Incident Summary:

05/29/1981: In Toledo, Oregon, in the United States, two women, claiming to be part of the People's Brigade For A Healthy Genetic Future set fire to a 1977 Hiller 12-E helicopter, owned by Western Helicopter Service Inc. of Newberg, and being leased at the time by Publishers Paper Company in order to spray herbicides on 100 acres of forest near Toledo. The women said the arson was a protest against the use of herbicides, and claimed responsibility for the incident in phone calls to various news organizations, including Coast News Service, as well as in a written statement left at the Newport Post Office. The fire caused $180,000 in damages (the total cost of the aircraft). No casualties were reported.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
in the woods, across a remote ravine in Toledo

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Western Helicopter Service Inc.
Specific Description 1977 Hiller 12-E helicopter owned by Western Helicopter Service Inc.
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Publishers Paper Company
Specific Description 1977 Hiller 12-E helicopter leased by Publishers Paper Company
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $180,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
People's Brigade For A Healthy Genetic Future Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Anti-Herbicide Group Takes Responsibility For Copter Fire," Associated Press, June 2, 1981.
"Herbicide Foes torch Helicopter," The Bulletin, May 29, 1981.
"Company sprays despite copter loss," The Bulletin, June 3, 1981.