Steve Wilkie

 

Age: 38

 

Summary: brand manager of the Silvertab clothing line at Levi Strauss & Co. headquarters in San Francisco, California who was among one of 88 passengers and crew members aboard the ill-fated Alaska Airlines Flight 261 when the twin-engine MD-83 jetliner, which took off from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and bound for Seattle, Washington, spiraled downward out of control and crashed nose-first into the Pacific Ocean off the sunny coast of southern California after the pilot reported problems with the horizontal stabilizer, a wing-like structure on the tail that controls the pitch of the aircraft's nose, but the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the jackscrew was not lubricated adequately by Alaska's maintenance facilities and caused the stripping of the threads from a nut that held the bolt.

 

 

Cause of Death: Airplane accident

 

Born: January 9, 1962

 

Died: January 31, 2000

 

Location: Port Hueneme, California