At least three people were killed when a special air plane fighting bushfires in Australia crashed on Thursday (Jan 23), local media reported. A large air tanker crashed while fighting bushfires in Cooma area of New South Wales (NSW).
Local authorities dispatched choppers and fire fighters on ground to locate the crashed plane as the country’s east is battling high temperatures and strong winds which fanned blazes across the region.
“Tragically, there appear to be no survivors as a result of the crash down in the Snowy Monaro area,” said Rural Fire Service (RFA) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.
The Australian government has issued five emergency fire warnings triggering closure of Canberra Airport as the bushfire threat roared back into NSW amid very hot, dry and windy weather, Sydney Morning Herald reported.
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