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BC fire tanker crashes in Australia, both pilots safe

BY Connect News, Feb 6, 2023 10:27 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

B.C. fire tanker crashes in Australia, both on board safe (Photo: The Canadian Press)

A Boeing 737 air tanker owned by a British Columbia company has crashed in western Australia while on

deployment to a fire.

Coulson Aviation, based in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, says in a statement that both pilots walked away from the accident and

have been medically assessed.

The statement says the company is offering all the support it can to its local and international crews and is grateful to its

firefighting and aviation industry colleagues in Australia.

Coulson announced last month that it had been awarded a contract to provide its Boeing 737 Flatliner, designated tanker 139, as

Australia's new large air tanker.

At the time, the company said the state-of-the-art aircraft was capable of dropping more than 15,000 litres of retardant or water at

flow rates of up to 11,000 litres per second.

While it's unclear what caused the crash, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. says the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau are conducting separate investigations into the crash.

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