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Old 23rd January 2020, 01:57 PM
Erik H. Bakke Erik H. Bakke is offline
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Default Contact lost with air tanker

There are news reports contact has been lost with one of the large air tankers fighting bushfires in the Snowy-Monaro this afternoon. Helicopters are said to be searching.

My prayers with the crew and all other involved that this is not real.

I do see one of the P-8 Poseidons circling just east of Cooma and Bredbo, though, not sure if that is related.
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Old 23rd January 2020, 01:59 PM
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C130: RAAF A47-005 P-8A Poseidon as "BLACKCAT 50" currently searching for a missing C-130 Large Air Tanker in the Snowy Mountains region of NSW, Australia. NSW RFS confirmed that a C-130 is currently missing and a SAR operation is taking place.

Source Twitter (@scanSydney)

Track log is not good
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/...15ZZ/YSRI/YSRI

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Old 23rd January 2020, 03:37 PM
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Unfortunately, the worst outcome has been confirmed.
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Old 23rd January 2020, 04:06 PM
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Three dead after Large Air Tanker crashes while fighting bushfires in southern NSW

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Three crew members died when a Large Air Tanker crashed while fighting a bushfire west of Cooma.

"Tragically, there appears to be no survivors as a result of the crash down in the Snowy Monaro area," NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.

"[The aircraft] impacted heavily with the ground and initial reports are that there was a large fireball associated with the impact of the plane as it hit the ground."

Commissioner Fitzsimmons said there was no indication on what caused the accident, but is working with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to determine what happened.

The Lockeheed C-130 Hercules was contracted through American aerial firefighting company, Coulson Aviation, which have now grounded their Large Air Tankers fleet as a precaution and as "a mark of respect".

"Our thoughts and prayers are with them now in this most awful of times," Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

"Our hearts are with all those that are suffering in what is the loss of three remarkable, well respected, crew that have invested so many decades of their life into firefighting.”

The RFS said the aircraft was engaged in "routine" waterbombing activities at the time of the crash.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-...hfire/11893554
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Old 23rd January 2020, 07:43 PM
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N134CG, Bomber 134, C-130Q
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Old 23rd January 2020, 09:30 PM
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From the Premier

Out of respect for the three US firefighters who lost their lives operating a Large Air Tanker, flags will fly at half mast in NSW tomorrow.
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