Pilot issued maydays before crashing at wildfire

Pilot issued maydays before crashing at wildfire

24 April 2008

published by www.9news.com

Fort Carson, USA — The pilot killed when his plane crashed during a wildfire at Fort Carson called in a series of maydays and said, “I’m going down,” just seconds after dropping retardant on the fire.

That is according to a preliminary investigation report by the NTSB into the crash that killed 42-year-old Gert Marais of Montana on April 15.

Marais was based in Sterling.

The report does not pinpoint the cause of the crash. The NTSB says that process could take several months.

The fire was contained on Wednesday after it burned about 14 square miles at a remote part of Fort Carson.

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