posted on Sep, 24 2020 @ 11:20 PM
Interim report on the Tanker 134 crash in Australia. The initial fire location they were supposed to drop on had serious winds, bad enough that
Tanker 137, a 737, experienced uncommanded rolls up to 45 degrees, and after their drop told fire commanders they weren't going back to that location.
They passed that message on to Tanker 134, as they were enroute to the same location.
Tanker 134 circled the area before deciding it was too dangerous. They were then routed to the Good Good fire, 58 km away. After their drop they
were seen at a pitch attitude of 12 degrees, and a maximum of 30 degrees left bank. At the end of the video that was recorded just before their
crash, the aircraft was at approximately 6 degrees right bank, and 6 degrees nose up. They then began a descent after reaching a maximum height of
330 feet. No CVR data was recorded. The last data was from a training flight at McClellan, when it appears that the inertia switch was activated,
disabling the CVR. There was no checklist including checking the CVR, even though the information was displayed for the crew.
]Interim report from ATSB.