Charles Wilson, Bobbie Lee Keaton Fatal Colusa County Helicopter Crash

4 Killed in Colusa County Helicopter Crash

 Charles Wilson, Bobbie Lee Keaton Fatal Colusa County Helicopter CrashCOLUSA COUNTY, Calif. (Aug. 3, 2021) — Charles Thomas Wilson, 71, of Rocklin, and Bobbie Lee Keaton, 62, of Williams, were among four killed Sunday in a helicopter crash in Colusa County.

The Colusa County Sheriff’s Office also identified almond farmer, Bill Bernard Vann, 67, and his wife, Susie Marie Vann, 60, both of Williams, as the two other victims killed in the collision.

All four people were friends traveling together aboard a Robinson R66 helicopter that crashed into a tomato field at a private ranch in rural Colusa County, police said. Authorities confirmed there were no survivors following the deadly crash in this Northern California community. The helicopter was built in 2013 and is registered to William Vann, according to the aircraft’s FAA’s registration. Authorities have not reported who the pilot was.

The Colusa County Sheriff’s Department reported the collision about 1:15 p.m. on August 1st.

Williams Community Mourns Loss of Local Residents

A Facebook post by Citizens for a Better Williams reported they were saddened at the “loss of four of our members and supporters. Their passing will leave a huge hole in the fabric of our community.”

Also, Charles “Chuck” Wilson reportedly spent his career working in the field of highway improvement.

Additionally, Bill Vann is co-owns Vann Family Orchards with his brother, Garnett Vann. The family-owned business has operated in the Williams, Colusa County area for more than 100 years. The Almond Board of California identifies the company as “one of the largest almond processors in northern California.”

It’s unknown at this time what the circumstances leading to the collision were, however, the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

The origination and destination of the helicopter is unknown at this time.

Investigators with the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are working on the case.


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