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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 238865
Last updated: 25 August 2020
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Date:30-JUL-2020
Time:12:51 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT8T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-802A
Owner/operator:Sarita Aerial Contractors Inc
Registration: N8510M
C/n / msn: 802A-0151
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Caliente, NV -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The aircraft experienced a mid-air collision while engaged in fire-fighting operations on the Bishop Fire in SE Nevada, 14 mi SSW of Caliente. Both aircraft were destroyed. Both pilots were killed. The fire was on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The two privately owned aircraft were under contract to the agency.

According to FlightRadar24, it appears that both planes were flying in the same direction in close proximity, with N1558W flying at the rear roughly one kilometre away. At 12:49pm, both planes descended from 7300ft to 6600ft. N1558W's data disappeared from FR24 at 12:50:57pm. N8510M's data continued for another minute until 12:51:55pm, with no noticeable change in altitude or speed at the end.

Sources:

https://news3lv.com/news/local/air-tankers-collide-while-trying-to-contain-wildfire-in-caliente
https://www.ktnv.com/news/2-planes-collide-while-battling-wildfire-near-caliente
https://fireaviation.com/2020/07/30/two-air-tankers-collide-near-bishop-fire-in-nevada/
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n8510m#251441c7
https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=N8510M


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
31-Jul-2020 04:40 Captain Adam Added
31-Jul-2020 12:06 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code]
31-Jul-2020 12:12 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
31-Jul-2020 14:03 Anon. Updated [Time, Registration, Source, Narrative]
31-Jul-2020 14:05 harro Updated [Cn, Operator, Source]

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