Authorities are searching for the wreckage of a Large Air Tanker that crashed while fighting a bushfire in southern NSW.
What we do know from radar is that the aircraft made several changes of course, and also lost both altitude and airspeed during this time.This could be a difficult one to investigate, as those manoeuvres look entirely consistent with the normal operations of those large tankers.
Obviously, nobody should speculate as to why this train of events happened. Hopefully the Cockpit Voice Recorder and Flight Data Recorder can be recovered and a cause (or causes) determined.
AFAIK, normal. CVR and FDR is only required in civil passenger carrying aircraft. Military and ex-military aircraft are not required to carry them.
Yes, but due to other similar events in the past I thought this issue was resolved and mandatory. A multi million dollar plane crashes and people die, the cause still needs an investigation.AFAIK, normal. CVR and FDR is only required in civil passenger carrying aircraft. Military and ex-military aircraft are not required to carry them.
This was a US-registered plane, which means that the FAA rules (FDR/CVR not required on non-commercial aircraft) apply.I once saw a news video of a Caribou ex military transporter being used on fire fighting duties in California USA and the wings were completely torn off when the pilot attempted to gain altitude too quickly. The C130 that crashed here could be a candidate for a similar incident.
As a non-commercial aircraft, the additional CASA rule restricting airline service in Australian airspace (regardless of registration) to planes fitted with FDR/CVR does not apply.
Were either of those rules to be changed, aircraft like this one would probably be grandfathered.
The ATSB preliminary report:There was a computer simulation shown on one of the news programs on the weekend, along with a photo of a tree having the top knocked off, all in line with the way the plane went down. Would sadly seem the aircraft, crew each had very poor vision owing to the dense smoke in the area which video's showing the plane disappearing into the smoke from a distance away.