Coulson C-130

Coulson C-130 Crash in New South Wales January 23 2020.

Three American air crew have lost their lives, after their Coulson C-130 Aircraft crashed during a bushfire emergency in New South Wales.

Flight tracking websites show the aircraft taking off from Sydney’s Richmond air base around 12.15pm on Thursday, before its path disappears off radar south of Canberra.

Three crew members have been killed when a C 130 large air tanker crashed while fighting a fire west of Cooma. The C-130 was chartered by the NSW Rural Fire Service from American aerial firefighting company, Coulson Aviation.

There were no survivors, the NSW Premier said in a press conference.

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Coulson have grounded all their large tankers in the wake of the C130 crash.

Coulson Aviation has grounded its other LATs in NSW pending initial details of EC-130Q crash, and in respect of crew lost. Coulson execs expected in Sydney from Canada in next 24 hours.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with them now in this most awful of times,” NSW Fire Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“Our hearts are with all those that are suffering in what is the loss of three remarkable, well respected, crew that have invested so many decades of their life into firefighting.”

The RFS said the aircraft was engaged in “routine” waterbombing activities at the time of the crash.

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