Russian plane sent to fight Turkey's wildfires crashes, 8 dead
A Russian plane that was sent to Turkey to fight the wildfires crashed Saturday, killing all eight people on board, state news agency TASS reports.
What they're saying: "Five Russian military crew members and three citizens of the Republic of Turkey who were on board the Russian Be-200 plane crashed in the Republic of Turkey," the Russian defense ministry said, per TASS.
State of play: Russian defense officials have been sent to the crash scene to investigate the cause, CNN notes.
- The plane had been sent by Russia on July 8.
Catch up quick: Turkey has been battling deadly wildfires on the southern and western parts of the country. Thousands of tourists have been told to evacuate and at least eight people have died.