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Old 12-06-2018, 21:34
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Default Breaking - Fire plane Missing

Terrible breaking news from Diario De Mallorca this evening https://www.diariodemallorca.es/. Translation below:-

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They are looking for an Ibanat plane that disappeared in mid-flight near Pollença. Sources of the Emergency Services suspect that it may have fallen into the sea and at this moment they are searching with aerial means for a trace of it.

A plane from the Ibanat has disappeared in mid-flight on Tuesday afternoon between Cala Sant Vicenç and the urban center of Pollença.

The search operation is being conducted by the Rescue Air Service (SAR) that tracks the area where they lost contact with the aircraft. Sources of the Emergency Services suspect that it may have fallen into the sea and at this moment they are searching with aerial means some trace of it, which was contracted by Ibanat for the fire campaign.

Together with the SAR, the General Directorate of Emergencies, Civil Guard and Maritime Rescue have been dealing with the search by sea in the place of the last position of the plane, in the area of ​​Cala Sant Vicenç, where it is suspected that it was.

Ibanat’s aerial means have participated in the search, but they have retired at nightfall. A SAR plane, however, continues with the tracking of the area and collaborates with them Maritime Rescue.

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Terrible news indeed.
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Just seen this on FB, terrible news, hope they find everyone safe
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Oh I hope not. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
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From the MDB
https://majorcadailybulletin.com/new...ing-plane.html

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Four helicopters and a plane from Ibanat, the Guardia Civil and the air force were involved in the search, which continued during the night thanks to the arrival of an army helicopter and plane from the mainland that have night sight visors.
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Looking at the pictures on FB, they are showing one of the smaller planes not the big fire fighting ones, I am not sure if they are using just a stock photo though!
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Looking at the pictures on FB, they are showing one of the smaller planes not the big fire fighting ones, I am not sure if they are using just a stock photo though!
According to the MDB article it's a smaller fire-fighting Air Tractor plane, not one of the bigger ones.
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Latest update from the DDM :-

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The search for the missing plane extends from Torrent de Pareis to Port de Pollença
During the night, two airplanes and a helicopter of the rescue service of the Air Force, SAR, have flown over the area with night vision equipment -Dawn media are available to join the tracking the aerial resources of the Balearic Institute of Nature
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The search for the missing plane extends from Torrent de Pareis to Port de Pollença
The search for the missing plane extends from Torrent de Pareis to Port de Pollença
The search teams that since yesterday fly over the area of ​​the northeast of Mallorca where in the afternoon the trace of a firefighting plane was lost have not found any sign of the device, in which only the pilot was traveling. The search is centered from the Torrent de Pareis towards the Port de Pollença, the upper part of the Serra de Tramuntana, since contact with the aircraft was lost when flying over Cala Sant Vicenç.
Aerial, maritime and terrestrial media have mobilized this morning to try to locate the Air Tractor 802 of the Balearic Institute of Nature (Ibanat), charge on land called cargo on land, called " Red ". disappeared Tuesday afternoon. During the night, two planes and one helicopter of the rescue service of the Air Force, SAR , have flown over the area with night vision equipment without any result, as reported to Efe by a spokesman of the General Directorate of Emergencies of the Government .

Since dawn, the aerial resources of the Balearic Institute of Nature (Ibanat) have been added to the tracking tasks . Meanwhile, Salvamento Marítimo has mobilized Salvamar Saiph in the sea, based in Alcúdia. The SAR is coordinating all the rescue tasks and the movements of the different forces.

In the plane, only the pilot was traveling, which, according to emergency services sources, was carrying out a reconnaissance flight. The aircraft was in the area of Cala Sant Vicenç when, at 18:08 hours it contacted for the last time with the Forest Fire Coordination Center. There his trace was lost. All calls by radio and telephone to its occupant, who had not issued any notice, were left unanswered.

Minutes later, a search operation was launched and a SAR aircraft and helicopter from the peninsula were incorporated in the afternoon. In the evening a third military apparatus was added.

The Minister of Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries, Vicenç Vidal , the Director General of Emergencies and Interior, Pere Perelló, and other policy makers and technicians involved in the search operation have convened a press conference at 10.00 am to report the latest news.
The original report is here :- https://www.diariodemallorca.es/suce...a/1322059.html
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Thanks for this update Sparky. Not good news.
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Another update from the DDM :-

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The search for the missing fire plane on Tuesday has intensified by sea. Although poor maritime conditions, with waves of force 6 , hinder tracking tasks due to poor visibility.

The Minister of the Environment, Vicenç Vidal, praised the "extensive experience" of the pilot of the aircraft. Antonio AM, 46 years old single and natural Huelva, has 1,320 flight hours has participated in five fire campaigns in the Balearic Islands. The professional has participated in performances both in Spain and in Chile.
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https://majorcadailybulletin.com/new...operation.html

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The sea search for the missing Air Tractor fire-fighting plane and its pilot Alfonso Alfaro is today being widened to cover Alcudia and Pollensa bays. Meanwhile, the search from the air is to extend along the whole of the Tramuntana coastline to Andratx.

Some 300 people are now involved in the search, the biggest such operation ever in the Balearics. ...

The army, the navy, the air force, the Guardia Civil, the Majorca Fire Brigade, Civil Protection, the coastguard are all involved. ...
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Another Alien abduction
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I read in the local press that it could have been hit by a vulture.
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This image shows just some of the searched flightpaths:

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(From the https://twitter.com/EjercitoAire account)

"The #D4 @VIGMA #CN235 #AirbusDefence and the #helicóptero @SúperPuma #AirbusHeli del #Ala48 #SAR continue to look for Antonio Alfaro and his #ibanat_IB missing airship three days ago in @Mallorca @SinDescanso @CMAAPIB #112IllesBalears"
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Breaking news from the UH :- https://ultimahora.es/sucesos/ultima...ant-vicen.html


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A ship of the Navy Cazaminas has located on Friday afternoon the missing Ibanat plane and a corpse, which belonged to the pilot of the aerenova, Antonio Alfaro. The finding has occurred on the west side of Cala Sant Vicenç, at great depth.
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