While operating in southwestern Australia, where fire season rages, Coulson’s Boeing 737 Fireliner Tanker 139 crashed on February 6, 2023 in Fitzgerald River National Park. However, the Australian press reported that the crew would be alive, and the medical services would take him by helicopter to a district hospital.
A St. John’s Ambulance spokesman said the two pilots were not seriously injured. Tracking its trajectory on Flight Radar 24 shows that the aircraft must have been in the process of falling after going around the light and that the last recorded speed was around 100 kt.
This device is the third of this type to have been converted by Coulson Fire Fighting. She left the arena in the spring of 2022 and participated in the summer season in California. She made her first operational drop on July 14 due to a fire in Yosemite National Park.
On December 9, 2022, it crossed the Pacific Ocean to reach its new area of operations. She was operating for a few days in the Perth area, departing from Busselton Airport.
Coulson, one of the companies with contracts to provide air resources to various Australian local authorities, has CH-47 and C-130 heavy helicopters on site, while the other company’s aircraft are currently operating in Chile.
We recall that the company already lost the Hercules Tanker 132 and its three crew in Australia in January 2020.
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