Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of the American West

Grumman TS-2A  N416DF


On 10/5/98 California Department of Forestry Grumman TS-2A Tracker N416DF crashed while fighting a raging brush fire near Mt. Edna in the San Jacinto Mountains of Riverside County, Calif. The pilot was killed while making his third drop of fire retardant. High NE winds (Santa Ana winds) were a factor in his loss. Aerial attack on forest and brush fires are dangerous in optimum conditions. The heat and winds of 10/5/98 remind us of the dangers fire fighting pilots often face for the sake of our watersheds and property. Only small parts remain at the crash site today.



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The vertical stabilizer of N416DF

Grumman TS-2A crash site at 3,400' MSL west of Mt. Edna. Visible are the empennage, horizontal stabilizer, and main landing gear with tire still attached.

Aerial view of crash site of N416DF. Photos from Mr. George Peterson, NTSB




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