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Fire bombing aircraft crashes into dam

Crews were forced to swim to safety after the aircraft crashed.

Photo: Uniform Photography

One of Victoria’s fire bombing Aircranes, “Christine” 341 has crashed on Monday during fire operations over the Thomson Complex Catchment fires in Gippsland.

Two pilots and one engineer were forced to swim after the aircraft crashed into a dam.

Ambulance Victoria has assessed the crew members after they walked away unscathed.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau and Worksafe have been notified.

Over the past several days, the aircraft had been involved in fire suppression activities at the Thomson Catchment Complex fires.

The Aircrane was one of ten aircraft working on the fire.

Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said that he was grateful that the crew are safe.

Victoria has 49 contracted aircraft including two Aircranes.

Contingency plans are being put in place to ensure Victoria has adequate aircraft coverage over the Thomson Catchment Complex fires and for the State.

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