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Australia investigates massive 2020 wildfires caused by army helicopter crew negligence

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Australia investigates massive 2020 wildfires caused by army helicopter crew negligence

Today, November 14, the Australian Capital Territory Coroner's Court (ACT) launched an investigation into the widespread wildfires in Canberra in 2020, caused by the negligence of the crew of an army helicopter, writes the British newspaper The Guardian.


The publication recalls that the MRH-90 Taipan helicopter, codenamed ANGEL21, on January 27, 2020, conducted reconnaissance of remote landing sites in the Orroral Valley, which, if necessary, could be used by fire brigades.

During the court session, a recording of the negotiations between the helicopter crew and headquarters was played.

According to The Guardian, the crew commander, on the basis of whose testimony the investigation is being conducted, requested an emergency landing.

Do we have the right to land in this area so that the guys can go out and relieve themselves?

- the words of the major are given.

It is reported that later the helicopter made an unplanned landing, after which the fire immediately started.

This is evidenced by the continuation of the record submitted to the court.

Get up, get up, we set a fire, turn off the spotlight

one of the Australian soldiers shouted.

According to The Guardian, the commander of the crew, a major (whose last name is not called), admitted that he did not turn off the searchlight when he made an emergency landing. At the same time, he claims that he did not know about the high temperature of the light, since at that time he was inside the rotorcraft.

Forensic experts found that the temperature of the glow from the spotlight used on ANGEL21 at close range could reach 550 degrees Celsius. It is strange that the military did not know about this.

According to the data published in the article, the helicopter was at the landing site for no more than a minute. Then one of the pilots decided to return to Canberra airport, contacting the dispatcher and reporting the urgency. However, nothing was said about the fire.

Moreover, as assistant lawyer Kylie Nomchong told the court, during the 17-minute flight to the airport in Canberra, regular communication was maintained between the helicopter crew and air traffic controllers. At the same time, there were no notifications from the military that they accidentally provoked a fire. Then, significant areas burned out in the Australian capital region, there was a danger of fire approaching settlements.
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  1. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 14 November 2022 17: 12
    +1
    For each dead koala, a life sentence.
    1. Shurik70
      Shurik70 14 November 2022 18: 04
      0
      And how did you find out about it?
      Upon their return, they were silent about it.
      Then, when they realized the scale of what had happened, they should have kept silent all the more.
      So that the investigators demanded a recording of negotiations from a black box - these should have been grounds.
      1. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 14 November 2022 18: 09
        +1
        The snitch must have been in the carriage. Is it possible to erase the record of the "black box" and how long is it stored?
  2. Evgenijus
    Evgenijus 14 November 2022 17: 14
    +1
    The human factor, even the military, is people, with consequences ...
  3. dimasik-nl
    dimasik-nl 14 November 2022 17: 23
    +3
    My daughter lives in Australia, when a huge amount of forests and animals were destroyed by fire. It will take several hundred years to recover. Man will destroy this planet.
    1. Sergey T19
      Sergey T19 14 November 2022 17: 29
      0
      Let them plant everything with Russian Christmas trees))
    2. dmi.pris
      dmi.pris 14 November 2022 17: 39
      0
      Wow .. Relieved the need ... Almost like in the movie "Khotabych"
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  5. opposite28
    opposite28 14 November 2022 17: 48
    0
    Successfully relieved the need, with relief. Curiously, toilet paper is included in the kit of the transportable helicopter spare parts kit ?! good drinks bully
  6. Aag
    Aag 14 November 2022 18: 50
    -1
    ... Well, how relevant, timely, burning!!!
    Undoubtedly, this will greatly affect the course of geopolitical events in general, and the supply of military equipment in particular! (...obscene, sorry...). You can add, of course, the prices in stores - nothing, - let's say - if only for the benefit! (But with this, there are big problems, uncomfortable questions ...).
  7. Emergency
    Emergency 14 November 2022 19: 30
    0
    what Not a fig to itself helicopter pilots descended on small. I suspect, by and large, he went already in the belly of the turntable.
  8. Vic Vic
    Vic Vic 14 November 2022 21: 13
    -1
    What kind of spotlight is this that sets it on fire around itself? In fact, I have never read or heard of anything like it. If this is indeed the case, then there simply could not have been such cases before. Does anyone know, read about something similar?
    Theoretically, it is clear that the light device emits heat. If there is an incandescent filament, which, in my opinion, is already archaic, then light and heat energy are directed in one direction. If LEDs, which is more likely, then the direction of heat energy does not coincide with the direction of light.
    Yes, and the helicopter landed in thick tall grass or in a dense forest, but this is extremely unlikely. Then what is the incendiary range of this searchlight?
  9. Magellan
    Magellan 15 November 2022 01: 06
    0
    Well? Why is this news on VO? There are many fires in other regions as well.