Two killed as helicopter crashes enroute to wildfire in Marmaris
A firefighting helicopter crashed on Sept. 21 as it headed to the Aegean town of Marmaris to combat a wildfire, killing two Russian crew members, Agriculture and Forestry Ministry has said, Qazet.az reports.
Minister Vahit Kirişçi said two Turkish citizens and three other Russians on the helicopter were injured but were not in critical condition.
The deceased were a flight engineer and a flight technician.
An official from the General Directorate of Forestry stated the helicopter had flown in from the northern province of Kastamonu to join others in Marmaris, a resort town in the Aegean province of Muğla.
There was no immediate explanation of why the helicopter, a Russian Kamov KA-32, crashed into a field.
The governor of the neighboring province of Denizli said a crash investigation has been opened.
The fire was brought under control, Muğla Governor Orhan Tavlı announced.
One person suspected of causing the wildfire was detained, according to a statement by the Muğla Public Prosecutor’s Office.