BACON, Robert W.

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BACON, Robert Warren (1939-1990)[SS#538-34-5746], was killed when he flew his fish-spotting plane into San Clemente Island on November 17, 1990.



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November 18, 1990 [LAT]: “A pilot working as a spotter for a commercial fishing boat died after his single-engine plane slammed into the center of the island, authorities said. Robert W. Bacon, 50, of San Pedro was flying solo when the Cessna 162 [172] crashed on the island about 45 miles off the San Diego coast, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Dan Mincher said. Bacon took off from Torrance Municipal Airport to find schools of fish for the San Diego-based vessel Santa Maria, Mincher said.”


November 18, 1990 [LAT]: “U.S. Coast Guard and Navy search teams Saturday discovered the body of a San Pedro man who was at the helm of a small aircraft that crashed on San Clemente Island, about 45 miles west of San Diego, authorities said. The single-engine plane was spotting for a San Pedro-based fishing vessel, the Santa Maria, the Coast Guard said, when it crashed on the island, which is used by the Navy. The pilot was identified as Robert W. Bacon, 55. A Coast Guard helicopter was to take his remains to the San Diego County Medical Examiner. Bacon was alone in the Cessna 172, authorities said. Federal safety officials are investigating the crash. After a three-hour search, a Coast Guard crew aboard a Falcon jet spotted the downed aircraft shortly before noon in the middle of San Clemente Island, officials said. The fishing vessel had last heard from the aircraft at 3:30 a.m., authorities said.”