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The capacity of THK planes was not enough

THK planes with a capacity of 4 thousand 900 liters could not enter the tender and could not be used in forest fires last year, since the condition of “at least 5 thousand liters of water carrying capacity” was stipulated. This year, the ministry leased half-capacity aircraft known as “air tractors” from Australia.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 15:00

The capacity of THK planes was not enough

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General Directorate of Forestry, firefighting aircraft rental tender THK planes with a capacity of 4 thousand 900 liters could not enter the tender and could not be used in forest fires last year, as it stipulated that it must have a “at least 5 thousand liters of water carrying capacity”.. The capacity of the planes, known as “air tractors” for agricultural spraying, used in the ongoing Marmaris forest fire, is 3 thousand liters. Airplanes for firefighting are pesticides and leased from Australia. The official name of the planes leased from Australia, which is 12,500 kilometers away, is also Air Tractor AT-802 (Air Tractor). Radar records show that there are 4 AT-802 type aircraft leased to Turkey by Central Highlands Aerial Services. After the intervention in the region, the planes landed at the airport for resupply.

HAS 130 LITER FOAM TANK

Air Tractor AT-802 model planes, which are understood to be leased by the Ministry of Forestry, are known as American agricultural aircraft that can be adapted to firefighting or armed versions. Aircraft that first flew in the United States in October 1990 were Air Tractor Inc. Produced by Planes have the capacity to collect water from a lake or river for use in a fire. 820 gallons can carry approximately 3,100 liters of water. Records made during the interventions in the region also show that a colored liquid was thrown into the fire area. These planes have a standard fuselage. In addition, a 130 liter foam tank can be added.

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