1. You Are At:
  2. English News
  3. World News
  4. 3 Americans killed as plane battling Australian wildfires crashes in New South Wales

3 Americans killed as plane battling Australian wildfires crashes in New South Wales

Meanwhile, dust storms, hail and flash floods have battered beleaguered Australian cities in recent days, extreme weather that has diminished the threat from scores of wildfires that continue to blaze across the country’s southeast.

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk
New Delhi Updated on: January 23, 2020 13:38 IST
Firefighting plane crashes in Australia with 3 aboard
Image Source : AP

Firefighting plane crashes in Australia with 3 aboard

At least 3 Americans were killed after a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker with three people onboard crashed in Australia’s southern New South Wales state on Thursday. The incident occurred while battling wildfires in the Snowy Monaro region. It was not immediately clear the condition of those aboard, and there were few other initial details.

“The only thing I have from the field reports are that the plane came down, it’s crashed and there was a large fireball associated with that crash,” Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told reporters.

Also Thursday, Canberra Airport closed because of nearby wildfires, and residents south of Australia’s capital were told to seek shelter.

The blaze started Wednesday but strong winds and high temperatures caused conditions in Canberra to deteriorate. A second fire near the airport that started on Thursday morning is at the “watch and act” level.

India Tv - Australian bushfire

Image Source : AP

Firefighting plane crashes in Australia with 3 aboard

“Arrivals and departures are affected due to aviation firefighting operations,” the airport authority said in a tweet.

Another tweet from traffic police said “the fire is moving fast and there are multiple road closures in the area. Please avoid the area. Local roadblocks in place.”

Residents in some Canberra suburbs were advised to seek shelter and others to leave immediately.

“The defense force is both assisting to a degree and looking to whether that needs to be reinforced,” Defense Minister Angus Campbell told reporters.

“I have people who are both involved as persons who need to be moved from areas and office buildings that are potentially in danger, and also those persons who are part of the (Operation) Bushfire Assist effort,” he said.

Also Read | NASA captures satellite image of Australian bushfires; burn scars seen in miles

Also Read | How world's last remaining dinosaur trees were saved during Australian wildfires

Write a comment