Plane crashes while fighting Argentina forest fire

January 5th, 2012 - 9:46 am ICT by IANS  

Buenos Aires, Jan 5 (IANS/EFE) A plane being used to fight a forest fire in Argentina crashed Wednesday but the pilot survived, officials said.

The plane was fighting the fire in Chubut province in Patagonia region.

Firefighters found the pilot and took him to a hospital in El Hoyo tourist town, which was declared an emergency area because of its proximity to a burning hill, a forest official said.

The blaze has burned down about 100 hectares on the hill, he said.

Dozens of tourists camping in the area have been evacuated.

The drought in Patagonia has helped fires on both sides of the Argentina-Chile border to spread.

–IANS/EFE
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