All five of the plane’s crew were Russian and three Turkish nationals were also on board, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Saturday, according to the official TASS news agency.
The Be-200 amphibious aircraft crashed as it was due to land near the southern city of Adana.
A commission from the Russian Defense Ministry was sent to the crash site to establish the causes of the crash.
According to TASS, the plane was sent by Russia to Turkey on July 8 to help put out the forest fires that have swept the country in recent weeks.
The governor of the southern district of Kahramanmaras in Turkey, Ömer Faruk Coşkun, told the official Turkish news agency Anadolu: “This is still very new at the moment. We sent a large number of teams to the area where the plane crashed. “
Turkey is one of many countries around the Mediterranean Sea that have battled devastating forest fires as the region experiences a relentless heat wave. At least eight people have been killed in the fires in Turkey, while more than 30 have died in flooding in northern provinces near the Black Sea in recent days.
Scientists say the climate crisis is making heat waves, fires and floods more regular and intense.