Firefighting airplane crashes in Portugal

REUTERS
LISBON
Published 20.06.2017 19:27
Updated 20.06.2017 19:42
Some locals watch a Canadair plane overflying smoke columns taht raise as wildfires burn close to Pedrogao Pequeno, on June 20, 2017 (AFP Photo)
Some locals watch a Canadair plane overflying smoke columns taht raise as wildfires burn close to Pedrogao Pequeno, on June 20, 2017 (AFP Photo)

An airplane involved in firefighting efforts to extinguish huge forest fires in central Portugal crashed on Tuesday, local media reported.

Television stations SIC and TVI said the Canadair aircraft had crashed near Pedrogao Grande, centre of the biggest fire that has killed 64 people since Saturday.

News agency Lusa cited a source from the civil protection agency saying a helicopter was on its way to where the plane had gone down

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