Aerial firefighter says firefighting aircraft that crashed, killing three, could have broken up mid-flight

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An experienced aerial firefighter says the C-130 that crashed while fighting a fire near Cooma yesterday could have broken up mid flight

Tim Collins is the Principle of Upstream Aviation and has flown aircraft over bushfires during his career in the air.

“As you get closer to the ground, it’s always rough and it’s always windy and it’s always hot and you add the microclimate that’s generated by the fire and it becomes extremely turbulent,” he said. He also said the air tanker that crashed while fighting a fire near Cooma yesterday, could have broken up mid flight.


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this is fairly unhelpful reporting. A C130A DID break up mid air - about 15+ years ago. Coulsen apparently puts a lot of effort into remanufacturing its aircraft into C130Q. Why not wait for ATSB report?

These pilots are guns but I’m surprised more haven’t died flying large planes on stall at low level in minimal visibility with crazy updrafts.

over 800 confirmed and we believe the truth figure would be more than that! close the flight route in and from China!

Speculation helps no one but sales and ratings! Do better ABC.

FACTs needed - way to early to tell

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