A Be-200 firefighter plane crashed on Saturday, August 14, in southeastern Turkey. It is reported by TASS citing local TV channel NTV.
As the TV channel was told in the Main Department of Forestry of the country, the airliner crashed near the city of Kahramanmaras. According to the department, there were seven people on board, five of whom were foreigners. The fate of the crew is currently unknown.
At the same time, the department said that this Be-200 was leased by the Turkish authorities from Russia. The plane was used to fight forest fires.
Fires engulfed Turkey at the end of July 2021. An abnormal heat was recorded in the country: the temperature rose above 40 degrees. As a result, the flame reached the tourist province of Antalya. After a while, the region of the country most affected by forest fires was named Muglu.