When the Boeing 737 Fireliner National Large Air Tanker crashed in the Fitzgerald River National Park at around 4.15 p.m., it was actively combating fires. As per the source The two pilots of the Boeing 737 water bomber that crashed on Monday off the southern coast of Western Australia somehow survived.
Firefighters are presently battling a blaze that has already consumed more than 900 hectares of the national park, which is located in the state’s Great Southern area about six hours from Perth.
A representative for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the organisation was supposed to send a helicopter to assist, but the survivors were saved before the chopper could get there.
The aircraft, known as “Phoenix,” can carry 15,000 litres of fire suppressants and can cruise at nearly 800 km per hour while loaded.
The 737 had already been put to use to put out a fire that was endangering Cervantes and Jurien Bay by the time the official announcement was made in mid-December.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service has dispatched a team to transport the two crew members to Perth if necessary after they were transported to the neighbourhood medical facility for treatment of minor injuries.