Disaster Down Under!

Australia is starting to emerge from its worst bushfire season in living memory, with severe weather switching to storms and floods in some states. Khalem Chapman and Paul Eden scrutinise the aviation offensive to protect life and land.

Unprecedented in its severity, Australia’s 2019/2020 bushfire season has led to the death of 33 people and incinerated millions of acres of land containing homes and wildlife habitats.

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RAN Aircrewman Leading Seaman Ben Nixon from No 808 Squadron assesses the Tianjara fire in both the Moreton and Jerrawangala National Parks out of the side door of an MRH90 Taipan multi-role utility helicopter. The RAN was operating its MRH90s from HMAS Albatross, Nowra and has been integral in the evacuation of residents from Fishermans Paradise and North Sassafras on the south coast of NSW. All photos provided by the Commonwealth of Australia/ Department of Defence unless otherwise stated

As AIR International went to press, fire officials in the country’s most populated state of New South Wales (NSW) were reporting that the fires had been “contained” following major storms that brought flooding to the region, although they persist in other states.


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