Australia Wildfires: Firefighting Plane Crashes, Killing 3 Crew Members

World | Reuters | January 23, 2020, 12:05 pm
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 Three crew members died when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the crash deaths in the state's Snowy Monaro region as Australia attempts to deal with an unprecedented fire season that has left a large swath of destruction.<br /><br />Flames from the Morton Fire consume a home near Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: AP)
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Three crew members died when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the crash deaths in the state's Snowy Monaro region as Australia attempts to deal with an unprecedented fire season that has left a large swath of destruction.

Flames from the Morton Fire consume a home near Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: AP)

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 A C-130 Hercules plane called (Image: AP)" title=" A C-130 Hercules plane called "Thor" drops water during a flight in Australia. Officials in Australia searched for a water tanker plane feared to have crashed while fighting wildfires.
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A C-130 Hercules plane called "Thor" drops water during a flight in Australia. Officials in Australia searched for a water tanker plane feared to have crashed while fighting wildfires.
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 A firefighter battles the Morton Fire as it consumes a home near Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: AP)
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A firefighter battles the Morton Fire as it consumes a home near Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: AP)

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 A firefighter covers his face while battling the Morton Fire near Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: AP)
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A firefighter covers his face while battling the Morton Fire near Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: AP)

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 Firefighters battle the Morton Fire as it consumes a home near Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: AP)
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Firefighters battle the Morton Fire as it consumes a home near Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: AP)

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 Firefighters battle the Morton Fire as it burns a home near Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: AP)
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Firefighters battle the Morton Fire as it burns a home near Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: AP)

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 Flames from the Morton Fire consume a home near Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: AP)
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Flames from the Morton Fire consume a home near Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: AP)

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 Firefighters battle the Morton Fire as it burns a home near Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: AP)
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Firefighters battle the Morton Fire as it burns a home near Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: AP)

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 Small fires along the eastern edge of the Currowan fire still burn on the Princes Highway near in Milton, Australia. (Image: Reuters)
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Small fires along the eastern edge of the Currowan fire still burn on the Princes Highway near in Milton, Australia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Jesse Collins who organises the donations reacts while speaking about how hard getting water has been, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, at the evacuation centre in Cobargo, Australia. (Image: Reuters)
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Jesse Collins who organises the donations reacts while speaking about how hard getting water has been, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, at the evacuation centre in Cobargo, Australia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Animals stand nearby a destroyed house in Cobargo, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)
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Animals stand nearby a destroyed house in Cobargo, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)

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 A weary kangaroo shelters on a patch of green grass surrounded by burnt bushland along the Princes Highway near in Milton, Australia. (Image: Reuters)
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A weary kangaroo shelters on a patch of green grass surrounded by burnt bushland along the Princes Highway near in Milton, Australia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services (WIRES) volunteer and carer Tracy Dodd holds a kangaroo with burnt feet pads after being rescued from bushfires in Australia's Blue Mountains area. (Image: Reuters)
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Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services (WIRES) volunteer and carer Tracy Dodd holds a kangaroo with burnt feet pads after being rescued from bushfires in Australia's Blue Mountains area. (Image: Reuters)

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 The remains of a destroyed house are pictured in Cobargo, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)
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The remains of a destroyed house are pictured in Cobargo, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Christmas decorations are seen nearby a destroyed house in Cobargo, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)
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Christmas decorations are seen nearby a destroyed house in Cobargo, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)

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 A dog is evacuated in the back of a car as high winds push smoke and ash from the Currowan Fire towards Nowra, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)
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A dog is evacuated in the back of a car as high winds push smoke and ash from the Currowan Fire towards Nowra, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services (WIRES) volunteer and carer Tracy Burgess holds a severely burnt brushtail possum rescued from fires near Australia’s Blue Mountains. (Image: Reuters)
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Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services (WIRES) volunteer and carer Tracy Burgess holds a severely burnt brushtail possum rescued from fires near Australia’s Blue Mountains. (Image: Reuters)

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 Bernadette Foster, a Dignams Creek resident who has run out of petrol poses for photos with her pet dogs at the evacuation centre in Cobargo, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)
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Bernadette Foster, a Dignams Creek resident who has run out of petrol poses for photos with her pet dogs at the evacuation centre in Cobargo, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Nancy Allen and Brian Allen stand outside the house as high winds push smoke and ash from the Currowan Fire towards Nowra, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)
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Nancy Allen and Brian Allen stand outside the house as high winds push smoke and ash from the Currowan Fire towards Nowra, New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services (WIRES) volunteer and carer Tracy Burgess holds a severely burnt brushtail possum rescued from fires near Australia’s Blue Mountains. (Image: Reuters)
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Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services (WIRES) volunteer and carer Tracy Burgess holds a severely burnt brushtail possum rescued from fires near Australia’s Blue Mountains. (Image: Reuters)

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 A burning gum tree is felled to stop it from falling on a car in Corbago, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)
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A burning gum tree is felled to stop it from falling on a car in Corbago, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Jesse Collins organises the donations at the evacuation centre in Cobargo, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)
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Jesse Collins organises the donations at the evacuation centre in Cobargo, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Cobargo resident John Aish walks to pump water up to his cows in the top paddock at his destroyed home in Cobargo, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)
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Cobargo resident John Aish walks to pump water up to his cows in the top paddock at his destroyed home in Cobargo, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, Australia. (Image: Reuters)

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 The Australian Navy on Friday began sea evacuations of thousands of people trapped by bushfires which have been burning out of control in the southeast of the country and killed at least 19 people since they started in September.<br /><br />Smoke from the Currowan Fire is pictured from St George’s Basin south of Nowra and looking towards Sussex Inlet and Lake Conjola, Australia. (Image: Reuters)
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The Australian Navy on Friday began sea evacuations of thousands of people trapped by bushfires which have been burning out of control in the southeast of the country and killed at least 19 people since they started in September.

