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Three US firefighters killed in plane crash while battling wildfires in Australia

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Three US firefighters died while battling wildfires in Australia when the C-130 tanker they were flying crashed in the southern section of the country, officials said Thursday.

The firefighters were killed in the crash after leaving the town of Richmond in the New South Wales state on a firebombing mission, local officials said.

“Unfortunately, all we’ve been able to do is locate the wreckage and the crash site and we have not been able to locate any survivors,” Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said after the crash.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian tweeted about the tragic deaths, writing flags would be lowered to half-mast to commemorate them.

“Out of respect for the three US firefighters who lost their lives operating a Large Air Tanker, flags will fly at half-mast in NSW tomorrow,”:snip:

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