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Pilot of a fire fighting airplane dead

27 August 2009 / 14:08:05  GRReporter
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Firefighting airplane PZL, who belonged to the Military Aviation, fell around 12:45PM, two-three miles west of the airport on Kefalonia Island. The pilot was found dead.

The airplane was helping put out the fire and right when the pilot dropped the water and tried to make a turn to get out of the fire territory, the airplane turned upside down and fell right into the flames. The reasons for the fall are still unclear and the aviation announced an official mourning.

PZL (Mielec) M-18B "Dromader" is an one engine airplane made in Poland and is used in agriculture. Greece bought 30 such airplanes in 1980, which are used in case of fires. It is believed that they are suitable to reach hard to reach mountain areas with a slope of up to 60%. They can also carry up to 2 500 liters of water.


Tags: NewsCrime newsFire Wild fires in Greece
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