Oakey's poison foam coated runway
VAST amounts of poisonous fire-fighting foam were used for decades on the runway of the Oakey Army Aviation Centre.
The 2009 crash-landing of a civilian plane on the airstrip (pictured) occurred after the toxic substances were taken out of commission. However, images of the landing give an idea of how fire-fighting foam has been used at the site.
"The 2009 incident involved a civilian aircraft and was responded to by the Toowoomba emergency services," a Department of Defence spokesman said. "No Defence fire fighting products were used."
The 1990 crash-landing of a Nomad aircraft was dealt with in much the same fashion, using the now-abandoned foams.
"Other incidents are also known to have occurred throughout the operations of Army Aviation Centre Oakey," the spokesman said.