Close Call: CL-415 Canadair Hits A Barge After Scooping Water In Scary Footage

Aug 29 2017 - 1 Comment

Physical damage but no injuries. Impressive!

Reportedly filmed at Vallabrègues, on the left bank of the Rhône River, in the Gard department in southern France, the video below shows two Canadair CL-415 water bomber aircraft involved in a firefighting mission on Aug. 27, 2017.

One of the “Superscooper” planes hit a barge with its left hand wing while scooping water in the harbor to support firefighting activities in a forest fire in Collias, near Nimes.

The Canadairs belong to the fleet of the French Sécurité Civile, that operates a fleet of more than a dozen CL-415, a type of amphibious aircraft developed to deliver massive quantities of suppressant in quick response to fires.

As already mentioned in articles we have published here, the firefighting mission is undoubtedly one of the most hazardous for pilots. The very low altitude, the smoke that reduces visibility, winds causing turbulence, the large concentration of aircraft in the same area, the generally abrupt topography and the need of perform several fill-drop cycles in a short time make the water bomber role particularly risky.

This kind of incident, quite rare, did not injure but the footage posted to Youtube is really impressive.

H/T @manusLinux for the heads-up

 

  • Arno Nymes

    Fire-Fighting Airplane’s pilots are real heroes ! We can’t imagine how dangerous is to fly in these conditions !
    I live in south of France and I can see them every summer fighting huge forest fires. These images were filmed near my city,(Sète).
    They are very brave and a lot of them paid the price in numerous crashes…
    They deserve all our respect.

    Excuse my bad english, it’s not my mother-tongue…