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How Ukrainian airplanes help extinguish fires in Turkey

06 Aug, 2021
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How Ukrainian airplanes help extinguish fires in Turkey

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Two Ukrainian An-32P firefighting aircraft in two days of work in Turkey managed to make 48 discharges of water weighing 384 tons to fight fires.

Based on the materials by avianews


The aircraft operate in the territory of Antalya province, where famous Turkish resorts are located.

The fire broke out on July 28. Over the past days, more than 130 wildfires have been reported across 30 Turkish provinces. Most of the fires have ignited along the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea coasts, several in resort areas around Antalya, Mugla, and Marmaris. Its area exceeded 1.5 thousand hectares. In some cases, the fire got so close to the hotels that tourists had to be evacuated from the buildings.

Fires were still being fed by strong winds, air temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104° Fahrenheit), and low humidity. According to the latest statement by the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli, some 42 fires out of a total of 63 that occurred in 21 provinces were taken under control, while the rest are continuing to burn.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy decided to send planes to Turkey after negotiations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

An-32P took off from Odessa on July 30 and is now based at Gazipasa airfield in Antalya province.


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