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World Helicopter crashes during Australia bushfire operation

07:55  13 november  2019
07:55  13 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Helicopter crashes during Australia bushfire operation . Australians on Wednesday began sifting through the ashes of hundreds of bushfires that have ravaged the country, relieved that their worst fears were unrealised -- but wary of a long and brutal summer ahead.

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A helicopter crashed while being used to fight a bushfire in the northern Australian state of Queensland on Wednesday, a fire service official told AFP.

Locals watch smoke from a large bushfire outside Nana Glen, near Coffs Harbour, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Ferocious wildfires were burning at emergency-level intensity across Australia's most populous state on Tuesday as authorities warned most populations in their paths that there was no longer time to flee.(Dan Peled/AAP Images via AP) © Dan Peled/AAP Images via AP Locals watch smoke from a large bushfire outside Nana Glen, near Coffs Harbour, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Ferocious wildfires were burning at emergency-level intensity across Australia's most populous state on Tuesday as authorities warned most populations in their paths that there was no longer time to flee.(Dan Peled/AAP Images via AP)

"We're aware that the helicopter crashed during waterbombing operations at the Pechey fire today," the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesperson said.

"We are currently looking for further clarification regarding the pilot's condition."

The state's fire and ambulance services were responding to the incident.

Woman risks her life to save a koala .
At least six people have died and hundreds of homes have been destroyed by bushfires.A woman, who said her name was Toni, was seen on video taking off her shirt and charging into the flames to save a koala. She doused the smoldering marsupial with water and took it to a sanctuary, where it's doing well.

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