Forests Are Burning! THK Fire Fighting Planes Have Been Lying In The Hangar For 3 Years

forests are burning thk fire extinguishing planes have been lying in the hangar for years
forests are burning thk fire extinguishing planes have been lying in the hangar for years

While Turkey's most beautiful forests are on fire, THK's planes are kept in the hangar. Minister of Forestry Pakdemirli did not explain why THK did not use its planes despite the 3 parliamentary questions on this subject for 14 years.

According to the news of Yusuf Demir from SÖZCU; “While there is domestic and national opportunity, Turkey's most beautiful forests have been burning for days. After Kaş, Dalaman, Tarsus and Genç and Marmaris, hectares of forests were burned in Muğla as well.

It resists using the Bombardier CL-6 model 7 aircraft, which is maintained by the Ministry of Forestry, Turkish Aeronautical Association, has been taken care of, 215-6 years of spare parts warranty has been obtained and is used in developed countries all over the world.

This attitude, which has been going on for 3 years, has started to stand out more due to the fact that 1.3 planes rented from Russia with a daily payment of 3 million liras did not arrive and hectares of forests were destroyed.


THK planes were eliminated in 2019 on the pretext that they made a high bid. In 2020 and 2021, such a condition was placed in the tender specifications that the aircraft could not even enter the tender. While THK planes have a capacity of 4900 liters, a minimum requirement of 5 thousand liters was included in the specification.

Minister of Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli does not explain why he does not evaluate domestic and national opportunities and why they do not use THK planes.

Pakdemirli, who left SÖZCÜ's persistent questions unanswered, ignores the issue in his answers to the parliamentary questions.


The reply of Minister Bekir Pakdemirli to the parliamentary question of Hatay Deputy Zeki Hakan Sıdalı on 28.12.2020 is thought-provoking: “The technical specifications for the vehicles that will serve in the fight against forest fires are prepared by expert personnel according to the needs of the institution. In these specifications of a firm It is not possible to prepare technical specifications based on the tools at hand.”


The 86-year-old Turkish Aeronautical Association, which the Minister describes as “a firm”… The natural members of THK, which has the authority of Turkey's “Aviation Federation”, include the President, Force Commanders and the Governor of Ankara. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Honorary Chairman of the institution, which has trained thousands of aviators since the first days of the Republic of Turkey, established the first engine factory and played an active role in the Cyprus operation…

Here are the 3 questions submitted in the last 15 years:

  • 12.07.2019
    Muğla Deputy Süleyman Girgin
  • 12.07.2019
    İzmir Deputy Murat Çepni
  • 16.07.2019
    Mugla Deputy Mursel Alban
  • 17.07.2019
    İzmir Deputy Aytun Çıray
  • 19.08.2019
    Tekirdag Deputy Candan Yüceer
  • 21.08.2019
    İzmir Deputy Atila Sertel
  • 23.08.2019
    Adana Deputy İsmail Koncuk
  • 29.08.2019
    Izmir Deputy Murat Minister
  • 29.08.2020
    Izmir Deputy Mehmet Ali Celebi
  • 20.09.2020
    Izmir Deputy Murat Minister
  • 26.02.2020
    Izmir Deputy Mehmet Ali Celebi
  • 23.09.2020
    Eskişehir Deputy Arslan Kabukcuoğlu
  • 14.10 2020 ..
    Mersin Deputy Zeki Hakan Sidali
  • 21.05.2021
    Batman Deputy Necdet İpekyüz
  • 28.05.2021
    Niğde Deputy Ömer Fethi Gürer

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