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Plane Crashes While Trying To Help Extinguish Portugal Forest Fire

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A plane has crashed while trying to help extinguish the devastating forest fire in Portugal. 

The water-bombing Canadair plane, which arrived from Spain, reportedly came down near the village of Louriceira while tackling the blaze that has so far taken the lives of 64 people and injured another 157.

A spokesman from Portugal’s civil protect was unable to give details of the incident, nor was he able to confirm whether anyone had been injured or killed as a result of the crash, according to Daily Mail.

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A helicopter is believed to be on its way to the scene of the crash to assess the situation.

According to the BBC, there are around 60 forest fires that have broken out, with around 2,000 firefighters battling to extinguish them across Portugal.

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Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, said:

Unfortunately this seems to be the greatest tragedy we have seen in recent years in terms of forest fires.

The death toll is still expected to rise.

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