20th Jul 2007, 07:49
A fire fighting chopper with a full bucket, flying a little too low manages to take out a fire truck... ouch
Link (With Video) (http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_071807WAB_wenatchee_helicopter_attack_KC.8be579ca.html)
20th Jul 2007, 11:01
I believe there was an accident a few years ago in Italy when a CL-215 dropped a load on a fire crew. Unfortunately, I understand they weren't so lucky.
20th Jul 2007, 14:29
Safety Case study....part-time pilot flying a 40 year old single engine Huey at 8,000 feet msl in 90 degree F air while throwing water at a raging forest fire???:uhoh::uhoh::uhoh:
20th Jul 2007, 14:50
Some of theose single engine Hueys have a 5,000 lb. empty weight and 1,800 horse engines. Don't write them off as effective fire fighting tools.
As to state owned, operated and crewed ships?? That is a totally different bag of worms.
Also looking at the video that terrain is not 8,000 ft msl in Wenachee, Wa.
21st Jul 2007, 21:37
I have the privilege of flying a Huey which is older than I am. We carry out fire fighting operations and regularly operate with density altitudes well above 8000' and still operate safely with a ton of water in the bucket. She is the queen of the skies.:ok:
22nd Jul 2007, 15:40
They're waterbombing here in Cyprus, using Kamov Ka32s - Just out of interest how much odes the bucket hold?