Shortly before 15:00 a Canadair crashed in Karystos, in the area of Platanistos. The firefighting aircraft piloted by two Greek pilots from the 355 Tactical Transport Squadron of the 112th Fighter Wing in Elefsina crashed while operating in the firefighting work in Karystos.
The Canadair, belonging to the Air Force, crashed in a ravine in the village of Potami. Military crews rushed to the area to see exactly what happened and the condition of the aircraft’s crew, while the national operations centre was activated.
The video shows the plane releasing water, making a right turn and losing altitude. Just before the right turn, it is seen hitting a branch and losing the float from the right wing. This is apparently a mechanical failure as the aircraft is continually losing altitude and cannot climb above the ravine.
The crashed Canadair CL-215 was making drops along with another Canadair into the fire area in question. Note that the drops are always done with two aircraft (operating in pairs) and they also always make a first pass over the spot to locate exactly where to make the drop.
The Canadair that crashed is a CL-215, it took off from Nea Anchialos Volos, and like all Canadairs of this old type (CL-215) did not have an ejection system for the pilot and co-pilot.