The Air Transport Safety Bureau says active bushfires are making it difficult for investigators to access the site of the water bomber that crashed in south-eastern New South Wales yesterday.
The three men killed have been named as Captain Ian McBeth, First Officer Paul Hudson and Flight Engineer Rick DeMorgan Junior.
It’s believed the plane crashed shortly after releasing retardant over a blaze in the Snowy Monaro area.
ATSB Chief Commissioner, Greg Hood, says investigators will gather and analyse the plane’s mechanical history and black box when they can access the site.
Image: Supplied/Coulson Aviation
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In This Story: New South Wales
New South Wales is a southeastern Australian state, distinguished by its coastal cities and national parks. Sydney, its capital, is home to iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Population: 7.544 million (Sept 2014)