(LISBON, Portugal.) JUST IN: 2nd light helicopter crashes on Thursday while combating a wildfire in the north killing its pilot who had earlier dropped off a crew of firefighters near the blaze, emergency services officials said #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.05: 2019: It was the second helicopter to have crashed in as many days while helping extinguish Portuguese wildfires that have broken out following a spell of hot and dry weather: In Wednesday’s crash, the pilot was lightly injured.

An emergency service official said that in Thursday’s incident the helicopter had apparently hit a high-tension wire before crashing and burning.

Portugal, which in 2017 suffered two devastating wildfires that killed over 100 people: It has in the past two years reinforced its emergency services to prevent and combat forest blazes, deploying dozens of aircraft from scout helicopters to waterbombing planes.

#AceNewsDesk reports ……………..Published: Sept.05: 2019: Reuters: Reporting by Andrei Khalip; Editing by Catherine Evans

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