National Transportation Safety Board

U.S. Forest Service

A heavy-lift helicopter moved a badly damaged firefighting airplane over the weekend from a remote site near Circle to an airstrip in Central. From there, the airframe and engine will be taken to the Lower 48, where federal investigators will study them to determine what caused the water-scooping aircraft to go down on July 14th.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are looking into the cause of an incident that caused heavy damage Tuesday to an air tanker working on a wildfire near Circle. NTSB Alaska Region Chief Clint Johnson provided more details of the incident Thursday.

U.S. Forest Service

The pilot flying a small water-scooping air tanker fighting a fire near Circle escaped injury Tuesday after he ran into a problem that damaged the aircraft.


The chief of Alaska’s National Transportation Safety Board office has released additional information about the people and plane involved in an Aug. 12 crash at a remote airstrip about 40 miles southwest of Delta Junction.

“No injuries,” he said. “Definitely substantial damage to the airplane.”