ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-3H4 (WL) N619SW Fitzgerald River National Park, WA
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Status:Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Date:Monday 6 February 2023
Time:c. 16:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic B733 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-3H4 (WL)
Operator:Coulson Aviation
Registration: N619SW
MSN: 28035/2762
First flight: 1995-10-18 (27 years 4 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-3B1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fitzgerald River National Park, WA (   Australia)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:Bussellton Airport, WA (BQB/YBLN), Australia
Destination airport:Bussellton Airport, WA (BQB/YBLN), Australia
A Boeing 737-300 Air Tanker collided with terrain after completing a fire-retardant drop while engaged in a fire fighting mission in Fitzgerald River National Park, Australia. Both occupants survived the crash. The aircraft was consumed by fire.

The aircraft had been contracted by the Australian National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) and was flown to Australia in December 2022.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: AO-2023-008



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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
18 October 1995 N619SW Boeing first flight
9 November 1995 N619SW Southwest Airlines delivered
1 August 2017 N619SW Southwest Airlines withdrawn from use
14 August 2017 N619SW Coulson
4 July 2022 N619SW Coulson conversion to Air Tanker completed at Port Alberni, Canada
9-12 December 2022 N619SW Coulson ferried to Australia

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Bussellton Airport, WA to Bussellton Airport, WA as the crow flies is 19956 km (12473 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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