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Source: Coulson Aviation

Three U.S. firefighters die in plane crash while battling Australia bushfires

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Three U.S. firefighters have been killed in a plane crash while helping to battle wildfires in Australia. Capt. Ian H. McBeth, First Officer Paul Clyde Hudson, and Flight Engineer Rick A. DeMorgan Jr. died when an air tanker they were flying crashed during an air bombing mission crashed. 

The plane was owned by U.S. company Coulson Aviation, which has been contracted by the state of New South Wales to help combat the fire. It was loaded with flame-retardant when it left Richmond but officials say that firefighting command lost contact with the plane as it approached a fire in the Snowy Monaro region.