Russia, 8 deaths in firefighting plane crash in Turkey

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– MOSCOW, AUGUST 14 – Russia has reported that eight people who were on board a Russian plane that crashed in Turkey during a firefighting mission have died. Moscow’s defense ministry said five Russian servicemen and three Turkish citizens were killed in the incident, news agencies reported.

The plane, a Beriev-200, had been sent from Russia to the Turkish Forest Directorate-General, which was using it to fight the intense fires that have ravaged southern Turkey in recent weeks. Turkish media had previously reported that the crew consisted of seven people, including five Russians.

The reason for the crash of the plane, which had just dropped its water load to extinguish a fire that broke out in the Kahramanmaras region, remains unknown at the moment, according to reports by Turkish state television TRT. (HANDLE).

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