 hours of flight time under
Peacock said that the 3,660-acre Dammeron Complex fire, which
was apparently two fires caused by lightning which had merged
together, had been declared contained shortly before the time of
Photograph courtesy of The Spectrum, St. George.
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