A veteran wildland firefighter with helitack and fire crew experience was killed in a helicopter crash in a Dallas suburb on Friday. Lora Trout left the Teton Interagency Helitack team in Jackson, Wyoming, after six years to pursue her ambition of flying helicopters full-time and return to firefighting as a pilot.
Accprding to wildfiretoday.com, Prior to joining helitack, she worked as a wildland firefighter in Colorado’s White River National Forest and Idaho’s Boise National Forest. She acquired her helicopter pilot’s license and found a job as a tour pilot, then went on to get her flight instructor’s certification.
Lora was giving Ty Wallis a lesson when the tail boom separated on Friday. The helicopter, a Robinson R44 (N514CD), crashed and caught fire in a deserted lot in Rowlett, Texas. Both of them were killed.