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Air Force Fire Crews Assist At Eagle Air Emergency Landing

WN-07-0045-16-tn.jpg:Eagle Air Beechcraft aircraft conducted an emergency landing when its landing gear failed to deploy. Three RNZAF fire crews reacted to minimize the risk of fire to the aircraft’s 17 passengers by coating the civilian aircraft with foam after it landed on its undercarriage.

18 June 2007

Royal New Zealand Air Force fire crews were out in force at Blenheim Airport this morning as an Eagle Air Beechcraft aircraft conducted an emergency landing when its landing gear failed to deploy.

WN-07-0045-16-tn.jpg: Eagle Air Beechcraft aircraft conducted an emergency landing when its landing gear failed to deploy.

Three RNZAF fire crews reacted to minimize the risk of fire to the aircraft’s 17 passengers by coating the civilian aircraft with foam after it landed on its undercarriage.

RNZAF Base Woodbourne Fire Master Flight Sergeant Chris Gee said he was pleased with how efficiently his fire fighters had reacted.

“Everything went like clockwork. We had a bit of time to prepare as the aircraft was circling and we reacted quickly to lay a protective foam blanket over the aircraft after it came to rest. Aircraft emergency fire fighting is core stuff for us so we are very well trained for this kind of thing.”

The passengers were transported to the nearby RNZAF Base Woodbourne Air Movements hangar after the landing where they were provided with counselling.

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