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Sadly tonight Helitanker T90 crashed and both pilots were killed south of Happy Camp CA this evening.


I knew both and it hits close to home...


May those two fine pilots rest in peace.


Familys are being notified at this time. May are thoughts be with them



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Two pilots killed in helicopter crash

Bodies pulled from river near Happy Camp


By Constance Dillon, Record Searchlight

August 5, 2006


HAPPY CAMP- A sheriff's dive team recovered Saturday the bodies of two men killed Friday evening when their fire-fighting helicopter crashed into the Klamath River about 10 miles southwest of here, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department reported.


The bodies of pilot Terry Wayne Jacobs, 48, of Wofford Heights in Kern County and his yet unnamed co-pilot were taken from the water about 4 p.m. Saturday.


The identity of the co-pilot will not be released until his family, who live outside of the United States, has been notified, said sheriff's spokeswoman Susan Gravenkamp.


Autopsies are planned for this week.


There was no one else on the aircraft. Both men were employed by Heavy Lift Helicopters Inc. of Apple Valley, about 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles.


The Sikorsky helicopter was assigned to help fight the Happy Camp Complex of wildfires, said Skye Sieber, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman. The Happy Camp Complex fire is a series of lightning-caused fires that began last month which have burned 2,843 acres in the Klamath National Forest. The fire was 25 percent contained as of Saturday.


Sieber was uncertain if the helicopter that crashed was being used to drop water on the fire or to deliver personnel and supplies.


A team from the National Transportation Safety Board was expected to join the investigation at the crash site Saturday along Highway 96 near Independence Creek to help determine the cause of the crash.


Helicopters have been used to fight wildland fires since 1947, according to the U.S. Forest Service Web site. The agency keeps 500 helicopters contracted for such dangerous use.


In July 2004, Robert Dalberg of Aris Helicopters in San Jose and Bill Baxter of the California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection's Mendocino unit were both seriously injured when their helicopter crashed over the 3,240-acre Straylor Fire 20 miles south east of Fall River Mills in northwest Lassen County.


Two north state men — pilot Bruce Harrison, 48, of Redding and Terry Hillenburg, 53, of Weaverville, — also were injured in August 2002 when their helicopter crash-landed while attempting a water drop on a Colorado wildfire.

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Here is the most recemt report on that accident, if everyone hasn't gotten or checked there e-mails for the daily news letters.




very sad, condolences for all of the family members and friends.

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