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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 4763
Last updated: 27 July 2020
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Date:01-AUG-1977
Time:12:36
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B JetRanger
Owner/operator:KNBC News, Los Angeles.
Registration: N4TV
C/n / msn: 433
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sepulveda Recreational Area, nr Balboa Lake, San Fernando Valley CA. -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Survey
Departure airport:Burbank.
Destination airport:Burbank.
Narrative:
The Jet Ranger was returning to Burbank after filming in the Santa Barbara area.
The pilot, realising that he did not have sufficient fuel to get back to Burbank, called Van Nuys Airport for clearance to land there. Clearance was given, but the aircraft failed to reach the airport.
At about 12:35 pm the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing in the Sepulveda Dam Recreational area but the engine flamed out at a low altitude owing to fuel exhaustion and the helicopter plunged to the ground and was wrecked.
Both occupants died in the crash.
They were the pilot Francis Gary Powers and cameraman George Spears.
Francis Powers came to the attention of the world in 1960 when the Lockheed U-2 high altitude, long range reconnaissance plane he was flying on a joint CIA/USAF mission was brought down by a missile over the Soviet Union.
Tried for espionage and imprisoned he was later released in exchange for a Russian agent being held in the West.

Sources:

NTSB
http://www.check-six.com/Crash_Sites/Powers-N4TV.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
25-Jul-2010 02:28 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
25-Jul-2010 02:32 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
28-Jul-2015 17:34 Anon. Updated [Location, Narrative]

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