A search is underway for a water tanker plane which is feared to have crashed while fighting fires in southern NSW.

The NSW Rural Fire Service says local ground crews believe the plane may have gone down in the Snowy Monaro region.

“A number of helicopters are in the area carrying out a search,” the RFS said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.

A number of helicopters are in the area carrying out a search.

With AAP

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