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RFS plane crash: Investigators probe wreckage, cockpit voice recordings

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Investigators will begin poring over voice recordings made in the final moments before a fatal firefighting plane crash in southern NSW.

The large aerial water tanker was engulfed by a fireball after crashing in the Snowy Mountains region while battling bushfires on Thursday afternoon.

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Captain Ian McBeth, first officer Paul Clyde Hudson and flight engineer Rick DeMorgan Jr were killed.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigators will on Sunday begin examining data downloaded from the plane’s cockpit voice recorder.

They hope the recordings will shed some light on the cause of the crash.

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‘Without knowing what exactly happened we don’t know how useful it is.’

“It generally records the last two hours of a flight. It will record the pilot, co-pilot and the flight engineer’s discussion in the cockpit,” ATSB boss Greg Hood said.

“Without knowing what exactly happened we don’t know how useful it is. We should have some indication (on Sunday) when the data is downloaded.”

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Investigators will also on Sunday use a drone to produce a three-dimensional map of the crash site, which is littered with the charred wreckage of the C-130 Hercules plane.

“(On Sunday) we will bring in the 3D mapping drone,” Hood said.

“It was difficult to do that (on Saturday) because the area is still an active fire zone and there were firebombing activities carried out throughout the day.”

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Hood said investigators would also begin interviewing crash witnesses in the town of Cooma.

Relatives of the three men killed in the crash will be offered the chance to visit the site next week.

They are expected to arrive in Sydney on Sunday.

It comes as investigators reveal the aircraft did not have a black box.

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Chinese man dons an astronaut costume as ‘extra protection’ during coronavirus outbreak 

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A Chinese man has dressed up as an astronaut to protect himself from the coronavirus while going out shopping. 

The man, known by his surname Li, purchased the £13 full-body costume online for ‘extra protection’ as the deadly disease sweeps through the country.

He said: ‘I thought the costume was adorable and it could protect me [from the virus].

The man, known by his surname Li, purchased the £12 outfit online for 'extra protection' during the coronavirus outbreak

The man, known by his surname Li, purchased the £12 outfit online for 'extra protection' during the coronavirus outbreak

He told Pear Video he thought the costume was adorable and it could protect him from the virus

He told Pear Video he thought the costume was adorable and it could protect him from the virus

A Chinese man has dressed up as an astronaut to protect himself from the coronavirus while going out shopping. Pictures show him wearing the costume before going to the shop

‘I am wearing a face mask underneath as well. It’s double protection,’ added Mr Li from Fujian Province as he spoke to video news outlet Pear.

The Chinese resident asked his friend to film a video of him donning the inflated outfit and cruising around his complex in the city of Sanming on a scooter.

He received mixed reactions from other residents after sharing the video online.

Mr Li did not explain how much he had spent on the apparel, but a similar costume costs 125 yuan (£13.6) on average on Chinese e-commerce site Taobao. 

Mr Li is seen riding his scooter while donning the costume

Mr Li is seen riding his scooter while donning the costume

He asked his friend to film a video of him cruising around his complex

He asked his friend to film a video of him cruising around his complex

The Chinese resident asked his friend to film a video of him donning the inflated outfit. He is seen cheerfully jumping and strolling around his complex on a scooter

Due to the increasing demand of face masks, people in China have been scrambling to get hold of them. People are pictured waiting outside a pharmacy in China to purchase face masks

Due to the increasing demand of face masks, people in China have been scrambling to get hold of them. People are pictured waiting outside a pharmacy in China to purchase face masks

Due to the increasing demand of face masks, people in China have been scrambling to get hold of them. People are pictured waiting outside a pharmacy in China to purchase face masks

‘Some people said it was cute, others joked they would try to deflate my costume when they see me,’ Mr Li said.

Health experts have warned these creative outfits would not protect people from the deadly disease.

The public is advised to wear face masks and maintain good personal hygiene as basic measures against the coronavirus. 

Ms He is pictured standing outside the hospital wearing her giraffe costume

Ms He is pictured standing outside the hospital wearing her giraffe costume

She had to resort to the full-body outfit after failing to get hold of any face masks

She had to resort to the full-body outfit after failing to get hold of any face masks

A woman told Pear Video that she bought the puffed-up outfit, along with another alien costume, due to the shortage of face masks. The pictures show her visiting the hospital

People in China have been scrambling to get hold of protective masks as the demand for them grows rapidly. 

