In a preliminary report into the crash, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said the aircraft was flying at a very low height with its left wing down and it hit a tree before crashing into the ground.
"The aviation industry and emergency service sector is a small community ... this will be deeply felt by all."
A Canadian-owned C-130 Hercules air tanker crashed while fighting bushfires in Australia's alpine region on Thursday, killing all three of its crew, authorities said
The Royal Australian Navy managed to snatch a fire-stricken town from the verge of crisis last week with an emergency beer run for the ages
The words "terrain, terrain, terrain," and "obstacle ahead" blare over the intercom as the pilots expertly navigate a C-17 past buildings in Brisbane, Australia.