On Monday, August 24, 2020, Pilot Thomas Duffy, flying a Type 1 Kmax helicopter, was conducting bucket drops while battling the White River Fire in Mount Hood National Forest, when his helicopter crashed. He worked for Central Copters, Inc., a private family run company out of Belgrade, Montana, as a wildland-contract pilot for the U.S. Forest Service. The official cause of the crash is under investigation.
Central Copters, Inc.
191 Aviation Ln
Belgrade, Montana 59714
Chief: Mark Duffy, Owner
|Incident date:||August 24, 2020 16:00|
|Date of death:||August 24, 2020|
|Cause of death:||Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft|
|Nature of death:||Trauma|
|Activity type:||Water Supply|
|Duty type:||On-Scene Fire|
|Fixed property use:||Outdoor Property|