Russian firefighting plane crashes in Turkey.
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Moments ago the Russian Defence Ministry announced that a firefighting plane with eight people on-board crashed in Turkey. All five Russian and three Turkish citizens on board of the Be-200 firefighting aircraft lost their lives.
A Russian news agency said that the crash occured near Adana in southern Turkey when it was about to land. Turkish media reported that a firefighting plane rented from Russia crashed in the mountains in the southern part of Turkey. The Private news agency DHA said that the crash occurred while the plane was fighting a forest fire. Turkish President Erdogan said that they lost communication with the plane moments before it crashed.
We had dispatched a plane to the area but we lost communication with the plane a while ago and it crashed. The situation is very new. We dispatched many units to the area where the plane crashed.Kahramanmaras governor Omer Faruk Coskun said to Anadolu Agency.
The cause of the crash is still unknown and an investigation has been launched to determine the cause. More details to follow.