All lacking crew members of a firefighter helicopter engaged in rescue operations within the western province of Izmir’s Menderes district that crashed into Tahtalı Dam have been recovered.
Agriculture and Forestry Minister Ibrahim Yumaklı, who arrived on the scene, reported that one of many 4 personnel on the helicopter had been rescued whereas the remainder of the three members’ our bodies had been recovered. The saved particular person was recognized as a Kyrgyz nationwide, whereas the remaining crew members comprised two Kyrgyz and one Turkish nationwide. Luckily, the rescued crew member was reported to be in secure situation.
The incident unfolded when an enormous fireplace broke out in a wooded space throughout the Tahtalı Dam basin on Sept. 16. A fast response involving floor and aerial belongings was instantly initiated to include the spreading blaze.
A power of 9 plane, 20 helicopters, 54 water tankers, 20 water provide automobiles, 10 heavy-duty machines and round 500 personnel joined forces to battle the flames. As dusk descended, three night-vision-equipped helicopters offered aerial assist to achieve the higher hand over the wildfire.
Nevertheless, at roughly 11:53 p.m. native time, contact with one of many helicopters was misplaced whereas it was engaged in a water retrieval operation from Tahtalı dam.
An investigation into the incident later confirmed that the night-fight helicopter had crashed into the dam.
All through the evening, exhaustive efforts have been made by the gendarmerie, police, coast guard and fireplace brigade underwater search and rescue groups to pinpoint the precise location of the submerged helicopter wreckage. As daybreak broke, aerial assist from extra helicopters additional augmented the search and rescue operation.