New South Wales Police have released drone footage of the C-130 air tanker crash site in the Snowy Mountains.
CAPTION: An aerial photo of the C-130 crash site, with the charred remains of the tail section at the end of a long skid uphill to its final resting place. This tail section is the largest piece of wreckage left after a very violent crash. NSW Police photo.
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Channel 7 news report featuring NSW Police footage of the C-130 crash site
A statement from the Australian government this evening offered Australia’s deepest condolences to the American people following the death of the three brave US firefighters on 23 January.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of three American firefighters who were helping Australia, far from their own homes, and who had previously served their country in the US military”.
Today’s statement was made as Australia welcomed the arrival of two five-person cargo load teams from the 36th Contingency Response Group of the United States Air Force to assist in Operation Bushfire Assist.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne said support provided to Australia by the United States to the bushfire response highlighted the strength and depth of the friendship between our two countries.
“The support of more than 200 US firefighters who have joined their Australian colleagues, along with the many offers of assistance from US businesses and individuals, is greatly appreciated,” Minister Payne said.
“We value America’s generous assistance, and we continue to welcome US businesses and visitors to support the recovery effort.”