USGS airboat flips, starts fire in Everglades

Everglades airboat crash and fire
Crashed USGS airboat. WSVN

Wednesday afternoon an airboat carrying three U.S. Geological Survey researchers flipped over and started a vegetation fire in the Everglades in northwest Miami-Dade County in Florida. None of them were injured as they were ejected. They were rescued by another airboat of researchers.

In a video at, a reporter said the fire was 10-15 acres and no agency was taking suppression action.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills.


One thought on “USGS airboat flips, starts fire in Everglades”

  1. Glad no one was hurt. This is a first of it’s kind that I know about, that is a airboat wreck starting a wild fire.

    Running an airboat feels easy but they are very dangerous to operate by the in-experienced operator. So many things can go wrong very quickly. Part boat, part airplane. As a low time operator a few years ago I put a couple of dings and dents in them my self. Even the high time experienced operator needs to pay full time and attention to running them.

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