Krasnodar, 18 August. According to the decree signed by President Vladimir Putin, the Kuban officers who died in the accident with the Be-200 plane in Turkey, were posthumously awarded Orders of Courage.
The amphibious aircraft of the Russian Naval Air Force had been sent to Turkey in early July to help put out the forest fires. Its crew had undergone training at the Russian Air Force’s Combat Employment and Retraining Centre in Yeisk. In July, he left Krymsk for Turkey.
The aircraft crashed on August 14 near the city of Kahramanmaraş. Its crew consisted of five Russian military officers, including three dwellers of the Krasnodar region. There were also three Turkish nationals on board to show the fire sources. Nobody survived in the crash.
The Presidential decree listed the awardees: Lieutenant Colonel Vladislav Berkutov, Lieutenant Colonel Vadim Karasev, Lieutenant Colonel Yevgeni Kuznetsov, Senior Lieutenant Nikolai Omelchenko, and Flight Sergeant Yuri Chubarov.
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