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Firefighting plane crashes in southern Turkey

Ankara [Turkey]: A firefighting plane, that was rented from Russia, crashed in southern Turkey on Saturday, local media reported.According to Anadolu Agency, a firefighting plane of Turkey’s General Directorate of Forestry crashed in the southern province of Kahramanmaras. Contact was lost with the plane which had been rented from Russia to help in Turkey’s effort to contain forest fire in Kahramanmaras, Governor Omer Faruk Coskun told Anadolu Agency.A large number of search and rescue teams were dispatched to the region, Coskun added.The cause of the crash remains unknown.


Military Plane Crash In Philippines Kills 50 And Injure 49

The death toll in the crash of a transport aircraft in Philippines has reached 50, with 49 others injured, officials said Monday. According to the details, the Lockheed C-130 Hercules was carrying 96 mostly combat troops when it overshot the runway while landing Sunday at the Jolo airport in Sulu province. It slammed into a coconut grove beyond the airport and burst into flames in a noontime disaster witnessed by horrified soldiers and villagers. Troops, police and firefighters rescued 49 military personnel, including a few who jumped off the aircraft before it exploded and was gutted by fire. Seven people on the ground were hit by aircraft parts and debris, and three of them died, the military said. The Lockheed C-130 Hercules was one of two refurbished US Air Force aircraft handed over to the Philippines, Washington’s oldest treaty ally in Asia, as part…