3 US crew dead in Australia firefighting plane crash

Sun Online Desk

23rd January, 2020 04:47:52 printer

3 US crew dead in Australia firefighting plane crash

An air tanker has crashed in a fireball while fighting bushfires in Australia, killing the three people on board.

The victims were American residents. But the details of the  three crew members have not been identified.

Officials lost contact with the C-130 Hercules plane shortly before 13:30 local time (02:30 GMT) on Thursday.

The cause of the crash in the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales (NSW) state is not yet known.

More than 80 blazes are raging across the state after hot and windy conditions returned.

The plane crashed in an active fire zone two hours south of Australia's capital, Canberra, said the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS).

The last available flight data showed the aircraft - which is owned by a Canadian company - near Cooma.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian have expressed condolences for the firefighters' families.


Source: BBC