Reconnaissance aircraft crashes in japanese Turkey, 7 killed

Istanbul, July 16

Seven Turkish safety personnel have been killed when a reconnaissance aircraft crashed in japanese Van province, state-owned Anadolu information company quoted the inside minister as saying on Thursday.

Suleyman Soylu stated the aircraft crashed on a mountain at an altitude of two,200 ft (670 metres). The lifeless included the 2 pilots, Anadolu quoted him as saying.

Accident investigators are working to find out the reason for the crash, NTV stated.

Broadcaster NTV quoted Soylu as saying that the final contact from the aircraft was acquired at 10.32 pm (1932 GMT) on Wednesday.

The aircraft disappeared from radar 13 minutes later.

Turkish safety forces have been preventing Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in southeast Turkey in a battle which has killed greater than 40,000 individuals. The PKK took up arms in opposition to the Turkish state in 1984, waging an insurgency for autonomy within the largely Kurdish southeast. Reuters

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