Turkey military plane crashes; three dead

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ISTANBUL/ANKARA: A Turkish military transport plane on Wednesday crashed in southern Anatolia while on training exercises, claiming the lives of three army personnel on board, the Turkish Army said in a statement.

The CN-235 CASA plane disappeared from the radar after taking off from Eskisehir air base, in central Turkey, the military said.

The plane, carrying two pilots and one technician, crashed in the southern Isparta province, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) said, offering condolences to the families of “our heroic comrades” who were killed “as a result of a tragic accident.”

The military said a search and rescue mission was immediately launched and the plane’s wreckage was located in an area close to Egirdir Lake in the western province of Isparta.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known but local governor, Sehmus Gunaydin, told the state-run TRT television there was dense and thick fog in the region.

“We are working to reach the wreck” of the plane, he said.
The CASA type plane took off from a base in wes

tern Anatolian province of Eskisehir at 08:03 GMT and communication had been cut around 09:50 GMT, and a search and rescue operation begun, the army said.

Several emergency teams were dispatched to the crash site, it added.

In December last year, a Turkish fighter jet crashed near an airport in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir but the pilot was able to safely eject from the plane.

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