Plane battling Portugal wildfire has crashed – local media

Adam BaderLast Update : Tuesday 20 June 2017 - 6:36 PM
Plane battling Portugal wildfire has crashed – local media

A plane fighting the ongoing wildfire in Portugal has crashed, according to local media reports

The Canadair plane came down in Louriceira in Pedrogao Grande, where the fire is at its most fierce. The area is near the border with the municipality of Gois, Publico reports.

An Instituto Nacional de Emergência Médica (INEM) helicopter is on its way to the scene, TVI reports, cited by Publico.

The National Civil Protection Authority has confirmed that the plane crashed, according to Lusa.

According to the TSF, Canadair usually have two crew on board in firefighting operations.

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The fire started on Saturday and continues to burn as emergency services battle the wildfire which left 64 dead.

There are 17 aircraft and four helicopters involved in the fight against the blaze, according to Publico.

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