Plane Went Down In Low Visibility Conditions
fire season in the western United States started earlier than
normal this year... and, sadly, has already claimed its first
victim in the aviation community.
The pilot of an Air Tractor AT-602 water bomber died when his
plane crashed east of Fort Carson, CO Tuesday night. US Forest
Service spokesman Greg Goodland said the aircraft (a similar AT-802
is shown at right) impacted near a highway at 1814 MDT.
Few details about the circumstances of the accident are
available, though visibility was extremely poor due to heavy smoke
from a 2,000-acre forest fire in the area. The pilot had not been
identified as of Wednesday morning.
KMGH-7 in Denver reports three large fires are now burning
throughout Colorado, as high winds fuel conflagrations that ignited
in dense, dry brush brought about by a wetter than normal
winter, followed by dry conditions throughout March.
AT6T Description: AT-602
Date: 04/16/2008 Time: 0023
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: COLORADO SPRINGS State: CO
AIRCRAFT, DURING FIRE FIGHTING OPERATIONS, CRASHED, THE ONE
PERSON ON BOARD
WAS FATALLY INJURED, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: COS SPECI 0036Z 21029G 34KT 10SM CLR 22/M17 A2957
Activity: Aerial Application
Phase: Unknown Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: DENVER, CO
Entry date: 04/16/2008