NSW bushfires: Aircraft involved in fighting fires crashes

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A fixed wing firefighting aircraft carrying one person has crashed on the NSW south coast.

Steve Leahy of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter said rescue helicopters are on the way to the crash scene near Budawang National Park west of Ulladulla.

waterbomber375_196gq1s-196gq21[1]It’s been reported that the plane is an 802 waterbomber being used by the Rural Fire Service and that a wing snapped off before the crash.

The South Coast Register says the plane had been responding to the Wirritin fire in the national park when it went down about 10.30am (AEDT) on Thursday.

The NSW National Parks website describes Budawang National Park as rugged and isolated, full of steep mountainsides and tall moist forests.

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Source: ABC News