Confusion over reports of Portugal wildfire plane crash as chaos plagues operations
"I myself thought that a Canadair had fallen," Prime Minister António Costa said of the confusion, as cited by Publico.
"I have no information that any airplane working for civil protection has crashed," said Victor Vaz Pinto, commander of the civil protection agency, as cited by Reuters.
Vaz Pinto added that an explosion in the vicinity may have been caused by flammable containers left behind in the evacuation.
A Canadair plane reportedly came down in Louriceira in Pedrogao Grande, where the fire is at its most fierce. An Instituto Nacional de Emergência Médica (INEM) helicopter was dispatched to the scene, TVI reports, as cited by Publico.
There have been no confirmed reports of casualties from any plane crash as the battle against the wildfire continues.