Selma, OR Three Civil Air Patrol Officers are Killed in Their CAP Cessna 177 on a Search Mission, May 1985

Charles Lee Ruckman Charles Lee Ruckman grave Kenneth Roger Schappert grave

This accident happened on May 26, 1985. The dead Civil Air Patrol members included Capt Charles L. Ruckman and Lt Kenneth R. Schappert.

THE ACFT WAS ON A CAP SEARCH MISSION WITH A PLT & 2 OBSERVERS ON BOARD. WHILE SEARCHING, THE PLT WAS FLYING RELATIVELY LOW & SLOW OVER WOODED, MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. A WITNESS OBSERVED THE ACFT ENTER A BOWL OR BOX CANYON TYPE AREA AT OR BELOW HIS EYE LEVEL. THE TERRAIN IN THIS AREA ROSE TO THE EAST, NORTH & WEST. REPORTEDLY, THE ACFT ENTERED THE AREA FROM THE SOUTH, THEN BEGAN A 180 DEG TURN, BUT COLLIDED WITH TREES BEFORE THE PLT WAS ABLE TO EXIT. THE ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS APRX 1600 FT. NO PREIMPACT MECHANICAL PROBLEMS WERE FOUND THAT WOULD HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE ACCIDENT.

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Charles Lee Ruckman Find a Grave memorial - https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/34540842/charles-lee-ruckman

Kenneth Roger Schappert Find a Grave memoria - https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/146896023/kenneth-roger-schappert