SJPA Potluck – March 10th @ 5:30 – Mullis Fire Statin

Acoustical analysis of a tragic helicopter accident.

San Juan Pilot Association board member, Craig Melvin, is a retired L.A.homicide detective. He is going to give us a presentation on his investigation of a helicopter crash that occurred on July 23, 1982 during the filming of “Twilight Zone, The Movie.”  The crash killed three people on the ground including two child actors. The incident led to years of civil and criminal action.

During his 29 year career as a deputy sheriff, Craig spent 12 years at the acoustical analysis lab. This lab became known nationwide and Craig was sought after to perform analyses on recorded acoustical events ranging from gunshots, explosions, torture, tape tampering, voice identification and aircraft tragedies.

During his stay in the technical section, Craig was asked by the District Attorney’s Office to analyze the movie recording of the tragic crash. During this segment, 5 cameras were rolling, but at the critical time of the crash the explosions were so strong that the images were whitened out. Craig’s audio analysis revealed previously unknown events.

Be sure to BYOB, and your own service items – silverware, plates, napkins, etc.

twilight zone

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About Darryl Swenson

I am a private pilot and amateur photographer. I live in Friday Harbor, Washington. My airplane is a Flight Design CTLS and I keep it in a hangar in Friday Harbor. My flying has taken me up and down the West Coast USA. I am enchanted by the islands and mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and the allure of deserts and mountains of the Southwest keep drawing me back to the Four Corners area.
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