Monday 16 August 2021

Firefighting plane crashes in Turkey: no survivors

A Russian Navy firefighting plane crashed on Saturday with eight people on board. The aircraft had been used to fight a wildfire in the country. All occupants were killed, Russian news agencies report. According to the Russian state news agency Tass, this is a firefighting aircraft of the Russian Navy, of the type Beriev Be-200. It was hired especially for firefighting in Turkey. All eight occupants, five Russian soldiers and three Turkish civilians, did not survive the crash. The cause of the accident is not yet known. The plane crashed in the Kahramanmaras region. According to Turkey's state news agency Anadolu, a large number of aid workers rushed to the scene of the crash. Turkish television channels showed images showing a plume of smoke rising from a mountainous area. This is a fairly new aircraft, taking its first flight on the 14th February 2020.

Turkey has been facing severe forest fires in the south of the country since the end of July. The government is talking about the worst such disaster in the history of the country. Most fires are now under control, but it remains a difficult and uphill battle.

Aircraft Information:
Owner / Operator: Russian Navy
Aircraft: Beriev Be-200ChS
Registration: RF-88450
Serial Number: 646200 90311

Thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends 

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