@AlbertaWildfire sent out a tweet today with four pictures saying goodby to four crews that had been assisting in the Province:
Today we say goodbye to our US firefighters that assisted us at the McMillan Complex in the Slave Lake Forest area. Thank you to the Prineville, Logan, Union and Snake River Hotshot Crews; we appreciate the support. Safe travels and all the best back home! #ABfire #ABwildfire
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(Let us know which crew is which and we’ll add the crew names in captions. UPDATE — got them all identified. Thanks!)
In addition to a number of U.S. firefighters in Alberta, at least 11 crews from the lower 48 states are assigned in Alaska according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center: Los Padres, Lewis and Clark, Chief Mountain, Golden Eagles, Crane Valley, Idaho Panhandle, Lakeview, Redmond, Vale, Wolf Creek, and Winema.
(This article was first published at Fire Aviation)
One of Air Spray’s four-engine L-188 Electras had a problem with its landing gear June 22 and had to make an emergency wheels-up landing at Red Deer Regional Airport in Alberta.
Red Deer News Now reported that according to Graham Ingham, CEO at the airport, the incident happened around 12:20 p.m.
“We had an Air Spray air tanker, an Electra-type aircraft, perform an emergency landing due to the fact it couldn’t get its main landing gear down. After a couple of attempts, they decided that it would be safer to do a wheels up landing, and subsequently they did. Thankfully they came to a complete stop. There were no injuries, no fire and it was the best outcome for everyone.”
Mr. Ingham said two pilots and two other people on board walked away from Air Tanker 490 without any injuries.
The video below shows what looks like an excellent landing, considering the circumstances.
The cause of the landing gear problem has not been released.
Other firefighting aircraft have had landing gear problems:
At least five hotshot crews from Oregon and Montana will be leaving Wednesday to assist with the wildfires in Alberta.
Kathy Bushnell of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest said Montana hotshot crews from the Helena, Lolo, Bitterroot and Flathead national forests will travel north with the Rogue River Hotshots from Oregon.
Deb Schweizer of the USFS office in Boise told Wildfire Today that an additional 15 personnel are being mobilized for a variety of overhead positions.
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