Ross Estabrooks experienced a heart attack while at the house fire Friday night. Estabrooks had a heart attack at the scene of the incident and was transported to a hospital where he later died.
COLORADO AIR TANKER CRASH LODD
Pilot Thor Olson (the only occupant) had been an FAA-certified pilot since 1979 who has more than 8,000 flight hours and 1,000 hours of flying with night vision goggles both as a civilian and in combat. The plane was an Air Tractor AT-802A belonging to CO Fire Aviation.
Winds at the time were gusting 40 to 50 miles per hour in the area of the crash. The Colorado Department of Forestry said the single-engine air tanker was not flying under the state’s contract on Tuesday night.
The sheriff’s office was still working to get answers when asked about who ordered the flight, who made the decision to perform the flight and whether it was the first time a single-engine air tanker had flown at night in Colorado, as the state’s contract does not allow for nighttime flights for SEATs. Oregon has tested flying SEATs at night.