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SJFedor
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« on: November 09, 2007, 09:44:11 AM »

Got an email this morning noting that the NVWG/CC Col. Dion DeCamp and former PACR/CC Col. Ed Lewis were killed in a CAP aircraft crash last night.

Thoughts and prayers to the family  :(
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2007, 10:05:53 AM »

Has this been conformed any where else?
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Indaweeds
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2007, 10:07:05 AM »

It is also listed on www.cap.gov
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capmaj
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2007, 10:22:19 AM »

A tragic loss for aviation in general and CAP in particular. Ed came across as a crusty old S.O.B., but he truly loved flying and CAP!

May he rest well.
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2007, 11:09:49 AM »

Another sad day in CAP - my thoughts and prayers go out to their families during this time.

This does raise some concern for me however.  This is the second fatal CAP crash in a 3 month period of time, what is going on?  I truly hope that this doesn't become a frequent occurance...
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2007, 11:14:26 AM »

Unfortuanetely, one or two fatal accidents per year is about the norm for CAP. 
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2007, 11:42:46 AM »

While I understand that NHQ will provide details when they know them, does anyone know what they were out doing last night? Was there a mission going on? What airplane were they flying? Where were they flying from or to? Take off, landing or enroute accident?
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2007, 11:52:32 AM »

There also doesn't seem to be any info on the Nevada news sites I have checked.
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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2007, 12:04:01 PM »

Here is the email that I got, it gives a little bit of detail.

"From: XXX
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2007 09:39:27 EST
Subject: CAWG CAP- Tragic Aircraft Accident in Pacific Region
To: XXX

It is with great sadness that I must inform you that Civil Air Patrol has lost two of its valuable members in an aircraft accident last evening, Col Ed Lewis, PACR and Col Dion DeCamp, NVWG Commander. They were on a flight from Nellis AFB, Nevada to Rosamond California and crashed at approximately 1915 hrs PST near Mt Potosi, Nevada.
 
Please put both of them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. More info will follow when it becomes available.
 
Larry Myrick"

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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2007, 12:11:47 PM »

From FAA:


IDENTIFICATION
  Regis#: 881CP        Make/Model: C182      Description: 182, Skylane
  Date: 11/08/2007     Time: 0315

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: Fatal     Mid Air: N 
  Missing: N
  Damage: Destroyed

LOCATION
  City: LAS VEGAS   State: NV   Country: US

DESCRIPTION
  AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO A MOUNTAIN, THE TWO PERSONS ON BOARD WERE
 FATALLY
  INJURED, 12 MILES FROM LAS VEGAS, NV

INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   2
                 # Crew:   2     Fat:   2     Ser:   0     Min:   0   
 Unk:   
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0   
 Unk:   
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0   
 Unk:   

WEATHER: KLAS 090245Z 10SM FEW180 BKN250 33/M01 A2995

OTHER DATA
  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Unknown      Operation: OTHER


  FAA FSDO: LAS VEGAS, NV  (WP19)                 Entry date:
 11/09/2007
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« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2007, 12:12:00 PM »

To all...it is still early and the facts will come together slowly.  Col. Lewis brought the Airvan from Los Angeles to NV for an airshow this weekend.  Ed and Dion than were to return in a  CAP G1000 C182 for the CAWG conference this weekend.  I understand that they were going to stop near where Ed works at Edwards AFB.  It was after dark near Mt. Potosi southwest of Las Vegas.  Both of these gentlemen were high hour professional pilots.  One story in the media says there may have been a fuel problem, really still to early to know if that is true.
What is known is that these were two really great guys and will both be missed.
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« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2007, 12:18:50 PM »

Gee... that sure is going to be one sad conference now.

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« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2007, 12:20:27 PM »

They're in our thoughts and prayers
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« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2007, 12:23:32 PM »

Folks, I hadn't realized that the FAA was putting up preliminary reports so soon.  Would they put up a preliminary report for an aircraft that has been missing or do they wait until they've been found to put up the report.  If they put up a report while its still missing, some of the information is the sort that some CAP people feel is "sensitive" while a search is ongoing and get uptight about releasing to the media. 
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« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2007, 12:24:29 PM »

Just as sad is that next weekend is NVWG's conference.  It was Dion's change of command too.
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Bob Keilholtz
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« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2007, 12:27:10 PM »

Just for info...

Col Lewis worked for NASA at the Dryden facility at Edwards AFB. A great guy.  He assisted me in demonstrating the Airvan for the Space Shuttle Recovery director (Gen Hogue) at Edwards.  The Airvan is now part of the standard Space Shuttle Recovery Team at Edwards crewed by CAWG personnel.

Godspeed Col Lew and Col DeCamp.
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« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2007, 12:29:30 PM »

I count my self lucky to have known both gentleman personally.  Dion, was a great guy and was probably going to be Ed's replacement as Region DO, at least that was Ed's hope.  Ed Lewis, was in Washington last weekend for our fall conference and banquet and I do not even know where to begin in talking about him.

They will both be sorely missed and this is an unbelievable lost for all of us.
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« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2007, 12:30:21 PM »

"If I should die and leave you here awhile,
 Be not like the others, sore undone,
 Who keep long vigil by the silent dust and weep.
 
 For my sake turn again to life and smile,
 Nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do that which will comfort other souls than thine;

 Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine,

 And I, perchance, may therein comfort you."
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flyerthom
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« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2007, 01:01:28 PM »

We haven't had any official emails yet in NV wing but I am stunned. Col DeCamp was always accessible to the members and will be much missed.
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« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2007, 01:15:44 PM »

May the peace of God comfort and sustain the family, friends and co-workers, in and out of CAP, of these two men.
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