This article was first published on Fire Aviation.
A pilot was killed Friday in an air tanker crash in northeastern Portugal.
Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said in a message on his official Twitter account: “I am deeply saddened by the death of the pilot who was piloting a plane that crashed this afternoon…friends.”
An Air Tractor AT-802AF Fire Boss crashed near the town of Torre de Moncorvo after it washed up on the Douro River. The pilot was the only person on board the single-engine air tanker that departed from Viseu-Gonçalves Lobato Airport (VSE/LPVZ). The photos show that the plane was badly damaged. Joao Sousa, mayor of the town of Foz Cua, where the accident occurred, told Lusa news agency that the pilot was pronounced dead at the scene.
The aircraft was operated by Titan Aerial Firefighting, which has offices in Spain. On Saturday, the company announced that the pilot was Andre Serra of Agromontar.
They wrote: “On behalf of the whole company, friends and colleagues are saying goodbye to you.” “Our deepest condolences go to Andrei’s relatives, a wonderful professional and the best person we left early. Rest in peace.”
Our sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Serra.
Thanks and a tip of the hat out to Gerald.