Tragedy strikes as Colorado pilot was killed in a crash while fighting a wildfire

Marc Thor Olson Death – Cause of Death – According to news outlets, a pilot of a firefighting aircraft helping to battle a Colorado wildfire was making one final pass over the blaze on Tuesday, 16th of November 2021 when the plane crashed and he died. The deadly wildfire began after high winds blew a tree onto a power line. The pilot who was identified as Marc Thor Olson, an Army and Air Force veteran, died after the Air Tractor AT-802A went down about 6:40 p.m.

Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said Olson was conducting drops on the Kruger Rock Fire, which was burning in steep terrain too dangerous for firefighters, near the town of Estes Park, in the mountains west of Loveland, when the plane crashed. The plane made one water drop and had returned with suppressant when it crashed. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Investigators mentioned that the Kruger Rock Fire broke out southeast of Estes Park, a town of around 6,000 people about 25 miles west of Loveland. By Wednesday evening, the fire had grown to around 145 acres and was 40 percent contained. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family. We extend our condolences.

WNDU wrote in a tweet; “Marc Thor Olson was killed when the plane he was flying crashed while he was battling the Kruger Rock Fire.”

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