Firefighting plane crashes on Greek island of Zakynthos

Aircraft crashes while responding to small-scale fire, pilot survives

H. J. I. / AA

The fires surround the village of Peyki, on the island of Evia on the fifth day of a wildfire in the area north of the island of Evia, Greece on August 8, 2021.

Foto: AA

A firefighting plane crashed on the Greek island of Zakynthos on Sunday while it was responding to a fire there, authorities said.

The Fire Service said the pilot of the airplane, picked up by another firefighting aircraft on the island of Ionian, survived.

The aircraft was responding to a small-scale fire in the Lagopodo-Macherado area.

Greece has been fighting wildfires for six days with thousands of people have been evacuated so far.

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