The civil defence said that a plane that was fighting forest fires in northern Portugal crashed on Friday, killing its pilot.
The single-engine airtanker, which crashed to its death while attempting to put out fires in the Braganca region near Vila Nova de Foz Coa, was empty at the time, it was stated.
“It is with profound dismay that I have learned of the loss of the pilot piloting the jet that crashed while putting out a fire.”Prime Minister Antonio Costa posted on Twitter
In Portugal, where temperatures on Thursday reached a record-high for July of 47 Celsius (116 Fahrenheit) before a minor drop the following day, firefighters have been combating fires.
By Friday night, 900 firemen were still putting out about 10 flames across the nation, according to the civil defence.
Over the past week, a heatwave has made most of southwestern Europe swelter.
A firefighting helicopter carrying four crew members crashed into the water off the coast of Greece on Thursday, killing two people.
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