Pilot killed in helicopter accident while battling Oregon fire

August 25, 2020 | 4:07 a.m. PDT

White River Fire August 24, 2020 Oregon helicopter accident
White River Fire August 24, 2020

The pilot of a helicopter was killed August 24 while assisting firefighters on the White River Fire in Oregon. According to the U.S. Forest Service the K-MAX helicopter was dropping water in rough terrain when the accident occurred.

Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and Forest Service air and ground resources responded immediately to the site. There will be an investigation into the accident, and the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have been notified. The firefighter has not yet been identified.

The White River Fire has burned 1,102 acres of timber and light logging slash 11 miles southeast of Mt. Hood since it started from a lightning strike August 17. It is being suppressed by 304 personnel and a Type 2 incident management team led by Incident Commander Brian Goff.

We send out our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of the pilot.

White River Fire August pilot helicopter killed crash accident
White River Fire August 18, 2020. InciWeb.

Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Jeff.

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6 thoughts on “Pilot killed in helicopter accident while battling Oregon fire”

  1. As a former USAF helicopter crewman during the Vietnam war, flying in the HH-53c Super Jolly Green Giant helicopter (and several other airframes), people have no idea of how complex and dangerous it is to fly a helicopter into large fires. The thermals can cause real problems, as well as limited visibility. Firefighters are placing their lives on the line, and so are helicopter crews. My ought and prayers are with the family of this pilot, and the other pilot lost recently in California,

  2. Looks like his church released the pilot’s name. Tom Duffy, son of Central Copters owner Mark Duffy, was the pilot killed. Rest In Peace

  3. Hope public appreciates sacrifice of air n ground crews that keep camping, hunting, hiking, recreation woods n sagebrush country safe for them!! Condolences to ‘copter pilots family!!! RIP man!!!

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