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World Three U.S. Firefighters Die in Water-Bomber Crash in Australia

09:00  23 january  2020
09:00  23 january  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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The three men were all former service members who had traveled to Australia to battle the bush fires charring the country. The crash took place in the mountains south of Canberra, Australia ’ s capital. Five firefighters had already been killed this fire season as millions of acres of land have been

A water tanker plane fighting wildfires in Australia has crashed killing three American crew members, officials have said. The C-130 Hercules plane went

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a plane flying in the air with smoke coming out of it: PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: A water bombing plane drops fire retardant over the Colo Heights area on November 15, 2019 in Penrith, Australia. The warning has been issued for a 80,000-hectare blaze at Gospers Mountain, which is burning in the direction of Colo Heights. An estimated million hectares of land has been burned by bushfire across Australia following catastrophic fire conditions - the highest possible level of bushfire danger - in the past week. A state of emergency was declared by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday 11 November and is still in effect, giving emergency powers to Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and prohibiting fires across the state. Four people have died following the bushfires in NSW this week. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)© Photographer: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images AsiaPac PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: A water bombing plane drops fire retardant over the Colo Heights area on November 15, 2019 in Penrith, Australia. The warning has been issued for a 80,000-hectare blaze at Gospers Mountain, which is burning in the direction of Colo Heights. An estimated million hectares of land has been burned by bushfire across Australia following catastrophic fire conditions - the highest possible level of bushfire danger - in the past week. A state of emergency was declared by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday 11 November and is still in effect, giving emergency powers to Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and prohibiting fires across the state. Four people have died following the bushfires in NSW this week. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

(Bloomberg) -- Three U.S. firefighters have died after their water-bombing plane crashed while battling a blaze near the Kosciuszko National Park, as Australia’s wildfire crisis flares again.

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3 dead after firefighting water bomber crashes in Australia . 3 dead after firefighting water bomber crashes in Australia 01:12. (CNN) The three Americans who died fighting an Australian bushfire from the air have been identified by their employer, Oregon-based Coulson Aviation.

Three American firefighters have died after a waterbombing air tanker crashed while fighting fires in New South Wales. The NSW Rural Fire The plane was a C-130 Hercules, owned and operated by Coulson Aviation, a Canadian company that the RFS contracts to conduct waterbombing in Australia .

The trio were working for Coulson Aviation, which bills itself as the global leader in aerial firefighting, and was contracted by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service to help fight the blazes.

“A large air tanker crashed in the Snowy Monaro region,” New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said at a press conference Thursday afternoon. “Our thoughts and prayers and heartfelt condolences go to their families.”

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Emergency declared for bushfire-threatened Canberra

  Emergency declared for bushfire-threatened Canberra Authorities in Canberra on Friday declared the first state of emergency in almost two decades as a bushfire bore down on the Australian capital. The burnt landscape is seen from an Australian Defence Force (ADF) C-130 Hercules aircraft over Kangaroo Island on Jan. 16.

Wreckage of the C-130 tanker was found near Cooma, a rural town about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of the national capital Canberra, the Sydney Morning Herald reported, citing emergency services. A search started after the plane lost contact about 1:30 p.m. local time.

There’s no indication yet of what caused the accident, RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said at the media conference. The plane exploded in a large fireball when it hit the ground, he said.

The fatalities take the death toll from the fires to at least 31.

The unprecedented wildfires have destroyed or damaged more than 3,000 houses, incinerated an area almost the size of England and killed an estimated 1 billion animals.

Read more: The Australian Dream Is Dying in the Wildfires

The return of scorching temperatures and high winds on Thursday reignited the fire crisis. More than 80 fires were burning across New South Wales on Thursday afternoon, with emergency warnings in place for four blazes. The temperature topped 41 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit) in central Sydney earlier in the day.

Flights were earlier suspended at Canberra Airport as fires approached the runway and thick smoke reduced visibility.

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Australian officials are fed up with people trying to take pictures of wildfires.An aerial view of burnt trees, cars and buildings on Jan. 17, in Kangaroo Island, Australia. Kangaroo Island is recovering in the aftermath of a series of bushfires which started on Jan. 4. The fires, some of which are still burning, claimed two lives and have burned more than 210,000 hectares of land so far. Tens of thousands of native animals have been killed or injured, hundreds of thousands of livestock have been killed and 65 homes have also been destroyed.

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