Russia says all 8 die in water-bomber plane crash in Turkey

The plane crashed near the southern Turkish city of Adana. PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia on Saturday (Aug 14) said all eight people onboard a Russian water-dropping plane died when it crashed in Turkey during a firefighting mission.

Moscow's defence ministry said five Russian servicemen and three Turkish nationals were killed in the crash, news agencies reported.

The Russian defence ministry earlier said the Be-200 plane went down around 1.30pm GMT (9.30pm Singapore time) with eight crew onboard.

The plane crashed near the southern Turkish city of Adana, it said.

Russian consular representatives and a defence ministry commission were on their way to the crash site.

In July, Russia said it would send Be-200 planes to Turkey to help it fight spreading wildfires.

Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported that rescuers had rushed to the scene with television footage showing a column of smoke rising from a mountainous zone.

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