Three Americans were killed battling the Australian wildfires Thursday when their water tanker plane crashed in New South Wales, reports Fox 59.
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules arial water tanker left Richmond in NSW and came down near the state’s Snowy Monaro Region.
The three crew members were believed to be the only ones aboard the plane, according to officials. There were no survivors in the crash.
The aircraft was performing normal water bombing activities, dumping water on an estimated 80 fires burning in that area.
This tragedy brings the death toll from the blazes to at least 31 since September. The fires have also destroyed more than 2,600 homes and razed more than 25.7 million acres, which is bigger than Indiana.