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    Helicopter Pilot Dies In Crash While Bringing Supplies To Washington Firefighters

    Helicopter Pilot Dies In Crash While Bringing Supplies To Washington Firefighters

    Associated Press

    LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) -- A helicopter crashed Wednesday while ferrying supplies to firefighters in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in central Washington, killing the pilot.

    The pilot, identified by the U.S. Forest Service as Mike Ward, 55, of Clayton, Ga., was the only person on board.

    The cause of the crash, about 20 miles northwest of Leavenworth in the North Cascades, was not immediately known.

    The Bell 205 helicopter had been contracted by the U.S. Forest Service to bring equipment to firefighters battling a small lightning-caused fire.


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    Ward, Mike

    Age: 55
    Cause of Death: Struck By/Contact with Object
    Rank: Pilot
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Status: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 08/11/2004
    Duty Type: Other
    Incident Time: 10:20
    Activity Type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
    Death Date: 08/11/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Outdoor Property

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Okanagan and Wenatchee National Forests
    215 Melody Lane
    Wenatchee , Washington 98801
    Chief: James L. Boynton

    Initial Summary:
    Pilot Ward, was killed when the helicopter he was piloting crashed while ferrying firefighting equipment to a small lightning-caused fire located in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area on the Leavenworth Ranger District.

    Memorial Fund Info: Pending

    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2004

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