Trooper Charles Michael Bassing

Trooper Charles Michael Bassing

Arkansas State Police, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, July 24, 1986

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Charles Michael Bassing

Trooper Charles Bassing, Investigator Kevin Brosch of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, and Detective James Avant of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department were killed in a helicopter crash at 1 pm.

The three officers were being trained by DEA agents as spotters for a marijuana eradication program. The aircraft was taking off from the Mt. Ida Municipal Airport when it experienced a mechanical failure and crashed into the ground. The helicopter, which had just been refueled, burst into flames. All three officers were burned to death as a result.

Trooper Bassing had served with the Arkansas State Police for 9 months. He is survived by his parents, son, and daughter.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

helicopter crash, mechanical failure, training

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Rest in peace Trooper Bassing.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 16, 2020

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