Pilot Makes Forced Landing at Washington Wildfire

Amphibious tanker made a forced landing

 

 

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot who was fighting a wildfire in northeast Washington has survived a plane crash.

A post on the Northeast Washington Fire Information Facebook page says an aviation mishap occurred on the Horns Mountain fire at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The pilot was flying one of five FireBoss single-engine amphibious scooper air tankers assigned to the fire.

Aircraft owner Air Spray USA said in a statement that the aircraft experienced an unknown problem and that the pilot made a forced landing on a logging road. The company says an investigation is underway.

Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said on Twitter that the pilot is OK and receiving medical attention.

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The fire which started Saturday is burning near the U.S.-Canadian border. It was sparked by lightning and has burned more than 1 square mile (3 square kilometers).

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Amphibious tanker made a forced landing     SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot who was fighting a wildfire in northeast Washington has survived a plane crash. A post on the Northeast Washington Fire Information Facebook page says an aviation mishap occurred on the Horns Mountain fire at about 2 p.m. Tuesday. The […]

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