NSW Rural Fire Service Radio Operator Changed Radio Log Following Deadly Air Tanker Crash, Inquest Hears

A New South Wales Rural Fire Service aviation radio operator added information to a second version of his radio log following a fatal large air tanker crash in the Snowy Mountains during the state’s Black Summer bushfires, a coronial inquest has heard.

Kevin Harder was communicating with large air tankers from the Cooma Fire Control Centre on January 23, 2020 in the hours before one crashed, killing three American aerial firefighters on board.

His initial log suggests he did tell one of the pilots, Shawn Duggan, who was flying a 737 near Adaminaby, that there were no other aircraft flying in the area but did not provide a reason why.

There was nothing in the log that suggested the pilot on board the C-130 which crashed, was given this information either.

Read more on this story at ABC Australia

Ryan Mason
Ryan Mason
Ryan is an accomplished writer and aerial photographer that has worked in the aviation industry for over a decade before co-founding AerialFire Magazine. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Ryan is a former police officer that focuses his writing and photography efforts on para-public operations and agricultural aviation.

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