Graphic toont de belangrijkste toestellen die de strijd tegen de bosbranden in Australië aanbinden.
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Vliegtuigen spelen sleutelrol in strijd tegen Australische bosbranden

By Jordi Bou

January 15, 2020 - Een combinatie van vliegtuigen waaronder helikopters, normale toestellen en grotere luchttankers, die de meest ontoegankelijke regio’s kunnen bereiken, spelen een cruciale rol in de strijd tegen de ergste bosbranden ooit in Australië.

With aircraft, the fire services can scout out inaccessible regions and determine if a fire has broken out. With helicopters, they can evacuate homes and trapped fire teams. And with waterbombers, they can fight the fire directly and help ground crews put out a blaze.

This year, the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) fleet of around 130 aircraft has been boosted by up to 500 aircraft from more than 150 operators.

Most of the aircraft available can be used to “firebomb” water onto fires or drop retardant from the sky above.

Australia is battling its worst bushfire season on record, with fires burning since September killing 29 people, destroying more than 2,500 homes and razing bushland across an area the size of Bulgaria.

PUBLISHED: 15/01/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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