Thomas Duffy, Pilot

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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.

Department information

Central Copters, Inc.
191 Aviation Ln
Belgrade, Montana 59714

Chief: Mark Duffy, Owner

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 40
Rank: Pilot
Classification: Wildland Contract
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
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property