"Vanowen IC" - Fatal Plane Crash - LAFD

On 1-9-15 at around 2pm LAFD and LAPD personnel responded to numerous reports of a small airplane down in the intersection of Vanowen and Hayvenhurst in the Van Nuys area of Los Angeles. The pilot of this experimental aircraft was reportedly doing touch-and-goes at nearby Van Nuys Airport when, just after take-off, the aircraft reportedly fell from the sky. Aside from the single fatality (pilot) no other injuries were reported.

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Fox Air Tanker Base (USFS) 2002

While skimming through some old footage I came across some stuff I shot TEN YEARS AGO while on a tour of Fox Air Tanker Base in Palmdale, CA. Fox is home to the region's air resources for the United States Forest Service. During the tour, presented for area fire photographers, aircraft was dispatched to brush fires started by several lightning strikes in the area. Unfortunately I was shooting on tape and much of the footage from the tour was unusable (it happens!). I managed to piece together enough footage to make this video. Enjoy!