Russian Il-76 water bomber battling forest fires in Bulgaria

Russian Il-76 water bomber battling forest fires in Bulgaria

22 July 2007

published by www.interfax.ru


Russia / Bulgaria — A Russian Ilyushin Il-76 TD water- bomber, urgently dispatched to Bulgaria’s Staraya Zagora, began a fire- fighting mission at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Viktor Beltsov told Interfax.

“At the request of the Bulgarian government, the ministry has sent an Il-76 water bomber capable of carrying 42 tonnes of water to Bulgaria,” Beltsov said.

Forest fires raging near Staraya Zagora are threatening to spread to populated areas, he said.

The ministry will dispatch helicopter water bombers to Greece on July 24 and 25 to battle forest fires outside Athens, Beltsov said.


 

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