On July 7, 1981, Tanker #88 the Fairchild C-119C N13742 was on a fire fighting mission in the Los Padres National Forest near Frazier Park, California. As the airtanker approached the drop area, a witness saw that it was coming in lower and traveling at a higher speed than he had observed on the previous drops. The airtanker flew past the intended drop site then the left outer wing section flexed downward and snapped off. The airtanker began to roll left as it's nose began to drop impacting a steep slope totally destroying the aircraft. Pilot Louis Remschner, 52, of Phoenix, AZ and co-pilot Ted Sveum, 25, of Crescent City, CA did not survive. The airtanker was operated by the Hemet Valley Flying Service under contract with the USFS.
The investigation by the NTSB and Forest Service teams found that the probable cause was a failure of a part in the aileron control linkage led to aileron flutter that overstressed the airframe. All C-119s under contract in this Region were grounded for airworthiness inspections. Out of the three C-119s inspected, a total of fourteen parts in the aileron control systems were found to have cracks. An Airworthiness Directive was issued by the FAA of possible wing failure due to loads induced by a free aileron on the C-119s.