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    Fire Copter Crash Kills Pilot

    JULY 31, 03:41 ET
    Fire Copter Crash Kills Pilot

    By SARAH COOKE
    Associated Press Writer

    LYONS, Colo. (AP)

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    Engine Cited in Colorado Fire Crash

    Engine Cited in Colorado Fire Crash

    ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) -- A helicopter crashed and killed its pilot while fighting a forest fire because its turbine engine overheated and partially melted, investigators said.

    National Transportation Safety Board investigators were still trying to determine what caused the overheating.

    The helicopter crashed July 30 near Rocky Mountain National Park, the second fatal crash at that fire.

    "Witnesses reported hearing a high-pitch whine and seeing rotor blades turning slowly, so we suspected a problem with the power train,'' said Arnold Scott, chief investigator for the Denver office of the NTSB.

    Investigators took the engine apart and found that part of it "is just literally toast, just burned up,'' Scott said Monday.

    The damage interrupted the transfer of power to the helicopter's rotor blades, he said.

    "It's like going down the highway at 60 miles an hour in a standard shift car and, without taking your foot off the accelerator, pushing in on the clutch. Your engine overspeeds but you have no power being developed,'' he said.

    Federal Aviation Administration investigators examined maintenance records for the Aerospatiale SA-315B Lama helicopter, which was owned by Geo-Seis of Fort Collins. The rebuilt engine on the 1978 helicopter had logged only about 200 hours of flying time.

    The crash killed the pilot, Leonard G. Knight, 52, of Boulder, the only person on board.

    He was the 15th person killed this summer while fighting or en route to fighting wildfires that have burned more than 4 million acres.


    http://www.firehouse.com/lodd/2002/co_aug6heli.html

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    Knight, Leonard Gordon

    Age: 52
    Rank: Pilot
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 07/30/2002
    Incident Time: 18:45
    Death Date: 07/30/2002

    Cause of Death: Struck By/Contact with Object
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Activity Type: Other
    Fixed Prop. Use: Outdoor Property

    Fire Dept. Info:
    USDA Forest Service, Arapaho and Roosevelt Nationa
    240 West Prospect
    Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
    Chief: Forest Supervisor Jim Bedwell

    Initial Summary:
    Pilot Knight was the only person on board of a helicopter being used to drop water on hotspots of a recently controlled 4,400-acre fire near Rocky Mountain National Park. Due to a cause still to be determined the aircraft crashed killing him.


    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application....cfm?p_id=1312

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