For­est fire­fight­ing op­er­a­tion by IAF he­li­copter in Mukku­ni­mala

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

On Fe­bru­ary 21, 2017, Mi-17V5 he­li­copters of the In­dian Air Force (IAF) doused fire in an op­er­a­tion at Mukku­ni­mala Hill which is lo­cated 10 km east of air­field at Thiruvananthapuram. An Air Force radar is also lo­cated on hill top at Mukku­ni­mala. Due to lack of rain in the re­gion, first for­est fire oc­curred in the hills on Fe­bru­ary 18. The same was put off by em­ploy­ing do­mes­tic fire ten­ders of IAF and the Kerala Fire Ser­vice. The fire, how­ever, con­tin­ued to re­oc­cur due to thick and dry veg­e­ta­tion. On Fe­bru­ary 21, Kerala State Gov­ern­ment re­quested IAF for as­sis­tance in terms of em­ploy­ing he­li­copters to douse the for­est fire at Mukku­ni­mala.

Two Mi-17V5 he­li­copters which un­der­took the op­er­a­tion flew a to­tal of five sor­ties in Bambi bucket con­fig­u­ra­tion and dropped 62,050 litres of wa­ter to douse the for­est fire. By evening the fire was fully doused.

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