Large Air Tanker crashes while fighting bushfire in NSW, ABC understands
People forget that this is not an airline, or even Air Force, operation. This sort of flying is possibly the most dangerous job that there is, short of having someone shooting at you.What is he Stall speed of a C130 carrying 15T payload plus fuel?. Google reckons lts about 185kmh but that may be the minimum with no payload.
The speeds below are Ground speed.
It descended 350 metres (1150feet) in 2 minutes
The last clear shot of the aircraft shows a definite up pitch as well as some left roll. Nothing untoward in that. I see no reason to be worried about stalling. These people were used to this operation and speeds. Whilst stalls are something that most pilots stay well clear of, some elements of aviation live on the edge of them.Looks like it entered the right turn in a very low visibility area and at low altitude. No spare altitude to recover?
Perhaps, nothing in the video to make one think so though.Some other kind of malfunction?
Again possible, but that's one of the inherent traps of this sort of operation. So, it would be something I'd expect them to be well able to counter.Loss of situational awareness + turn = loss of altitude conducting the turn?