Airplane Crash - Encino, California 08/01/1977

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Encino, California


Date08/01/1977
Time12:36
LocationEncino, California
OperatorPrivate KNBC Los Angeles
RouteBurbank - Santa Barbara
TypeBell 206B JetRanger
RegistrationN4TV
Aboard2
Fatalities2
Ground0
SummaryThe helicopter, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, 48, crashed in Balboa Park on the way back from covering a news story on a brush fire in Santa Barbara. Francis Gary Powers was famous for piloting the U-2 spy plane in 1960 that was shot down by the Russians and caused a major political crisis for President Eisenhower. Powers was a helicopter pilot and newscaster for KNBC in Los Angeles. Power's cameraman was also killed. The helicopter apparently ran out of fuel.

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