UPDATE - Firefighting plane crashes on Greek island of Evia
CL-215 aircraft with 2 crew members, crashes during firefighting in Platanistos, Greek Air Force says
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By Nur Asena Erturk
ANKARA (AA) - A plane deployed to help put out wildfires on the Greek island of Evia crashed Tuesday in the coastal town of Karystos, according to media reports.
The Canadair plane was sent to fight the blaze in the village of Platanistos, said the Kathimerini newspaper.
"A search and rescue operation is underway," the Greek Air Force said in a statement. "1 Super Puma helicopter and 1 AB-205 Air Force helicopter have rushed to the area.”
The CL-215 aircraft with two crew members "crashed during aerial firefighting in Platanistos, Evia," it said.
Evia is Greece’s second-largest island, less than half the area of Crete, but far closer to the mainland, lying roughly east and northeast of Athens, diagonal to the Attica peninsula.
Dozens of devastating wildfires have been ravaging Greece for days, including on the island of Rhodes, a tourist hotspot.
Several countries, including Türkiye, have reached out to help Greece in extinguishing the blazes, which have burned houses and forests.
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