Plane extinguishing forest fire crashes in Portugal

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In Portugal, a Canadair plane involved in extinguishing a fire in Peneda-Gerês National Park crashed, two people were seriously injured. This was reported by the TVI 24 channel with reference to the head of the National Directorate of Emergency Situations and Civil Protection (ANEPC) Pedro Araujo on Saturday, August 8.

The incident occurred in the village of Ponti da Barca.

The Observator, citing ANEPC, clarifies that one pilot is Portuguese, the other is Spanish. One of them has already been taken out of the plane.

It is clarified that it was a Canadair CL215 amphibious aircraft. It crashed in an accident near the dam after refilling the water tank.

The footage from the scene, which was published by the TV channel, shows how the plane is burning. He fell on rough terrain.

In August 2019, the Tracker 22 amphibious aircraft crashed in the south of France in the commune of Generac. Only the pilot was on board, he died. The plane fell apart on impact on the ground, and powerful explosions were heard during the crash.

The aircraft was reported to have been involved in fighting a forest fire in the Gard department earlier that day.

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