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Three people have been killed after a firefighting aircraft crashed in bushland in the McKinlay area of Queensland, south-east of Mount Isa.

The twin-engine plane went down near the Eloise Copper Mine, near Cloncurry.

Queensland Police said the aircraft had been used for mapping bushfires and aerial observation work and had been contracted by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Police said a member of the public alerted them to the crash just after 2:30pm on Saturday.

Local aircraft, as well as a rescue helicopter, flew to the area to reach the stricken aircraft, which came down in difficult terrain.

Investigations into the incident are ongoing.

With AAP

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