Underwater groups are looking out a lake for a helicopter that crashed over the weekend while fighting a forest fire in western Turkey, state media reported Monday.
Four crew members have been aboard the firefighting aircraft when it fell into the waters of the Tahtali dam while battling a blaze in Izmir’s Menderes district.
One pilot, a nationwide of Kyrgyzstan, swam to security following the accident late Saturday. Three different crew – a Turk and two Kyrgyz personnel – stay unaccounted for.
The search resumed Monday following Sunday’s unsuccessful efforts, state-run Anadolu information company stated. The evening vision-equipped helicopter, which was gathering water to drop on the flames when it crashed, is reported to be caught in mud 36 toes beneath the floor.
The fire was extinguished Sunday. Summer wildfires are widespread in Turkey, the place dry vegetation and excessive temperatures and winds create best situations for deadly blazes.