Dutch send helicopters to Greece

28th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

Dutch send helicopters to Greece

28 August 2007

SOESTERBERG – Three helicopters and 27 soldiers of the Royal Air Force arrived in Greece on Monday evening to help put out the forest fires raging there. They are being deployed near Tripoli, a city centrally located on the Peloponnesus, a spokesperson for the air force said Monday.

The Cougar aircraft of the 300 Squadron flew to Greece via Italy last weekend. The Cougar is a medium-sized transport helicopter that is also suitable for fire-fighting.

A cable and a large sack containing 2,500 litres of water can be suspended below the helicopter and released. The crew consists of two pilots and a loadmaster, who is in charge of the loading and release of the water.

The aircraft and soldiers will start assisting with fire-fighting efforts on Tuesday. The fires in Greece have already claimed at least 63 lives.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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