A Chinese woman has recently shown up at a hospital with a giraffe costume to avoid catching the novel coronavirus.

She claimed she had to resort to the full-body outfit after failing to get hold of any face masks.  

The woman, surnamed He, visited the doctor who treated her father before the coronavirus outbreak

The woman, surnamed He, visited the doctor who treated her father before the coronavirus outbreak

Dr Ao then had a video inquiry with Ms He's father on her phone

Dr Ao then had a video inquiry with Ms He's father on her phone

The Chinese woman was spotted dressing up as a giraffe at hospital today after failing to get hold of any face mask. She is pictured seeing the doctor and picking up medicine in Sichuan

The novel coronavirus  has claimed 2,705 deaths and infected over 80,344 people globally

The novel coronavirus  has claimed 2,705 deaths and infected over 80,344 people globally

The novel coronavirus  has claimed 2,705 deaths and infected over 80,344 people globally

The novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, has claimed at least 2,705 deaths and infected over 80,344 people globally.    

Experts believe that the new coronavirus has been passed onto humans by wildlife sold as food, especially bats and snakes. 

People are pictured wearing protective masks and riding bicycles on a street in Shanghai

People are pictured wearing protective masks and riding bicycles on a street in Shanghai

People are pictured wearing protective masks and riding bicycles on a street in Shanghai

The public is advised to wear face masks and maintain good personal hygiene as basic measures against the coronavirus. The picture shows workers spraying disinfectant in Seoul

The public is advised to wear face masks and maintain good personal hygiene as basic measures against the coronavirus. The picture shows workers spraying disinfectant in Seoul

The public is advised to wear face masks and maintain good personal hygiene as basic measures against the coronavirus. The picture shows workers spraying disinfectant in Seoul

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Moment river starts running again for first time in two years

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Moment river starts running again for first time in two years
Caption: River flows for first time in years
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River town residents in drought-hit western New South Wales are delighted after widespread rainfall restarted waterways that were bone-dry up until a fortnight ago.

With emergency measures proving unsatisfactory, some towns were reportedly just weeks away from running completely dry.

Collarenebri, home to 650 people, had only 21 days’ worth of river water left to drink.

Resident Jasen Ramien told ABC News: ‘The Barwon River was as low as I’d ever seen it.’

LOUTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 24: A general view of the dry river bed of the Darling Barka river on February 24, 2020 in Louth, Australia. Recent rains across Eastern Australia have increased the flow to rivers feeding the Murray-Darling Basin, bringing much needed waters to Louth, and a community that has struggled with a dry waterbed and sustained drought. While the community celebrating the arrival of water and a full river, some farming groups are disappointed with the recent decision to lift a ban on floodplain harvesting and the pumping of water from the river by the New South Wales government. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
The dry river bed of the Darling Barka river (Picture: Getty Images)
LOUTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 24: A chair is seen on the dry river bed of the Darling Barka river on February 24, 2020 in Louth, Australia. Recent rains across Eastern Australia have increased the flow to rivers feeding the Murray-Darling Basin, bringing much needed waters to Louth, and a community that has struggled with a dry waterbed and sustained drought. While the community celebrating the arrival of water and a full river, some farming groups are disappointed with the recent decision to lift a ban on floodplain harvesting and the pumping of water from the river by the New South Wales government. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
A chair resting on the bed of the Darling Barka river (Picture: Getty Images)
LOUTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 24: Men walk along the Darling Barka river, as a flow of water arrives from upstream on February 24, 2020 in Louth, Australia. Recent rains across Eastern Australia have increased the flow to rivers feeding the Murray-Darling Basin, bringing much needed waters to Louth, and a community that has struggled with a dry waterbed and sustained drought. While the community celebrating the arrival of water and a full river, some farming groups are disappointed with the recent decision to lift a ban on floodplain harvesting and the pumping of water from the river by the New South Wales government. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
Men walk along the river as a flow of water arrives from upstream (Picture: Getty Images)
LOUTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 24: Members of the community and surrounds are seen on the Louth bridge, waiting for a flow of water from upstream on February 24, 2020 in Louth, Australia. Recent rains across Eastern Australia have increased the flow to rivers feeding the Murray-Darling Basin, bringing much needed waters to Louth, and a community that has struggled with a dry waterbed and sustained drought. While the community celebrating the arrival of water and a full river, some farming groups are disappointed with the recent decision to lift a ban on floodplain harvesting and the pumping of water from the river by the New South Wales government. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
Members of the community wait for the flow of water from upstream (Picture: Getty Images)

