The Turkish state television station DRT reported that the plane had lowered its cargo to put out a fire in the Kahramanmaras area.
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A Russian military water bombing plane has crashed in southern Turkey on Saturday, August 14, with eight people on board. The plane was carrying five Russian soldiers and three Turks Moscow and Ankara. Russia’s official news agency quoted a Defense Ministry report as saying that no one was alive.
The Turkish state television station DRT reported that the plane had lowered its cargo to put out a fire in the Kahramanmaras area. The circumstances of the accident are currently unknown. Turkish television channels broadcast images showing smoke billowing from an area difficult to reach from a mountain range.
The Perive-200 was leased by Russia to the Directorate General of Forestry in Turkey to fight the intense fire that has ravaged southern Turkey in recent weeks. Due to the lack of infrastructure to fight the fire, Ankara was forced to rent aircraft to several countries (Israel and Russia). Spain also sent a water bombing plane to help.
Eight people were killed in a fire that burned the country’s southern coast from late July to early August. Authorities announced this week that most of the blasts had been extinguished, but new fires have been reported in recent days, such as Kahramanmaras or Kanakale (west).
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