3 Americans killed in water tanker crash fighting Australia fires

The aerial water tanker went down in the Snowy Mountains' Monaro region in New South Wales; the three crew members who died were believed to be the only ones aboard.
1:38 | 01/23/20

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Transcript for 3 Americans killed in water tanker crash fighting Australia fires
that breaking news overnight. Three Americans killed fighting the wildfires in Australia. Their air tanker crashing. James Longman starts us off with the very latest. Good morning, James. Reporter: Yeah, good morning, Michael. This was a devastating accident. Three U.S. Firemen going down in their plane in what's being described as a fireball. In Australia they were tackling those ongoing bushfires and this morning we're hearing a chilling call for help. Overnight as the fires continue to blaze through this country, a harrowing call to emergency dispatch. Message red -- Crashed. Yeah, fire. Reporter: Three firefighters dead after their plane crashed. Our deepest condolences to those families impacted and today is a stark and horrible reminder of the dangerous conditions. Reporter: The Americans were in Australia to help fight the fires near new south Wales where more than 3,000 homes have destroyed and 28 people have died. Flames spreading to the nation's capital in can berry overnight, thick columns of smoke rising above the airport forcing parts to shut down and stranding residents in nearby neighborhoods. It was very, very smoky up there. And my grandson has just been told it's too late to leave. Reporter: America has already sent 200 people to help fight these flames. Remember, only halfway through the summer. Scorching temperatures are going to continue so the United States will be sending more people to help fight these bushfires, George. Such a terrible situation. Thanks very much.

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