Seven dead in crash of military helicopter in northern Turkey

Seven people were killed Tuesday when a Turkish military helicopter crashed Tuesday in northern Turkey, the military said.

Eight people were injured in the accident. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said bad weather was the likely cause of the crash in Giresun near the Black Sea.

The families of service members were on board the helicopter and were among the casualties. The incident took place during an ongoing Islamic holiday marking the end of the holy month Ramadan.

The helicopter was carrying several officers, including a brigadier, Turkish media reported.

In February and March, 2015, Turkey saw two military aviation accidents. In the first, two planes on a reconnaissance mission crashed, killing four. Eight days later, an F4 crashed during exercises.

A Turkish military attack helicopter was brought down by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in May in south-eastern Turkey, an area seeing active conflict.

Last update: Tue, 05/07/2016 - 23:00
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