On Aug. 14, 2021 a Beriev Be-200 amphibious firefighting aircraft crashed during wildfire extinguishing operations in Turkey.
None of the eight crew members on board the aircraft survived the crash.
According to Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu the Be-200 crashed in the Kahramanmaras region, in the southern central part of Turkey.
The firefighting aircraft had been deployed in response to a forest fire caused by a lightning strike, the Kahramanmaras regional governor said.
“Our teams were immediately dispatched to the scene,” the governor’s office says. “From initial information, it was determined that there were no survivors from among the crew.”
As reported by Flight Global, images from the scene indicate the aircraft was destroyed by fire with only the empennage remaining intact.
It departed the Krymsk airfield, near the Black Sea coast, to a temporary station in Adana on Jul. 8.
The basic configuration of the Be-200 amphibious aircraft is intended for fighting the forest fires using the fire extinguishant fluids. While doing this, the aircraft can fulfill the following tasks:
A particular feature of the Be-200 aircraft, when compared with the other amphibians, is that it has fully pressurized fuselage, which allows to fulfill a wide range of missions.
Photo credit: United Aircraft Corporation
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