Two dead after helicopter crashes en route to Turkish wildfire

 A firefighting helicopter crashed Wednesday as it headed to the Turkish port of Marmaris to combat a wildfire, killing two Russian crew members, Turkey’s minister of agriculture and forestry said.

The minister, Vahit Kirsci, said two Turkish citizens and three others Russians on the helicopter were injured but were not in critical condition. The deceased were a flight engineer and a flight technician.

The Russian-owened fire-fighting helicopter was flying to extinguish a fire in Marmaris when it crashed near Denizli. Emergency services were sent to the scene. There was no immediate explanation of why the helicopter, a Russian Kamov KA-32, crashed into a field. The governor of Denizli said a crash investigation has been opened.

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