Smoke from the Currowan Fire is pictured from St George’s Basin south of Nowra and looking towards Sussex Inlet and Lake Conjola, Australia. (Image: Reuters)

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 NSW Rural Fire Service crew fight the Gospers Mountain Fire as it impacts a property at Bilpin, New South Wales state, Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologized for taking a family vacation in Hawaii as deadly bushfires raged across several states, destroying homes and claiming the lives of two volunteer firefighters. (Image: AP)
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NSW Rural Fire Service crew fight the Gospers Mountain Fire as it impacts a property at Bilpin, New South Wales state, Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologized for taking a family vacation in Hawaii as deadly bushfires raged across several states, destroying homes and claiming the lives of two volunteer firefighters. (Image: AP)

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 Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and SA Premier Steven Marshall stand on burnt ground of Jacaranda Drive in Woodside Morrison toured fire affected areas in South Australia. (Image: AP)
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and SA Premier Steven Marshall stand on burnt ground of Jacaranda Drive in Woodside Morrison toured fire affected areas in South Australia. (Image: AP)

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 A helicopter tackles a wildfire in East Gippsland, Victoria state, Australia. Wildfires burning across Australia's two most-populous states trapped residents of a seaside town in apocalyptic conditions and were feared to have destroyed many properties and caused fatalities. (Image: AP)
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A helicopter tackles a wildfire in East Gippsland, Victoria state, Australia. Wildfires burning across Australia's two most-populous states trapped residents of a seaside town in apocalyptic conditions and were feared to have destroyed many properties and caused fatalities. (Image: AP)

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 A statue of Buddha damaged by catastrophic bushfires in the Southern Highlands village of Balmoral, southwest of Sydney. (Image: AP)
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 A volunteer from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service works to extinguish spot fires following back burning operations in Mount Hay, in Australia’s Blue Mountains. (Image: Reuters)
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A volunteer from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service works to extinguish spot fires following back burning operations in Mount Hay, in Australia’s Blue Mountains. (Image: Reuters)

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 New South Wales Rural Fire Service observers during back burnning operations near Picton, Australia. (Image: Reuters)
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New South Wales Rural Fire Service observers during back burnning operations near Picton, Australia. (Image: Reuters)

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 A volunteer from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service works to extinguish spot fires following back burning operations in Mount Hay, in Australia’s Blue Mountains. (Image: Reuters)
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A volunteer from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service works to extinguish spot fires following back burning operations in Mount Hay, in Australia’s Blue Mountains. (Image: Reuters)

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 A National Parks and Wildlife crew member fights flames at Half Chain road at Koorainghat, near Taree in New South Wales state. (Image: AP)
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A National Parks and Wildlife crew member fights flames at Half Chain road at Koorainghat, near Taree in New South Wales state. (Image: AP)

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 Firefighters work to contain a bushfire along Old Bar road in Old Bar. Wildfires razing Australia's drought-stricken east coast have left two people dead and several missing, more than 30 injured and over 150 homes destroyed. (Image: AP)
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Firefighters work to contain a bushfire along Old Bar road in Old Bar. Wildfires razing Australia's drought-stricken east coast have left two people dead and several missing, more than 30 injured and over 150 homes destroyed. (Image: AP)

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 Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters conduct property protection as a bushfire burns close to homes on Railway Parade in Woodford NSW. (Image: AP)
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Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters conduct property protection as a bushfire burns close to homes on Railway Parade in Woodford NSW. (Image: AP)

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 Jamie Fato prepares to stop an out of control fire entering Owen Whalan's property at Koorainghat, near Taree, New South Wales state. Hundreds of schools remained closed across Australia's most populous state and residents were urged to evacuate woodlands for the relative safety of city centres as authorities braced for extreme fire danger. (Image: AP)
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Jamie Fato prepares to stop an out of control fire entering Owen Whalan's property at Koorainghat, near Taree, New South Wales state. Hundreds of schools remained closed across Australia's most populous state and residents were urged to evacuate woodlands for the relative safety of city centres as authorities braced for extreme fire danger. (Image: AP)

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 Locals watch smoke from a large bushfire outside Nana Glen, near Coffs Harbour. 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. (Image: AP)
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Locals watch smoke from a large bushfire outside Nana Glen, near Coffs Harbour. 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. (Image: AP)

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 Firefighters work on a controlled burn in Koorainghat, New South Wales state, Australia. Hundreds of schools remained closed across Australia's most populous state and residents were urged to evacuate woodlands for the relative safety of city centres as authorities braced for extreme fire danger. (Image: AP)
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Firefighters work on a controlled burn in Koorainghat, New South Wales state, Australia. Hundreds of schools remained closed across Australia's most populous state and residents were urged to evacuate woodlands for the relative safety of city centres as authorities braced for extreme fire danger. (Image: AP)

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 Lyn and Peter Iverson watch their burnt-out office and shed on their property following a bushfire at Half Chain road, Koorainghat, New South Wales state. (Image: PTI)
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Lyn and Peter Iverson watch their burnt-out office and shed on their property following a bushfire at Half Chain road, Koorainghat, New South Wales state. (Image: PTI)

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 Damage caused by a bushfire is seen at resident Brian Williams' resort at Lake Cooroibah Road in Noosa Shire, Queensland, Australia. (Image: AP)
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Damage caused by a bushfire is seen at resident Brian Williams' resort at Lake Cooroibah Road in Noosa Shire, Queensland, Australia. (Image: AP)

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