Turkey’s Aerial Firefighters Fight Blazes Post-Earthquake

Turkey's aerial firefighters.
Photo Credit: Ömür Sadikoglu/JetPhotos

LONDON – Turkey’s aerial firefighters continue to fight blazes following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in the country, with footage being released of their efforts.

Video Credit: Türk Hava Kurumu

The incredible footage from Türk Hava Kurumu, Turkey’s Aerial Firefighters shows TC-TKZ, a Canadair CL-215-1A10, emptying its water tanks on the fires on the Alexandretta (Iskenderun) port.

TC-TKZ was also used in The Expendables 2 movie, as a little factoid within this footage.

Nowadays, the aircraft remains with the Turkish Department of Forestation, and is used to support programs and projects of serious emergency.

This 7.8 magnitude earthquake has claimed the lives of over 17,000 people, which has been increasing on a minute-by-minute basis.

According to the US geological survey, the epicentre of the earthquake was located approximately 33 km from the major provincial Turkish city of Gaziantep.

It is possibly the largest earthquake ever recorded in Turkey, with a similar magnitude 7.8 event previously recorded in December 1939 in the North East region of the country, according to seismologist Stephen Hicks.

It remains clear that rescue efforts will continue to go on in the days and weeks ahead, as well as there being a need for Turkey’s aerial firefighters to continue putting out the blazes caused by this earthquake.

Airlines within Turkey and around the world have been providing as much assistance as possible, with additional cargo and charter flights to help make the recovery operations a smoother process.

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