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Heat and Cold Exposure

Bill was a fine pilot, but he struggled with his weight. At more than 300 pounds, he had trouble fitting into his Cessna AG Truck crop duster. Still, he would squeeze into the cockpit every day and deliver his payloads on fields all over northern California.

Summers in the Central Valley are always hot, but rarely do triple digits come more than 3 days in a row.

One Friday night after a short day of him flying in unseasonably high temperatures, Bill’s family noticed he wasn’t feeling well. He complained of being tired and nauseated, so he went to bed early.

Bill never woke up.

During extremes in temperature like those ...

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