Plane Crash Articles
- Patrick Pizzo | RE: Umunhum Conservancy: Community "Thank You" Event!
From: Patrick Pizzo
Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2016 12:11 AM
Subject: Fwd: Umunhum Conservancy: Community "Thank You" Event!
That was some experience this evening. I was the lead-metallurgical investigator of that crash. I was a Captain in the USAF near the end of my 4 years at McClellan AFB. It was my last assignment before leaving the AF to conduct that investigation; I then headed off to Stanford U. I recall the analysis very well, and as an accident investigator, one tries to develop the failure scenario from the data and try to find the root cause. In analyzing the data, one gets a vision of the sequence of failure from the first, initiating event to the final crash. One seldom comes full-circle as most military aircraft accidents are fatal to all on board; this event was an exception. After 46 years, to hear a survivor retell his experience and to have it match the scenario included in my report.... well I was dumbfounded. As he related the events, from the spider-web cracking on the side window, to his view of the cockpit, it was as if I were in the plane with him! I had that vision, that sequence, in my mind from the analysis.
That was some special evening. It was an honor to meet him and the son of the head of the unit on Mt. Umunhum, the father that died in that fatal accident. The fact that there was a full-circle to that experience was incredible. I will long remember this evening! pppizzo
- Air Force plane crash south of Petaluma recalled 44 years later
(June 19, 2014) - Refer to Dedication Video Below
- Memorial Dedication Ceremony of Hamilton AFB Flight
(June 19, 2014)
- A Story of Healing 42 Years After Fatal Hamilton Crash
(April 23, 2012)
- Herhold: A story of sacrifice by a Mount Umunhum commander
(March 21, 2012)
- Lieutenant with 1908th COMM Helps Rehabilitate Youngster
- Letter written by Roland "Rocky" Gannon to Jim Cervantes (LtC Retired) about the Plane Crash
(26 June 1975)
* One issue in letter incorrect. I wasn’t found 45 minutes after crash. Man who found me on fire outside the burning plane, threw dirt on me, then went to call authorities. He returned 45 minutes later, about the same time as two volunteer firefighters arrived.
Memorial bench dedication for USAF flight 'Visco 57' south of Petaluma