|10-05-2009, 11:26 PM||#1|
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Airtractor buddy system
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|10-06-2009, 11:00 AM||#4|
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Re: Airtractor buddy system
We have a fire base in Edson and the Conair Air Tractors land here quite often.
Last summer there was one mishap with Air Tractor Inc 802A-003 "Fire Boss" tanker, registration N1546H, when engaged in water bombing activity on a fire near Nojack, Alberta. The single engine aircraft was fitted with Wipair 10000 amphibious which had been modified to facilitate water scooping. While transiting from the fire to nearby Chip Lake at 500 to 600 feet above ground the engine (Pratt and Whitney PT6A-67AG) surged and flamed out.
The pilot selected the flaps and landing gear down, completed a 180, and landed toward the west in the eastbound lane of Highway 16. Both nose-gear legs were down and locked prior to touchdown; however, there was insufficient time for the main gear actuators to extend fully and both main gear collapsed at touchdown.
The pilot was uninjured. The fuel filters, engine chip plugs and engine oil filter were examined on site after the incident and no discrepancies which would have contributed to a sudden loss of engine power were identified.
The next morning we (my wife and I) were on our way to Edmonton (heading to Great Hobbies ) and saw this plane backed into a side road just off Hwy 16.
Credit to the pilot for bringing her down safely and scaring the crap out of a local truck drive who happend to be traveling that section of Hiway when the plane landed.
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