Greece: Firefighting plane crashes, 2 missing

July 23, 2007 16:30


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A firefighting plane crashed in southern Greece while battling a wildfire that had forced the evacuation of hundreds of local residents from a seaside resort, authorities said Monday. The Canadair tanker crashed into a hillside amid thick clouds of smoke on the island of Evia, outside the resort of Stira, where a blaze threatened homes. The Fire Service said two crew members were missing. More than 2,000 fires have broken out in Greece since June, following successive heat waves. Temperatures reached 42 degrees Celsius in parts of the country Monday, and were forecast to rise to 44 Celsius Tuesday.

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