A C130 Hercules Aircraft has been lost in the Snowy Mountains today.
The large aircraft was heading toward a bushfire south of Canberra when it went missing.
Reports said 3 crew were on board the aircraft.
“The missing NSWRFS water-bombing tanker is a C130 Hercules. There is no word on casualties. Contact was lost near Peak View, just north-east of Cooma,” Hugh Riminton from Ten News Sydney said.
ABC Sydney said: “A RAAF surveillance Poseidon is now searching for the modified C130 firefighting aircraft (large air tanker) believed to have crashed in the Snowy Mountains.”
In a statement, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) said “contact had been lost with a Large Air Tanker which was working in the Snowy Monaro area”.
“Local ground crews indicate the aircraft may have crashed.
“A number of helicopters are in the area carrying out a search.”
There is an emergency warning in place for a blaze burning towards Adaminaby, in the Snowy Monaro region.
“No further information is available at this time,” the RFS statement read.
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