New drama in Turkey. Russian authorities said that a bombed-out Russian army plane crashed on Saturday with eight people on board in the south of the country as it was interfering to put out a fire. Russian agencies said no passengers survived. A Turkish reconnaissance plane and helicopter were sent to the scene.
From Turkish TV channels Broadcast images showing a plume of smoke rising from a mountainous area. The fate of the crew members was not immediately known. The aircraft, a Beriev-200, had been leased by Russia to the Turkish General Directorate of Forestry, which was using it to fightSevere fires swept southern Turkey These past weeks.
According to Russian agencies, eight people were on board: five Russian soldiers and three Turks. The plane crashed for an unknown reason, as it just dumped its water cargo to put out a fire that broke out earlier in Kahramanmaras region, state TV channel TRT reported.
Deadly floods in the country
The incident comes as Turkey has been facing a series of natural disasters for several weeks, including fires in the south and floods in the north. Thus, on Saturday itself, rescuers were leading a race against time to find survivors in the north of the country after floods that killed at least 44 people.
Specialized teams are excavating the rubble of dozens of houses that collapsed due to bad weather on Wednesday in areas bordering the Black Sea after torrential rains.
The latest interim report published on Saturday said 44 people had been killed and nine had been hospitalized. For many experts, natural disasters such as those that follow one another in this country are likely to become more frequent and violent due to human-caused global warming.
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