C-130 crashes during Australian Bush Fire mission

A Lockheed Martin C-130 Large Air Tanker aircraft crashed in the Snowy Monaro Area in southern New South Wales, Australia during fire f...



A Lockheed Martin C-130 Large Air Tanker aircraft crashed in the Snowy Monaro Area in southern New South Wales, Australia during fire fighting operations in this season of Australia's deadly wildfires.

All the three American crew members on board died in the accident.

The aircraft with registration N134CG was operated by Canadian Coulson Aviation.

The aircraft first flew in 1981 and had taken off from the Royal Australian Air Force Richmond base.

A new video shows the low flying aircraft flying into a smoke plume, after firebombing, following which it crashes into the terrain.



Captain Ian H. McBeth, First Officer Paul Clyde Hudson and Flight Engineer Rick A. DeMorgan died in the crash.

Ian served with the Wyoming Air National Guard and was still a member of the Montana Air National Guard. He has spent his entire career flying C-130’s and was a qualified Instructor and Evaluator pilot. Ian earned his Initial Attack qualification for Coulson in 2018.

Paul graduated from the Naval Academy in 1999 and spent the next twenty years serving in the United States Marine Corp in a number of positions including C-130 pilot

Rick served in the United States Air Force with eighteen years as a Flight Engineer on the C-130.  Rick had over 4,000 hours as a Flight Engineer with nearly 2,000 hours in a combat environment.