Firefighting plane crash claims lives of 3 Americans

An air tanker carrying three American firefighters in Australia crashed while fighting bushfires.
1:29 | 01/24/20

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Transcript for Firefighting plane crash claims lives of 3 Americans
To other news now, and to Australia, where those historic wildfires have now claimed the lives of three American firefighters. And tonight just in here, new images of that c-130 that went down. ABC's Maggie Rulli just back from the fire zone. Reporter: Tonight, the worst wildfires in Australia's history claiming American lives. An air tanker carrying three American firefighters crashing while on a mission. The frantic emergency calls coming in. Fire comms -- message red speak to your captain -- message red -- crashed? Yeah, fire comms. It's just a ball of flames, over. Reporter: The three were on board this massive c-130 Hercules nicknamed "Zeus," battling a fire near canberra. More than 200 American firefighters have deployed to Australia since the fires erupted. At Sydney's airport they were given a heroes welcome. On the fire lines, we met Steve price from Boise, Idaho. It's an honor to come over here and help out aussies. Reporter: The wildfires have killed at least 31 people since September, more than 25 million acres burned. It's believed more than 1 billion animals have tide with countless others left homeless. David, officials are investigating what may have caused this crash, but there were reports of high winds and dust storms in the area. David? Maggie Rulli, who has been covering the fires for weeks for us, thank you.

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