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Live: Pilot confirmed dead as fires flare in Blue Mountains

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) has confirmed that a pilot died when his water-bombing aircraft crashed in southern New South Wales this morning.

The RFS says the pilot, 43, was killed when his Dromader water-bomber went down west of Ulladulla.

The plane was involved in fire-fighting operations, and it is believed a wing snapped off the aircraft before the crash.

The RFS has issued two emergency warnings for blazes in the Blue Mountains – the so-called State Mine fire and the blaze at Mount Victoria.

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