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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

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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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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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