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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

MAFFS: C-130 Crews Resume Firefighting Operations

 C-130 Crews Resume Firefighting Operations Today

From a U.S. Northern Command News Release

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., July 3, 2012 - The military's C-130 Modular Airborne Fire-Fighting System fleet will resume operations today to support the National Interagency Fire Center and its firefighters battling wildfires in several states, U.S. Northern Command officials said.

Operational flying was suspended yesterday to review flying and safety procedures after the July 1 crash of a MAFFS C-130 while fighting South Dakota's White Draw Fire. An official investigation into the crash is ongoing.

MAFFS C-130H Accident Facts List:

Date:01 JUL 2012
Time:ca 18:00
Type:Lockheed C-130H Hercules
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
C/n / msn:5333
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage:Written off
Airplane fate:Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:nr Edgemont, SD (United States of America)
Phase:En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Colorado Springs-Peterson Field, CO (COS) (COS/KCOS), United States of America
Destination airport:Colorado Springs-Peterson Field, CO (COS) (COS/KCOS), United States of America
A Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) equipped C-130 transport aircraft supporting firefighting missions crashed in the southwest corner of South Dakota, USA. The aircraft was supporting the efforts against the White Draw Fire.
US Air Force officials have not yet issued a statement about the fate of the six crew members. One family confirmed to the Air Force Times that they were notified that a relative had died in the accident. It was later said that just two had survived.

MAFFS is a joint U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Forest Service program designed to provide additional aerial firefighting resources when commercial and private airtankers are no longer able to meet the needs of the forest service.
MAFFS is a self-contained aerial firefighting system owned by the U.S. Forest Service that can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than 5 seconds, covering an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide. Once the load is discharged, it can be refilled in less than 12 minutes.


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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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