Tragic Plane Crash in Australia

Traya Bence, Writer

Three American firefighters were killed in a plane crash that was on its way to help battle the wildfires in Australia that killed more than 30 people and destroyed thousands of acres of land. The three men were from Montana, Arizona and Florida. According to “NBC News McBeth, 44, was a highly qualified C-130 pilot who had a wife and three children, Coulson Aviation said. He also served with the Wyoming Air National Guard and was a member of the Montana Air National Guard. Hudson, 42, is survived by his wife. He served 20 years in the Marine Corps, during which he was a C-130 pilot, the company said. DeMorgan, 43, who had two children, served with the Air Force and had 18 years as a C-130 flight engineer, according to the company”.  The plane had originally been used to train members of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, a major agency that deals with wildfires. According to NBC News “the C-130 Hercules air tanker went down Thursday in the state of New South Wales, said the plane’s operator”. Officials have stated, the plane left Richmond with a load of retardant for a “firebombing mission”. NBC News has stated that “The Rural Fire Service said Friday that crews from the United States and Canada who are wrapping up their deployments observed a period of silence to honor those killed in the crash”.