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Old 28th Jan 2019, 08:42
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Firefighting Aircraft accident Jericho, Victoria

There is very limited information but reports that a water bombing aircraft may have been involved in an accident in Jericho, working on the fire near the Thomson Dam around 7pm this evening. Reports that crew are ok. Sure we will hear more once it hits the media.
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Old 28th Jan 2019, 08:57
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Erickson Skycrane Christine.
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Old 28th Jan 2019, 09:35
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Firebombing helicopter crashes Yarra Ranges


A water bombing helicopter used to fight bushfires has crash-landed into a dam in the Yarra Ranges on Monday night.

Emergency crews rushed to Jericho after the chopper came down and plunged into the water.

Three people on board the Helitak341 have luckily escaped without serious injury.

Communities around Mt Buller had been on alert for fires, following recent bushfires in the area including at Aberfeldy and Woods Point.

It’s not clear to which fire the crews on board the helicopter had been attending.

Local man Pedro, from the Tatong Tavern, said patrons had seen police and ambulance heading towards Odea Rod just after 8pm.

“That area is mainly bush, it’s a gravel road with lots of hills and mountains then it goes into a valley,” he said.

“They [emergency services] would have to access it by a back road though I’d say — it’s not private land but it’s got gates and fences.

“There’s a few farms that back onto the area too.”

Victoria Police spokeswoman Natalie Butler said crews were called to Nine Mile Rd about 7.15pm.

“It is believed all occupants of the aircraft are safely out,” Ms Butler said.

“The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been notified.”

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/la...11413634ff9ae0
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Christine or Delialah? I saw Delialah operating up there yesterday.
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Christine or Delialah? I saw Delialah operating up there yesterday.
Both were there today, my information was that it was Christine. If it helps its the one out of YMEN not YMMB.

Edit: From EMV

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Old 28th Jan 2019, 12:45
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bugger. we need all the air support we can get. glad everyone is OK.
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Old 28th Jan 2019, 19:29
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Odd. Tatong is a bloody long way from Thomson Dam. Tatong is just east of Benalla.
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Update on ABC news website.
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Hysteria has already set in. Skycranes grounded until operator can provide safety assurances, safety insurances, “safety is our first priority,” yadda yadda.
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Old 28th Jan 2019, 23:00
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There are 6 operating in Australia (now 5) so itís a fair number of aircraft grounded considering what they cost to have here.

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Seriously why ground them............ They have been operating for years in a harsh environment. Press on like the Americans don't get scared Aussies this is why you have never been to the moon, risk averse.
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WorkSafe Victoria and ATSB investigating, should come up with some good conclusions!

ATSB will do doubt put it down to some fluffy theory, while WorkSafe will put it down to the pilots not wearing safety vests while undertaking hazardous duties.

4 Holer, in Australia we couldn’t put man on the moon, because we have to pick a lesbian transsexual Astronuat with a PHD degree in Islamic architecture. It would take at least twenty years for planning permission before we could build a space station subject to secret sites etc.
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WorkSafe Victoria and ATSB investigating, should come up with some good conclusions!

ATSB will do doubt put it down to some fluffy theory, while WorkSafe will put it down to the pilots not wearing safety vests while undertaking hazardous duties.

4 Holer, in Australia we couldnít put man on the moon, because we have to pick a lesbian transsexual Astronuat with a PHD degree in Islamic architecture. It would take at least twenty years for planning permission before we could build a space station subject to secret sites etc.
Dont forget that the moon rocket must be powered by solar electricity!
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If it was pilot error, they would still be flying.

If something fell off it like a rotor blade, they would need to ground them.

I suspect the two pilots onboard gave good insight into what went wrong and the appropriate course of action has been taken...

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hope you are right squawk and the grounding is a temporary precaution, not an exercise in bureaucratic arse covering.
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Old 29th Jan 2019, 02:40
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Worksafe have discovered that the dam they were filling from did not have any safety cones set up around it, nor were the crew wearing his vis vests.

"Christine" eh...... Good movie. '58 Plymouth Fury taking no crap from anyone.
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Aircraft have been cleared for operation again
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Be interesting to know the cost of the rebuild...OUCH!
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Be interesting to know the cost of the rebuild...OUCH!
I expect the full insured value plus a bit.

Simply getting it out will be a massive task.
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