Heavy rains and thunderstorms have seen a number of major rivers feeding the Murray-Darling Basin start flowing again, including the Condamine and Balonne in Queensland and the Namoi and Barwon in NSW, The Australian reported.

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Much of the water ends up in the Darling, meaning residents can now water their lawns, wash their cars and refill their swimming pools.

Mr Ramien added: ‘There’s nothing worse than coming home from a day at work, living in a dustbowl and trying to sit out the back and have a beer with no lawn to look at.

‘Now, we have a green lawn, and you can see it on people’s faces in the community – it’s a very welcome sight.’

Footage also shows Gilgandra’s Castlereagh River running for the first time in years after rainfall ended one of the worst droughts in its history last week.

In Walgett the council was forced to drill two bores in order to supply the town with water.

Janette Murphy told ABC it had been costing her ‘$50 a week for months now’ shelling out for bottled water because of the supply’s high sodium content.

The manager of Walgett’s Sporties Club said the ‘vibe in town’ had been lifted.

LOUTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 24: A new flow is seen meeting pools of green water along the Darling Barka river, as a flow of water arrives from upstream on February 24, 2020 in Louth, Australia. Recent rains across Eastern Australia have increased the flow to rivers feeding the Murray-Darling Basin, bringing much needed waters to Louth, and a community that has struggled with a dry waterbed and sustained drought. While the community celebrating the arrival of water and a full river, some farming groups are disappointed with the recent decision to lift a ban on floodplain harvesting and the pumping of water from the river by the New South Wales government. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
A new flow is seen meeting pools of green water along the Darling Barka river (Picture: Getty Images)
LOUTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 24: A new flow is seen meeting pools of green water along the Darling Barka river, as a flow of water arrives from upstream on February 24, 2020 in Louth, Australia. Recent rains across Eastern Australia have increased the flow to rivers feeding the Murray-Darling Basin, bringing much needed waters to Louth, and a community that has struggled with a dry waterbed and sustained drought. While the community celebrating the arrival of water and a full river, some farming groups are disappointed with the recent decision to lift a ban on floodplain harvesting and the pumping of water from the river by the New South Wales government. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
Recent rains across Eastern Australia have increased the flow to rivers feeding the Murray-Darling Basin, bringing much needed waters to Louth (Picture: Getty Images)
LOUTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 24: A general view of the Darling Barka river, as a flow of water from upstream arrives on February 24, 2020 in Louth, Australia. Recent rains across Eastern Australia have increased the flow to rivers feeding the Murray-Darling Basin, bringing much needed waters to Louth, and a community that has struggled with a dry waterbed and sustained drought. While the community celebrating the arrival of water and a full river, some farming groups are disappointed with the recent decision to lift a ban on floodplain harvesting and the pumping of water from the river by the New South Wales government. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
The rains brought much needed waters to Louth, and a community that has struggled with a dry waterbed and sustained drought (Picture: Getty Images)
LOUTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 25: Publican Kathy Barnes of Shiny's Inn takes a photo of the Darling Barka river after the arrival of a flow of water from upstream on February 25, 2020 in Louth, Australia. Recent rains across Eastern Australia have increased the flow to rivers feeding the Murray-Darling Basin, bringing much needed waters to Louth, and a community that has struggled with a dry waterbed and sustained drought. While the community celebrating the arrival of water and a full river, some farming groups are disappointed with the recent decision to lift a ban on floodplain harvesting by the New South Wales government. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
Kathy Barnes takes a photo of the replenished Darling Barka river (Picture: Getty Images)
LOUTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 24: A general view of the Darling Barka river, as a flow of water from upstream arrives on February 24, 2020 in Louth, Australia. Recent rains across Eastern Australia have increased the flow to rivers feeding the Murray-Darling Basin, bringing much needed waters to Louth, and a community that has struggled with a dry waterbed and sustained drought. While the community celebrating the arrival of water and a full river, some farming groups are disappointed with the recent decision to lift a ban on floodplain harvesting and the pumping of water from the river by the New South Wales government. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
While the community celebrated the arrival of water and a full river, some farming groups are disappointed with the recent decision to lift a ban on floodplain harvesting (Picture: Getty Images)

