Error By Lead Plane Led To The Death Of Utah Firefighter

An error by a lead plane nearly ran a firefighting 747 into a grove of trees during efforts to stop the Mendocino Complex Fire, which triggered a low elevation drop of retardant and led to the death of a Utah firefighter and injuries of three others. 

A report released Friday by California's firefighting agency detailed the Aug. 13th incident where Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett was killed by falling tree debris and three other firefighters were injured, one seriously.

The report stated that the pilot in a small plane nearly ran the jetliner into trees because they failed to see a hill in the middle of the flight path. 

The Mendocino Complex Fire charred 459,102 acres and destroyed 157 homes before it was fully contained.


Content Goes Here