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Lieutenant Charles Matthew Turner | West Virginia State Police, West Virginia West Virginia State Police, West Virginia


Charles Matthew Turner

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, April 4, 1996

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 17 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Aircraft accident

Incident Date: 4/4/1996

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Lieutenant Turner was killed when his helicopter crashed during a training exercise in Charleston. The helicopter crashed into a residential hillside between two houses.

A retired West Virginia state trooper was also killed in the accident.

The accident was later determined to be a result of the helicopter manufacturer's inadequate maintenance service bulletin inspection interval, which failed to provide timely detection of pre-existing fatigue cracks in the tail boom.

Lieutenant Turner had served with the agency for 17 years.

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It has been a long time since the accident. I was a Charleston Police Officer at the time and one of the first units on scene. As I was responding to the call I remember seeing the smoke coming from the hillside and praying no one was injured. When I arrived on scene I expected to see houses on fire because it would have been nearly impossible for an aircraft not to have hit one. But somehow this amazing Trooper, with what he was going through, had the ability to miss them all. It was at that moment that I realized we had lost a Great Hero!
Lieutenant Turner you will never be forgotten.

Sergeant Austin Hairston III Volusia County Sheriff's Office, FL
February 18, 2014


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