'Wonderful Dad': Daughter Of US Firefighter Killed Battling NSW Fires Pays Tribute

Tributes have flooded in for the three American firefighters killed when their C-130 tanker crashed while battling a blaze near the Snowy Mountains in southern NSW.

Among those paying tribute is captain Ian McBeth's daughter Abi who told CNN she misses her dad.

“My dad was a very fun person,” she told the news network.

“As a father, he was super supporting, he always wanted me to do the best that I could possibly do in school and have as many opportunities that I could.”

She said they would spend a lot of time together, hiking, skiing and walking the dogs.

Ian McBeth is survived by his beloved spouse, Bowdie, and a few small children Abi, Calvin and Ella. Image: AP

“I just want everyone to know how wonderful he was and how missed he will be. He was always so loving and caring," Abi added.

“Just cherish the memories that you have with the people you love.”

First officer Paul Clyde Hudson and flight engineer Rick DeMorgan Jr were also killed.

DeMorgan's sister Jen DeMorgan paid tribute to her brother shortly after his identity was revealed.

"It’s with a heavy heart and deep sadness I inform you my brother Rick DeMorgan passed away yesterday while fighting fires in Australia," she said.



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"He was a beloved friend, colleague, father, son and most of all brother. To most the sky was the limit, to them, it was home. Rest in the arms of the angels."

Coulson Aviation also released a statement, sending its condolences to the families of the three firefighters.

"At Coulson Aviation, we have the incredible job of fighting fires around the world and we take pride in this responsibility. Right now, our hearts are with the crew’s family and friends and our Coulson Family suffering in the loss of these three remarkable and well-respected crew members," it said.

The cause of the crash remains unknown but authorities are reportedly hoping to find answers through the plane's black box, which has yet to be recovered.