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Collision with terrain involving Lockheed Martin EC-130Q, N134CG, near Peak View, New South Wales, on 23 January 2020
Phase: Evidence collection
The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain of a Lockheed EC-130Q Hercules Large Air Tanker, registration N134CG, near Peak View, New South Wales, on 23 January 2020.
While conducting fire control operations, the aircraft collided with terrain after completing a fire retardant drop. The three flight crew on board were fatally injured, and the aircraft was destroyed.
The ATSB has deployed a team of transport safety investigators with experience in aircraft operations, maintenance and data recovery to the accident site, to begin the evidence collection phase of the investigation, including conducting site mapping and identifying aircraft components for recovery for examination at specialist technical facilities.
As part of the investigation, ATSB investigators will also analyse available recorded data, review weather information, aircraft maintenance and flight crew records, and interview witnesses.
Should any safety critical information be discovered at any time during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify operators and regulators so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.
A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.
Date: 23 January 2020 Investigation status: Active
Investigation level: Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels
Location: Near Peak View Investigation phase: Evidence collection
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Collision with terrain
Occurrence category: Accident
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: Fatal
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2021
Aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Aircraft Corp
Aircraft model EC-130Q
Aircraft registration N134CG
Serial number 382-4904
Operator Coulson Aviation
Type of operation Aerial Work
Damage to aircraft Destroyed
Departure point Richmond, NSW
Destination Richmond, NSW
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