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Firefighting plane that crashed while battling Australia wildfires briefly stationed in Ramona, Cal Fire says

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Posted at 10:56 AM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 13:58:01-05

(KGTV) -- A firefighting plane that crashed in Australia Thursday while battling the country’s wildfires, killing three American firefighters, was stationed in Ramona last summer.

Cal Fire officials told 10News that the C-130 aircraft was at the agency’s Ramona station over the summer to help train firefighters.

The plane, owned by Coulson Aviation, also helped battle several wildfires up and down California last year.

Australian officials told The Associated Press that the plane crashed occurred during firefighting efforts in the southeastern area of the country.

The three American firefighters were reportedly the only ones on the plane at the time of the crash.

It is unknown where in the U.S. the firefighters were from.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.