On September 6, 2000, at 0703 universal coordinated time (UTC), a Lockheed C-130A fire fighting-configured airplane, N116TG, operated by International Air Response, INTRATECH, of Chandler, Arizona, impacted terrain during a fire-fighting mission. The airplane was being operated out of Marseille / Marignane International Airport, France (LFML) and crashed approximately 15 kilometers northwest of Aubenas (Ardreche), France, at North 44 degrees 44 minutes, East 04 degrees 04 minutes. Of the four persons on board the airplane, there were reported two fatalities and two serious injuries. The weather was reported as visual meteorological conditions and the flight was operating under the authority of le Direction Generale de l'Aviation Civile (CAA), France.

The accident is being investigated under the authority of the Bureau Enquetes-Accidents (BEA), France. The National Transportation Safety Board, as well as Lockheed - Martin Aerospace, Marietta, Georgia, and Rolls Royce, Indianapolis, Indiana, have offered investigative assistance.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Philippe Roblin Investigator-in-Charge Bureau Enquetes-Accidents Mat 153 - Aeroport du Bourget France tel. (33.1) / fax 72.03

U.S. Accredited Representative:

Thomas R. Conroy National Transportation Safety Board Office of Aviation Safety Regional Operations and General Aviation Division, AS-20 Washington, D.C. 20594 tel. 1 (202) 314-6314 fax -6329

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