SGT Ronald Hugh Wilmond

SGT Ronald Hugh Wilmond

Birth
Death 10 Aug 1984 (aged 36)
Tabernash, Grand County, Colorado, USA
Burial Carter County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 17859277 · View Source
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On August 10, 1984, a Cessna L-19 Bird Dog (registration N4584A)[10], piloted by James Jeb Caddell, 38, crashed in a forest near Tabernash. The aircraft was en route from Granby to Jeffco Airport, Colorado. The wreck was found by a pair of backpackers three years later on August 23, 1987. A 6½ minute video shot from a VHS camcorder mounted on the instrument panel was found at the site. The heavily damaged tape, some of it hanging from tree branches, was recovered and repaired by Colorado deputy sheriff Dale Wood. Subsequent analysis of the footage revealed that the pilot had not taken into account the density altitude conditions that existed on the day of the flight. The aircraft was unable to climb away from steadily rising terrain. In an attempt to remedy the situation, the pilot stalled the airplane three times during a steep bank to the right. The pilot could be heard yelling, "Damn, hang on Ronnie!" to his one backseat passenger, Ronald Hugh Wilmond, 36, three seconds before impacting the terrain.


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  • Created by: Stone Seeker
  • Added: 8 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17859277
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SGT Ronald Hugh Wilmond (9 Jul 1948–10 Aug 1984), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17859277, citing McAlister Cemetery, Carter County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Stone Seeker (contributor 46867728) .