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Last updated: 21 February 2020
Date:Thursday 23 January 2020
Time:ca 14:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed EC-130Q Hercules
Operator:Coulson Aviation
Registration: N134CG
C/n / msn: 4904
First flight: 1981
Engines: 4 Allison T56-A-16
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Cooma, NSW (   Australia)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:Richmond RAAF Base, NSW (XRH/YSRI), Australia
Destination airport:Richmond RAAF Base, NSW (XRH/YSRI), Australia
A Lockheed C-130 Hercules firefighting aircraft impacted terrain and burst into flames near Cooma, north-east of the Snowy Mountains in Australia. All three crew members died in the accident.
The aircraft was engaged in fighting forest fires in the area.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation ongoing

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photo of Lockheed-EC-130Q-Hercules-N134CG
accident date: 23-01-2020
type: Lockheed EC-130Q Hercules
registration: N134CG

Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
161496 US Navy Nov. 1981 delivered
161496 US Navy 1993 in storage
N130CG Coulson Aviation 2017 conversion to air tanker
N134CG Coulson Aviation May 2018 re-registered


This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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