LONDON – A Canadair 28 has crashed in Italy whilst performing fire extinguishing duties on Mount Calcinera, Catania.
It is understood that search and rescue teams are currently scouring the area for survivors, although this is looking unlikely given the impact of the aircraft into the mountain.
As you can see from the image above, there isn’t much wreckage that the rescue teams will be able to work with.
According to the media, the Linguaglossa Fire Brigade, Speleo Alpino Fluviale, and an AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter is flying over the crash site.
It is understood that two people were onboard the aircraft.
We don’t have much information about the actual registration of the aircraft or who it belongs to, so as soon as we have that information, we will update the story accordingly.
This is a developing story.
UPDATE #1 @ 1902 UK time – We have got confirmation that the airframe involved in the accident was I-DPCN. We also have confirmation that both pilots died in the accident.
UPDATE #2 @ 1908 UK time – Below, you can see a clearer image of the crash site, with only a few parts of the aircraft, left after its impact into the mountain.