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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172852
Last updated: 20 November 2021
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Time:13:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT8T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-802A
Owner/operator:Servicios Aéreos Europeos y Tratamientos Agrícolas,
Registration: EC-JLB
MSN: 802A-0206
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Roxo Dam, Beja -   Portugal
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:Proença-a-Nova airfield
Destination airport:Proença-a-Nova airfield
The aircraft was performing a fire fighting mission on a wild fire in Caldeirão mountains, Tavira council, integrated in a group of four similar aircrafts. After refuelling at Air Force Base
Nr 11, Beja, they took-off, by 12:10 UTC, and flew in formation towards “Roxo” dam, where they intended to make a scooping and proceed to the fire. EC-JLB was the last aircraft (nr 4) to ditch, keeping standard formation, in line to the left, and trying to avoid the waves created by preceding aircrafts on lake surface. Near “lift-off”, after water refuelling, the aircraft was involved by wake turbulence from other aircrafts. The spanish pilot lost control of the aircraft and, when he managed to regain control the aircraft was pointing about 45º to the left. Before it could lift-off, both floats collided with the ground, in the margin, the left one detached, the aircraft flew over a small neck of land and crashed in the water, some meters ahead, loosing the right float and sinking.
The spanish pilot escaped from the cockpit, unhurt, and swam to the margin, with life jacket help, from where he has been recovered by a military helicopter and transported to Beja Air Force Base.



Other occurrences involving this aircraft

11 Jul 2011 EC-JLB Sant Carles de la Rápita (Tarragona) unk

Revision history:

10-Jan-2015 08:00 jfigueiredo Added
15-Apr-2021 12:44 BEAVERSPOTTER Updated [Cn, Country]

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