Lieutenant Charles Matthew Turner

Lieutenant Charles Matthew Turner

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, April 4, 1996

Charles Matthew Turner

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.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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A crash course on the new FLIR unit, then Matt and I found a Murder suspect I was looking for, The first successful use with the new unit.Then I was at in service and helped with the Crash Inv. And my classmate Wayne Childress was killed with Matt. Good men and I am better for knowing and working with them !!!!

1st LT. retired
West Virginia state Police

April 8, 2015

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