MOSCOW/ANKARA, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Eight individuals had been killed when a Russian firefighting Be-200 airplane crashed in Turkey on Saturday, the Russian defence ministry was cited by Interfax information company as saying.
The Russian navy stated final month a Be-200, a part of the Russian naval air forces, had been despatched to assist Turkey battle wildfires raging by way of southern coastal areas.
Turkey has been combating the fires for the previous two weeks, with most of them now introduced beneath management.
“5 crew members from Russian navy personnel and three residents of Turkey who had been recognizing fireplace centres had been killed,” the ministry stated.
The Turkish defence ministry stated one other navy airplane and a helicopter had been dispatched to the scene to assist with the search operation.
Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova in Moscow and Ece Toksabay in Ankara;
Enhancing by Alison Williams
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