Air Tanker Crash in NV


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BLM lost a seat this afternoon south of Battle Mountain, 1 fatal. RIP

Hoyt Fire Accident Update: a single engine air tanker (SEAT) crashed in the Clan Alpine Mountains of Churchill County this afternoon working the Hoyt Fire. The pilot was transported by helicopter to the Pershing County General Hospital in Locklock where he was pronounced dead. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have been notified. More information will be posted when available. releases.htm

Reno, Nev.—A single-engine air tanker working the Hoyt Fire about 125 miles northeast of Reno went down Thursday afternoon around 4 p.m. The pilot of the aircraft was transported to a medical facility. The aircraft, an Air Tractor 802, is owned by Minuteman Aviation.

Other aircraft continue to combat the 600-acre wildland fire in the northeast Clan Alpine Range in central Nevada. Three Type 1 crews are on the scene and a Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Association are being notified.
That is not good at all. I talked to two gentlemen flying Air Tractors two days ago in Salt Lake @ U42. One of them was heading to that fire, the other to CA. Weird feeling knowing that one of the two may have been who went down. RIP :(
Is this the same single engine tanker 802 that is shown in the YouTube video trying to take off in the lake? I believe this guy had just made a drop and was refilling his tank when the weight caused the prop to strike the water on start up.

Video is found in the YouTube section here. Weather it is the same pilot or plane, still a sad loss.