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On Thursday, August 23rd, at around 11 am, Chuck was returning to the Anoka County airport from a fly-over in his T28 warbird. On approach for landing, he reported to the tower that there was smoke in the cockpit. Chuck landed the plane short of the runway, and at some point, there was a fire in the cockpit. He was able to get himself out of the aircraft and onto the ground. Fortunately, two good Samaritans had stopped and witnessed Chuck outside of his aircraft in distress. They scaled the fence to pull him to safety, and away from the fire. We cannot thank them enough for their quick thinking and heroic actions. Shortly afterward, Chuck was airlifted to HCMC where he is currently in the burn unit ICU.
Because of the severity of Chuck's burns, there are no visitors or gifts/flowers/balloons/etc. allowed due to the high risk of infection. Please visit the support page for ways you can help. Thank you for visiting. We will continue to provide updates here.