The bodies of three US flying firefighters were retrieved on Saturday as their grieving families arrived in Sydney, officials said, reports AP.
Cockpit voice recorder from the water bomber in which they died battling Australia’s unprecedented wildfire crisis was also brought back in United States.The three deceased are Ian McBeth of Great Falls, Montana, Paul Clyde Hudson of Buckeye, Arizona, and Rick A DeMorgan of Navarre, Florida.
The incident happened when the C-130 Hercules tanker crashed after dumping fire retardant on an out-of-control blaze northeast of the town of Cooma in southern New South Wales on Thursday.
The device that records the last two hours of the cockpit conversation as well as the bodies were retrieved from a still-active fire zone, police and crash investigators said.
Wildfires have claimed at least 33 lives in Australia since September, destroyed more than 3,000 homes and razed more than 10.6 million hectares of land (26 million acres).