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Wednesday, 6 September, 2000, 14:52 GMT 15:52 UK
Two die in French fire-fighting crash
Wreckage
The wreckage was difficult to reach because of the rugged terrain
A cargo plane crashed on Wednesday as it dropped water on a forest fire, killing two of its crew members.

C130 J Hercules Aircraft
The Hercules C-130 is the world's most popular cargo plane
The Hercules C130 crashed into a hill near the small town of Burzet in the south east of France.

Two other members of the crew were seriously injured in the crash.

Three of the crew were Americans, the fourth a Frenchman living in America.

Difficult rescue

The authorities say they will only identify the victims once their families have been notified.

Wreckage of crashed plane
The plane had taken off from Marseille airport
The aircraft had been rented by the local authorities for the summer from a private company.

Rescuers had difficulty reaching the scene of the accident because of the rough and hilly terrain.

The fire the plane was helping fight destroyed about 100 acres of forest before it was brought under control.

The cause of the fire is not yet know and will be investigated.

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