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Old 9th Jan 2020, 06:46
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NSW bushfire crash

Thankfully the pilot is okay!

A contract helicopter for the NSW Rural Fire Service has crashed into a dam this afternoon.NSW Ambulance issued a statement that said about 4pm the water bombing aircraft, tasked to the Clyde Mountain fire, ditched into the Ben Boyd Reservoir in the Ben Boyd National Park at Edrom, in the Bega Valley Shire.

"The aircraft remains submerged however the pilot was able to free himself from the aircraft and is safely onshore," they said.

Paramedics are responding.

The chopper crashed with 800L of fuel and 20L of oil.

It's believed to have been fighting the 156,000 hectare out-of-control Border Fire near Eden on the far NSW South Coast.
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Apparently Lucy, from Fleet Helicopters

Now, who was bemoaning the requirement to be current for HUET and to wear a lifejacket?







Aerial image courtesy of Sam Wilson

Crash occurred at Ben Boyd Dam near Eden.
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for those that know him believe mr tomato head was in the front. Damp but survived.
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Engine failure?
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Originally Posted by catseye View Post
for those that know him believe mr tomato head was in the front. Damp but survived.
I'd never noticed



Get well and back in the air soon
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You ain't in Reno any more, Toto!
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Thankfully the pilot is okay!
Does this affect their drinking water?
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Yes.....Beer is preferred after a long day flying and an unscheduled water landing in a non-float equipped aircraft!
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Does this affect their drinking water
Is a worry.

https://www.9news.com.au/national/au...7-7f3b536f5f25
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Come on, Lachie used to have a bath every week, even if he didn't need it. No need to be rude.
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Would 800l of fuel and 20l of oil (if it all escapes), when spread over several square miles of surface or mixed into millions/billions of litres of water, really cause a problem?
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Sounds like Lucy is back on dry ground again with a little bit of help from the ADF.
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Originally Posted by SnowFella View Post
Sounds like Lucy is back on dry ground again with a little bit of help from the ADF.


Lucy looks remarkably intact; and Lachie is also in fine fettle apart from being 'a little bashed up'
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Usually in a water landing, one of the blades will dig in and tear the Xmsn out of the mounts. Lucky Lachie!
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Is there any suggestion as to the reason behind the crash yet?

mechanical, handling, environment or a combination of all?
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More images from the recovery.

All photos by SGT Bill Solomou
Commonwealth of Australia











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Does this affect their drinking water?

Would you drink it if they told you it was OK?
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I'm curious how they flipped it from upside down under water to right side up on land. Despite looking relatively unscathed I'm guessing it won't fly again any time soon.
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