Two dead as Turkish firefighting helicopter crashes

Two dead as Turkish firefighting helicopter crashes

A helicopter crashed Wednesday as it headed to the Turkish port of Marmaris to combat a wildfire, killing two crew members, Turkey’s Interior Ministry said.

According to the ministry, five others also on the helicopter were injured.
The helicopter crew included two Russians and five Turkish citizens, but the ministry did not give the nationalities of the members who died.

An official at the General Directorate of Forestry said that the helicopter had flown in from the northern province of Kastamonu to join others at Marmaris, a resort town on the Aegean Sea.

There was no immediate explanation of why the helicopter crashed into a field. The governor of Denizli said an investigation has been opened.