3 Americans killed in Australia all had military backgrounds

DENVER, Col. (AP) - Three Americans killed when their plane crashed while fighting wildfires in Australia all had strong military backgrounds and a passion for flying. The plane's captain, Ian McBeth, who grew up in Colorado and lived in Montana, served as a navigator on C-130s in Iraq before he got his chance to be a pilot. First officer Paul Hudson of Arizona served in in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years and retired as a lieutenant colonel. Flight engineer Rick DeMorgan of Florida served in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years and had over 4,000 hours experience as a flight engineer, with nearly half of those earned in combat situations.