Turkey demanded an explanation from the crews of the Russian Be-200ES amphibious aircraft leased to fight forest fires, whose flights “caused concern” for the residents of Antalya. This was reported by the Milliyet newspaper.
On the evening of September 28, the Be-200, which reportedly received the nickname “Fire Eagle”, flew in one of the city’s districts.
“Seeing the aircraft operated by Russian pilots, the townspeople poured out onto the balconies of their houses. After the water was taken, the planes flew close enough to residential buildings, which caused anxiety among residents, ”the article says.
According to the newspaper, after the return of the pilots, representatives of the regional forestry department asked them for clarification.
As previously reported to RIA Novosti in the press service of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC, part of Rostec), in June two Russian Be-200 amphibious aircraft arrived in Turkey to help extinguish forest fires. Aircraft with Russian crews will be on duty for four months in the vicinity of Antalya, Izmir and Bodrum. One of the Be-200s also took part in extinguishing a fire at a fireworks factory in the Turkish province of Sakarya in early July.
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