More detail on this person: Chief Ervin was killed 1735 local, 2 September 1969, near Prudhoe
Bay, Alaska, after his helicopter, Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane N6964R, crashed and burned following a
tail rotor failure. Two others aboard were also killed.
NTSB Accident report ACN70A0020 lists the probable cause:
PROBABLE CAUSE(S) br> ROTORCRAFT - FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS: TAIL ROTOR PITCH CONTROL SYSTEM br> MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - FATIGUE FRACTURE br> PERSONNEL - PRODUCTION-DESIGN-PERSONNEL: INCORRECT FACTORY INSTALLATION
9 months earlier, 30 December 1968, CW4 Ervin flew a CH-54A Tarhe to two FAI Time-to-Altitude world records at Stanford, Connecticut. (FAI file numbers 9944 and 9961.
Time to 3,000 meters: 1 minute, 38.2 seconds (9944) br> Time to 6,000 meters: 2 minutes, 58.9 seconds br> Time to 9,000 meters: 7 minutes, 54 seconds (9961)
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