The 43-year-old pilot of a plane fighting wildfires near Sydney, Australia crashed into a national park and died Thursday, 10/24/2013. The crash sparked another fire to add to the many that are still burning. Unfortunately, the accident occurred as firefighters were starting to get the upper hand, due to cooler weather. Rural Fire Service (RFS) warned of hotter weather ahead as summer approaches.
The water-bombing plane crashed in a remote area more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Sydney. New South Wales has destroyed more than 200 homes thus far.
Rescue crews found the body after reaching the crash site in rugged terrain. He was the only person on board the plane and his family has been notified, police said.