Thursday, August 24, 2017

Neptune firefighting air tanker makes precautionary landing at Helena Regional Airport (KHLN), Lewis and Clark County, Montana

HELENA - A large firefighting air tanker had to be diverted back to Helena after losing one of its engines mid flight on Wednesday.

The P2V from Missoula-based Neptune Aviation made a precautionary landing at the Helena Regional Airport around 6 p.m. after being notified of an in-flight engine problem.

Neptune Aviation spokesman Dan Snyder said the crew was able to bring the plane to a landing without incident. Crews were working on replacing the engine and anticipate it being back in the air Thursday.

Kathy Bushnell of the U.S. Forest Service said the aircraft was headed to a wildfire near Dillon and that other resources will be diverted in the absence of the P2V.

This is the last year that Neptune Aviation is using the P2V planes. They will be retired in the Fall.

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