ANKARA: At least seven Turkish safety personnel had been killed after their airplane crashed right into a mountain within the east of the nation, state media reported on Thursday.
The reconnaissance airplane crashed into Mount Artos, a dormant volcano within the province of Van, Anadolu news company reported inside minister Suleyman Soylu as saying.
Communication with the plane — which was carrying two pilots and 5 “technical personnel” — had been misplaced at round 10.45 pm (1945 GMT) Wednesday, he stated, including it had crashed at an altitude of two,200 metres (7,200 toes).
Soylu later arrived to examine the scene of the crash, based on photos posted on his Twitter account that confirmed him alongside army personnel in rugged terrain.
The 2015-model airplane had been conducting “reconnaissance and surveillance” in Van and the predominantly-Kurdish Hakkari province since Monday, Anadolu stated.
Hakkari province borders Iraq and has seen quite a few clashes between Turkish forces and Kurdish militants throughout a decades-long insurgency.
Van provincial governor Mehmet Emin Bilmez paid tribute to the seven “heroes” on Twitter and despatched condolences to their households.
A authorities investigation into the incident was underway, he added.
Two Turkish pilots died in 2018 when a army coaching airplane crashed throughout an train within the western province of Izmir.
Remote and mountainous Van province on Turkey´s japanese border was struck by two avalanches in February that killed 41 folks.
Earlier that month a magnitude 5.7 earthquake in neighbouring Iran injured dozens within the province.