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Iranian health minister tests positive for coronavirus

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Iraj Hairichi appeared to be sweating during a press conference yesterday
Iraj Hairichi appeared to be sweating during a press conference yesterday (Picture: @rafsanchez/Twitter)

Iran’s health minister has caught the new coronavirus, the country has announced.

Iraj Hairichi had given a new conference just yesterday seeking to play down the danger caused by the virus, where he stopped at one point to wipe away sweat from his forehead.

He posted a video online today saying that he had contracted the disease and that he had quarantined himself at his home.

He promised that authorities would bring the virus under control.

It comes as Iran struggles to contain one of the largest clusters of cases outside of China.

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The country’s official death toll from the virus has risen to 15 killed, with 95 confirmed infections.

Today the United Arab Emirates banned all flights to and from Iran over the outbreak.

The UAE, home to long-haul carriers Emirates and Etihad, remains a key international transit route for Iran’s 80 million people.

The flight ban, which will last at least a week, shows the growing concern over the spread of the virus in Iran amid worries the outbreak may be larger than what authorities there now acknowledge.

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Iraj Harirchi said he had tested positive in a video posted online (Picture: Twitter)

The Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority made the announcement via the country’s state-run WAM news agency, just hours after Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest for international travel, said there would be restrictions on flights there.

‘All passenger and cargo aircraft traveling to and from Iran will be suspended for a period of one week, and could be up for extension,’ the authority said. ‘The decision is a precautionary measure undertaken by the UAE to ensure strict monitoring and prevention of the spread of the new coronavirus.’

Emirates, the government-owned carrier based in Dubai, flies daily to Tehran. Its low-cost sister airline, FlyDubai, flies to multiple Iranian cities, as does the Sharjah-based low-cost carrier Air Arabia.

The announcement came after Bahrain said it would suspend all flights from Dubai and Sharjah, a neighboring UAE emirate that is home to Air Arabia, for 48 hours.

Bahrain’s Health Ministry raised the number of infected cases from the new virus to eight today, saying that all had traveled from Iran via Dubai.

An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on February 24, 2020, shows Iran's government spokesman Ali Rabiei (R) and deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi speaking during a press conference in Tehran. - Iran's deputy health minister confirmed on on February 25, that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, amid a major outbreak in the Islamic republic. Harirchi coughed occasionally and appeared to be sweating during a press conference in Tehran with government spokesman Ali Rabiei. (Photo by - / IRAN PRESS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - AFP PHOTO / HO / IRAN PRESS NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS FROM ALTERNATIVE SOURCES, AFP IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DIGITAL ALTERATIONS TO THE PICTURE'S EDITORIAL CONTENT, DATE AND LOCATION WHICH CANNOT BE INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED - NO RESALE - NO ACCESS ISRAEL MEDIA/PERSIAN LANGUAGE TV STATIONS/ OUTSIDE IRAN/ STRICTLY NO ACCESS BBC PERSIAN/ VOA PERSIAN/ MANOTO-1 TV/ IRAN INTERNATIONAL / (Photo by -/IRAN PRESS/AFP via Getty Images)
Iran’s government spokesman Ali Rabiei (R) and deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi speaking during a press conference in Tehran yesterday (Picture: Getty)

Four of them have been identified as Saudi nationals.

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The cases were confirmed upon arrival to Bahrain during screenings at the airport, and prior to the suspension on flights to Dubai and Sharjah, according to Bahrain’s official news agency.

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people globally, causing around 2,700 deaths, mainly in China.

The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sought to reassure the nation in a speech on Tuesday, calling the new coronavirus an ‘uninvited and inauspicious passenger’.

‘We will get through corona,’ Rouhani said. ‘We will get through the virus.’

Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq and Oman also announced their first cases of the virus yesteday and connected them to travel with Iran.

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