Two pilots walked away with minor injuries, after a Boeing 737 Jet converted for firefighting crashed in Australia officials said Tuesday (7/2/2023).
The twin-engine tanker owned by Canadian-based coulson aviation crashed in Fitzgerald River National Park in southern western Australia State while fighting wildfires late Monday (6/2/2023).
Both pilots received only minor injuries, even though the plane was engulfed in flames and smoke upon impact emergency services Minister Stephen Dawson Said.
The men believed to be Canadian citizens were released from a hospital on Tuesday (7/2/2023). The Australian Transport Safety Bureau The Nation’s Crash Investigator said, Monday's crash was the first serious accident involving a Boeing 737 in Australia.
The plane crashed shortly after dumping its load of water with additives in turbulent conditions. Coulson aviation is sending executives to Sydney.
Crash Investigator Angus Mitchell said, it was too early to suggest any link between the two coulson aviation crashes or wider implications for Boeing 737 passenger aircraft. The plane had taken off from an airport 500 kilometers (300 miles) away. It was the plane's second retardant drop on an out-of-control wildfire near the Coastal Town of Hopetoun.