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    California Crash Renews Air Tanker Concerns

    California Crash Renews Air Tanker Concerns

    Wildfire, May 1, 2005

    Still waiting to learn the cause of a large air tanker crash that killed three pilots on a training mission in April, U.S. Forest Service officials in May were cautiously optimistic that large air tankers would continue to support firefighters through the season.

    The April 20 crash of Aero Union Corp.'s P-3B Orion tanker near Chico, Calif., killed Brian Bruns of Minden, Nev.; Paul Cockrell of Fresno, Calif.; and Tom Lynch of Redding, Calif.

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    Lynch, Tom

    Age: 41
    Cause of Death: Vehicle Collision
    Rank: Captain
    Nature of Death: Trauma
    Classification: Wildland Contract
    Emergency Duty: No

    Incident Date: 04/20/2005
    Duty Type: Training
    Incident Time: 19:00
    Activity Type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
    Death Date: 04/20/2005
    Fixed Prop. Use: Outdoor Property

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Aero Union Corporation
    100 Lockheed Ave.
    Chico , California 95973
    Chief: President & CEO Terry Unsworth

    Initial Summary:
    Three pilots, Captains Brian Bruns, Paul Cockrell, and Tom Lynch died when the aircraft they were operating, a P-3 Orion airtanker, crashed from a cause still to be determined in a remote part of California. The pilots were undergoing training/qualification flight checks in preparation for the upcoming fire season.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Make checks payable to: AUC in trust of Tanker 26 Families, 100 Lockheed Ave., Chico, CA 95973.

    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2005

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    Cockrell, Paul

    Age: 52
    Cause of Death: Vehicle Collision
    Rank: Captain
    Nature of Death: Trauma
    Classification: Wildland Contract
    Emergency Duty: No

    Incident Date: 04/20/2005
    Duty Type: Training
    Incident Time: 19:00
    Activity Type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
    Death Date: 04/20/2005
    Fixed Prop. Use: Outdoor Property

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Aero Union Corporation
    100 Lockheed Ave.
    Chico , California 95973
    Chief: President & CEO Terry Unsworth

    Initial Summary:
    Three pilots, Captains Brian Bruns, Paul Cockrell, and Tom Lynch died when the aircraft they were operating, a P-3 Orion airtanker, crashed from a cause still to be determined in a remote part of California. The pilots were undergoing training/qualification flight checks in preparation for the upcoming fire season.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Make checks payable to: AUC in trust of Tanker 26 Families, 100 Lockheed Ave., Chico, CA 95973.

    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2005

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    Bruns, Brian

    Age: 47
    Cause of Death: Vehicle Collision
    Rank: Captain
    Nature of Death: Trauma
    Classification: Wildland Contract
    Emergency Duty: No

    Incident Date: 04/20/2005
    Duty Type: Training
    Incident Time: 19:00
    Activity Type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
    Death Date: 04/20/2005
    Fixed Prop. Use: Outdoor Property

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Aero Union Corporation
    100 Lockheed Ave.
    Chico , California 95973
    Chief: President & CEO Terry Unsworth

    Initial Summary:
    Three pilots, Captains Brian Bruns, Paul Cockrell, and Tom Lynch died when the aircraft they were operating, a P-3 Orion airtanker, crashed from a cause still to be determined in a remote part of California. The pilots were undergoing training/qualification flight checks in preparation for the upcoming fire season.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Make checks payable to: AUC in trust of Tanker 26 Families, 100 Lockheed Ave., Chico, CA 95973.

    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2005

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