God Bless the family of these men... true heroes that are sometimes overlooked.
I have personally witnessed the extreme danger these tanker crews put their
planes into to save communities and fight fires. I hope they find peace where
ever they may be now.
When heroes die, words seem so empty and inadequate. May God bless and comfort
With all due respect to these men and their families, many, if not most of the
aircraft used in wild land firefighting is antiquated and dangerous to fly at
all; much less to be used in very hazardous conditions.The airplane
was introduced in 1947 and discounted by the military in 1984. Over
the next few days and weeks, we'll read comments from federal officials
expressing their condolences, etc. It's too late for that. While DC is way
too intrusive in our lives, fire fighting is one area where the feds need to
spend a very little bit of the bloated budget to get these old airplanes out of
service and replaced with ones that are not only safe, but effective!
Wait for the final report until making conclusions. Have a landing gear failure
on a sister aircraft will put the focus on maintenance or replacement.
These families and children are being prayed for. Please keep us updated with
tangible ways & addresses where those who wish to help can go. Thank you.
Such a tragedy.