Tanker 44 back in the air

We have a report that Tanker 44, the air tanker that ran off the end of the runway at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (JeffCo) in Colorado on July 26, 2010, is back in the air. Apparently repairs were made and Neptune Aviation has been conducting flight tests yesterday and today in Colorado.

P2 crash in Colorado
Tanker 44 off the runway, July 6, 2010. Photo: Cliff Grassmick

The P2V-5 Neptune operated by Neptune Aviation out of Missoula, MT, experienced a hydraulic failure upon landing, had no brakes, and went off the end of the runway (map). Both pilots self-evacuated and were walking around when fire apparatus arrived to put out a fire in one of the engines.

The air tanker had been supporting the Cow Creek fire in Rocky Mountain National Park when the accident occurred.

Our original coverage of the accident.

The aircraft was moved on July 27.

The NTSB’s preliminary report.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.