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IL-76 plane of the RME arrives at scene of mil depot fire

June 12, 2012, 2:06 UTC+3
An IL-76 plane of the Russian Ministry for Emergencies (RME), carrying specialusts of the Center "Leader"
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MOSCOW, June 12 (Itar-Tass) — An IL-76 plane of the Russian Ministry for Emergencies (RME), carrying specialusts of the Center "Leader", and robotic systems for putting fire at a military depot in Orenburg Region, has arrived at the scene of the emergency, an official at the RME Information Department has told Itar-Tass.

"The IL-76 hsd brought from Moscow two firefighting robotic systems, specialists from the All-Russia Fire-Protection Research Institute, five psychologists, and 28 specialists from the Center 'Leader' of the RME, and rescuers from the 179th Rescue Center," the RME official specified.

The plane landed at Samara airport, since munitions' storing facilities that are on fire are located at the Orenburg Region's boundary with Samara Region. On Monday night, teo planes, an IL-76 and a Be-200, arrived at the airport. Both planes are capable of releasing 42 and 12 tonnes of water, respectively, over a fire focus at a time.

It is not the first time that RME planes, just as robotic systems, are used for extinguishing fires at artillery depots.

 

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