Two men on board a fire-fighting aircraft were killed in Corsica on Wednesday (July 25) when it crashed into the fire they were trying to fight.
GV Village with smoke in woods in background
SCU Radio operator
SVs Fire tenders leaving (3 shots)
SV Firemen getting out of truck
SV Fire burning beside road
SV Men fighting fire with branches (2 shots)
SV Villagers watch fire near their home (2 shots)
SVs PAN Wreckage of aircraft (2 shots)
SV NIGHT SHOT Firemen leaving truck
CU Man using walkie-talkie
MV Men unrolling hoses
GV & SV Fire burning (NIGHT SHOT)
Initials BB/0247 CG/GS/BB/0300
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Background: Two men on board a fire-fighting aircraft were killed in Corsica on Wednesday (July 25) when it crashed into the fire they were trying to fight.
The French Canadair seaplane hit power cables as it flew low over the fire pouring its cargo of sea water on the burning forest.
The fire, which started on Tuesday (July 24th) had already destroyed more than about 2 1/2 thousand acres (1,000 hectares) of woods and crops by Wednesday night.
More than six hundred men were brought in to fight the blaze which swept through fields and woodland outside the city of Bastia.
People living in the area fled their homes and at one stage, the Bastia gasworks were threatened.