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Offline bsmith19

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Air tanker crash at Reno-Stead airport
« on: September 02, 2008, 03:22:39 AM »
Attached is a clip of a air tanker crash at the Reno-Stead airport that happened on September 1st, at 6:11pm local. You can hear the initial call up to 121.5 with Reno approach handling the situation.



Offline bsmith19

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Re: Air tanker crash at Reno-Stead airport
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2008, 03:24:58 AM »
RENO - A P2V Neptune multi-engine tanker has crashed outside of the Stead Airport north of Reno. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration says all three crew members onboard were killed.

The twin-engine air tanker crashed just after its 6:11 p.m. takeoff about a half-mile from the runway, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. Preliminary reports from witnesses suggest the tanker lost a piece of its engine or a wing before it caught fire and went down, Gregor says. The airplane was carrying two or three people, and there were no survivors from the crash, he says.

Sierra Front spokesman Mark Struble said the tanker was working on the Hope Valley fire earlier in the day and had been released.

The crash started a small brush fire that local crews extinguished. He said the debris field from the crash covered approximately 5 square miles northwest of the airport northeast of U.S. Highway 395.

Witnesses on the scene say the back engines were on fire as it crashed into power lines. Sierra Pacific says 1,740 customers in Cold Springs, Red Rock, and Silver Knolls lost power as a result. All customers should have power restored sometime Monday night.


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Re: Air tanker crash at Reno-Stead airport
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2008, 02:46:28 PM »




Tim Dunn / Reno Gazette-Journal

Investigators on Tuesday search the crash site near the Stead airport where an air tanker went down Monday evening, killing three.
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Re: Air tanker crash at Reno-Stead airport
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2008, 02:59:03 PM »
bsmith - I am confused. Are both of these photos supposed to be of the air tanker crash, or is that second one just showing the wildfires in the area? 

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Re: Air tanker crash at Reno-Stead airport
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2008, 03:51:59 PM »
I'm pretty sure these photo's are of the crash, just the dates are wrong.

Offline RomeMikeCharlie

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Re: Air tanker crash at Reno-Stead airport
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2008, 04:12:25 PM »
That 2nd shot is of a different fire that burned 6 homes last month.

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Re: Air tanker crash at Reno-Stead airport
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2008, 04:14:40 PM »
Fixed  :-D

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Re: Air tanker crash at Reno-Stead airport
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2008, 04:55:07 PM »
Having flown with a lot of those guys and gals over the years, I know how tough this is going to be on the entire community.  It chills me to the bone to listen to that.....

R.I.P. gents!!! (And I'll actually buy you guys one tonight!)

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Re: Air tanker crash at Reno-Stead airport
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2008, 04:26:52 PM »
Good work putting that together bsmith19 -

Hearing that just leaves me feeling awful.  It makes me appreciate the gift of flight all the more.

- RB

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Re: Air tanker crash at Reno-Stead airport
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2008, 07:03:51 PM »
Thank you for the post.  I am an retired Air Tanker pilot with a lot of time in T-09.  The crew were good friends of mine.  I especially commend the Approach Controller for his professional and to the point handling of the situation. 

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Re: Air tanker crash at Reno-Stead airport
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2008, 12:55:19 PM »
Great job putting the clip together. Always sad to hear.