Footage Of Crashed Water Bomber That Killed Three US Firefighters Surfaces
Disturbing footage has emerged of the downed C-130 tanker which crashed while battling a blaze near the Snowy Mountains in NSW, killing three American firefighters on board.
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The vision shows the aircraft travelling quite low before releasing a line of fire retardant and disappearing into a cloud of smoke. The person filming can then be heard shouting "oh f**k" as the aircraft hits the ground and bursts into flames.
The NSW RFS has confirmed to 10 News First that the vision is authentic.
Captain Ian McBeth, first officer Paul Clyde Hudson and flight engineer Rick DeMorgan Jr were all on board when the tanker crashed. They had travelled to Australia to help with our desperate bushfire relief efforts.
The trio has been described as "an extraordinary team" by RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.
Tributes have since flooded in for the three fallen firefighters.
In a statement, Coulson Aviation sent its condolences to the victims' families.
"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.