2014 Penang bush fires and plane water bombing

OMG - is a plane crashing into the Malacca Straits?

OMG – is a plane crashing into the Malacca Straits?

I was sitting peacefully reading and gazing at the flowers at the front of the house when I see a plane at tree- top-level over the water.  Is it about to crash or crash-land? And red and white livery – what local airline is that?  I race over to Gurney drive, and there is nothing to see.  No plane in the water. Nearby someone was sitting, so I asked him if he’d seen a plane, but he didn’t speak English.  The plane reappears higher up and heads clockwise around to Penang Hill to drop its load of water.

fires on Penang Hill

fires on Penang Hill

plane over the fire

plane over the fire

looking west

looking west

plane after dropping water - heading to pick up more

plane after dropping water – heading to pick up more

getting lower

getting lower

OMG - 9-11?

OMG – 9-11?

at treetop level

at treetop level

The plane continues in a circle around towards George Town, then does a U-Turn and lands to pick up water.

picking up next load of water

picking up next load of water

Then it takes off and does a U-turn, and heads clockwise back to the fire.

the plane takes off, then does a U-turn

the plane takes off, then does a U-turn

and heads around clockwise to drop water again

and heads around clockwise to drop water again

So, basically it is flying a figure of eight.  It takes around four minutes to do one lap, and I’m told it did it about 10 times.

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