A firefighter helicopter engaged in rescue operations within the western province of Izmir’s Menderes district has crashed into Tahtalı dam, resulting in a daring rescue operation to find the lacking crew members.
Agriculture and Forestry Minister Ibrahim Yumaklı, who arrived on the scene, reported that one of many 4 personnel on the helicopter had been rescued. The rescued particular person was recognized as a Kyrgyz nationwide, whereas the remaining crew members comprised two Kyrgyz and one Turkish nationwide. Thankfully, the rescued crew member was reported to be in steady situation.
The incident unfolded when a large hearth broke out in a wooded space throughout the Tahtalı Dam basin on Sept. 16. A speedy response involving floor and aerial belongings was instantly initiated to comprise the spreading blaze.
A pressure 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 supplied aerial help to realize 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 hearth brigade underwater search and rescue groups to pinpoint the precise location of the submerged helicopter wreckage. As daybreak broke, aerial help from further helicopters additional augmented the search and rescue operation.
Yumaklı famous that the placement of the helicopter wreckage had been decided and confirmed that efforts have been underway to retrieve it from the dam.