Gayle W. Wood - ID 6746

Gayle W. Wood

Line of Duty

CHP Officers Killed in Helicopter Crash

Friday, September 1, 1978

Officers Gayle W. Wood and James E. McCabe were on air-traffic patrol, making their last run before quitting at dusk when their CHP helicopter crashed and burned near Castaic Lake on Interstate 5. The helicopter struck a power line support that apparently was not visible in the approaching darkness. Officer Wood, the 41-year-old pilot, was a 10-year veteran of the Patrol and had been a CHP pilot for five years. Officer McCabe, the 34-year-old observer, had been a member of the Patrol for seven years and a helicopter observer for six months.