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Author Topic: 737 Fire bomber crash in Western Australia  (Read 168 times)

Offline Bob_Roller

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737 Fire bomber crash in Western Australia
« on: February 08, 2023, 06:14:49 AM »
I saw a video on YouTube yesterday morning about a fire bomber crash .
In the story, the aircraft registration was given N619SW, that 737 was retired from the Southwest Airlines fleet in 2017 and then converted by a company in British Columbia, Canada to a fire bomber . I worked on that aircraft for over 20 years .
On a good note, the two man crew got out with minor injuries .
« Last Edit: February 08, 2023, 06:45:32 AM by Bob_Roller »
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Offline Tony Smith

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Re: 737 Fire bomber crash in Western Australia
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2023, 05:05:07 PM »
I am looking forward to the accident report. From the drag path the a/C had significant forward speed when it impacted the ground, borne out by the cockpit remaining sufficiently intact for the pilots to escape.

I suspect they got caught by windsheer near the fire resulting in them being on the wrong side of the "power available/power required" curve leading the a/C to impact near horizontal.

Coulson have had a run of accidents in Australia, acouple of years back they lost a C-130 and crew. They have also lost two 412s, thankfully without losing any crew.

Fire fighting is dangerous work.
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