The bushfire situation in southeastern Australia is so dire that even Royal Australian Air Force pilots compare flying in the fire zone to being on a mission to hell. In support of their words, they posted a short video filmed during one of these missions. From the cockpit you can see nothing, neither the sky, nor the earth, only a continuous purple-orange glow.
In Australia, this season there are ideal conditions for massive forest fires, which people can no longer cope with. All efforts are focused on containing fire on the border of large cities and the constant evacuation of residents of small settlements. Sailors are taking refugees from the beaches, and a military transport aircraft has been tasked with taking civilians out of the town of Mallakuta. But the C-27J Spartan plane simply lost all landmarks in the air saturated with soot and was forced to terminate the mission.
Later, the crew of a large C-130J Super Hercules transporter faced a similar problem, which, instead of a flight to Merimbula, was forced to make an emergency landing in Canberra. It is extremely risky to fly when there is a fiery hell under you on the ground, and there is a continuous orange haze and zero visibility around. The video is proof of this. The Air Force reportedly managed to evacuate the people later when conditions improved briefly.