As always, fire fighters are working diligently to put out the blaze with machinery on the ground and in the air. A few days ago, a water bomber crashed into Lake Okanagan while attempting to land and refill its water tanks. Here’s a (poor quality) video of the crash:
The pilot was able to extricate himself and survived the crash. The airplane was an Airtractor Amphibious plane like the one pictured below:
Here is an image from the site of the accident:
All in all it was a lucky day for the pilot and it could have ended much worse. Speculators on the cause of the accident point to the landing gear being down when the airplane touched the water.
As reported by Max Trescott (and I’m sure, news outlets as well) a FedEx MD-11 cargo jet crashed at Tokyo’s Narita airport yesterday. Both the pilot and co-pilot were killed during the fiery crash and it was all caught on video. Watch the video below for the dramatic last moments of the plane:
It seems the winds were high at the time though it is not yet known if they were a factor in this disaster. The main problem seems to be a hard bounce on the first touchdown after which the pilots attempted to recover and land again rather than go around. You can see the nose go down and touch the runway first before the fire engulfs it.