Fire­fight­ing plane in ‘mid-air emer­gency’

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A LARGE fire­fight­ing air­craft re­turn­ing to Dubbo last Fri­day has re­port­edly been in­volved in a mid-air emer­gency.

Mil­dura’s Sun­raysia Daily news­pa­per re­ported the RJ-85 air­craft had been in that re­gion pre­par­ing for cat­a­strophic fire con­di­tions in South Aus­tralia.

The Large Air Tanker (LAT) had taken off from Mil­dura Air­port to re­turn to Dubbo on Fri­day night but had to turn back.

“Mil­dura Air­port chief ex­ec­u­tive Bill Burke said an emer­gency was de­clared when the plane’s un­der­car­riage mal­func­tioned on take-off and would not raise,” the news­pa­per said.

“It was de­clared an emer­gency at the time it hap­pened – about 6 or 6.30 in the evening – but that was more of a for­mal­ity,” he said.

The air­craft later re­turned to Dubbo.

The LAT can dump more than 11,300 litres of wa­ter or fire re­tar­dant at a time, and is be­ing used by the NSW Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice.

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