A video shot northwest of Marseille, France shows a CL-415 water-scooping air tanker clipping a mast on a barge in the Rhône River near the port of Vallabregues August 27, 2017.
Be sure and turn on the sound when watching the video.
Apparently no one was injured and the aircraft landed safely at Nîmes.
Below is a statement from Sécurité Civile that appears to be roughly translated from French:
The wing of the Fire-fighting plane is damaged, it will be unavailable for several weeks, there were projections on two barges, fortunately without making of wounded person. They are experimented and confirmed pilots who knew well the stretch of water. They managed to fly up to the base of Nîmes. The pilot and the co-pilot are shocked, they were suspended as a protective measure and are going to be examined by a specialized doctor who has to make sure that they are in capacity to re-fly.
The image below is a screenshot from the video at the 10-second mark just after the mast was sheared off. We added the yellow circle.
Here is a photo of a very close call in 2016 with another Sécurité Civile air tanker:
Canadian “water” bomber drops into Pyrenees lake for top up while fighting forest fires in South of France ….. pic.twitter.com/waY425K8yA
— grant (@grantburt) August 13, 2016
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