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Pilot of crashed water-bombing plane found dead

UPDATED: THE pilot of the water-bombing plane that crashed fighting fires in New South Wales has been confirmed dead.

NSW Police's Superintendent Jo Cassar said ambulance crews had to be taken to the crash site by helicopter.

"The ambulance rescue ... have confirmed that the pilot is, in fact, deceased," he said.

"We now find ourselves in a position where we are trying to recover the pilot from the scene, but are being challenged by the weather conditions and nearby fire.

"The police are working closely with the Air Transport Safety Bureau in relation to investigating this matter."

EARLIER: IN A CRUEL twist, a fire sparked by a plane that crashed while water bombing a blaze on the NSW South Coast is preventing rescue crews from reaching the wreckage.

Grave concerns are held for the safety of the pilot of a fixed wing light aircraft that went down while helping with the fire-fighting effort in the Shoalhaven region this morning.

The crash site is believed to be about 40km west of Ulladulla.

More water bombers have been brought in to put out the fire that broke out shortly after the crash.

Police are expected to address the media at 3pm.

More to come ...


A map showing fires near Ulladulla.
A map showing fires near Ulladulla.

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