The NSW Rural Fire Service Large Air Tanker (LAT) drops fire retardant on the Morton Fire burning in bushland close to homes at Penrose in the NSW Southern Highlands, 165km south of Sydney, Friday, January 10, 2020. The Rural Fire Service has placed total fire bans on 10 regions across the state. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)
A search is underway for an aerial water tanker which is feared to have crashed while fighting fires in southern NSW.
The NSW Rural Fire Service says local ground crews believe the plane may have gone down in the Snowy Monaro region.
"A number of helicopters are in the area carrying out a search," the RFS said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.
Five road ambulances and two rescue helicopters are en route after receiving reports of a plane crash in Peak View, a NSW Ambulance spokeswoman told AAP.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is yet to receive confirmation a crash has occurred, a spokesman said.
The NSW Rural Fire Service is investigating reports of a serious incident involving an aircraft in southern NSW this afternoon.— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 23, 2020
Contact was lost with a Large Air Tanker which was working in the Snowy Monaro area. #nswrfs #nswfires pic.twitter.com/i6u1mlZsZ0
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