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Helicopter fighting forest fire crashes in western Turkiye

September 17, 2023 at 3:25 pm

Extinguishing operations for the forest fire continue in Fethiye district of Mugla, Turkiye on July 28, 2023 [Ali Rıza Akkır/Anadolu Agency]

A firefighting helicopter crashed into a dam with four people onboard while responding to a forest fire in western Izmir province, official said early Sunday, reports Anadolu Agency.

Turkish Agriculture and Forestry Minister Ibrahim Yumakli wrote on X that the chopper crashed into the Tahtali Dam in the Menderes district after it lost contact with the team.

Yumakli said one of the four personnel was rescued and search and rescue efforts continue for the rest.

The forest fire broke out in the Keler neighborhood for unknown reasons.

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