‘Heartbreaking’: Three Americans killed after plane crashes while battling Australian fires

Three American firefighters died after their plane crashed in the Snowy Mountains south of Sydney while attempting to put out fires that have ravaged Australia since September.

Contact was lost with the plane around 1:30 p.m. local time on Thursday, and the names of the firefighters have yet to be released.

“All three occupants on board were U.S. residents,” Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told reporters. “We simply lost contact with the machine and the flight tracker we used stopped — there is no indication at this stage what caused the accident.”

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