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Colorado is advised against creating state aerial firefighting fleet

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado needs to strengthen efforts to combat wildfires to prevent future destructive blazes but need not create its own state-run aerial fleet of water-dropping planes, a firefighting agency recommended on Friday. The report by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control was issued ahead of the start of the annual fire season at the request of lawmakers following a series of devastating wildfires that hit the state in recent years.

India military training plane crash kills five

A new C-130J Hercules cargo plane on a training mission crashed Friday in central India killing all five crew members, an Air Force spokesman said, the latest in a string of military accidents. The plane came down on the outskirts of Gwalior city in Madhya Pradesh while on a routine flight, Indian Air Force group captain Gerard Galway told AFP. "We can confirm that all five crew members have died in the crash," he said.

Cargo plane crash kills five in India

A C-130J Hercules cargo plane crashed Friday in central India killing all five of its crew members, an Air Force spokesman said. The US-made military aircraft came down on the outskirts of Gwalior city in Madhya Pradesh while on a routine flight, group captain Gerard Galway told AFP. "We can confirm that all five crew members have died in the crash," he said. In a statement, the defence ministry said the aircraft crashed at 10:00 am local time (0430 GMT) after taking off from the tourist city of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal.

Ex-firefighter arrested in connection with deadly California wildfire

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A former firefighter has been arrested and accused of intentionally setting a Northern California blaze that killed a 56-year-old man and destroyed dozens of homes in early September, authorities said on Wednesday. Zane Peterson, 29, was taken into custody at his parents home on Tuesday on suspicion of murder and arson in connection with the so-called Clover Fire, Captain Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Bombardier secures orders for up to eight Q400s, but no CSeries, at Dubai show

Bombardier has secured orders and interest from two companies at the Dubai air show for its Q400 turboprop that could potentially be worth up to US$423 million, but the company has yet to announce any orders for its new CSeries aircraft at the event. The national airline of Ivory Coast placed an order for two Q400 NextGen aircraft with an option for two more on the second day of the Middle Eastern showcase.

Bombardier to sell eight Q400 NextGen aircraft to Palma Holding

(Reuters) - Canadian plane and train maker Bombardier Inc <BBDb.TO> said Dubai-based lessor Palma Holding Ltd would buy up to eight dual-class Q400 NextGen airplanes, in a contract valued at about $282 million. The deal includes an option to buy four aircraft, Bombardier said on Monday. Bombardier also said Ivory Coast's national airline, Air Cote d'Ivoire, has agreed to buy two Q400 NextGen aircraft. The deal, which also has an option to buy two more Q400 NextGen planes, could be valued at $141 million.

Aircraft carrier steams in to Philippines as UN admits failings

The United States said relief channels were belatedly opening up to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines on Thursday as the UN admitted it had not acted quickly enough to help survivors. While President Barack Obama urged Americans to dig deep and other countries upped their aid, the UN's humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said the scale of the disaster and logistical challenges meant that six days on from the storm, some places remained without help.

Bombardier makes first U.S. sale of amphibious plane for fighting fires

NORTH BAY, Ont. - Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) has made its first U.S. sale of a Bombardier 415 water bomber, an amphibious plane used in Canada and other countries to fight forest fires. Although the first Bombardier 415 was delivered nearly 20 years ago, this is the first to be purchased by a U.S. buyer — a partnership led by Tenax Aerospace LLC, under contract to the U.S. Forest Service. The plane, which is assembled in North Bay, Ont., has a list price of US$34.5 million.

S. Korea, U.S. carry out airborne logistics training

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Marine Corps and the U.S. Army jointly carried out their first airborne logistics exercise on Monday to train soldiers in charge of delivering personnel and heavy cargo during wartime, military officials said. The joint training took place near the eastern port city of Pohang, 374 kilometers south of Seoul, mobilizing KC-130J military transport aircraft to simulate cargo delivery operation during wartime.

Oregon man pleads guilty to fraud in deadly 2008 helicopter crash

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - A former aircraft maintenance director has pleaded guilty to misleading the U.S. Forest Service to help his company win a $20 million contract in a case linked to the deadliest helicopter crash involving on-duty firefighters in U.S. history. The 2008 incident near Weaverville, in Northern California, killed seven firefighters on board the helicopter as well as the pilot and a U.S. Forest Service official.
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