Surabaya, East Java (ANTARA) – Strong wind played spoilsport in the aerial firefighting efforts to put out wildfires on the slopes of Mount Arjuno and Mount Welirang in East Java Province on Monday.

“A turbulence caused the MI-8 helicopter to shake owing to which it later had to return to its base at the Abdul Rahman Saleh Air Force Base in Malang, East Java,” Agus Wibowo, spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), noted in a statement on Monday evening.

The turbulence was caused by strong wind that could endanger the safety of the helicopter deployed to conduct water bombing on the wildfires at identified spots, notably Maha Pena, Watu Bagong, and Curah Sriti areas.

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