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Fires: two Canadair CL-415 aircraft returned from Lebanon

They had left yesterday afternoon from Rome-Ciampino

The two Canadair CL-415 planes took off yesterday from Rome-Ciampino to Lebanon, where extensive fires are affecting the country, were forced to return to Italy due to adverse weather conditions encountered during the trip.

The return was essential in order not to endanger the safety of crews and aircraft.

In the meantime the changing weather and climate conditions are making the situation of fires possible with Lebanese means and resources and in fact during the night of yesterday the country formalized the ceased needs, declaring that it no longer needed the intervention of the two Italian aircraft made available within the framework of the European RescEu-IT project. At all phases, the Italian mission was able to rely on the timely and full cooperation of the Italian Embassy staff in Lebanon.

The EU project includes two Canadair airplanes located in Italy, if not used for national needs, they can be activated, upon request by Brussels, in one of the other European Union countries that may be in critical situations. RescEu-IT ensures additional resources to support States committed to responding to major disasters, even outside the EU.

The Italian President of the Council of Ministers, Giuseppe Conte, in agreement with the Department of Civil Defence and the Department of Fire Brigades, had arranged yesterday sending of the two aircraft.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency